At three years of age, Teddy's parents had come to the painful decision to rehome Teddy due to conflict with other dogs in their household. Teddy coexisted with the family's three little dogs but grew tired of being a constant chew toy. Due to inability to keep the dogs separated, Teddy needed to be in a home where she could be the only dog. Teddy lives happily with her new family as a only dog and is loving her new life!
Aikman and Holly live on their hobby farm where they are now living life to it's fullest. Please take into consideration your FUTURE plans before adopting any pet. Please honor your commitment to a pet for the LIFE of the dog! Thankfully Aikman and Holly were adopted by a Providence Pyrent where they are guaranteed a FOREVER home!
Meet Yeti. We are fostering Yeti until we can help him find his FOREVER home. Yeti is a beautiful boy, born April 2016, to a Breeder in Missouri that probably did not socialize their puppies and, as a result, he has TRUE separation anxiety (not wariness, or temporary fearfulness but TRUE anxiety).
Yeti's Pyrents adopted him from a Breeder on an impulse. Jennifer said to me, "Looking back, there were many red flags but, when you are there looking at so many beautiful puppies, you mainly focus on the puppies".
Jennifer and I corresponded for a few months this past Spring and she was on our waiting list for a male puppy. Her children, 10 & 16, were constantly watching our facebook page for updates. While looking in anticipation, an ad for another Breeder popped up (when you are on a facebook page, similar pages will pop up as an ad or page suggestions) and Jennifer reached out to the other Breeder. I received an email from Jennifer, asking to be removed from our list because she had found her puppy, Yeti.
Jennifer reached out to her Breeder in Missouri when the anxiety issues presented with Yeti but her Breeder fell off the face of the map after Yeti went to his new home. Jennifer then reached out to me because they were at their wits end...they had to find a new home for Yeti immediately as their marriage was being tested. Their next resort was to take Yeti to a shelter. Pyrs in shelters usually get rehomed, and rehomed, and rehomed, because the shelter continues to adopt them out to settings that are not Pyr appropriate. Each adoption generates a $400 adoption fee so shelters are more than happy to rehome once again. We all have seen the posts, "We are this boy's 5th home in 2 years". Jennifer was in tears...she just didn't know what to do as they had exhausted all resources. I offered to foster Yeti and help him find his place in this world....a shelter IS NEVER AN OPTION for a Pyr, in my opinion.
Mike and Jennifer explained that Yeti would freak out any time they would leave him alone. Yeti has had the best of life with Jennifer and Mike...the best food, toys, bed, love and devotion. He went to boot camp and is perfectly trained. They spent over $1000 on a trainer that came to their home. Yeti is perfectly happy when his family is home but freaks out when left alone. Jennifer and Mike came to the conclusion Yeti would be happier in a farm setting or in a home with other dogs so he has a buddy. I am not so certain a farm setting is what is best for Yeti because I have yet to evaluate the depth of his fearfulness or determine the root cause.
I will work with Yeti and post updates so you can follow his progress. He is a happy boy...no aggression issues at all...he just seems to have an identity crisis.
Here are some good links that help describe Yeti's anxiety for those that want to follow along and learn the training techniques I will be implementing with Yeti:
Isabelle was purchased from a breeder that "barn raises" their puppies which typically results in little human interaction. The most important time period for a puppy's personality and behavior development IS during the first 8 weeks, during the time they are with the breeder, and the "hands off" method of raising livestock guardian dogs IS a recipe for disaster. Isabelle's original placement was with a family that was very active, and thus not always home, and Isabelle would present with destructive chewing when alone for long periods of time. Puppies need mental stimulation and Pyrs need to be able to tend to their charges...whether their charges are human or flock. It goes against everything in a Pyr's DNA to be alone and isolated so I am not surprised when bad behavior presents in a case like this. Isabelle was assessed and temperament was evaluated. With the right amount of positive attention, and a job to do, she has flourished in her new home...I love happy endings.
We have been partnering with the National Pyr Rescue Society since 2015. The state of Missouri does not have a Missouri Pyr chapter, or Missouri Pyr rescue group, and thus the Pyrs end up in overcrowded, high kill shelters. Because we run a family farm, with grandchildren running about as well as vulnerable baby lambs, goats and chicks, we are very selective about the dogs we foster. We carefully screen all foster Pyrs for socially acceptable behavior and accept only those whom we feel we can place responsibly. We will not foster a dog that has bitten or with aggressive behaviors. We will not foster mix breeds. We only foster pure-bred Great Pyrenees because we know Pyrs and we know their temperament. There are too many uncertainties associated with mix breeds. With pure-bred Pyrs we know what to expect.
Our role as foster parents is to provide the necessary care, training and assessment to help our foster dogs find forever homes. Their shots are brought up to date, they receive a microchip and each dog is spayed or neutered before placement. We spend months socializing a dog and getting to know its personality in order to best place it with a forever family. All that remains to be done is to find a loving and caring home to share their love.
As a part of our Pyr rescue program, we are careful to ensure that adopting families are well informed about the breed. Please note that we do now allow dogs to go to homes with invisible fencing or cable tie-outs. Pyrs do not always respect invisible fencing and cable tie-outs can lead to aggression since they cannot reach all areas of their territory. They must have secure-fencing.
We will post photos and profile information of adoptable dogs once they have completed their assessment period. We do everything in our power to ensure that you are provided with a dog that suits your environment as well as the dog's needs. We do this through collecting information and through personal contact with you. The adoption process starts with the completion of an adoption application. This gives us the information we need to learn about your wants, needs, lifestyle and livestock guardian dog experience. Please contact us for an adoption application. Once you have emailed your completed application, we will schedule a phone interview.
If we do not have an adoptable Pyr at the time of your application, we will keep your application on file and contact you as soon as a compatible Pyr becomes available. Some of our foster dogs are adopted before we ever post them to our website. These dogs go to people who have previously filed an adoption application with us. If you are interested in adopting a dog, please contact us to file an adoption application and we will notify you as rescue Pyrs become available after we assess your needs, and the needs of the Pyr, to determine if they would make a good match for your family.
The final step in the adoption process is to select a dog suitable for your setting and the dog's needs. Once you have selected your new family member, you will be emailed the contract and instructions for paying the $300 adoption fee. Transport fees will also be discussed for dogs who are moved long distances.
The adoption process ends with signing the adoption contract and placement of the dog. As the new owner, you assume complete responsibility for the dog's health and well-being for the life of the dog. If, for any reason, the adoption does not work out, you must contact us and we will take the dog back. We enjoy photo updates after assuming ownership of the dog so please keep in touch.