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Merle Great Pyrenees Kiowa, OK
- Gray / Blue / Silver, White / Cream
- Coat length
- Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.
- Good in a home with
- Other dogs.
- Adoption fee
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"Merle is a pure delight to foster, and the fact that he survived on his own is astounding. Merle is a young (~2-year-old) male Pyr. Years ago there was an old western movie called "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly". Such is Merle's life so far.
He is blind from a disease called SARD's, so a home familiar with special needs would be amazing. Merle also has areas on either hip that are scarred. The vet has surmised that these are from burns, possibly sustained from improper home vaccinations or some other chemical. These burns are healed over, and Merle's coat has grown enough that he sports a "comb-over", so the burns are unnoticeable. Merle was brought in to rescue at 58 pounds and is now looking much better at 67 pounds. He still has about 10-15 pounds to go, according to his vets.
Merle has fear. Fear of loud noises, fear of the unknown, and fear of his own voice. As such, a quiet home in a quiet area with someone's home would be perfect for Merle. As fosters, we are a quiet family of 5, but our home backs up to a very, very noisy street. Our first day was spent trying to coax Merle out the door to potty. Every passing vehicle caused him to bolt- into the house, the fence, literally everything. This was when we suspected Merle was blind or low vision. Potty breaks now occur easily, but require a leash and reassuring words to Merle that he is safe with you. He is gradually learning the outline of the yard, and I have complete confidence that he will be able to learn to go out on his own into a fenced yard- just not where we live because of the extreme traffic.
Merle also would do best with a single-story house or first-floor apartment. Single steps are his limit. Merle would not do well in a house that has stairs, multi-levels, or sunken rooms. If the house is something a differently-abled human could access, it would also work for Merle. Ideally, Merle would find a human that is already in their "forever" home. He is totally dependent on routine---- and unchanging furniture layout, a feeding schedule, a wake-up and bed schedule, etc. Since he doesn't receive visual cues like sunrise, sunset, shadows, etc, he needs routine so that his schedule mimics his owners. Furniture placement is crucial to his safety, and sharp edges and corners need to be avoided or cushioned until he learns where they are. New owners must be dedicated to child-proofing the home, cords, breakables on tables, tv/game systems on stands, etc- all need to be blocked or secured to avoid accidents. Merle has pulled down and broken a device that was charging because I had the cord stretched from the wall to the table I was sitting at. It was totally my negligence, but it is things like this that new owners must be vigilant about, and expect accidents to occur when you forget or don't recognize a disaster waiting to happen.
Merle doesn't bark to be let out, he comes to you and "boops". If you don't respond, he goes to the door and then comes back to you. As a last resort, he lays right in front of the door.
The Good: He is incredibly lovable. He loves to sleep, hang out with his humans and doesn't jump or have any obnoxious behaviors that we have discovered. Merle seems to be fascinated by music and tv. Merle definitely knows and responds to his name. Merle does great at following commands for his safety, esp when on the leash. He is highly intelligent, makes us laugh every day, and has made us better humans because he such an amazing soul despite all that he has been through."
Merle came to our rescue after he went unclaimed in the shelter. He is a 2-year-old male Great Pyrenees and currently weighs about 68lbs. Merle is cautious for just an instant when meeting people because he has no ability to read visual cues. Merle quickly senses, either by voice or touch, whether someone is nice. He warms instantly to those that greet him. Merle does very well in certain atmospheres, again, because he takes in most of his information through sounds and smells, he does exhibit fear of loud noises. He is curious and loves to explore while being guided on a leash or given verbal cues for safety, etc. Merle loves to chew his toys, his human's feet (to initiate play, only), and biscuits. He is not destructive of property at all. Merle loves toys, especially his rubber bone and his cloth shark. Merle has not shown to have any resource guarding issues.
Merle is extremely laid back, with bursts of playfulness, especially in the early morning and late afternoon/ evening. He perceives it is playtime when he hears jumping, clapping, certain voice pitches- and will exhibit typical puppy play behaviors like head down/bottom up, jumping, mouthing gently, etc. He is dependent on his human playmate to keep him safe by either verbal cues (careful, Merle!), or leash redirection if playing outside. He tires easily, as he is still gaining strength, though. Merle is an excellent car rider, although he will try to ride shotgun if not tethered. He does as well as could be expected on a leash. Merle doesn't walk in the straightest line but is easily directed with a shortened leash. He actually enjoys the leash for outside and responds well with leash direction. Given his personality, we believe that Merle would do fine in an apartment setting. Merle does not seem to be a big barker. His fosters have heard only a single bark from him. Merle is most comfortable in the den/dining room laundry room area when no one is home. He knows the layout, has choices of different flooring and temperatures, and access to his kennel, food, and water safety. At night, he roams around the den, dining room, and laundry room areas. Some nights he ends up in his kennel, by choice.
I am sure you have discovered what a special boy Merle is! If you are getting ready to submit an adoption app for him, here is some additional info
-Merle has not shown to have any aggression. We would recommend feeding him separately from other dogs, though, only because he is a slow eater and would let another dog steal his food.
-Merle would be great with certain dog personalities. Merle is very low-key and would do well with the same. Merle does not bark, is put off by other dogs that bark, and would do best with a dog that likes other dogs. Because Merle is a follower "by touch", any other dogs would need to be non-aggressive and comfortable with Merle invading their personal space. He likes to have physical contact, or at the very least, within close earshot of his dog companions. A dog that would not mind wearing a small bell would be a great companion for Merle.
-Merle is not being fostered around any cats so we are unsure how he would do.
-Merle is easily spooked by loud or shrill noises, so young children that scream would probably not be appropriate. Older children would need to be mindful of noise levels. Merle loves laughter and giggles, so we think children in the 10 and over crowd would be wonderful.
-Merle is potty trained.
-Merle is kennel trained, but his fosters give him the choice to go in and out. He may panic if the door is closed on him.
Merle is truly an amazing fellow! He definitely needs someone who has experience with blind dogs or is willing to learn and has a simple floor plan. If you want to be the family that becomes his forever, then apply to adopt him at https://www.pyrpawsandfluffytailsrescue.com/adoption-app
His adoption fee is $225. That includes DHLPP, Rabies, and Bordatella shots. He will be micro-chipped, heart-worm tested, have a fecal done, be de-wormed, be spayed/neutered, and will be current on heart-worm and flea/tick prevention.
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