Age: 5 Years Sex: Male Weight: 100+ lbs
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October 31st 2007
People messing with his family
No toys, but loves to wrestle with his humans!
To the end of the cul-de-sac, because that's where the kids hang out!
No tricks, just hugs and loving.
Zues is a rescue dog and the most appreciative rescue I've ever had (and I rescue a lot). I usually try to find good homes for the dogs we save, but have kept a few "special" ones! Zues is hands down one of the best dogs I have ever owned. He came to me through a friend who rescued him and could no longer keep him as her new apt had a size restriction and he is a very big boy! She was beside herself and very upset that she could no longer keep him and worried that she would never find a suitable home for him. I suspect he was abused by a male at some point in his past. He is not aggressive or mean, but he is very cautious with men and does not like for them to put their hands near his face. I have had him for a year now and can't imagine my life without him!
Zues is the neighborhood mascot! He loves nothing more than to go outside and play with the children in the cul-de-sac. He is very diligent and will not let the younger kids go near the street. Even though he loves to jump up with his paws on an adults shoulders, he has never tried to jump on a kid. He is content to stand by thier side or lay in the grass and let the kids climb all over him! He has put himself between the kids and other dogs until he is certain the other dogs mean no harm. So far, all other dogs have gone into "submissive" pose as soon as they see him with the kids.
Oh...and he has "rescued" me twice. Once from a salesman at the door who wouldn't take no for an answer and kept putting his hand on the door to keep me from shutting it. The third time he did this, Zues "politely" let him know in his most menacing growl and look, that this was not acceptable and the man quickly left. The second was from a couple I suspect was "casing" the neighborhood. My big gentle giant who has never shown aggression toward anyone was suddenly terrifying! He would not let me open my door more than an inch for these people (and he usually loves to great our guests). Once they saw Zues and heard all the noise he and my min-pin were making, they quickly made an lame excuse for being there and left (looking like they'd seen a ghost). While loving and gentle 99.9% of the time, he takes his duties to protect his family VERY seriously!
Zues's best friend is Belle, a 12 lb miniature pinscher, who he allows to rule the roost and be the alpha dog. It's as if he knows she is "all bark and no bite".
Zues is like most pyr's who are loving, extremely loyal and protective of his family, and very independent. He is well trained and a very good boy, but he does have a mind of his own and will often do things in his time, not when others want him to! He requires regular brushing and I vacuum more than I have ever had to. But he is worth it! I am convinced he is THE BEST home protection plan I've ever had! And I am willing to bet he will not let anything happen to the neighborhood kids when they are out with him.
I grew up on a farm, have always had at least 2 dogs in my home at any given time and am in my 50's. So I have owned (and rescued) a lot of animals. Zues is one of the most awesome dogs I've ever owned (at least in the top 2)!
The Gentle Giant
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