I work at the front desk of a very ritzy condominium complex in an upscale section of St. Louis (the CWE for folks who know the city)
I have acquired a new girlfriend through my job.
Her name is Sedona and she is a lovely vanilla-colored dog with a luxurious thick coat and a sterling disposition. I used to give her treats, but she has allergies, so no more treats.
However, when she comes in from a walk, I am allowed by her very generous owner to talk to her, scratch behind her ears and tell her what a lovely girl she is. We have become such good friends that I always kiss her goodbye.
Now another person who lives in the building witnessed this and complained to my manager that I could be mauled by that "great monster dog" and the building could be sued. I informed my manager that God put that big stop on a Great Pyrenees' skull so that it would be easy to kiss them and that I had no intention of stopping unless the owner told me to.
The manager told the complaining resident that "She may be crazy, but she is reliable and I see no reason that Betsey has to stop kissing dogs here unless it gets in the way of her doing her job."
I just thought this whole thing was pretty funny and wanted to share it with you.
By the way, I think one of the moderators has a Pyrenees and I have a question. Does your dog coo when you pet her? Sedona always says "ooo" and "oo oo oo" when she is being loved. Is that a usual thing for this breed?
My dogs are thinner because..they're still pups and as such have to be on controlled diets to avoid problems with too rapid of growth. Beau just turned 2 in April and at 90 pounds has about only 10 more to go to reach full growth.
Arwen and Ubaloo (75-80 pounds) are only a year, still puppies by Pyr standards.
SIZE, PROPORTION, SUBSTANCE: Size - The height at the withers ranges from 27 inches to 32 inches for dogs and from 25 inches to 29 inches for bitches. A 27 inch dog weighs about 100 pounds and a 25 inch bitch weighs about 85 pounds. Weight is in proportion to the overall size and structure.
Proportion - The Great Pyrenees is a balanced dog with the height measured at the withers being somewhat less than the length of the body measured from the point of the shoulder to the rearmost projection of the upper thigh (buttocks). These proportions create a somewhat rectangular dog, slightly longer than it is tall. Front and rear angulation are balanced.
Substance - The Great Pyrenees is a dog of medium substance whose coat deceives those who do not feel the bone and muscle. Commensurate with his size and impression of elegance there is sufficient bone and muscle to provide a balance with the frame.
Like all giant breeds I can think of, they are considered "puppies" for the 1st 2 years of their lives.
Unless you are dedicated to feeding raw, with a proper balance to meet their speical needs, they are kept on a human grade large breed puppy food for those 2 years. Beau just graduated to "grown up" food 3 months ago.
If they are allowed to grow too rapidly durring puppyhood you can guarantee hip, patella and disc problems as an adult.
To both of you, Pyrs are very vocal, they will "talk" to you, carrying on conversations for extended periods of time. Amidst the vocalizations, you might get some Lippizan movements, up on hind legs, forelegs pawing the air and the head moving side to side or back and front as they "talk" to you. Arwen is particulalry fond of doing this when she's excited about the "conversation"!
***Edited By: pyrmom on 7/17/2005 7:22:38 AM*** Reason: x