Great Pyrenees Mountain Dogs become Great Pyrenees Rescue dogs for any number of reasons. Here a few of them:
1. The owner has to give them up for a variety of reasons including changes in lifestyle, job loss, marriage breakdown, health issues, etc. The Club does not pry into the rescue dog’s history except to determine if there are specific problems with temperament, as we need to have this information to pass on to potential adoptive families. Some dogs are too aggressive or do not get along with other dogs, other pets or young children. Sometimes this is just a case of no training, but sometimes the pattern is so well established that it will be difficult to overcome. So placement must be very specific.
The club’s Great Pyrenees Rescue section is non judgmental as to why an owner must give up the dog as this could be viewed as a deterrent and result in a person deciding not to turn over the dog and just abandoning it instead. This is much worse on the dog, so we try to avoid it at all costs.
It really is amazing the stories we hear as to why a dog must be turned over. Believe it or not a very common reason Great Pyrs become dog rescues is that the dog just got so BIG. If you ask the people, they will admit that they saw Mom and Dad at the kennels and they were big, that they saw other Great Pyrs and they were big, but they just fell in love with the puppy. And they did not realize that "their dog" would get to be a big dog. We know it’s hard to understand, but sometimes love is blind!
2. The dogs are abandoned. These rescue dogs are brought into Humane Societies or Pounds, as they are strays. They are usually a mess - coats all matted, often malnourished, with open cuts and sores, often having been in fights in the wild. These dog rescues take the longest to recover and get back into shape before we can put them up for adoption. The club’s Great Pyrenees Rescue section usually never finds out where they came from so we usually have no background on the dogs. Many of these are never registered, so we can only assume they were originally from a puppy mill.
3. The dogs are neglected. These rescue dogs are usually from a puppy mill that the Humane Society has gone into but certainly can be from an individual home where the owner has been reported. These dogs often are distrustful of people as a result of having been abused. If it is a case of neglect, these rescue dogs respond readily to kindness but are still wary.
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Jul 03, 20 03:55 PM
I know with other breeds, particularly those more prone to aggressive behavior, this procedure supposedly helps to make them less likely to act out. However,
Jun 30, 20 07:14 AM
We have adopted a GP/Golden Retriever mix. Emphasis on Great Pyrenees. Lily is now 6 years old and we have had her for about a year. She is very aggressive
Jun 28, 20 06:49 AM
Hello - our dog started sitting and lying down frequently during walks. She is panting heavily when she does this. Consequently our walks are much shorter.
Jun 21, 20 08:16 AM
We want to rescue a female great pyr. we understand that she will go over to the other dogs food dish and pee in it when he is finished. they have been
Jun 21, 20 07:59 AM
Hi there. We just rescued a 6 year old pyr. He's very sweet . We have 2 rabbits who live in owns (free range occasionally) . He is fascinated by them.
Jun 21, 20 07:36 AM
I have only had my dog for two days. She is a two-year-old female great Pyrenees. Although she’s been in the house with the air-conditioning on she always
Jun 18, 20 07:21 AM
My husband and I are thinking of retiring to Orlando Florida and of course I won't give up my Pyrenees dog. Do Great Pyrenees do good in the Florida heat?
Jun 17, 20 03:13 PM
*ADOPTION PENDING* This wee girl came from a sad situation but she is moving forward in life. She was in foster and has, now, gone into her adoptive home.