UPDATE ON CHARLIE:
He is currently with a new foster home and coping well with limited but improved vision. He is wrestling and tumbling with Sam, a 120lb Pyr and getting along with the family cats.
Food/dish protection may be an issue, so they are fed separately. This can be standard since what smart dog wants to share his food/water?
Charlie has shown amazing spirit and resiliency, bouncing back cheerfully from all the challenges thrown at him so early in life.
With his size, and all that he has experienced it is hard to remember he is less than two years old.
He is lovable, affectionate, intelligent and very trainable.
Charlie is back with us and at 90 lbs. He is about two years old. He was with a wonderful family but due to unfortunate circumstances, we had to bring him back in.
First, know that Charlie became blind but his sight seems to be coming back somewhat. His blindness is due to his muzzle being tied shut for two months prior to us bringing him in the first time. Because of his blindness, you must always talk to him before approaching him or touching him.
Charlie is very friendly and loves people. He will chase cats that move quickly as that is so much fun. A dog-savvy cat would be fine.
Charlie was reactive to dogs at his previous home but he hasn't shown this at his foster homes. He is presently living with a male. Many times, two males will not get along but so far he is getting along with males he has met.
Although he is good with children, because of his previous potential to react to dogs, he should not be walked alone by children until it is determined that he will be fine with dogs in the area.
He loves to explore, run and play, and as is required for Pyrs, he needs a good-sized well-fenced yard without too many obstacles. If there are, do not move them once he learns where they are. If you do move them, you must show him where everything is, again.
He is still a puppy who loves to chew so anything chewable needs to be put away. He’ll need toys to replace those shoes. He will need to be crated when alone in the home and at bed time. He finds his crate to be a good safe place.
He still jumps up when excited and nips and mouths to get attention. Turn your back when you notice him about to jump. When he wants to nip, take your hand away with a loud ‘OW’ and ignore him. When you turn back to him and he doesn’t nip, tell him ‘good boy’. Reward for good behaviour, redirect for unwanted behaviour.
He has grown so that he now reaches counter height and will help himself to a treat if there is anything edible left out. Butter is a favourite.
He has his basic commands are mastered, well, until he matures.
As a Pyr, he’ll need a portion of your garden as he loves to dig holes
He’s not keen on grooming but can be distracted with treats and toys.
This is sweet Charlie. A good samaritan stepped up, took him in and contacted us.
He has had a rough life in his short one and a half years but he is moving on. His original family split up. They left him with a friend. The friend kept Charlie in his basement for two months and threw scraps for him to eat. His mouth was tied shut in between to stop his barking.
Unfortunately, he was shaven right down so he has to wear a coat/sweater until it grows back. He is underweight but a good raw diet will get the weight on him quickly.
He lived with cats and a female dog in the good samaritan’s home and things were fine. He, as can be expected, did not get along with the male in the home.
He loves people. He walks well on a leash.
Know that Pyrs bark more than other dogs. This can be managed if you have the patience, time and consistency to work with them.
It is very important to do your research on any breed before deciding if they are a good match for your family. Please start here:
Great Pyrenees Club of Southern Ontario
We never want to see these dogs fail so it's important that children learn how to behave with dogs and that parents never leave their children alone with a dog. Here is a link on that subject:
Best Dogs for Children
Here are their characteristics in brief:
They are beautiful dogs with great temperaments given the right breeding, socialization, care including diet and training.
Both working and companion dogs require a good weekly grooming to keep them mat free and their skin healthy (hence, pain free from the pulling of mats as they move), and cutting their nails including their dew claws every couple of weeks to a month. NEVER have their dew claws removed. This is a barbaric practice. Simply keep the dews trimmed.
They molt twice a year and all year round so your vacuum stays full. NEVER shave a Pyr. Their double coats keep them cool in summer and warm in winter. If you don't like grooming, take your dog to a master groomer. If you don't want to, this isn't the dog for you.
Their instinct it to wander. Therefore, they require at least a 5-foot secure fence in a large yard in which they can play, run and watch over. Some have been know to scale any height of fencing. No tie outs for these guys. It can lead to aggression since they cannot fully watch over their territory. If they are out all day, as they usually prefer, they need shelter from the elements. And, no electric collars.
They bark more than most dogs and neighbours do complain. That is a common reason for people surrendering their Pyrs (they didn't do their research). Their bark is what deters predators and it is instinct to them. That and marking their territory. To take away their bark is to take away who they are. The barking can be managed but it takes time, patience and consistency with positive-reinforcement training. If you don't like barking, they are not the dog for you.
They dig holes in your garden to stay cool in summer.
They require a lot of socialization as pups onward with people and other dogs. They also require positive-reinforcement training (a trainer who shows you how to work with a clicker). Pyrs, nor any dogs, take kindly to any kind of punishment. It will lead to aggression. Always use positive-reinforcement training.
It's important to work with the dogs as if in a dance and you are leading. Rewards for good behaviour and redirect for unwanted behaviour. It's up to you to make them a good canine citizen. When engaging a trainer, ensure they use positive-reinforcement training to show you how to manage your dog. Never send a dog away for training. You are the one working with the dog, not a trainer. If you are not ready to train a dog, this is not the dog for you.
To train a Pyr is not like training some other dogs. They are not eager-to-please and just as soon walk away from you than do as you say. They were bred by man to be used as guardian livestock dogs because they do not require human intervention to tell them how to do their job. Lots of patience, consistency and time is required to work with them. If you want an obedient dog, this is not the dog for you.
They require regular walks, of course, so they get out and see the world. They must be leashed because they will wander. Again, they have been specifically bred to wander with sheep as they watch over them. It's suggested to use a front lead harness which will cut down on any damage to the spine should the dog pull although, with a little work from puppyhood, they should be good on a leash.
There are those in need of a home because someone didn't realize they would get so big, bark so much, leave so much hair in the house, wander, and require work amongst other reasons.
You need to be ready for a lifelong companion to be a part of your family and are able to manage any unforeseen vet emergencies.
There is a minimum adoption donation of $350.
If you would like to adopt Charlie, please call Shona at 705-890-3587for more information on Charlie. Leave a message and she will return your call.
If you want to meet Charlie to adopt, please fill out an adoption application.