GRRAND has taken in a momma Great Pyr and her 12, now 8 week old puppies!!! OH MY!!!
GRRAND was contacted by a shelter that feared bringing Athena and her pups into their shelter, because they were going to have to euthanize them all upon intake due of lack of space!! It took a village, but they are all safe, bathed and in foster homes! They all apparently lived in a barn stall, never leaving it, and standing on a ton of feces, which they were covered in when they arrived. Some of the pups are terrified, having lived in the barn stall, with no socialization, all their lives and are going to need families with a lot of patience. After a rough start, Runey and Piper are in a foster home together, and we are happy to report they are doing great!
Update August 28: "They now all run up to me and my husband when we go in the room!! This is so great! They lick my nose and they come over for pets and love and we all played tug of war"!
Here is their latest report on Piper as of Aug 21: "Piper is still the timid one, but she is doing better though. If I’m very slow she has krept up to me once for a pet. She wags her tail when i came in the room. Ideally if Runey and Piper get adopted separately, they MUST go to a home with another dog. Piper for sure and she needs a dog that she can learn the ropes from and gain confidence from. They light up when another dog is around and I really don’t think I would have gotten them out of their room if not for my dog Ivy".
Interested applicants should expect these puppies to be big, and you should be prepared for that sweet and independent Great Pyrenees personality... to know the Great Pyr breed is to love them, but they are not Goldens, and we suggest you do some research on this beautiful breed before applying! These puppies all will need a secure above ground fenced yard as Great Pyrs love to be in their yard to protect and patrol, and this happens best when they are in a secure space! Please note the GRRAND puppy guidelines:
Puppies are a lot of work, and if you are interested in a GRRAND puppy and have children, PLEASE SEE THE ADOPTION FAQs section of the website for more detailed info. GRRAND policies stipulate a few important things that may stop you from applying, and here are 2 big ones-
A: GRRAND will NOT place a puppy under the age of 6 months with families with children under 6 yrs old
B: Any applicant with children under the age of 16, will require a home with direct access to a securely fenced yard... meaning direct access to the yard from the home… so this means no apartments or condos.
As with all puppies, they will need a home where someone is home most of the time as they need to be fed regularly, and let to go outside consistently and constantly ALL DAY LONG so potty training can be a breeze. They will be looking for a home with a fenced in yard and a family with LOTS of time and patience to socialize and work with a puppy so they can grow up to be good pups! ***Exercise and direction are a must as a tired puppy is a good puppy!! It is a lot of fun, but it is a lot of work, and if you don't have the time, an active and non-stop playful puppy may not be for you!
Families must understand there needs to be constant supervision as children of all ages need to learn to respect an animal and puppies, and need to be taught boundaries. We are excited these pups will finally get to know what a nice soft bed, in a warm and cozy home with a loving family is all about!
If you are interested in one of Athena's puppies, please fill out an app at GRRAND.org