Meet Chet! He’s a one year old, calm, well-mannered, sweet dog with great devotion to “his person.” He has good house manners and is very obedient. He is potty and crate trained, although he never needs to be crated. Instead his foster parents use a gated-off room, which has become Chet’s safe place. When he’s told, Chet will immediately go into his safe place.
Chet is really comfortable and social with other dogs and requires another dog or dogs in his adoptive home, preferably an active dog for him to play with.
Chet enjoys having a quiet lifestyle at home with a predictable, orderly routine. A low-key home with one adult would be ideal for this handsome and mature chap. Chet is initially timid with people and needs time to warm up. He prefers people to be quiet and calm. He does not like when people are loud, animated, or angry. Once he gets to know “his person” or other people in his life, he is a warm and playful pup.
Chet requires a fenced yard to accommodate his initial skittishness and his need for lots of outdoor playtime. He enjoys being outside in the yard with another dog or by himself. He loves playing in all kinds of weather.
Chet is a one-person dog, loyal and protective to “his person.” Although he gets along with other people (particularly calm and quiet people), he is most comfortable in a household with one adult. He tends to accept women better than men, but it more so depends on the person’s personality and energy. We recommend a household without children for Chet. In his foster home, he has bonded and made his foster mom “his person,” and is protective of her whenever other people are around, including foster dad. If Chet feels that “his person” is threatened in any way, he will bark, growl, or lunge to make it clear he’s uncomfortable with the situation. He can quickly be redirected to see that the person or object is not a threat and, within moments, go from growling to sniffing and licking the person or object.
We think Chet is a mix of Lab and Great Pyrenees. True to the Great Pyrenees breed, Chet is trustworthy, affectionate, and a wonderful companion dog, but if the need arises, he will not hesitate to try to protect “his person” from perceived danger. Fortunately, Chet has never resorted to biting. He does, however, have a strong instinct to bark when guarding “his person.” That said, Chet currently lives with two adults. 80% of the time, he’s great with both “his person” and the other adult and will show affection to both, but there are moments when his protective instincts come into play and need to be addressed.
His loyalty to “his person” is an endearing quality. When “his person” is sick, he will lay beside, despite wanting to get on with the day and play. He is a really good boy and very smart. At bedtime, he sleeps on a dog bed beside “his person.” He often wakes up early, but he stays quiet and will chew on a bone or toy until he hears the alarm clock. As soon as he hears the alarm clock, he jumps in bed and snuggles with both his foster mom and foster dad.
Chet is skittish and wary of certain objects and loud noises. Although when “his person” uses the object or makes a loud noise, he’s fine with that. He only gets uncomfortable when someone other than “his person” does it and only when “his person” is at home with him. If he is left alone with someone other than “his person,” he will allow these nuisances to go on without reacting. We think Chet reacts to protect “his person.” As a result, having Chet in a household with one person makes life for him so much easier because he doesn’t have the need to protect all the time.
Chet loves to go for walks, but because he’s even more skittish outside his home, he prefers to walk with another dog. He pulls initially, but then settles down and walks well on leash. Chet was a stray hit by a car in Texas. He can be wary of cars and other unfamiliar objects while walking so making sure you have a firm grip on his leash is key.
Chet can be mouthy when he plays with people, but he takes a gentle correction and knows the difference between play biting and giving a kiss.
He has unique features like his white eyelashes, a perfect circle birthmark on his back (that looks like a dreamcatcher), and a curly tail (that sways! instead of wags). His tail is magical! He has a soft white coat with tan spots.
If you are interested in learning more about Chet and meeting him, please submit an application.
Breed: Great Pyrenees/Lab Mix
Age: approximately 12 months old
Weight: 56 lbs
Vaccinations: current as of August 2018
BASED ON OUR OBSERVATIONS:
Good with Dogs: Yes, he is currently fostering with other dogs and does very well. Another dog or dogs in the home is a requirement.
Good with Cats: Unknown – Chet has not been around cats.
Good with Kids: No
Adoption Donation: $450
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