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New Website
 
This is a busy weekend holiday for many people but we hope you'll take a minute to visit our redesigned website, www.nationalpyr.org. We're having something of an anniversary because the first National Pyr website was launched eight years ago on the fourth of July. 

The site has been completely redesigned.  More than half the visits to the nationalpyr.org website are now from people using smart phones or tablets. The new design looks good in all formats and puts an emphasis on adoption and learning about our adoptable dogs because finding homes for hundreds of Pyrs and Pyr mixes is what we do.  

We have a new logo and new header for our newsletter. Our familiar Pyr star is still with us but now stands out against the black background. But this isn't all about looks. The new site is easy to navigate with descriptive pictures leading applicants through all the steps to adoption on one landing page.
 

 
The volunteer section  has been enlarged and the password-protected docs page contains forms and documents that volunteers need.  If you are volunteering, ask your state foster coordinator for the password.

Breed Basics is another section where we've added new content.   Our fencing page on how to keep your dog securely enclosed (featured opposite) is just one of the ways we are addressing the major concerns and issues we have heard from adopters and applicants. 

We've been listening and learning now for eight years and after placing thousands of dogs in their furever homes, this new website reflects the knowledge and information we have to share. 

 

Don't Fence Me In

One of the most common complaints from Great Pyrenees owners and one of the most frequent reasons for Pyrs being surrendered are dogs escaping a fenced yard.  Not all fences are equal and not all Pyrs appreciate containment.  For some dogs, the all-consuming urge to travel requires owners to take out-of-the-ordinary measures to keep their dogs safe.  Our new website, www.nationalpyr.org has three pages devoted exclusively to fencing and some of the successful methods used to contain roaming Pyrs. Here are some highlights from that page.

Most of the time, 4-5 foot chain link, aluminum or woven wire fencing is sufficient to contain an average Pyr.  Although dogs will perimeter patrol, most will not try to get out. But if you have have a jumper, extra security measures may be needed.  The lean-in can be added to traditional fencing and online packages can be purchased to do this. 

Roll-Bars or
coyote rollers are a highly effective way of keeping coyotes out of backyards and pastures. It also works to keep dogs in, The top line of the fence will roll, forcing the dog to fall backwards when he tries to clear the fence. Usually dogs pull themselves over the top rung, so this makes sense. Some people even use these on gates to keep dogs from climbing up on the crossbars.  

Whether you use chain link or woven-wire horse or farm/goat fencing, it should have a sturdy tension wire threaded through every other link at the bottom to keep the fence from being bent out when the dog is trying to squeeze or dig under. The top should be stabilized as well, with a tension wire or steel bar. Some people use hog panels tacked securely on the inside of split rail fencing and put concrete with rebar along the bottom--the bottom looks like this--you can see how they used heavy metal cable at the bottom and fastened it to the fence post to hold it solid.

L-Footer: An L-footer is wire fencing laid down against the base of your fence and bent perpendicular (90 degree angle) to it: just like an “L”. You can bury this fencing underground, but it doesn’t have to be buried to work. Some people just lay it on top of the grass and maybe add some rocks to hold it down, but with a determined Pyr, you may need to bury it. You should have it extend 2-3 feet into the yard, and then bury it underground or tack it down and cover it with rocks, mulch, etc.

Most of our Pyrs don't need these extraordinary measures.  We may have as many couch potatoes as we do escape artists.  But if your dog does require special containment, these are excellent alternatives to cable runners or tie outs. These tested methods will help you keep your dog safe.

 

Thank You to the Pyr Pack!

We did it.  Our 2015 membership drive raised $25,000 this year in donations and pledges. Member support increased 10% and we want to thank everyone who made this happen. We didn't need to make any dramatic announcements; we let just people know what we do everyday, 365 days a year. 

Pyr Pack donations come in two ways.  One-time annual donations are 60% of the funding we receive during the membership campaign.  The other 40% comes from monthly sustaining donations that provide income for the other 11 months of the year. 

 Pyr Pack membership provides direct support for National Pyr's ongoing programs—neediest cases, shelter pulls, boarding, medical expenses and our 800 number for shelters, surrenders and adoptions.  We answer hundreds of calls every month about behavioral issues, lost and found Pyrs and dogs who need to be pulled from shelters.  We match incoming dogs with suitable fosters until a new home can be found.  Member support guarantees that there is a place where Pyr owners and Pyr finders can turn to get the information and support they need.

If you haven't already become a member of the Pyr Pack, you can still join by clicking
nowBe one of the many caring supporters who want to improve the lives of Pyrs and Pyr mixes nationwide.  It's not too late if you haven't signed up yet, please join the Pyr Pack today!

Goodbye, I Love You

June 28, 2015
We're sorry to advise that Sheba is no longer with us. She appeared the picture of health only a month ago when this photo was taken with Meaghan, but she was diagnosed with bone cancer on Friday and we made the difficult decision to put her to sleep today. She was certainly a challenging member of the family on some days, but on other days she gave us much joy, and in the end she was much loved and will be deeply missed. We adopted Sheba through your organization about five years ago. You rescued her from an outdoor Florida kennel, where she had been virtually abandoned. We were very happy to make her a loving member of the family. It was a bit of a rough start--she had clearly not been treated well for the four or so years before she was rescued--but she was much loved. We were particularly happy to share Sheba's first experiences with snow. She was never happier than when it was bitterly cold and snowing. Hard to believe that she was kept outside in Florida for so many years. Anyway, felt that I should send you this note to let you know how it all worked out and to thank you again for putting us together with her. You're doing great work and making a difference. We won't be ready to even consider adopting another dog for a long time, if ever (it's so hard to lose them); but if we ever do, we ‎all agree that you'll be first on our list.
Darryl, Ontario Canada

Calendar's Coming

Our 2016 calendar contest is coming up next month. The contest starts August 1 so start clicking. Bigger is better when submitting photos. The photos you submit should say MB (1.0 mb or more) after them, meaning the size is in megabytes not kilobytes (kb). Make sure your dog is in focus, centered and in the forefront (not foreground) of the photo. If your entry is too blurry or too small we may not use it at all! Don’t miss this chance to get your pup a place on everyone’s wall!  It costs $30 to submit a photo, enter the Top Dog Cover Contest and get the 14-month calendar delivered right to your door

Foster Call

The summer is here and we need fosters now more than ever to keep dogs moving. Handsome Bruiser is a nine-year old owner surrender in New York. He's a total sweetie who needs a place to go before August 1. We need fosters for both owner surrenders and dogs coming from shelters. Dogs coming from shelters usually need two fosters. First they go to local fosters in the vicinity of the shelter. Their medical needs are taken care of and they are assessed. Then they are ready to go to second foster homes, usually in areas where it is more likely they can be adopted. Please take a moment to consider fostering at this time of great need. Visit our volunteer page to learn more.  Thank you.
 
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