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2015 Calendars

They're here!  The first copies of our supersized Happy Endings calendars have arrived and will be shipped in early November!

Thank you to all the people who contributed photos and voted for this year's dogs. The calendar cover winner was Pyr Bliss Farms. These 11 beautiful dogs all live in Washington State in a farmlike setting and many are NGPR rescue alumni. They are an excellent example of the grace and dignity of the breed and how wonderful rescue dogs truly are.  All live together and they all even go for walks together. They are amazing!

This year's calendar is a large format calendar in 12"x 12" size, opening to 12" x 24".  With not just 12 but 14 months of Pyr photos and thumbnails of many dogs rescued throughout the year, this is truly the biggest Pyr calendar  anywhere. Click
here to see a PDF of our best calendar ever and place your order for the holidays.  

They make the Pyrfect holiday gift!

Save the Date

Mark your calendars on Thursday, November 20th for the ever-popular Three Scoops of Vanilla fundraising auction! Our feature bracelet in the Spring was sold out before noon, so get your orders in early.

On Thursday, 25 percent of the TOTAL sales through the Three Scoops website will be donated back to NGPR.  Erin is making some new, custom pieces for uswe can't wait to see!  In addition to the website sales, there will be an auction on her Facebook page and 100 percent of the proceeds of this item will be donated directly to NGPR. 

The event will begin 9:00 am EST and will run exactly 12 hours with the last closing bid at 9:00 pm EST.  This year all orders over $100.00 will ship FREE!

Get your lists ready and visit soon if you haven't been there yet Thank you to Erin at Three Scoops and a special thank you to everyone who participates. Your involvement directly benefits the wonderful dogs at NGPR and allows us to continue our mission to save Pyrs and Pyr mixes nationwide. 

Mark your calendars and see you there! 

Taming the Tough Ones

Every year National Pyr volunteers rescue hundreds of dogs; dogs who have been abandoned, abused and neglected. Many of these dogs can quickly leave their pasts behind, but there are some who need a little extra time and attention to enter their new lives happy and healthy. Fortunately, NGPR has the capacity to provide that time and attention. This is the story of one of those dogs.  

When Seamus entered the NGPR system, he was something of an "owner surrender." In reality, Seamus (fka "Shorty"
really, who calls a Great Pyrenees "Shorty"?)  was picked up by animal control wandering the streets of rural Pennsylvania, facing an unknown future. When his owners were contacted, they "declined" to claim him. Long story short, Seamus ended up in a kennel for three months until NGPR was contacted; then I entered the picture. I live in Maryland and Seamus was in Pennsylvania, so it was a little ways, but that was okay. This dog needed my help. So on January 1st, 2014, my husband and I drove to Pennsylvania and picked up my Seamus. He was 67 pounds and a nervous wreck, but when I looked into his big beautiful brown eyes I saw love and a glimmer of hope. Since he was a owner surrender to the shelter, we did have some informationhe had food guarding issues and a bite history. I always take bite histories seriously but based on decades of experience, I don't automatically blame the dog. Many times bites are a result of inexperienced owners who either don't know or don't care about the dog's behavioral tendencies and ignore the many, many warning signs issued by the dog. Not all pups come with 100% perfect personalities and it does take effort by the puppy's owners to properly socialize a dog. If this doesn't happen, behavioral quirks can occur, and in Seamus's case, they did. 

Seamus and I started from ground zero. We began with hand feeding while separated from the pack (I have 3 family dogs) and gradually moved to interrupted bowl feeding away from the pack.  After this trust was built, we moved to hand feeding with the pack and then finally, after months, transitioned to bowl feeding with the pack.  Seamus now bounces to his spot at dinner time and patiently waits his turn. I can happily report that Seamus weighs a solid 104 pounds.  I can also happily report that in the ten months that I've had him, we've had zero bite attempts.  Sure, they was a growl in the beginning of the process, but even that no longer exists. He coexisted with no issues for ten months, sharing his space with not only the family dogs but also the ten pesky puppies that I have fostered during his time with me. His entire rehabilitation process took 6 to 7 months
yes monthsbut I am now confident that Seamus will be able to enter his new life a more solid, self-assured dog. 

Thankfully, NGPR understands the importance of making sure dogs
are ready for adoption, and they allowed me time. When Seamus was ready for adoption, his description listed his quirks, his progress and the characteristics of a family that I felt best suited his needs. I'm thrilled to report that that family does exist, and Seamus will meet them and transition to his forever home in the next several weeks. People ask me all the time how can I give up a dog that I've had for ten months or a puppy I've raised from 3 weeks old.  My answer is, "Easily." I know I can't keep them all, but I can help so, so many by being a foster. Seamus is one of the very special ones where I know in my heart I made a significant difference. His picture will be on my wall with all the other pups that have come through my doors, and hopefully I'll stay in touch with his new family.  If not, I am content to know that he is in a safe and loving home with people who love him as much as I do.
This is our story, but there are many, many dogs who spend extended time with fosters learning to trust, learning to listen, and learning to love. This is what rehabilitation is about and this is what makes fostering such an important part of the National Great Pyrenees Rescue program. Most dogs don't need this type of training and rehabilitation. Since I've had Seamus, I've successfully fostered and had placed in their forever homes 10 beautiful puppies. These dogs went to their new families fully socialized with kids, dogs and cats and were happy and healthy. This is more the norm. But for that other small percentage who need extra attention, NGPR and fostering was the difference between a great future and a certain death sentence.  
Michele Arnold
Volunteer and Proud Foster Parent
Lusby, MD

Let us know if you can work with one of our more challenging dogs by completing our volunteer form. Thanks. 


Love Letters to Rescue

Wendy came to NGPR as a stray from Ohio. When we rescued her, she had a visible eye injury that required removal. Wendy started her road to recovery and to her new life. She was adopted by a wonderful family in Canada and now lives the good life!  We are so happy for Wendynow Izzyand send her and her family lots of Pyr hugs.

First message from Izzy's family in May:

"A heartfelt "thank you" to everyone at NGPR for saving this stray, injured dog. Special thanks to Izzy's foster mom (Sue W.) and our adoption coordinator (Donna R.) and to the people who transported our precious girl from Ohio to Ontario. You folks are fantastic!

We feel so fortunate to have Izzy in our family.  She is an absolute joy!

Thanks again,

And one more note, just recently:

Here's an update on Izzy (formerly Wendy). We adopted her on May 10 and she is a wonderful, gentle, loving addition to our family.

Izzy may be missing an eye, but she hasn't noticed, so it hasn't stopped her from doing anything she wants to do. She's a terrific swimmer, loves to run around the yard and enjoys wrestling with her brother, Rocky.

The Triumph
of Job

For many months, we've been sharing the Trials of Job with you. Job came to National Great Pyrenees Rescue in February with the worst case of mange we've seen, followed by a systemic infection caused by the mange. He was unable to stand due to a severe bone infection that penetrated his spine.

A long course of antibiotics was prescribed and Job and his faithful foster moms dedicated themselves to making sure Job recovered.  They worked tirelessly for months administering medication and providing the necessary activity, including water therapy, to help Job recover.

It is with great joy that we announce Job has been adopted and has gone to his forever home. Job was adopted by a wonderful woman who also adopted Job's best bud,
Ned. Both of these NGPR pups are special needs dogs who became friends and they were able to go home together!

Being able to see a dog's life transformed from hopeless to happy is why we do what we do. At NGPR, we believe all dogs deserve Happily-Ever-Afters!  We are sure thrilled Job and Ned found theirs!!


Join us in CT On Nov. 8th

Join NGPR volunteers and some cute and happy Great Pyrenees on November 8th from 12 pm until 4 pm.  We will be hosting our annual NGPR adoption event at Your Healthy Pet, located in Newtown, CT. 

This event will have National Great Pyrenees dogs available for adoption.  We hope some of our fellow NGPR alumni will be there too!

You'll be able to meet the dogs, learn about the breed, our NGPR fostering program and the latest in nutritional information for your pup. If you haven't ordered your 2015 Happy Endings Calender yet, you can pick one up on the spot for $20.

This event was a great success last year and this year will be just as much fun—if not more!

A huge Pyr-size thank you to Your Healthy Pet for hosting the event. 

Your Healthy Pet is located at:
224 South Main Street
Newtown, CT

We hope to see you there!

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