Penelope – Wichita , KS


Owner’s Information

Owner’s Name:

Jenny Findling

Contact Info:

(316) 253-5448
[email protected]


Wichita , KS

Posted on:

June 30, 2024

Pet’s Information

Pet’s Name: Penelope


Penelope (P) should be the only pet in the home. She gets grumpy with other dogs (dominant) and has to be rehomed because she bit the cat twice. It is clearly not a fluke at this point.

It would be best for her in be in a house. She would do fine in an apartment as long as she got walks, but she howls and barks. Like seriously howls like a wolf. It is a very pretty sound and I always stop what I'm doing to listen, but your wall neighbor probably wouldn't be amused. She is a loud dog. She is a natural guard dog and will alert you to activity outside of the house. She is very keyed into alarm noises. It is super weird, any alarm noise. Sci fi the station is going to explode noises, hands over our ears signing to avoid hearing the 'next time on" when binging tv shows, baby crying on the tv. I don't know how she knows what noises are alarms but she has a great accuracy record. If you are a single woman, this dog would have your back. She likes men just as well as women, but as a woman you would always feel safe with her there. There is no better home security, defense system than a large dog that loves you. She has chosen, since a puppy, to sleep on the main floor of the house. I think it is to stand guard.

She loves car rides and walks. She has some problem with pulling on the leash sometimes but I've been working hard on that one and she is doing great. If you were to want to adopt her, I would love to show you all her tricks. This is super hard because we don't want to rehome her. That wasn't even a thought until she hurt the cat. Helping you and her adjust to each other and letting you know her ins and outs would be helpful for me emotionally.

She is potty trained, kennel trained, can walk on a leash (not perfect but does pretty good), knows a handle full of tricks and it is easy to teach her new ones. During training she is super engaged, right there with you, excited to learn. She can sit, stay, lay down, leave food in an open hand alone (leave it), wait, do these in whatever order or combo you want. She is spayed, microchipped, caught up on her vaccines, on heartworm/parasite meds, just had her teeth cleaned a couple of months ago. She has developed allergies and we are starting prednisone to see if that helps. It is pretty cheap. She has had an anal gland rupture and needs them expressed from time to time. That is cheap and it is obvious when she needs it. She chews at her rear, drops her butt (like bang, not scoot) on the floor, and is all around cranky.

She is very much a mix of the two breeds that we know she is, she probably has something else in her because of her wacky curled tail. Definitely, half Great Pyrenees and half some type of hunting hound. The hunting hound is were we think she gets the alert/warning howl from. She also is an excellent tracker. When on walks she doesn't care about the people or dogs walking past, she is intent on the ground tracking. She has successfully flushed out bunnies several times. Great Pyrenees are bred for independence and intelligence. They stay with the flock up in the mountains without a person and run off bear and wolves. They aren't bred to kill the bear or wolf, just to run at them super fast and loud and then return to the flock. What I'm saying is that she is loud and fool hardy but not a killer. She is so into geese that she needs to come with a warning that she will do anything to try to get at them. Once one got into our back yard. She barked at it and kept it encircled but never bit it.

She is a pretty chill dog. Mostly she likes to hang out on the couch and cuddle. She likes leaning against people for hugs, getting her butt or ears scratched. She doesn't want people walking up to her and touching her, especially her face. She is like a person that way. She thinks it is very rude unless she knows the person. She growls to communicate that she doesn't like something but I've never been afraid she would bite someone. It just means go away, she has never moved towards someone when she was unhappy with them, always away from them. She should not be around anyone with Alzheimer's. She was around one woman and Penelope was very scared of the woman and danced backwards in fear. That is the only time that has happened and it was twice that she showed fear of the woman. She is a very preceptive dog.

Kids - she has been around kids but she shows some grumpiness with the more active ones that don't respect her space. I wouldn't recommend someone with small children get her. She would be fine with teens that knew not get all up in her face. Might be easier to go with a different dog if you have kids.

She will come with a large bag of dog food, kennel, pull toy, medicine (prednisone and heart worm preventative), will change her microchip over to you.

Breed: Great pyrenees and coonhound mix

Gender: Female

Date of Birth: June 20, 2020

Color/Markings: White with black spots

Weight: 110lbs.

Size: Large

Re-Home Fee: $25

Reason for re-homing:

Penelope bit our cat twice, causing serious injury. The cat was a loved one's pet and we agreed to care for him after her death, Penelope will need to find a new home.

Spayed or Neutered: Yes

Microchipped: Yes

Current on Vaccines: Yes

House-trained: Yes

Crate-trained: Yes

Litterbox-trained: No

Pet Friendly: No

Child Friendly: Unsure

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