Diamonds in the Ruff
Finding loving homes for our overlooked dogs and cats
Bought down in Texas to be a guard dog, this big fluffy puppy was left outside tied to a tree. But he would rather invite people in for lovin' than try to scare them away! His owner gave him up to a rescue when it was clear this cloud of a pup wasn't up for the task of protecting his home. The rescuers got Lucas ready for his big trip, and he was on his way to Buddy Dog to find his forever home!
Now an adult and pushing 100 pounds, Lucas has become more confident and ready to protect his home like the greatest of Great Pyrenees do. The problem is he'll protect them from the plumber they hired, or the neighborhood kids who are rough housing too much, or anyone he considers invasive. While he is willing to be loved on and snuggled by calm and friendly strangers, he has his own opinions about who is an unwanted guest, and who is welcome. His new family will need to have a safe, enclosed area for when he is offended by such guest, like a separate room with a closed door or a spacious crate in a quiet area.
Unlike some other guarding breeds, like German Shepherd Dogs for example, Great Pyrenees are notoriously stubborn, and Lucas is no exception! They were bred to do one thing, guard their land, and they're often not out to impress their families much. They're very secure like that. It'll make basic training more difficult, but luckily Lucas has had a head start. He walks well on a leash, only pulling when upset by other dogs, and knows to potty outside. He will need someone experienced with stubborn guarding breeds like himself to excel in his new home.
While Lucas has enjoyed his playtime with other dogs, he strictly needs to be an only pet in his new home. Sadly, this was learned through trial and error. In one home Lucas was simply too pushy and boisterous for the families calmer Great Pyrenees, and in another already multi dog family Lucas regularly had arguments with the other dogs. He likely believes he is guarding his home and family, just as he believes he is guarding them from the scary men moving boxes and the scary firefighter coming to check the alarm. He still enjoys meet and greets with some dogs, but can be easily agitated by ruder or reactive dogs. It would be great for him to enjoy some social time with some four legged friends, but Lucas insist he is plenty of pet for any family by himself.
Lucas is the preferred cuddle companion of many volunteers at Buddy Dog. We know he will flourish in the right family, but we also know he has unique needs so we must be careful that his next family with be his forever family. He has already been bounced around so much in his young life.
Lucas is a 2 year old Great Pyrenees and weights around 100lbs.
How to Adopt
We ask all prospective adopters to speak with a staff member and meet Lucas in person at our facility prior to filling out an application. Visitors are welcome to our shelter any time during business hours, no appointment needed. You can find our location and hours here. Applications are available to be filled out in person at our front desk. Our general adoption policies can be found on our page here.
The ideal home described below is based on the knowledge of Buddy Dog’s staff. This list reflects what Buddy Dog staff and believe will be necessary for Lucas to succeed and be happy in an adoptive home.
Lucas cannot live with other animals.
Lucas cannot live with children under 15 years old. Visiting children are okay with close supervision. If they are at all loud or active Lucas will likely need to stay in an area away from them.
Lucas's family must have someone experience with stubborn guarding breeds.
Lucas's family must have a safe and enclosed area for him to be separate from visitors if needed.
Lucas's new home must have a securely enclosed fenced in yard, ideally with a privacy fence so he is not agitated with the activity outside his home.
Lucas might enjoy some social time with other dogs away from home, but his family will need to be careful as he does not get alone with all dogs.
Lucas is very strong, and even though he often walks great on leash his new family will need to be strong and sturdy enough for when he does pull.
Lucas has a very thick coat which will require extra maintenance, and will shed plenty.
If you are interested in learning more about Lucas; contact a staff member by emailing or leaving a voicemail at 978-443-6990. Visitors are welcome at our facility any time during business hours, no appointment needed.