2 years old
Great Pyrenees Mix
*If you are interested in Snow, please complete our adoption application which can be found here:
Please meet Snow who came to us from the West Valley Animal Shelter. Snow is a very young and slightly oversized ball of love who is going to need a patient and caring family to help her learn how to be a big dog in a small world.
First and foremost she absolutely loves her people. Once she warms up to you she wants to be around you 90% of the time. She will sit in an adjacent room watching you cook and will wait outside the bathroom door for you when you shower. Snow acts and moves like a dog who is not aware of how big she is, kind of like a gawky teenager. She is 75-80 lbs and tends to run into your legs regularly when she is chasing toys. Mostly she is just a big galumphing doofus. She isn’t trying to hurt anyone but she has knocked into her foster mom a couple times almost knocking her down! For this reason, Snow will not do well in a home with younger children.
Snow is extremely intelligent. Her signature move is The Paw.,.when you ask her to shake (which she knows), she will bring that paw up and slap it down. She does this to demand belly scratches, to play or to try and get the rope toy away from you, or sometimes because you just so happen to be sitting on the floor. She’s very similar to a cat batting at a toy. When she gets really excited, she does it with both forepaws. Snow is very fond of her toys. She likes tennis balls, ropes, stuffed toys, and sticks. She will tear apart stuffed toys fairly quickly and will try to bring her sticks inside the moment you turn your back (and then shred them into sawdust). The tennis ball she can chase all day without ever getting tired.
Snow is a fan of treats but not intensely food motivated. She has the demeanor of a dog who spent most of her formative years outside, possibly without other dogs. She loves to play but has a habit of play biting. Snow is a bit fearful and is working on this daily with her foster family. She is afraid of new things and tends to run away when she sees you carrying something she has never seen before. This includes amazon boxes, watering cans, cooking pans, taking out the trash and laundry baskets. Snow's biggest challenge is going to be learning not to bark. She appears to be mostly Pyrenees and this is a breed with a very strong protective instinct that manifests with a lot of noise. If she sees people outside she will bark, especially people on bikes. If people unknown to her try to come in the door she will bark very intensely. She will bark at gardeners running leaf blowers 2 houses over and neighbors having a karaoke party. She barks at the usual squirrels and birds but seems to have a particular issue with airplanes. Her reaction to other dogs is not known.
Snow is not fully leash trained but is slowly learning, however she is very strong and needs a sturdy harness for every walk that should be kept short until she learns to be calmer. Snow will cuddle up to you for most of the day but seems to prefer sleeping alone somewhere else in the house. She usually just picks a spot on the carpet and flops down for the night. She is definitely a big face licker and is especially affectionate in the morning. She absolutely loves getting belly rubs and scratches in the morning and grunts like a pig to show you how happy she is. She is house-trained and very good at following some instructions when you have her attention. Her best commands are Sit, Shake, and Down. She is getting better at Stay but it is still new to her. She will obey the off command for climbing on things if you are in the room. She is learning to “stay” when you open the front door (as long as no one is on the other side). She knows to sit before she goes out back and is learning to “wait” before running outside. The one she cannot seem to internalize is Quiet. It is important to realize that her protective instinct is very strong and she will need a lot of training in this department. Snow often cannot stop barking at things she finds threatening. Even after the stimulus is gone she does guttural barks for several minutes until she calms down.
Snow sheds fairly heavily and needs to be brushed at least once a week, but she is a big fan of the brush and will happily sit still for it. Snow tends to bark very intensely at people she doesn’t know, whether it’s a neighbor out front, a random person outside the car during rides and especially anyone who comes to the door. We have been able to do a meet and greet with a couple of people, but she intensely barked for several minutes before she was able to calm down enough for them to meet her. Once she’s past that, though, she turns into a cuddle buddy and is completely fine. Snow's forever home should be one committed to training her and being patient during this process. In return, you will get a wonderful cuddly girl!
If you are interested in making Snow a part of your family, please fill out an adoption application here: Adoption Application
Please note: Snow is being fostered in North Hills, CA
Snow’s adoption fee is $400.
BEFORE PROCEEDING, PLEASE READ: • Home visits are required prior to being considered for adoption. • Completed application and approved home visit do NOT guarantee adoption • We receive many more applications than we do dogs, so some people will be disappointed. We may receive over 100 inquiries for a single, highly desirable dog! • We do not ship our dogs