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2013 Calendars

Gypsy is our 2013 calendar cover dog, a Texas gal from the Great Pyrenees Rescue Society who was adopted in Washington State. Gypsy is one of nearly 300 Pyrs from Texas who have found their second (and for some first) chance in the Pacific Northwest  since November 2010. She loves meeting new people, is always very friendly and thinks that everyone who comes to visit comes to see her.

The first copies of the Happy Endings calendar are rolling off the press next week and will be shipped  to arrive in early-November. There are now 15 months of Pyr photos and the calendar features all our Top Dog  Contest winners, a new two-page centerfold and many candid shots of dogs rescued throughout the year.

 So you don't miss the largest collection of Pyr photos in any calendar, order your calendar  now .

Combating Canine Cancer

Cancer strikes one out of every three dogs and more than half of these dogs will die.  But innovations in care and treatment are lengthening dogs' lives and research is opening doors to new procedures and possible cures.  Around 10,000 dogs a year develop osteosarcoma, which often strikes large dogs like Great Pyrenees. When Kate Cordts, a San Antonio librarian, noticed swelling on the foreleg of her Great Pyrenees, Rowdy, she knew that it was cancer and a trip to the vet confirmed her suspicion. She brought Rowdy to Texas A&M University for an experimental treatment where radioactive isotopes to shrink the cancer were injected into his bone using tiny drills about the size of two human hairs. The results of this program could hold promise for humans. Osteosarcoma affects 900 people each year in the U.S., many of them children.  Dogs are genetically closer to humans than humans are to mice, which are commonly used for pre-clinical studies. What we learn from dogs with cancer may be applied to humans with cancer. 

Texas A&M University is also pioneering a ground-breaking lymphoma treatment therapy research project that uses laboratory expanded T-cells to help extend the lives of dogs that develop cancer. Lymphoma is the most common form of canine cancer, accounting for up to 24 percent of all cancer cases diagnosed. It is rarely curable. Eighty percent of dogs typically live only 12 months or less after being diagnosed with lymphoma.

Biomedical engineers at the University of California-Davis  have announced a breakthrough in the treatment of oral canine cancer  with a new procedure that  involves regrowing the part of the jawbone that's been removed.  Removal saves the dog's life but causes problems with chewing and grasping.  Now the defective part of the jaw can be reconstructed using a titanium plate with a piece of scaffolding containing proteins to stimulate bone regrowth.The procedure has been successful on eight dogs without complications. Scientists believe that these innovations will not only lead to huge advances in the quality of life for dogs with cancer, but have possibilities for human applications as well. As research and development continues into the causes and cures for cancer,  the role of dogs gives new meaning to the phrase "Man's best friend".

Love Letters to Rescue

Abraham was rescued from a Tennessee kill shelter in June and adopted by a New Jersey couple in August.
Dear Friends: Thank you for bringing me to my Mom and Dad. They think I am the best and can't understand why I was ever in need of a furever home. I am a very happy boy now, making sure my Mom and Dad are protected from any and all threats including...the  squirrels, the birds, the occasional airplane, the moon, etc.  I have become somewhat famous around town because my Mom and Dad walk me a lot. The local restaurants love when we visit, and even bring me my own water bowl! In addition to my walks, ear rubs, and snacks, I love to play fetch! Mom and Dad were surprised, but it is my favorite game! Just wanted you to know....
I love where I am, and I love you for helping me to be here. THANK YOU, ABRAHAM.

Our Pal Al

Many of you have been following the story of our neediest cases dog Al, a 14-month-old surrender from a farm in Alabama who fell off the back of a pick- up truck.  With the help of many friends who contributed to his ChipIn and a match from a major donor, Al had surgery at U Penn on September 20 to correct a laterally luxated patella, distal femoral valgus, cranial cruciate ligament tear and bilateral hip dysplasia. The cost for his care will top $6,000 but none of this would have happened without foster mom Barb Cusack, who took Al to numerous vet appointments for estimates and xrays, championed his fundraising and cared for Al over a four-month period.  Barb interviewed applicants and found Al a home with a massage therapist who will work with Al's physical therapist to complete his rehabilitation. Can you help rescue?  We need more  volunteers to help our Pyrs!

Happy Howl-o-ween

NGPR is having its first ever Halloween Costume Contest on Facebook.  Grandma and Yukon (above) from Missouri are masquerading as Cleopatra and Pharaoh. Dress up your pup in his/her cutest outfit and snap some pics before you head out to a party or trick or treating. We're posting and voting for our Halloween favorites through 10/31. There's still time to enter for the grand prizes drawn on November 1 which include a gift basket from Ark Naturals valued at over $100, a Big Dog trademark stuffed animal with a $25 gift certificate from Big Dogs valued at $50, an XXL Grey Thundershirt  valued at $50, a box of Fluff & Tuff dog toys and a $10 gift certificate to For Paws and Home valued at $50, a basket from Laineys Pawtique including a custom Great Pyrenees print and Pry shaped cookies valued at $40 and much, much more.  You can enter the contest by clicking here.
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