MEET SHELBYGreat Pyrenees, Young Adult
Meet the gorgeous Shelby! Our million-dollar Great Pyrenees rescue –
not really but there is a lot of truth to that statement. Shelby landed in
SNIPSA’s adoption program in September of 2019. Yes that sounds like
a long time ago but there is a reason she has been with us for many
months. Shortly after being placed in foster care, Shelby’s foster mom
noticed that she walked with an awkward gait, almost bunny hopping at
times. She was referred to a specialty hospital and low and behold was
diagnosed with bilateral hip dysplasia. Sure she could get by but would
eventually develop arthritis in her hips and would be uncomfortable over
time. The Cadillac treatment given her young age was a hip
replacement. Yes the real deal with a titanium hip that would cost
upwards of 6k per hip and she needed two. Wowzie!
So SNIPSA set out to help her and provide the most optimal care.
Shelby had surgery in December 2019 and would require 8 weeks of
confinement with gradual return to exercise. This was a challenge in
and of itself keeping a youthful playful sixty pounds large-breed pup confined to a non-slip carpet and a puppy pen. The devoted foster rearranged her house and made it happen. A few months later, Shelby was moving like a champ and ready to take on the world. Shelby completed her second hip replacement in May and will be ready to go mid-July! It is amazing how far these surgeries have come and how gifted her surgeon is at Blue Pearl.
A little bit about Shelby’s personality… when Shelby was initially
rescued from a rural shelter, she was a little unsure of family life. She
was boisterous, didn’t have the best manners, and clearly had never
walked on a leash. She was unsure of passing cars and thought the
deer were going to take her out. Now, she is a well-behaved lady that
has experienced dog life with a real family. Her foster family has taught
her to walk on a leash with ease, ride in a car, and even make frequent
trips to the family’s lake house. Shelby has befriended the neighbor’s
dog and has regular play dates where she will rumble and tumble for
hours. She is perfectly housebroken, crate trained, and has mastered
obedience such as sit, stay, and shake. Shelby is very affectionate with
her foster family and trusts them wholeheartedly.
The ideal home for Shelby would be one with older kids given her larger
size and moderate energy level. She adores her teenage boys at the
foster home. She would be fine as a single dog as long as she gets
adequate exercise. If adopted into a household with another dog, it
would be ideal that the dog has a similar love and affection for play. She
embodies all the typical traits of this lovely breed – stoic, stubborn,
affectionate, devoted, protective (remember this breed was used to
guard livestock), silly, majestic, and just all around a wonderful dog. Her
beautiful double coat will require brushing and will shed so consider that
when considering adoption.
If you think you have what it takes to provide sweet Shelby with the
optimum home, please complete an application. Again, she is our
million- dollar dog and we want to ensure she ends up in the best home
with a family that will love her for many years to come. An added bonus
if the adopter is familiar with this breed but not required as long the
potential owner is a savvy and devoted dog lover. Check out her video
and see this girl shine.