Finding the Ferals

The rescue started with an emotional call to NGPR's shelter hotline on Monday, January 19. Kelly, the woman calling, had alarming news. A family of feral Pyrs—a dad, mom and three pups were living on the property she was renting. The owner, who wanted them gone, had already shot and killed the male and was gunning for the female. There was real concern that the Mom, Precious, and her three puppies would be killed. Kelly contacted a nearly shelter but like many animal aid organizations, they were extremely busy. With the male dead, Kelly was reaching out to find help. We weren't familiar with this rural area outside of Morristown, TN so we reached out to Cyn Mobley of At Risk Intervention in Knoxville. Cyn in turn notified the Morristown Humane Society and nearby Noah's Ark. Kelly was feeding the remaining dogs and thought she might be able to lure them into her barn with some assistance. Monday, January 26, was set as the date to capture the Pyr family. Susan from Noah's Ark came with crates for Mom and the pups who showed up as usual for their afternoon feeding. The pups came into the barn and the door was rigged so it closed shut. Mom wouldn't go in. She hung around outside and ate some food that had tranquilizer in it. When she tried to take off, the tranquilizers slowed her down. A  blanket was thrown over her and she was maneuvered into a waiting crate. The pups were brought to At Risk Intervention in Knoxville and Mom was brought to a local vet the next morning. The plan was to spay Precious but when she was opened up, it was found that she was filled with cancer. She was euthanized and the ashes were given to Kelly who buried them on her farm in the place she used to meet Precious and pups. The pups were moved the following weekend to fosters in Virginia and New Jersey. They now have namesSincha, Sensa and Castieland all are doing great and adjusting to life on the inside.

Gone Girl And Runaway Pyrs

Many of us have experienced the nightmare of a finding that a beloved Pyr has taken off. We leave the gate open or our ever-adventurous Pyr takes the opportunity to bolt through an open door.

 That's what happened when Katie made her great escape in northern New Jersey on January 5. A neighbor was feeding her while her foster Mom was away and when they opened the door to leave, Katie took off. Local animal control was contacted but as frequently is the case, they weren't exactly Johnny-on-the spot. A trap large enough to capture an 80-lb Pyr was promised but never arrived. 

Obviously something more was needed. Through experience, we've learned what can be effective when a Pyr is missing and driving around the neighborhood doesn't turn them up. Alerting neighbors to the missing dog is critical. This can be done through posters and getting the word out through lost dog services. To find Katie, we used who for a fee within a couple of hours sent out a robo call to the neighborhood. We started receiving calls back almost immediately from people who had spotted Katie, with the most calls occurring around the time people returned home from work. One woman said she thought she was seeing a ghost of her neighbor's Kuvasz who passed away a month before! This information helped us understand where Katie was and the pattern she was traveling in. It was also important to advise neighbors not to feed or chase the dog, which could frighten her more and force her into the woods where she would be harder to retrieve.
We were also lucky enough to get connected to Nicole, the dog tracker behind  Buddha Dog Rescue and Recovery.   She advised us on what to do and not do and within 24 hours set up a trap and trail camera to capture images of Katie.
We had a very disturbing report that Katie was seen along the nearby interstate that connects New York and New Jersey. We were concerned, since she was missing for six days and running out of time. The following morning, January 11, Katie's foster Mom was headed out to get more food to bait the trap with and cruised by an area that Katie had been seen in before. To her amazement, Katie was there. She opened the doors and after a bit of coaxing, Katie came to her and jumped in the car for the very happy ending we had all been hoping for. 
It goes without saying that your dog should be microchipped and registered and should have a current i.d. tag with your address and phone number.  Pyrs are notorious for taking off and during rescue transports, are always considered a flight risk. Just ten days after Katie disappeared, Nicole noted on the Buddha Dog Rescue Facebook page that a Pyr involved in car accident in Shelton, CT fled the scene and was missing. She was recovered after six days 
 the exact same amount of time Katie was gone. If the unthinkable happens and your Pyr disappyrs, acting quickly is of the utmost importance. There are some excellent tips on this site that can help you get started so your gone girl or gone guy gets home soon. 

Love Letters to Rescue

Wyatt came into rescue from a northern Kentucky kill shelter last September. From the beginning he was a very good boy, a perfect gentlemanquiet, friendly and loving. He sat at the Kentucky foster home for four months because potential adopters wanted guarantees that he was housebroken. We couldn't give them that assurance because he was kept outdoors in a barn stall. Having a clean pen or stall is a good indication that an outdoor dog will train easily and Pyrs are smart and housebreak quickly. If initial marking in the house is a problem, belly bands are useful. Wyatt had his happy ending because his new Pyrents took a chance on housebreaking him when others wouldn't and in return have been rewarded with a wonderful dog. 
                              January 22
We adopted Wyatt just under 2 weeks ago.  He is without a doubt one of the sweetest dogs that we have ever had and is adjusting much quicker than we had expected. He loves rolling in the snow and
playing with his Newfie sister. We just can't imagine how such a sweet boy ended up in rescue, but either way, we feel blessed to have him as part of our family. We can't thank you guys enough for giving us the  opportunity to add Wyatt to our family
Sincerely, Ron and Kim.


A Fun-Raiser To Love

Seriously, we weren't going to do a Valentine's Day fundraiser. (Oh, sure). But then we got an offer we couldn't refuse from our rescue friend Cyn Mobley in Knoxville, TN. She runs At Risk Intervention and has saved many a Pyr and other breeds from cruel kill shelters. Her organization pulls and houses dogs for rescue groups while they await travel to fosters and adoptive homes. Cyn was instrumental in helping reel in the feral pups who came into rescue recently from eastern Tennessee. We're honored that she created this heartfelt valentine collage to leave messages and tributes to our dogs. What better way to say l love you to our Pyrs and Pyr friends. Cyn will also mail contributors to our Valentine's tribute a commemorative tag so a little bit of extra love will arrive later in the mail to donors to remember Valentine's Day 2015. The economics of rescue are always unsure. None of us know what will walk through the door tomorrow. We know that not everyone can foster or adopt. Not everyone can transport. Not everyone can make a donation. But everyone can do something and maybe this Valentine's Day tribute is what you can do today. Click here to get going. Chose SELECT to pick your heart. Then drag it onto one of the spots on the heart tree. Add a dedication and dedication photo, if you like. When done, click "I'm finished decorating" to make your donation.  We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Neither Rain, Nor Snow, etc.

Just about nothing will deter our dedicated transporters from getting  our dogs to their furever homes or fosters.   We've had a beast of a winter on the East Coast and this weekend, when 15 Pyrs arrived on the West Coast to meet adopters and fosters in Oregon and Washington, heavy rain and flooding was in the headlines, with some areas getting up to seven inches of rain. On the East Coast, transports have to be carefully planned during snowy winter months.  A popular route that brings dogs up from Tennessee and Kentucky runs along the snowy I-90 corridor through Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York, skirting the Great Lakes. This area is subject to lake-effect blizzards that can close the interstate and leave vehicles stranded for days. And if the weather stress isn't enough, the large transport carriers that bring some dogs north suffer more wear and tear and break down under these conditions. These delays then affect the multi-legged chain of volunteers who meet the transports and help move the dogs to their final destinations. Still, transport must go on. Overcrowded southern kill shelters need to move dogs out to local fosters who in turn must move the dogs north to fosters and adopters. If you can help with transport or overnight a dog, please email us to let us know so we can keep the rescue lifeline going no matter what the weather brings.   
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