Another Great Pyrenees rescue story

The four surviving puppies of the "Aspen" litter

Great Pyrenees Rescue of Northern California (GPRNC) continues to perform heroic work for dogs. Each rescue story is heartbreaking, and the amount of effort this rescue group puts into the lives of these animals is unbelievable.

Late last week, GPRNC volunteers came to care for four abandoned dogs in pretty bad condition. While the dogs' story is tragic, it is nothing new. I hear of two or three new dogs a week they've rescued, are rehabilitating and trying to place in homes. This time, however, one of the rescued dogs was pregnant. Her name was "Aspen." She gave birth to a litter of 10 puppies, all of which were severely malnourished and in bad, bad shape. Over the weekend, on Facebook, a drama played out as veterinarians and volunteers cared round-the-clock for the puppies, and watched them pass away.

I was glued to Facebook all weekend, watching for updates. A year ago GPRNC rescued "Necco" and her litter of 7 puppies. Luckily, while also very ill, she and her entire litter made it. Her son Nemo, is now my constant companion. I'd say 'sidekick' but it is no longer clear who is actually in charge.

Sadly, Aspen and 6 of the puppies have passed on. Four continue to fight the good fight! The vet bills GPRNC has to pay are outrageous. This specialized rescue organization could really use our help. They also need homes for dogs -- homes that are truly able to provide for the special needs of these big, beautiful creatures. A Pyr puppy is a wonder your home may not survive! If you live in Northern CA and think a Pyr might be for you, please reach out to them.

Previously on Boing Boing:

Nemo, Found

Nemo's rescue needs your help

My dog Nemo opens the door by himself

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  1. Pyrs are such incredible dogs, I fell in love with them via the French language Belle & Sebastian show I watched as a kid. I really wish I had the space for one and they are definitely not a dog for just anyone.

  2. edked says:

    That last sentence before "Read the Rest" sure turns clicking it into a bit of a dare...

  3. I've always been a very vocal supporter of, and the proud participant in rescue orgs, whether they are local shelters or breed specific.
    I'm sure those who speak to me about getting a pup are tired of my rants against breeders and/or puppy mills. This is not to say that all breeders are bad, but there are so many great dogs in need of a home, pure bred or the majestic mutt.
    And yes, my av is my latest rescue. She's a grand Black and Tan Coonhound that chose me when I visited a local shelter after the passing of my previous rescue hound.

  4. I second your comment. There's a rescue group for every breed if you want to get a specific one. I found mine on Petfinder. She's (my avatar) a Treeing Walker Hound found at a county dump several hundred miles away from her new home. Kudos for the regular support here for the Pyr rescue group.

  5. I agree. My dog is a rescue, and he is awesome. I was very lucky, as I got him from a shelter several states away based on a few descriptions, photos, and a short video.

    But if you're new to dog ownership, and don't know what you're getting yourself into, rescues come with a different set of challenges than puppies. On the one hand, they're likely already housebroken. On the other, older dogs can be harder to train, and dogs with a history of abuse can have all sorts of ingrained behavior issues that can take months or years to sort out. And while there are plenty of rescues and more people should rescue, at the end of the day new dogs have to come from somewhere. So rescue if you can, and choose your breeder carefully otherwise.

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