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Great Pyrenees / Red Heeler / Mixed (medium coat)  : :  Female (spayed)  : :  Adult  : :  Large

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About Nell

  • Status: Available for Adoption (adoption info)
  • Adoption Fee: $225
  • Species: Dog
  • General Color: White with Red, Golden, Orange or Chestnut
  • Current Size: 55 Pounds
  • Potential Size: 65 Pounds
  • Current Age: 4 Years 5 Months (best estimate)
  • Fence Required: Yes(6 foot)
  • Housetrained: Yes
  • Obedience Training Needed: Needs Training
  • Exercise Needs: Moderate
  • Reaction to New People: Cautious

Nell was just 3 months old when she, her mom Violet, and two siblings were picked up by animal control in rural Oklahoma. They were picked up from a property where they were in the pasture with goats. Animal control had to use a "catch-pole" to catch them because the whole little family was showing a fair amount of fear-based aggression. Sadly, the animal control officer made the decision to euthanize one puppy, saying s/he was too aggressive. It's really hard to imagine a 3-month old puppy being so aggressive that an experienced person couldn't have dealt with the issue, but seeing that the "shelter" was willing to put down a puppy, one local person volunteered to foster Violet and her remaining two puppies until she could find a rescue to take them in.

When we brought them here, the puppies (whom we named Nell and Maynard) were very frightened, and they tried to avoid my attempts to touch them, but they were never aggressive. They simply acted like feral pups who had ZERO experience with humans, other than their very unfortunate interaction with animal control.

After she was old enough to be spayed, we brought Nell inside the house, and one of our Great Pyrenees mix adult females acted as a surrogate mom to her. They shared a giant 54" crate and usually went outside for potty breaks together. Nell was making a little bit of progress in learning to trust me, but then we moved her and her brother to another foster home. There was some regression, which is natural with unsocialized dogs, but both pups are making slow progress again.

If you have the patience and compassion to love Nell and work with her to overcome her difficult start in life, please complete the application on our website at


More about Nell

Good with Dogs, Somewhat vocal, Requires a yard, Likes to play with toys, Timid, Skittish

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