Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Available for Adoption: Bo & Azar need to be Re-homed

Bo and Suzy (Azar)!

Suzy (formerly Azar) and Bo have a new start to a happy ending -- Great Pyr Rescue of Montana is taking them, and they are on their way to MT after a few days with a foster in WY. EVERYONE who meets these two has fallen immediately in love -- from the transporter to the temp foster. While they are safe and sound with the rescue, they are still looking for their furever home!  Please contact Great Pyr Rescue of Montana!

Bo and Azar were adopted from the Steamboat Springs shelter earlier this year. The adopters have regretfully made the decision that they can no longer keep them due to an unexpected family hardship combined with the fact that the dogs have discovered how to jump the fence and resumed their old habit of chasing cars. They are willing to keep the dogs for a few weeks longer to search for a place for them to go, but if a rescue, foster, or new home is not found, they will need to surrender Bo and Azar to a local shelter.

These two gorgeous babies were rescued through an Anatolian Shepherd rescue, and someone was kind enough to share their story with us.  They looked at the pictures and recognized those amazing Pyr faces!  One theory is perhaps they are Pyr/Akbash mixes.  Below is a statement regarding these dogs from someone involved in their rescue!

"Here are the photos I took yesterday of these sweethearts. Will see if the shelter has any volunteers who could groom these two and try to take more pictures next week. I have a video that I will send separately as it was too large to include with the photos. The larger dog in the photos is Bo, the 5-yo male -- he had his tail tucked pretty much the whole time. The 3-yo female Azar has more color markings around her face/ears (gorgeous eyes) and her tail was up.

These are such loving dogs -- they are like Golden Retrievers on steroids! -- the sweet temperament in a larger package."

Here is what their Petfinder Profile says about them:
"Bo and Zara's owner said his wife turned them into pets and they didn't want to stay with the sheep so he was going to shoot them.  Thankfully, they contacted rescue first!

These two are very bonded and would do best if they could stay together.  Bo is 5, neutered, and current on shots.  He was hit by a car in the past and has some stiffness in one of his hips.  He can still more freely but you can tell it hurts.  Zara is 3, spayed, and current on shots.

Both are housebroken and walk on leash.  Both know basic commands, are friendly with people, have been raised with older kids, and are good with cats."

If anyone can take these two lovebugs and give them a wonderful home or foster them for NASRN, please let me know or contact NASRN directly. Be prepared for lots of sloppy wet kisses from these two!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Pyrenees In Need Of Rescue

We are cross-posting on a beautiful dog in need of help.

shelter # 7585

Contact all listed below – put ‘do not euth tag #7585’ in subject line – click to go to website to view others in need


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Join us for Pictures with Santa + An Indoor Doggie Play Date!!

You and your doggie(s) + your friend(s) and theirs!
Invite anyone you would like to come with you!

$10 pays for...

(1) Pictures of your pup with Santa
(similar to what we have done in years past at PetSmart)
Prints will be made while you wait OR 
digital files can be emailed to you at your request.

(2) Coffee, cocoa, and/or hot spiced cider
people cookies and doggie cookies

(3) Play time for your doggie in an indoor facility

2 different dates
December 10th, 10am - 4pm- cancelled
December 17th, 10 am - 4pm


To support Ken & Brianna's Fundraising efforts for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation in memory of Dawn, the late president and founder of the Colorado Great Pyrenees Rescue, and all of those who have been diagnosed with Crohn's and/or Colitis.

Ken and Bri are trying to raise $6,000; right now they are about 1/3 of the way there!  Let's help them reach their goal because they helped save our precious Pyrs!!!

The Comfy K9 is Requesting that you Bring:
A copy of your dog's vaccination records with you to the facility:
1 or 3 year Rabies,
1 or 3 year Distemper/Parvo, and
6 month Bordatella (Kennel Cough)

This is a fabulous deal and opportunity!  Normally 6 hours of play with other dogs at Comfy K9 costs $22, so you are getting that plus pictures and snacks for $10,
more than 50% off the normal price

Additionally, 100% of proceeds will go to Ken & Bri's Fundraising!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

501 Thank You's!

This year for Thanksgiving we are sending out 501 thank yous!  That's the number.  The number of lives that were saved through the Colorado Great Pyrenees Rescue in 2 years, 9 months of operation, which means that 501 people/adopters/families gave 501 dogs a second chance at life!

If you don't think that you have made a difference in this world, look at that big, white ball of fur [who is probably laying on your bed/couch/chair] and think again--you saved their life by giving them a warm home full of snuggles and love, so we thank you, but most of all they thank you!

We hope you and your furbabies have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!!

This is my spoiled rotten Reg...and his sister Reese!
 Shannon's "Staysha" before adoption: sick, skinny..
Ana (formerly "Staysha") with Cahota.. both CGPR Rescues.. (with their little brother Aleck)

If you want us to post pictures of the babies you are thankful for, email them to us or post them on our Facebook page and we will get them on here!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Dentistry Interview with Dr. Ken Lee, DVM

Dr. Ken Lee, a DVM practicing at Deer Creek Animal Hospital in Littleton, Colorado, is working towards achieving his official specialty in dentistry.  He is a wealth of knowledge regarding animal dental health and disease, and was kind enough to agree to answer some great questions for everyone.  This is an important read, please forward to fellow dog lovers!

General Questions:
1.     How long have you been a DVM, and what is your attraction to dentistry? 
25 years in May 2012. My older brother was actually my dentist when I was growing up. I also got introduced to Dr. Peter Emily a human dentist that was instrumental in building up the importance of good oral health in the veterinary field.
2.    Often time people surrender dogs because they could not appropriately anticipate the costs of dog ownership.  How much money would you advise people put in their 'rainy day fund' for annual dentistry visits? 
For a complete oral exam and cleaning under anesthesia ~ $300-350 depending on the age and the pre-anesthetic blood work required. However, there are some good pet insurance plans that some of our clients have taken advantage of and depending on the coverage elected can include help with maintenance dental care just like for people. More of our clients are purchasing pet insurance when they purchase their new puppy.  
How does this differ from younger years into being a senior? 
Obviously senior dogs have probably a greater share of dental disease, especially periodontal disease-bone loss around the teeth over time. But the younger dogs, especially the large breeds that like to chew frequently chip their teeth, which can open the porous part of the tooth to infection and cause tooth death.
3.    What do you say to owners who only anticipate yearly blood work costs, with regard to the importance of dental care and why they should make that expense? 
Annual blood work is important because for every year dog's age ~6-7 human years. There are many research studies in human medicine and a handful in the veterinary field that show a direct relationship of lesions developing in the heart, kidneys and liver secondary to periodontal disease, which happens to be the most common disease in dogs. In addition, dental disease can often lead to oral pain yet dogs rarely show signs of pain. They hardly ever stop eating or paw at their mouth. Only after we fix a dental problem that owners then notice an improvement in their dog's attitude.
4.    What are the specific dentistry concerns for Pyr owners, and/or just large breed dog owners in general? 
Fractured or chipped teeth and periodontal disease and oral masses as they age.
5.    At what age do we need to start getting dental prophys performed? 
At Deer creek animal hospital we recommend the first complete oral exam and cleaning under anesthesia ~ 2-2.5 years for small breeds and ~ 3 years for large breeds.
6.    My dog chews bark/sticks.  Should I be concerned? Although bark and sticks are usually not hard enough to break dogs teeth they can sometimes splinter and poke into the soft tissues in the back of the mouth and cause trauma and infection.
7.    What's the real truth about letting your dog chew cooked bones and/or versus raw bones? 
All cooked bones are potentially a problem. Chicken and turkey bones because they're hollow can splinter and cause serious damage to the intestinal tract. Beef bones can fracture teeth. There are some raw diets that I've seen work well with no digestive issues or risk to teeth fractures although there is a higher risk of some potentially serious bacterial infections.
8.    "I just cannot brush my dog's teeth"... what is my 2nd option?
Sometimes like any dog training issues it can take patience and time. Try offering just a finger in your pets mouth with something they like such as chicken flavored dog tooth paste or cheese and let them lick it off while at the same time moving your finger around in the mouth. Then try a toothbrush doing the same thing. This may take a few weeks or longer in some dogs. The gold standard in home dental care whether in people or dogs is mechanically wiping or brushing the goo (plaque) off the teeth. The goal is to wipe it away before it has a chance to form a hard brown covering called tartar or calculus. If your dog won't accept a brush I've had many clients that have been successful by using gauze wrapped around their finger. There are dental diets and dog appropriate chew toys that abrade and help keep teeth clean as other options.
9.    Puppy owners need to be educated about puppy teeth.  What 'teething' toys do you recommend? A general rule I give puppy and dog owners is if you can't break it or bend it or indent your nail into it, it's too hard to give. There is a website that has appropriate dental chew toys listed that are relatively safe that have been tested by veterinary dental specialists. Also I feel good about the dental chews we have at Deer creek.
10. Ideally I'd brush my dog's teeth every day.  Most owners aren't going to do this.  What is the least amount of recommended brushing? 
Studies have shown that you need to try to do it at least 3 times a week to make a significant difference in preventing tartar build up.
11.  "My dog has a tooth that looks "dead".  It's dark and discolored.  Should I be concerned if it doesn't seem to be bothering him?" 
Dark teeth are a sign typically of a dead tooth with the potential of causing pain. The Hale study in 2001 showed ~92% of these teeth to be dead. Unfortunately, dogs rarely show signs of dental pain that I addressed in question #3.
12. My dog has bad breath.  Can he have bad breath without having disease present? 
Bad breath is the most common sign that dog owners notice and usually means significant dental disease or at least a trip in to your veterinarian to have it evaluated. Sometimes serious infections in the kidneys or liver can cause bad breath too.

Questions from Vicky, Boxer owner:
  1. Many of those who feed a raw diet claim that this negates the need for dental care, as the teeth gain a thorough cleaning via the biting through soft bone and gnawing on the harder bones.  Have you seen this to be true? I have seen some positive results in dogs being fed this diet. However, dogs fed these diets can still develop periodontal disease under the gum line and fracture teeth that can cause them pain. A complete annual exam by a veterinarian can catch some of these problems, however since our furry friends don't communicate pain to us well a complete oral exam under anesthesia with dental x-rays is the only way to thoroughly evaluate for these dental problems.
  2. Many treats (flossies, rawhides, cookies) and flavored bones of various types are sold in pet stores and claim to be good for dental health.  How much of this is true? Some of them are good, some are not. I refer you to Q#9.
  3. What are the dental implications between feeding dry kibble vs. canned? Studies have shown that feeding strictly dry food diets compared to canned food can decrease tartar accumulation by about a 1/3.
Questions from Donna, large breed dog owner and dental hygienist:

1.     What's the best for cleaning a dog's teeth; nylabone, rawhide, greenies, real bones? Nylabones and real bones can break teeth. I refer you to the website -appropriate chew toys 
2.    My vet's office always tries to get me to buy a liquid to put in my dog's water that is supposed to help keep their teeth clean.  What is it?  Being a dental hygienist I just don't believe there is a product that will really keep tartar from building up.  And if it is really does work why is it not safe for humans?  I'm an over protective dog mommy and I don't want to give my baby something that isn't safe for humans to consume. 
Yes, there are many products out there that are marketed as drinking water additives. Some contain chlorhexidine and/or zinc gluconate which are very good oral cleansing solutions for people and do a good job for cleansing solutions for dogs as well. I personally have not seen any real health issues from these drinking additives in dogs. Probably because they are so diluted ~ 1-2 TSP in a qt of water it doesn't cause a problem. So these products could potentially help with decreasing some bad breath but I have not seen any control studies that have shown a decrease in tartar and gingivitis. I always tell my clients there are only three things our dentists or dental hygienist gives us at our dental appointments. A toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss. Dog teeth anatomy has significant enough space between them that floss is not needed, thank goodness. Again, mechanical brushing or wiping is the gold standard in preventative dental care in dogs and people.
3.    Also being a hygienist a lot of people ask for my old tools to clean their dogs teeth with.  We always tell them no.  They can do a lot of damage to the dog's gums, gouge the root surfaces, the dog could bite them or they could slip and the sharp instrument could go anywhere, and most of all they can't sterilize the instruments!  Is there any safe way to chip away at a dog's teeth at home? 
I agree with all you mentioned. These tools can cause micro-scratches in the enamel of the tooth and the roughen surface and can increase the tartar accumulation even faster. They also aren't addressing what's under the gum line, which contains the majority of the oral infection. 
4.    In dentistry we insist on putting a crown on teeth that have had a root canal.  The tooth gets dry and brittle and is highly likely to break off at the gum line in the future.  Is it recommended that we crown our dogs teeth post RCT as well?  They chew much harder things than we do.  Are they at risk? 
Yes to all of the above but I think client education on appropriate chew tows and addressing behavior problems is more important. Crowns can help protect a tooth from further trauma post root canal therapy and we do place them for that reason at Deer creek. However, I also have seen teeth broken with the crown still attached to them so a crown is no guarantee, especially with the increase bite power dogs can elicit with their jaw angle.
5.    Angus is a big time poop eater.  What impact does that have on his mouth? 
Other than the obvious nothing much different than feeding canned food.
6.    And just a random thing I've always wondered.  It seems like lapping water is so ineffective.  Should I add water to the dog food to make sure he is hydrated well enough? 
I have not seen problems with dogs hydrating themselves with their normal drinking activities.

Final Question:
If you could give 1 piece of advice to all dog and cat owners regarding dental health, what would it be?
Prevention just like in people. Annual oral exams and cleanings starting at 2-3 years of age and consistent home care. Our pets will benefit with longer, higher quality lifespans.

by Shannon Murphy

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Meet Kenya!


Everyone, meet Kenya!  This sweet boy has had quite a rough time.  Kenya first came to CGPR last April (2010) and was very shy and fearful.  It seemed as though he had been through a lot, but we weren't sure what.  He went to a foster home who had him for 7 months; they told us that they planned to adopt him so we waited for their contract to come through.  They officially adopted Kenya in March of this year (2011) signing a contract stating that they would call us if anything ever came up where he needed to be returned.  Well, last night they dumped the poor guy at the shelter because he is too nervous in their home.  Ken went and picked him up this morning so that he wouldn't be euthanized.  As you all know, our rescue has been dissolved, so we are looking for a home for this sweet baby.

Kenya's Ideal Home:
Kenya would do best in a calm environment without children.  He needs someone that understands that something bad happened to him in his past (although we don't know what) and be willing to work with him on understanding that the world is a good place.  Kenya just wants someone to love him forever and not dump him at a shelter when he gets scared.  Kenya is about 3 years old and does well with both cats and dogs.

Animal Rescue of the Rockies graciously accepted Kenya into their rescue!  Click Here to see his profile and learn about their adoption process!

BEFORE You Adopt A Great Pyrenees

I have read that a nickname for Great Pyrenees is "Disa-pyr".  While there are several breed traits to make yourself aware of, we have found over time that a very common theme in owner surrenders of these angelic dogs is the owner saying they "can't keep" the dog in the yard, or that it keeps running away.  We have had several owners lose their tolerance for their "escape artist" and surrender.  While breed traits are explained to potential owners, AND it's a new owner's responsibility to educate themselves, this breed trait does not seem to be taken into consideration appropriately.

As with anything, there are always exceptions to the rule, but you need to anticipate the breed standard, and if your dog is different in a way you perceive to be "different" than the standard, than you are fortunate.  Also, never assume that your newly adopted dog, if it's older, will behave the same way it behaved for a previous owner.  In new environments, dogs can manifest new behaviors due to new stimuli.  Not all new potential behaviors may be bad; however, a Pyr prone to night barking may bark more in your home than in a previous one due to your neighborhood's stimulation.

The trait people need to really and truly understand is the breed's natural tendency to wander.  You tell potential owners that they cannot be off-leash dogs, and they perhaps still think their dog will be different.  Pyrs typically do best with a privacy fence, yet owners will have short, wire fences and their Pyrs will escape.  When testing your dog's personal boundaries and behaviors against it's natural breed inclination do so in a guarded environment where you will be able to see how they fare. 

If you want an off-leash dog, a dog to leave in the back yard unattended without a 6-foot privacy fence, please think twice about adopting a Pyr.  If you want those things and want a Pyr regardless, you need to have plans in place to see how they really will fare in those environments. 

All the same, understand the Pyr for the breed they are and accept that lifestyle for them.  Great Pyrenees are naturally inclined to "go away".  Meaning, regardless of how you raise them, it's in their DNA to be livestock guardians.  Pyrs were bred to be independent from people, to stay in the hills with their sheep and guard them.  Everything the Pyr could see was his cause to be concerned.  We often say, "a Pyr thinks everything they see is theirs to guard".  Your Pyr needs to know if there is a coyote over that hill threatening his flock, so he will go there, to ensure that threat isn't present.

An off-leash Pyr will think nothing of leaving you in the dust.  They will also be surprised you are annoyed at them for this.  They think they are checking out the perimeter around you to ensure no predators are present.  Likewise with fences, if they think they see something they need to check out, they will be gone.  They are not out romping for fun.  Imagine your Pyr having a 5-foot wire fence they can clearly see through; if they see another dog, a coyote, a suspicious person, they will do their best to "do their job", scale that fence, and go secure their flock.  Maybe you had them fenced like this for a year and "it never happened".  Consider they probably never had the proper stimulation…yet.

One of my Pyrs seems as if she'd stay with me if I let her off leash.  Though I never care to test her on this, because I can't anticipate the potential for stimulation that I cannot control, I would never test her in an environment where I could lose her.  I'd take her to a dog park on a day with only a couple of other dogs present, and see how she fares staying by my side to my command.  Pyrs aren't exactly good at obeying commands, for all the reasons they were bred to be independent from people to perform their job.

I have a 6 foot privacy fence, and that same Pyr lounges under the deck most times she's outside, and never shows an interest at its perimeter.  Nonetheless, I know she's a Pyr.  I make sure my perimeter has no dug out holes she could escape through if she sensed a threat.  Standing on our deck, my other Pyr can easily see beyond that fence.  Garbage men, cars, homeless people…if he sees them, he goes nuts.  If he could scale that fence, he would…and he'd be gone. 

Dawn would get calls from panicked owners about how they came home, having left their Pyr out while they were gone, and came home to no Pyr.  While of course you go and look for them, she'd always tell them she felt if they didn't find them, they'd come home after hours of looking to their Pyr sitting on their doorstep.  Pyrs would return home to their "farm" after making sure that "wolf" wasn't there, but they sure as heck are going to do their job first.

If you are NOT absolutely committed to an on-leash dog, or a tall privacy fence when they go out to potty and play, please think hard before adopting this breed.  If you want to leave your dog outside while you are gone, please reconsider this dog, and pretty much any dog.  Unless your dog is a working dog on your farm, let them be part of the family and live inside when you are gone. Too many Pyrs have been surrendered who were tethered up outside because their owner felt that was the only way to "keep them" from running away.  Just think hard on your dog breed match, and never think you can out-train a long history of breeding this INTO the dog.  Those who own Pyrs to work as livestock guardians can attest, all this independence is what allows the owners to sleep at night, knowing their flocks are protected without the direction of a human…it's natural for them!

-by Shannon Murphy

Great Pyrenees Breed Quiz!
More About the Breed
[we have found this internet description to be one of the most accurate out there]

A Pyr in Alabama Needs Your Help

Below is from a cross-posting of a beautiful girl in Mobile who needs help.  Please share with anyone you know who lives in Alabama!

If anyone can help this beautiful girl, the shelter info is below. 
If pull help is needed, Emily and Kitty with Southbark might be able to help. Their emails are:

Emily Reynolds: (

Thank you!


I am a female, white Great Pyrenees.

The shelter staff think I am about 2 years old.

I have been at the shelter since Nov 15, 2011.

This information is less than 1 hour old.

For more information about this animal, call:
Mobile County Animal Shelter at (251) 574-3230
Ask for information about animal ID number A041053

Mobile County Animal Shelter

7665 Howells Ferry Road
Mobile, AL 36608

Pyrs In Need In Ilinois

We were just made aware of two Pyrenees in Illinois who need adoption, rescue, or foster.  Please see below, and forward this to anyone you know who lives in that state!  All adoption information below is through the organization who has them currently.

Hayden-- 1 yr. old-- 95 lbs-- White Great Pyrenees (shorter hair)
-owner surrender (moving)
-great with people
-good with other dogs
-$100 includes ALL vetting
Annie--2yr. 6 months--60 lbs-- Longhair White Great Pyrenees
-owner surrender (moving)
-great with people
-good with other dogs
-$100 includes ALL vetting

** Ideally, we would want these two to go to the same home... Hayden protects Annie and they have always been together since Hayden was born. They are really sweet! and BIG! :) But understand if they can't stay together. 

Please email ASAP if you can rescue them - owner surrenders can be PTS immediately due to space.  

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Available Through Big Dogs, Huge Paws: Sam & Mya

Our beautiful dogs, Sam and Mya, have been taken under wing by Big Dogs, Huge Paws.  Formerly the last 2 dogs available through The Colorado Great Pyrenees Rescue, BDHPs has welcomed them into their home in order to find them their forever homes.  With CGPR no longer a functioning rescue, and having lost the momentum to find these two angels homes, their adoption will now go through BDHPs.

A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to everyone at Big Dogs, Huge Paws, for helping us plan a better future for Sam and Mya through their rescue.  With so many dogs out there who needs homes, it's no small thing for a rescue to take in more.  Everyone there was quick to reach out their resources and welcome these two kids in.  We feel blessed there was an organization in our area to help us in our final time of need.  Whoever adopts these two dogs will feel equally as blessed.

Please check out Big Dogs, Huge Paws to read more about Mya and/or Sam, or many of the other amazing, huge angels that need to find their forever homes.

The Truth About Dog's Vision

I recently had a very interesting conversation with a veterinarian whose specialty is ophthalmology.  He's been practicing veterinary medicine for decades, and was open to my myriad of questions regarding the vision of animals.  I wanted to dispel rumor against myth, and he offered me some great information.

The largest myth to debunk is that dog's are color blind.  What determines how we see shape, movement, color, etc. live in the cones and rods in our eyes.  Dogs have both.  They have less cones, which see color.  He told me that the only color dogs are unable to see is red.  He said the same goes for cats.  Birds have way more of both, and can see ultra violet light, in addition to already having impeccable vision.

We always assume our dogs and cats have greater vision than us, and this is also not entirely true.  While optimal vision for us is 20/20 vision, dogs have 20/70.  This means all dogs are technically near-sighted.  He explained that if I were to hang a seeing eye chart up, the dog would see that largest letter as being blurry.  The difference, is that they retain that 20/70 vision in the darkness, unlike we who nearly go blind.  So all things added up, perhaps their vision is better overall, but not in the light.  He added that cats are virtually technically blind.  Their vision would be more like 2200.  When met with a disbeliever, he rolled a cotton ball in front of an eyeless cat, who quickly stomped the ball with it's paw.  They rely on their other senses to make those amazing feats of hunting and agility.

The other myth I sought to debunk was that of dog's being able to watch television.  I'd heard people in the past make claims that dogs cannot see anything other than 3 dimensional images.  He explained to me that while a human has 1 nerve for each 1 retinal cell, dogs have more like 1 nerve per 5 retinal cells.  This means that dogs, for lack of a better explanation, see slower.  It takes longer for those complex images generated from your television to make sense.  He explained that while dogs can indeed watch TV, the images likely appear to have lines running through them, as they are unable to receive all the information as fast as we do.  He said the same is true for cats.  While they can see the TV has images, he still insists that the dogs are likely paying more attention to the sounds from the TV than the images.

When I think of seeing talented dogs ability to retrieve very specific toys of varying colors, this all makes sense.  Without some grasp of color, it'd be hard to ask them to bring back 1 stuffed toy that looks very much like the other, if we assume to take out the ability to see color.  I'm also reminded of an episode of The Dog Whisperer where a woman insisted her dog loved to watch his show.  While he wasn't truly seeing clear images of other dogs, he was still responding to all those fun barking sounds he was hearing!

As far as "seeing slower", I can imagine how a dog owner of a super agile breed may feel it doesn't add up.  They catch frisbees mid-air, as if they can slow down time themselves!  It all comes down to the amazing orchestra of senses they use for their day to day lives.  Smell, sound, feel..  this is why we see so many visually impaired pets fairing so well when vision is diminished!

-by Shannon Murphy

WANTED: Venue for a "Yappy Hour" Event!

We are looking for a venue (an indoor agility course, doggie day-care, or the like) that would be willing to host a "Yappy Hour" event!  If you are not familiar with Denver's Yappy Hour Meet-Up group, click here to check it out here!  Regan Han, one of our CGPR adopters/alum, is the Yappy Hour Coordinator and has offered to help us set up a fundraising event to help Ken & Bri raise the rest of the money for the half marathon they will be running in memory of Dawn!

Last weekend, they were able to raise about $650 at the Chili Cook-off (which turned out to be a fabulously fun time!), but they still have quite a ways to go!

The fundraiser would be something like $10 for coffee, tea, hot cocoa + human cookies & doggie cookies + play/socialization time for your pup!  We are also toying with the idea of doing Santa/Christmas pictures at one of these events, which we have previously done at PetSmart, with all proceeds going to Ken & Bri's fundraising.  I am by no means a "professional" photographer, but I enjoy photography and would take the pictures with my dSLR and then email out the pictures so you can print whichever ones you want.  Nothing is official yet though.

Soooo.....If you take your pups to one of these types of places, or know of one in your area who might be interested in hosting an event, please email us and let us know!  We would GREATLY appreciate any leads!

Also we would love to know if you might be interested in attending an event like this!

Meet Yorkie!


Everyone meet Yorkie!

Yorkie is looking for a new home through no fault of his own!  His current owner is elderly and can no longer properly care for him.

Yorkie is a very low-key, laid back kind of guy.  He hangs out in an apartment all day and really needs someone who is able to take him out for walks/exercise on a regular basis and maybe even to the doggie park!

We aren't really sure what "kind" of dog Yorkie is, possibly a hound, or shepherd mix.  He is 4 years young, good with other doggies and elderly people, and listens well.  He hasn't really been around small children, but we don't suspect he would have an issue with them.  We are in the process of cat-testing him and will let you all know how that goes.  This guy is about 40#, but could probably stand to lose a few pounds, but then again couldn't we all, otherwise he is in good health.  He could be your new walking buddy!

If Yorkie sounds like a match for you or someone you know, Email Bri and let her know!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Nala: A Pyr In Need Of Immediate Rescue In Georgia

Great Pyrenees Mix:
Large • Young • Female

Email Betsy at:
Henry County Animal Care and Control
527 Hampton Street
McDonough, Georgia 30253 ♦ (770) 288-7401

Success Story: Shasta

A wonderful woman named Linda Gotsch rescued a Great Pyrenees named Shasta.  Below is their story.  She also published a book about her beloved dog, which makes me tear up with just reading the title.  It's a true tribute to the power of rescue, and the amazing friends which can be found when we look to save lives.  All abandoned and neglected dogs deserve a second chance, and Great Pyrenees are gentle, angelic souls who change the lives of their owners, for the better, for forever. 

 "Shasta is the most loved and amazing dog that we have ever owned. It is almost as if he knows that we rescued him from a life of pain. When we first picked him up from the rescue organization he didn't know how to get into a car or go up stairs but he is very smart and quick to learn. Even now at 150 pounds, he puts his front feet up on the seat of the truck and expects us to lift up his back end. (Of course we comply!) As sweet as he is, he does have a mind of his own. He can become a "rock" that is impossible to move if he doesn't want to go somewhere or when it is time for a bath. He wiggles with joy when we talk about "going" anywhere.
        We have trained him to be a service dog for my husband who is disabled. He walks faithfully next to my husband and is a strong support when my husband's leg gives out. He also braces so my husband can use him to help him stand when he falls. He is also a registered Therapy Dog and visits Hospitals and Nursing homes where the people love to see him since he is right at wheelchair level.
        Even though he never pulls on the leash, he will take advantage of any opportunity to "explore" his world. We recently took him to an Oregon beach where he interpreted "Come!" as "Run away as fast as you can!". Fortunately, we were in a cove and he ran out of places to go. He loves to "cuddle" and sleeps between my husband and myself until he gets too hot and  starts panting which shakes the bed like an small earthquake. 
      These dogs are kind and gentle yet protective and strong when there is a threat. You can read Shasta's story in my book, "Shasta the Rescued Dog" and the book can be ordered through Once you own a dog like this, you will never want another breed!"

I noticed this book is also available on Amazon:  Buy On Amazon

Any Pyr Lovers In Nebraska? They Can Help Save A Life...

Huck & Gypsy

"A pretty awful gassing shelter in Nebraska has two Pyrs in their "dungeon" - which is a concrete room with no windows. These pyrs are not listed on petfinder.  A local rescuer saw them and emailed me. They need out NOW! I have gotten dogs from this shelter before - they gassed one I was working on actually even though they knew we were on our way to pick him up. So time is of the essence. Attached is the one photo of the male. There is a male and a female. They are friendly and good with other dogs.
Please email me if you can take these Pyrs into your rescue OR if you can help sponsor them. There is a vet clinic nearby that boards for $5 a day per dog."

This 2 Pyrs have since been taken in by PYRescue in Colorado.  If you are interested in them, please contact PYRescue and fill out an application.  You find out more information about these two babies under their "Adoptable Dogs" page...their names are Huck & Gypsy!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Don't Forget To Come By Tomorrow!

Even if you don't want to partake of the chili, come by and make a donation to this amazing cause, have a drink or two, and be part of an amazing fundraiser.  Brianna Meaney has organized this event to raise money for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America in memory of her late mother, Dawn Meaney, who passed away 11 months ago.  Dawn and her family saved the lives of over 500 dogs during the days of The Colorado Great Pyrenees Rescue, and we know that the spirit of charity can live on through other amazing avenues.  Hope to see you there!

A Pet's Diary- Author Unknown


Excerpts from a Dog's Diary

  • 8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
  • 9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
  • 9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
  • 10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
  • 12:00 pm - Lunch! My favorite thing!
  • 1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
  • 3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
  • 5:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing!
  • 7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
  • 8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
  • 11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

Excerpts from a Cat's Diary

Day 983 of my captivity.
My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects.
They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength. The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape.
In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.
Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a "good little hunter" I am. Bastards!
There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of "allergies." I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.
Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow --but at the top of the stairs.
I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches.
The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released - and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.
The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now . . .

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Veteran's Day!!

We just wanted to take a moment to send a warm thank you to all of our service men and women today!  Thank you for dedicating your lives in selfless sacrifice to the freedom and protection of our country and people!

Also thank you to all of the military doggies for their service as well as the service dogs who help many of our veterans with PTSD and related difficulties as a result of their service.

Check out this article from ABC News:

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Someone In Ohio Can Help Save a Pyrfect Life

From a cross posting about a Pyr in need in Ohio:

The Pike County Dog Pound in Waverly, Ohio is extremely overcrowded. They have had to put down many dogs recently. George Jones is new to the pound but is at risk due to overcrowding. We would like to save this dog but we do not have a foster home for him, or anyone who is interested in adopting him.

We will be doing a transport soon, and we can save this dog if we have a firm committment from someone to either foster or adopt him. If we bring him up, we will have him fully vetted and his adoption fee will be $150, which is our cost for shots, heartworm testing, deworming, flea treatment and spay/neuter.

If you want to adopt this dog or help save his life, contact Wayne at the Pike county pound. His email is Then contact us immediately to make arrangements for him to be transported. He is an owner surrender, less than a year old, and is probably a purebred Great

More about George Jones At Pike Pound

Primary color: White or Cream • Coat length: Long

George Jones:at Pike Pound's Contact Info

The Animal Rescue Center, Cleveland, OH

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Frost Bite And Hypothermia

The other day I met dog who was presenting with a slight limp.  He was licking his paw, and the owner suspected injury.  Upon examination by a vet, it was determined he had frost bite.  His owner, a good owner, seemed surprised, and took away a valuable lesson regarding our dogs and winter.

I think it's easy to assume most dogs are resilient to most weather.  We revere them as descendants of wolves, who live their entire lives outside.  And sure, some dogs are tough cookies.  The reality is, is that we have domesticated dogs, and we have to avoid thinking of them as wild animals who can adapt to all weather challenges.

I highly doubt small breed owners skip considering the heat needs of their dogs.  We see them in sweaters, being carried over inches of snow, and we witness a lot of consideration regarding how frail they my or may not be.  I think large breed owners may not spend enough time considering that while their paws are unlike our bare feet, they are still bare feet.. and extreme weather can cause harm.

Hypothermia is  real risk for owners who leave their dogs outside in the winter cold for too long.  They need shelter and  warm place, regardless of breed.  As Pyr owners, we know our Pyrs love the snow and can spend ages playing outside.  If left to their own devices, as dogs who are bred to live in cold conditions are, our Pyrs would likely dig a whole and find ways to stay warm.  A short haired breed may find those same holes to dig, but it doesn't mean they are okay.  We have to think long and hard on where our breeds originated from, and their weather tolerance therein.

It is not okay to leave your dog out in the cold all night without shelter.  Some dogs are used as working dogs, guarding livestock, etc. and they are better equipped to manage how they cope.  "Family" dogs are different.. they need family and warmth and shouldn't be left outside if they don't have a working dog's job to do.

I think all dog owners should have a thermometer.  Dogs are hotter than us.. their normal temp is 99.5-102.5.  I also feel like dogs running around in your back yard are afforded the ability to let you know when they've had enough, assuming they romp around and then bark or scratch to come back in.  I think when we put our pets at risk is when we take them on long walks without considering what long term exposure to temperatures do to their paws.  I think we need to look for their signs: when they act like they don't want to walk anymore, when they start to sit or lay down.. these are also things dogs do when walking on too-hot pavement.  Do the reasonable thing: reach down and feel the ground.  Is it steaming hot?  Is it frigid cold?  My Pyrs can play for ages in my back yard, but they are also afforded the ability to jump onto the deck and give their paws a break. 

Dogs are sturdy creatures on the whole, but how exposed are their paws?  Do they live their days on warm, soft carpeting, or are they always out on trails with you, causing their paws to harden to conditions?  Every dog is different.  Talk to your vet before taking your dog on long hikes in the snow this season.  Ask them what they feel is a fair amount of time on the snowy ground without  a break. If you have a dog who is outside a lot, bring them in when the temperatures get too cold.  Realize that short-haired breeds are less tolerant of the snow, and invite them into your warm home.  Dogs are not wild animals, and we read too many unfortunate stories in the summer and winter months regarding owners who do not take their needs into account.

If you believe your dog to be suffering from hypothermia, take it to a vet immediately.  Do not attempt to warm up your dog yourself, short of wrapping them in a blanket.  There are very effective ways to warm a body correctly, and warming up a body too fast can be very detrimental.  If you are unsure, call your vet first and explain to them the situation.  No one is going to jump to the conclusion you are a bad dog owner; some dogs escape and run away, and we find them in need of medical care.  Perhaps you thought you let your dog in before you left, but you didn't.  Perhaps you overestimated what you perceived their cold tolerance to be.  If your dog is acting differently after long exposure to weather, they may need some attention.