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Update on Hoarder Pyrs

NGPR volunteers rescued two groups of dogs from hoarders late last year.  One was in New York and the other was in Kentucky.  Sugar Bear, shown in his new home (above),  is one of six Pyrs  rescued from a breeder's home in upstate New York before Christmas.  The dogs spent most of their lives kept in crates that were 

too small for them, given minimal quantities of water so they wouldn't pee in them and only walked once a day.  The story of their neglect and abuse is on our Neediest Cases page After they were rescued, the dogs went to the Olde Dogge Inn in Albion, NY so they could be cared for and assessed before going to fosters and adopters. As of mid-February all the dogs have been placed. Heart (below)  is being adopted by his foster family in upstate New York who rescued his brother Benazar, a year ago 

and Pork Chop and Dreamer are being adopted by an NGPR volunteer in New Jersey; Kuma is with a foster in Pennsylvania; Blue is being fostered in Connecticut. Sugar Bear went to the volunteer who groomed and cared for them all at the Olde Dogge Inn. Many thanks to those who participated in and donated to the rescue of all the hoarder dogs.

The Pyr Bliss Farm Story

My first Great Pyrenees “Aspen “is where my Pyrenees love story began. I knew absolutely nothing about Pyrs except that they were beautiful. Because I have always walked for exercise, “Aspen” was my perfect partner. She lived to be 16 ½ years old before having to let her go. As we all know, it’s the hardest thing in life to do. I had a German Shepherd and figured out that if I tied “Aspen “to him, she would walk nicely beside him. Then came Jack and “Casey", a rescue Golden mix. Well, I just tied her to “Hurricane” and “Aspen” and off we went. Then came “Burg “and then “Winnie “and so on. Thus, the older seasoned walkers helped train the new ones. It takes about two walking sessions before the new dogs walk perfectly. The tethers we use between the dogs are straps about 12” long with hasps on each end. They are sold in most feed and pet stores. Many people have asked how we are able to have so many Pyrs that get along. Since our dogs come from rescue, the main reason for our success is due to the wonderful rescuers and fosters who spend so much time evaluating and working with them. Every Pyr we have adopted has been true to their profile, which makes such a difference in matching temperaments. Thus we are able to choose dogs that seem to be the best fit for us.

It’s definitely challenging at times but because we are lucky enough to be home most of the time, we are able to be really consistent with our daily routines. Exercise is absolutely our best friend. The dogs love it and it keeps their minds focused.  Another frequently asked question is about how we introduce the new dogs into our pack. The key is to ALWAYS walk all the dogs immediately. Most of our new dogs have arrived very late at night, but no matter what, we walk the dogs. I start out with the seasoned dogs and Jack slips the new dog out of the truck and follows a distance behind. They all try to turn around and growl etc. but the key is to keep moving. The new dog is walked closer and closer until he/she can smell our old dogs–all the while still walking briskly. No nose-to-nose meetings are allowed or they will fight! Finally, the new dog is led in front of the old dogs while they get to smell his/her scent from a distance–eventually getting closer until they all settle. By always moving forward it keeps them from fighting. It takes some time but once we do this, the new dog becomes part of the pack. We keep the new dog inside safe for the first night, but with morning we start our regular routine like always.The new dog is kept on a leash so they focus on the routine instead of wandering off. I can’t stress enough how these dogs thrive on routine! Whether its dinner or treat time, all the dogs have to sit and wait patiently in their place until they are all together before they get food (which they love)! This is why I am able to get them to sit for pictures. They sit and wait patiently until they get a treat and I “ release “ them. Our lives are filled with such love and joy with each Pyr we’ve been lucky enough to adopt. Thank you to all of you who work so hard every single day to save these beautiful souls. We are forever grateful to you.
The Gang from Pyr Bliss Farm,
Jack, Lisa, Burg, Winnie, Mia, Ellie, Maggie, Daphne, Millie, Oliver and Sweet Pea.
To see who the dogs are and where they came from, click here.

Sookie and
Her Pups

The breakup of a hoarder situation in Kentucky late last Fall resulted in the rescue of a Pyr who had just given birth to a litter of nine pups. Sookie (above), was diagnosed with mange and was severely malnourished.  She developed other complications after giving birth due to her poor condition and couldn't nurse the pups. Happily they all survived due to their dedicated caretakers and have been placed in good homes screened by NGPR volunteers. The new, much-improved Sookie (below) went to her furever home last

 week. We have been called upon more and more often lately to rescue dogs from hoarding situations, which require teams of volunteers and emergency financial assistance.  Our latest case  is in Arkansas  (see Take Five, right).  The dogs are on their way to Pennsylvania  this weekend.  

Love Letters to Rescue

Bentley was picked up as a stray in southern New Mexico and landed in a crowded kill shelter. When his time was up there,  two dedicated Missouri volunteers drove 1850 miles to bring him to safety to NGPR's Bear Creek Missouri rescue. He was adopted by a family in Pennsylvania last February and we received this email from them earlier this year. 
Dear NGPR,  It seems like Bentley  has been a part of our family forever!! We are so blessed to have him, and we thank you every day. He is such a big love!!! His only problem is that he totally thinks he is a lap dog, and when 135 pounds lays on top of you on the couch, it sometimes hurts, LOL! He is inseparable from our Golden, and they are always playing, or sleeping next to each other. Everywhere we go, people stop and compliment us on how handsome he is, and they cannot believe anyone abandoned him. 
Thank you again for bringing him into our lives, he brings us so much joy everyday, and we are so very grateful!! -- Nancy

Take Five
From AR

Five Pyrs from Omaha, AR are spending President's weekend traveling to Eastern Pennsylvania. They are part of a group of 32 dogs who were seized from an abusive breeding couple who kept all the dogs in their house. The dogs were without food and water from Jan. 29 to Feb. 7 and the rental property is in such bad condition it is being bulldozed.  There are 11 Golden Retrievers and six Labrador Retrievers as well as the Pyrs and other breeds. The Pyrs and Goldens will arrive at the Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue facility in Reinholds, PA on Tuesday. The five Pyrs will be moved to a spay/neuter facility on Wednesday and will be ready to go to foster homes starting Saturday, February 23. We need fosters for the three purebred Pyrs who are four years old and two male  Pyr/Newf mixes who are nine months old. They are all  friendly and get along with other dogs and cats. Information about fostering and pictures can be found here on our website. Donations are appreciated.  
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