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Adopt Shelby

Female Young Great Pyrenees

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About Shelby

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. She is due to have her second hip replaced in May as soon as the COVID restrictions are lifted. She again will require 8 weeks of limited activity and revisit her non-slip carpet and puppy pen. She walked within 24 hours of her first surgery and we expect good things the second time around. 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. Fill out an application for Shelby at!

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Ok with kids
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Spayed / Neutered
Ok with dogs
Ok with cats