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Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: Website is ready!
« on: November 29, 2007, 12:09:24 am »
Enjoyed the site. The photos are terrific. And I picked up more information.


Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: Why Do Pyrs Bark?
« on: November 28, 2007, 10:25:59 pm »
Oh my, that is truly funny. I'm down sick with a cold but I couldn't help laughing out loud. Thanks.

That said, as a potential wannabe Pyr owner (?), I'm a little worried.  :o

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: Fence Question
« on: November 28, 2007, 10:20:58 pm »
Wow, thanks for all your comments. I truly appreciate you taking the time to offer your insight. I'm not backing down, just slowing down to make sure it will work. I'm willing to work, even willing to put up a fence--although it doesn't sound like they're a real help--but I have to think hard about the Pyrs ability jump fences, etc. I had knee surgery a year ago and running after dogs is a lot harder than it once was. :) I live in a semi-rural area but ten miles and you easily come upon traffic, etc.

My only problem with fostering is that I think I would get too attached. :) I am looking at one Pyr. I've been invited to a some kind of get-together for the rescue group where they'll have the dogs and the one I've looked at--online only. I'm going to try and attend and talk more to owners and actually meet the dogs in person.

If I go forward sounds like I'll need some advice on what kind of fence will keep a Pyr inside. Short of a covered dome stadium, I'm not sure there is one.  :-\

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: Fence Question
« on: November 24, 2007, 03:19:05 am »
Wow, I'm in a weird place after reading everything everyone has said about the wandering-eyed Pyrs. I lost my beloved Beau 3 months ago and have been longing for a big dog ever since. For a Lab, Beau was a big guy at 130 pounds. He was a gift as my boss found him wandering and couldn't find the owner, and I bonded immediately with him. I've never had a dog like him. He came fully trained, highly intelligent, and was more like a helper and daily companion. He's one of the large-chested, full-bodied dark gold Labs. But--as any teenager--he would occasionally get an urge to wander.

I've been seriously considering Pyrs ever since I found the local rescue site. I didn't know anything about them but they sounded very much like dogs I would love. I even found one that I think I'd like to adopt. I knew they had a possible tendency to wander and fences were needed but this discussion has really given me--sorry--pause. I don't know how I'd feel if my Pyr took off like that. I had planned to install a fence but it looks like even Ft. Knox isn't enough. All my dogs are homebodies. All my dogs are on leashes. (Beau was so well-trained he could generally be depended upon to just hit the perimeter for his needs and return immediately. I just kept him on a leash at night.)

I confess I'm now a little nervous and wondering if I should go forward.   

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