|1/18/12: Jericho was in pretty rough shape. History is pretty much
unknown. He and Shylo ended up at the vets office with no
where to go. Ozark Dogs has a soft spot for Pyrenees, no
matter what shape they are in. All Creatures vet will be
treating him for heartworms around mid April after he completes the pre-treatment. He tips
the scale at 143 pounds!!!
Talk about a giant Pyrenees! He did lose about 5 pounds when I
spent an hour cutting away mats on just his tail. Poor fella.
He could not lift it and the poop stuck. He was obviously shaved down
completely last spring. I hate that because he will never have
that outer protective coat again. He is just one big cotton
ball of undercoat so he will need to be inside in wet weather.
His coat will act like a sponge. He tolerated the bath and
finally accepted the blower. That was his biggest fear was
that loud sound.
He is coming around quickly to
relax and trust. Once he knew I was helping him and not
going to hurt him, he laid down so I could cut the mats. We
do have a hard time convincing him a car ride was a good thing.
He needs leash work. I think he was jerked around, so when he
is leashed and it tugs, he sits down. We have been "practicing" and I think
he will understand real soon that a walk on a leash is a 'together'
thing and fun, not a forceful, bad thing.
He has had x-rays and the good news is, his hips and spine
are in great shape. Bad news, he had an old knee injury that
was never treated and now he has severe arthritis in it. They
don't have knee replacement surgery for dogs.