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PAST NEWS:

GPRA Update - August 6th

Guess who Clifford is? Clifford is a heart worm positive PYR in a Birmingham Alabama shelter that we are rescuing and is GPRA number 900 rescue!!!

We are now on our way to 1,000 Gentle Giants and we can't thank our adopters, fosters, walkers, donors and our many volunteers enough for making GPRA such a success for this gentle and unique breed.

We have so many heart bursting stories and the compassion shown by so many who take in our sickliest PYRS are rewarded with the stunning results once our Giants are nourished and made healthy. Puppy Austin, Betty White, Betty Davis and soon to be Clifford are but a few current examples.

Thank you on behalf of our spectacular board of Renee, Bonnie, Dee, Marla and Rich. It is bittersweet that there are so many in need and we will do our very best to take care of every one.

John


GPRA Update - July 30th

This is Bette Davis. She is a 12+ year old heart worm positive PYR with saracoptic mange in a Birmingham, Al. shelter. The mange has been treated and is not contagious and we are rescuing her. We are over 100 rescues this year and a few away from 900 rescues since we started. If you would like an old companion, let us know. We have also taken in separately 2 male puppies and 2 one year old livestock guardian sisters. Adoption Day is this Sat. Aug. 1. We need fosters!!!

John




GPRA Update - July 24th

As we approach our 900th rescue, we need some short term foster help. We have taken 15 sweetheart PYRS in the last couple of weeks and 5 of them are at our vet in boarding. The clinic in Roswell has had a breakout of paraininfluenza and our PYRS need to be moved. This is not a serious flu and is very treatable and our PYRS may not have it but we need to move each, short term, to families without animals just in case. If contagious, only animals are affected and duration is short. Please look at Joline, Varys, Daario, Leslie and Davos on our website and let us know if you can short term foster.

We are getting more inquiries to rescue PYRS from other states and have discovered that some of the more reliable rescues are in financial distress. This is not good for anyone and underscores the importance of GPRA "running a good business". We are taking in record numbers of heart worm positive PYRS and PYRS needing surgery, usually on a leg. Virtually 100% of our funds go to pay medical expenses or boarding. We are spending about $1,300 per rescue and our fee to adopt a fully vetted Giant is $350. So, on average, we are paying an extra $1,000 toward your dog when you adopt from us. Our volunteers are unpaid and are the most caring and compassionate people I have ever worked along side. For those that are on a tight budget, we understand if you cannot donate to our rescue but for those with the financial wherewithal, we ask you to seriously consider helping us take on the medical mountain of expenses we are faced with. Whether you can or can't provide financial support, we love you either way because you have become part of our unique and special GPRA Family.

John


GPRA Update - July 10th

We are naming this PYR Samwell. Remember this name because GPRA is going to help him become a stunning Gentle Giant. Dee has taken 14 new PYRS into our program in the last week and some, like Samwell and Davos are in horrendous condition. In 5 1/2 years, we have never taken this many in such a short period but, thanks to our members and leaders, we are up to the task. Let us know if you would like to try fostering.

John






GPRA Update - July 6th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

I hope all had a wonderful July 4th. GPRA had it's own fireworks as 10 PYRS and counting showed up this weekend. Though not yet on the website, the descriptive word by every person that is turning in a stray PYR they found is "sweet". Dee, Marla, Bonnie, Renee and Rich have their hands full and if you want to make part of your summer special, foster a PYR. BTW, Bran and Arya are thriving on the Walter's farm.

John


GPRA Update - July 1st

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

We will be taking this PYR that was hit by a car in Alabama going 60 miles an hour. The driver took off but the woman that witnessed this happens to be a vet tech and has taken him. She said he was unconscious for 5 minutes and she thought he was dead. He cannot yet be transported and we suspect he is heart worm positive. She said he was hit in the head and appears to have no broken bones. We will keep all apprised. I have asked this wonderful vet tech to name him and we will make him better. It seems like every PYR we are rescuing lately has a medical issue. Please consider donating to help us offset our substantial medical bills. Thanks.

John


GPRA Update - June 18th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

This is Zoey. Zoey is 6 weeks old and is deaf. Dee and Bonnie are picking her up on Sat. and bringing her to Regine and Rolf who will foster her with the plan to adopt. Rolf does our GPRA newsletter and has a deaf PYR so this may be the perfect home for Zoey to learn sign language.

We have canceled Saturday's adoption day due to the canine flu that has popped up in our area. We will keep our next date if we feel this flu is under control. We have not yet had any of our PYRS contract the flu and we are being very diligent in keeping our Giants away from environments with dogs that may have been exposed.

It looks like Renee will have 5 members helping her with adoptions. We have the best people. Let us know if you want to get involved.

John




GPRA Update - May 31st

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

We have adopted out three of our four puppies that we rescued from the tragic trailer incident. We still have not been able to secure the father. The puppies are healthy except Jupiter has a heart mur mur that our vet believes was a result of his extended time in the overheated trailer. The good news is the mur mur is not congenital and there is every expectation that the condition will resolve. Jupiter has been adopted by a great family. Mars and Jupiter were at adoption day yesterday and are beyond adorable and Mars will go up on the website shortly. if you want a puppy, he's your man!!!

Many of you have followed the renaissance of Penny who was in such bad condition, she could not be moved from South Carolina. Her foster, Julia, and the entire neighborhood have done a terrific job nurturing Penny. Penny has severe kidney damage and needs to stay on very expensive drugs for the rest of her life. Her first foster, Sarah, has adopted Penny, will take over her medical costs and will provide access for Julia to visit Penny. The best possible outcome for a PYR that was truly at death's door.

I cannot tell you how impressed I continue to be with our fosters and the nurturing volunteers I observed at yesterdays adoption day. Dee has many new Giants incoming, including a 12 week old puppy, so please check the website and give fostering a try as your family will have an unforgettable experience and Bonnie will make it easy for you to foster the right PYR. We've rescued into the 870s on our way to 900!!!

John






GPRA Update - May 22nd

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

We have the 4 pure bred puppies from the neglect case that was featured on last night's news. 3 males and 1 female on their way to the vet. We moved quickly and Dee collected them less than an hour ago. We could not get the father....yet.

John




GPRA Update - May 21st

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

An Atlanta attorney apparently kept 9 Great Pyrenees in a small trailer over a 2 day period in severe heat and 4 of the dogs passed away. Until the included coverage broke on Fox 5 at 5 this afternoon, I had agreement with the attorney that we would take the surviving PYRS, 4 of which are 3 month old puppies. He is not answering my calls tonight and we are hoping we can rescue them tomorrow or claim them from Paulding County if they can collect them. We will keep all posted.

http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/29129077/attorney-arrested

John


GPRA Update - April 30th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Now that the excitement and success of the raffle and Gentle Giants in the Park has passed, it's time to focus on the many PYRS we're rescuing every week. Exceptional results thanks to extraordinary nurturing by fosters is evidenced by both Penny and Penelope. Penny, heart worm positive, emaciated and unable to walk, is with one of our wonderful fosters in South Carolina as she could not be physically moved from SC to Atlanta. The entire neighborhood there has adopted her and we just received pictures of Penny rolling on her back in the grass. She is a totally different PYR now than when we brought her into GPRA. Dee is fostering Penelope and, similar to Penny, she came in heart worm positive, emaciated and scared to death. Thanks to Dee and her family, Penelope is becoming a confident and healthy PYR. These are but two of the current examples of the many GPRA foster families that alter the lives of our PYRS before they are adopted. I also cannot emphasize enough that fostering is a family affair and the reward and credit is spread throughout all involved.

Please, please do not shave your GP!!! As we move toward summer, some good intentioned owners, vets and groomers think they are doing PYRS a favor by taking off their beautiful coat. GPs have double coats that keep them cooler when it's warm and warmer when it's cool. GPs have very sensitive skin that also burns easily so, unless their is severe matting that requires spot shaving, DO NOT SHAVE YOUR GIANT. We have also evidenced vets that recommend surgically removing PYRS double dew claws claiming safety. Out of almost 900 rescues now, we have never had an issue with a double dew claw. DDs are a unique characteristic of a PYR and they wear them proudly!!! The first thing we ask the shelter is whether the dog has DDs. If the answer is yes, we know the PYR is the real deal.

Check the website for our new gray GPRA tee shirt. Everyone is loving it.

John


GPRA Update - April 30th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Thank you to all that attended a very successful Gentle Giants in the Park event on Sunday and to all those that participated in the GPRA Raffle. The $10,000 winner was Robin Golivesky who purchased her winning ticket from one of our volunteers. Attached are pictures that Cynthia took and Geoff will be providing the group shots. Congratulations to Marla who was awarded our first GPRA PYR VOLUNTEER of the YEAR!!! We have a great new tee shirt that will be up on the website and the sale of merchandise and funds raised with the raffle will go a long way in offsetting our substantial PYR medical costs.

Over 100 Gentle Giants and hardly a loud bark. Is it the breed or the owners? I think both.

Thank you again.

CLICK TO VIEW PHOTOS

John


GPRA Update - April 19th

One week from today and we will see you at Gentle Giants in the Park!!! If you can't send in your raffle stubs and check by tomorrow, just bring them with you next Sunday. If you are receiving this email, you are invited and you can purchase raffle tickets at the event. The $10,000 drawing will take place around 4:00. We are up to 250 humans and almost 100 PYRS so let us know if you plan to attend.

Thought you would enjoy Brie and Astrid who now live in Florida!!!

John

Kate sent me thus picture of Breezy (Brie) and Astrid. Kate loves the idea of them posing, totally oblivious to the destruction behind them. I thought that it was hilarious.

Doesn't Brie's face look great! All of her hair is coming back.

Guy

Live long and prosper.

Thank you.


Good morning, Guy!
    I thought you might get a chuckle out of the picture below with Breezy and Astrid looking angelic, as if no one will notice the devastation behind them!

    Note the perfectly usable crate on the right side of the photo? I contend that if little Miss Breezy had been put in her crate, rather than left to run amuck, the poor, dismembered throw pillows would have lived to see another day! But Breezy pitched a fit when first introduced to the crate and my husband was convinced I was subjecting her to cruel and unusual treatment. Following the pillow incident, my softhearted husband now agrees that the crate is a reasonable option until this little one has learned the difference between 'Breezy's toys' and furniture!

    No real harm, the couch came through the fiasco unscathed, just 3 'dead' throw pillows; however, sweeping up all of those feathers was quite a task. Despite the mess, all is going well. Had a vet visit last week and the demodex is subsiding - her hair is growing in and she is FULL of energy and living large.

    And one more question, the treats you sent with her, did you buy those? and can you give me the name of the mix? Or were they homemade and if so, would you share your recipe? Both she and Astrid loved them!

    Thank you,

    Kate


GPRA Update - April 14th

I am not sending this to tug on your heartstrings. I just want to share that of the hundreds of wonderful examples we have displaying the resiliency of this breed, Korine is probably the most visually dramatic. Gentle Giants in the Park is our way of saying "thank you" to our volunteers and adopters and the raffle is our big fundraiser that helps us take in every sick Giant. Please send in your raffle stubs and check this week and let us know if you will attend.

I am looking forward to seeing you and your Giant(s) as we are approaching 200 humans and 100 PYRS so far. In addition to all Marla has planned, Matt Corse, our orthopedic surgeon who has operated on so many of our dogs, will be there with his family to answer your questions.

Thank you.

John






GPRA Update - April 8th

I indicated a few days ago that we expected to rescue 5 puppies and a mother from Alabama. I am sorry to report that the puppies had parvo and by this shelter's policy, they were put to sleep. All of us involved were horrified as they were designated for us and had we been notified, we would have made every effort to save them. We have saved other puppies with parvo in the past and though expensive, quick and proper treatment is often successful.

Thank you to those that offered to foster and the good news is we are saving the mother. Hug your Giant tonight.

John


GPRA Update - April 6th

Looks like we have 5 pure bred puppies, 3 girls and 2 boys, coming in from Birmingham, Al. with their mother. They are 3 months old and we will need a foster or two.

Simon still needs a home and we don't want to send him to a trainer until we have a foster. We need someone to step up as he has been in boarding for months and he is a good PYR.

Gentle Giants in the Park is going to be big. Please email a photo of your PYR to photos@greatpyratlanta.com as Marla has something special planned at the event.

Let us know who is attending as we are less than 3 weeks away and please mail in your raffle stubs and check.

John


GPRA Update - March 29th

Please go to gentlegiants@greatpyratlanta.com and let us know if you plan to attend Gentle Giants in the Park on Sunday April 26 from 2-5. This year will be bigger than ever and we need to get an estimate to order food. In addition to the raffle, music, food, games, merchandise and 150-200 Gentle Giants, we will have tents set up with some of the experts GPRA uses who will be happy to provide information for working with your PYR. Atlanta Dog Trainer, VCA Vet Hospital, where all our PYRS are vetted and Pet Lodge Resort will all be in attendance to present and answer questions. In addition, our top in the southeast orthopedic, who has surgically repaired many of our dogs, hence your dogs, should be in attendance. Let us know if you would like to help set up or break down after the picnic.

Please send in your raffle stubs and check. Someone will win $10,000 and the funds raised help us offset the massive medical costs we continue to experience. We currently are treating 7 heart worm positive PYRS, 3 that need leg surgeries and 1 that needs his ear canal removed. We are about to rescue # 53 already this year and # 843 since GPRA was founded.

Simon has been in boarding for over 3 months and he needs out badly. He is a great dog but is problematic with certain dogs so we are sending him to training. We need a foster after training so he does not slide backward. Please let us know if you would consider fostering him. Once you meet him, you will want him.

Thank you for your involvement and I urge you to attend Gentle Giants in the Park as not only will you be part of the unique experience of being surrounded by masses of PYRS but you will also get to meet many of the remarkable people that own and rescue our very special breed.

John


GPRA Update - February 23rd

We're approaching 40 rescues already this year and we are still in Feb.!!! We could break 1,000 rescues since inception this year. That's 100,000 POUNDS OF PYR!!! We are also looking at a PYR family of 5 that are being transported from Ohio to central Florida currently and a horrendous puppy mill in Arkansas with 46 PYRS has just been shut down and we will look to help.

You will receive GPRA Raffle tickets in the mail this week. A letter of explanation is included and please let us know if you do not receive. The winner is awarded $10,000 and we really need each family to do their very best to buy or sell their 10 tickets. The winning ticket will be drawn at Gentle Giants in the Park on Sunday April 26. Gentle Giants in the Park is for adopters and volunteers only and not open to the public and our 5 year anniversary celebration is a "thank you" to all that are part of our GPRA Family. Please register how many PYRS and humans plan to attend at gentlegiants@greatpyratlanta.com. We are expecting 200 PYRS which is a sight to behold.

It's going to be quite a year.

John


GPRA Update - February 15th

The good news is Renee's team is getting a lot of adoptions. The not so good news is we have already rescued well into the 30s in 2015 with some real challenges for Dee and Bonnie's teams. Aside from multiple heart worm positive PYRS, we are getting numerous tragedy cases. We are bringing in a PYR from Tenn. we've named Wyatt Earp who was shot in the head. Yes, shot in the head and he is recovering. We have a cruelty case from Florence, Al. who escaped his temporary foster only to be found with sore feet 12+ miles away from where he started. We are taking in Penny, from Beaufort, SC, who is emaciated, heart worm positive and is too weak to walk. On Thurs., Dee and Stephanie are driving to Tenn. to pick up a PYR mother and 4 of her mix puppies. We think her other puppies were killed which is another long story. We have a new foster in Cleveland, Ga. who just saved Gemma who Marla says is the sweetest PYR she has ever met. Gemma is another cruelty case and is only 55 lbs. Bottom line, as most of you know, these PYRS will become stunning Gentle Giants thanks to our spectacular people.

We will be mailing out information for Gentle Giants in the Park taking place on Sunday April 26 shortly. Included will be GPRA Raffle Tickets for the $10,000 drawing at the event where we hope to celebrate our 5 year anniversary with 200 of our Gentle Giants.

Thank you.

John




GPRA Update - February 10th

Philip,

First, I am so happy for you and Elizabeth. I told my wife Sue and she said "it's about time"!!! We think the world of both of you and appreciate not only ALL your support with photos and videos but also you and Elizabeth fostering so often. We will really miss you and hope you stay involved with us. Debbie or Rich will advise a way to get the donations.

John

On Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 1:26 PM, wrote:

John,

The past 4 years of involvement with GPRA has been wonderful experience for Elizabeth and I. Schultz has been amazing addition to our family. I had worked with several other rescue groups over the years prior to being involved with GPRA and can tell you without a doubt, this group is the best, most professionally run rescue organization.

As i packed up my house, Elizabeth and I collected all my towels, blankets, dog leashes, collars, shampoo, etc and I want to donate them to GPRA. Elizabeth has them all organized in containers at my house and can work with Debbie or who ever to make sure the group gets them.

Thank you again for all you did in starting an amazing rescue organization. I will miss the big white fluffy dogs, but I know Schultz will love the snow and the mountains.

Sincerely,

Philip Grossman

PS Elizabeth and i are now engaged :-)


GPRA Update - February 2nd

I thought you would enjoy the trailer and the movie if you (and other Great Pyr lovers) get the chance to see it. Thanks again!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsHJK0bgyRw
GPRA Update - February 2nd

Five years ago this week we adopted out our very first Giant, Sam. We are now in the 800s with 18 already saved in the month of January. The number of PYRS rescued only tells part of the story. It's the condition of many we rescue that pulls at your heartstrings and that makes our labor of love so gratifying and rewarding. It's not about the quantity of rescues, it is about the quality of care we provide to those that need it most. It's about those that simply would not be. Whether Yoda or Tory or Oso or Beethoven or Q-Tip or Melody or Carly, all our Giants have two things in common. First, they end up as stunning PYRS regardless of how they arrived and second, they all have had phenomenal foster families to nurture them.

It has been an honor and privilege to work with the passionate group that makes up GPRA today and yesterday. Renee, Bonnie, Debbie, Rich, Dee, Lisle, Susan, Lori, Jennifer, ML, Sherry, Marla and many many others have helped create a professional organization with heart and we will continue to pursue excellence in everything we do.

We have many opportunities for those that want to become more involved with our GPRA family so please let us know if you can commit any time. Gentle Giants in the Park, the GPRA Raffle and GPRA Gladiators Night are upcoming so there is plenty to get involved with.

We are looking forward to a great year.

John


GPRA Update - January 20th

Why we do what we do.

John

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Today is the one year anniversary of Tory's surgery. I thought this might make a good post on facebook - the before and after. When he came home with me after surgery he could walk about 15 ft before he had to lay down. Today he walks/runs with us morning and night for 3/4 to one mile.

He had his yearly check up yesterday - all is good and he has an incredibly strong front leg now. He runs into the basement and hops right up on one of the sofas whenever he decides to.




GPRA Update - January 12th

This is Lucy. Lucy came to us with her 6 puppies, heart worm positive, a deformed front leg from birth and scared to death just over a week ago. We did not even put her puppies on the website as they have all been adopted to great families and Lucy, along with Finbar, went to a wonderful family on Saturday. Does Lucy look happy to you and do you think her deformity holds her back in any way?

We are about to hit GPRA's 5th anniversary which we will officially celebrate at Gentle Giants in the Park on Sunday April 26 so save the date. We would love to share some of your Giant success stories leading up to our celebration in April, where, by the way, we are shooting to have 200 Giants present. From Buddy to Beethoven to Tory to Yoda to Korrine, please take a few moments to email the evolution of your PYR and include pictures or video if you can and we will try to share your story.

Let us know if you would like to participate in GPRA Night at the Gwinnett Gladiators on Friday March 13.

We had a very successful adoption day on Saturday but we are getting so many in. We have already rescued 15 this year, many with heart worm. Bella Grace came into our program and we were told she was pregnant with pure bred puppies and healthy. Well, not only was she not pregnant, but she is heart worm positive and has a torn ACL. We have too many in boarding and need fosters.

Happy New Year.

John


GPRA Update - January 6th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Big news!!! We have puppies and we passed number 800 rescue!!! Mother Lucy with 3 boys and 3 girls, all healthy and number 800 is named Charming. Jim and Nina brought them in and Kate will foster, at least some. We need a foster for Lucy who is between 1 and 2.

John

 

 

 




GPRA Update - January 3rd

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Well our pregnant PYR, Bella Grace, arrived today and our vet informed us she weighs only 48 pounds and, after a sonogram, is NOT pregnant. Sorry to report this but until we have our Giants in our hands, we never really know what is fact or fiction. She is a sweetheart and we will fatten her up and find her the perfect family.

Guess what? We're supposed to take in a PYR mother and her 6 three month old pure bred puppies next week. We get pictures tomorrow and will let you know when we have them.

John


GPRA Update - January 1st

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Happy New Year and we are already starting the new year off with a bang!!! We are taking in a very pregnant pure bred female that is supposed to have pure bred puppies soon and we need a home that will experience the birthing and foster the puppies until they are ready to go. We have had a number of families do this over the years and I can tell you this is a lifetime event for a family, especially one with kids. We have experienced volunteers that can help during the birth and are needing a family to foster the puppies. Please let us know if you may be interested as soon as possible. This is a priceless opportunity and you will get first pick of the puppies at no charge if you want to adopt.

We have taken a record number of new PYRS in over the holidays and desperately need fosters again. Nothing like starting the new year with a PYR!!!

John


GPRA Update - December 18th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

2014 has been an extraordinarily challenging year but we are emerging stronger than ever. We will rescue over 150 Giants this year as opposed to the 178 and 179 we rescued in 2012 and 2013. Last year we rescued three litters of puppies while this year we rescued zero. That's 30 easy adoptions right there. I am very proud of our group as we dealt with 22 heart worm positive PYRS and many surgeries ranging from leg amputations, torn ACLs, kidney removals, ear ablations, kidney stone removals and eye surgeries. We took most every PYR in need throughout the southeast and repaired, nurtured and loved them until they were ready for their forever family. I cannot say enough about our fosters, dog walkers, donators and our dedicated board. I cannot imagine a better group of passionate people to work with than our GPRA members.

We are so well positioned for the future as we have just finalized an agreement with an outstanding vet group with offices geographically located throughout Atlanta, we have a top orthopedic surgeon committed to continue providing us with priority service and we have a longstanding boarding arrangement that works well for our Giants and walkers when we don't have enough available fosters. Thanks to many of you, we are well funded at this juncture so we can take every needed Giant on a moments notice.

We have just taken Sunflower who is heart worm positive, Sulu who is heart worm positive with a leg injury and Makiya who was hit by a car in Alabama and has a shattered femur.

We are really looking forward to 2015 and would like to build more bench strength in our key areas of intake, foster, medical, adoption and financial so let us know if you would like to become more involved with GPRA. We can't pay anything but I assure you that your experience will be priceless.

Have a great holiday.

John


GPRA Update - November 30th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Well we did it!!! Thanks to 220 donors, we not only matched our $25,000 anonymous donor challenge, but we surpassed it. We totaled $53,183 plus a $5,000 check from a GPRA friend arriving from Dallas gives us a grand total of $58,183!!! I cannot thank all of you that contributed enough as this entire total will go to medical support for the Giants that would never make it out of the shelter. There's a pretty good chance that Giant that wouldn't have made it out, is yours.

We are approaching 60 of Santa's "LITTLE" Helpyrs for the holiday parade on Saturday!!!

We have a very special group.

John


GPRA Update - November 24th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

We cannot thank the 142 donors who have so far contributed $16,948 enough for so quickly stepping up. With our anonymous donor's match, our total is $33,896. Add in my $5,000 with match and we are at $43,896!!! Our anonymous donor will match dollars until Thanksgiving Day. We have approx. 1,000 volunteers/owners and over 6,000 following us on face book and even a $5.00 donation by this group can make an enormous difference in our ability to rescue the neediest.

We have 35 Gentle Giants so far leading Santa in the holiday parade on Sat. Dec. 6th. Philip will be taking holiday pictures with your PYR on Sunday Dec. 7th.

Our favorite 3 legged Tory was adopted today!!!

Please participate in a donation over the next 3 days while we have a match.

John


GPRA Update - November 18th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

As you know, we have an anonymous donor who will match every dollar we raise for GPRA up to $25,000 between now and Thanksgiving Day. We announced this last Tuesday and received $9,053 from 32 donors in the first 24 hours and have received another $1,375 from 28 donors since for a total of $10,856. This total matched equals $20,856 plus my $5,000 matched, brings our total to $30,856.

We have not counted mailed in donations yet and we are hoping for every person that cares about saving Gentle Giants to donate something to take advantage of this matching opportunity. We have received donations ranging from $5.00 to $2,500 and if our volunteer base alone participates, we can hurdle past the $50,000 goal that assures we can continue to rescue those Giants most in need.

The Holiday parade on Sat. Dec. 6 is televised and our GPRA Giants have been selected to be the "polar bears" marching right in front of Santa!!! Let us know if you and your PYR will lead the way.

John


GPRA Update - October 16th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Great news. Jim picked up Q-Tip from Tenn. this morning and he looks great and is doing well on his 3 legs. He'll be going to a wonderful foster family in Augusta on Sat. where his foster mom is a nurse.





Carley had her kidney and ureter successfully removed at UGA and is with her foster and doing great as well. We spent $5,000 to save her and it's worth every penny. Surgeons believe, at this time, this was a congenital issue.

John


GPRA Update - October 9th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Many of you have inquired about the status of Carley. Carley's surgery at UGA to remove her kidney has been pushed every day in an effort to reduce her infection with medications. The doctors are concerned she will not survive surgery in her current state but the kidney has to come out and the current plan is tomorrow. We will have a better understanding of how she became so sick once the surgery is performed. Sherry Walter and our medical team have been remarkable through this process.

Q-Tip had his back leg successfully removed in Tenn., is running around and we need to take him in this weekend. He is not neutered or even fully vetted and we need a foster. We have done numerous leg amputations and those of us who have had dogs with the hind leg removed can attest to the fact that the dog quickly resumes normal activities and is released from the pain and burden of the dysfunctional appendage. The woman that has Q-Tip can drive to Adairsville and turn him over. He is a beautiful PYR who has lived on the chain that took his leg.





We need volunteers for GPRA Gladiator night on Sat. Oct. 25. Email Lori at rlaimhof@yahoo.com if you can attend. It's a lot of fun, you can bring your Giant and kids and you only need to be there from 5:30 to 7:30.

We have fantastic people and I couldn't be more proud of the way so many are stepping up.

John


GPRA Update - October 7th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

We just received this call from Tenn. about Q-Tip whose leg was tangled in a chain. The bad news is this happened 3 weeks ago. Our orthopedic is standing by but the vet there may have to amputate his leg now because of infection and we are hoping he survives so we can rescue this Gentle Giant.

Carley had a severe infection and we could not risk removing her kidney until hopefully today. Once the UGA surgeons operate, we will understand better what has led to her situation.

John


GPRA Update - October 2nd

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Carley is a sweet and gentle 4 year old that all love. We had her spayed at a vet we use on occasion and it appears he inadvertently nicked her ureter during the procedure. We do not have the facts yet but we do know Carley is in duress and her wonderful foster got her to another of our vets this afternoon. After immediate testing, it was determined that her life is in jeopardy and one of her kidneys needs immediate removal. This is a complex surgery and thanks to our Sherry and Marla, arrangements have been made at UGA for the operation first thing tomorrow morning. I am expecting a positive outcome for Carley thanks to the rapid response of our foster, our medical team and Guy, who transported her to UGA tonight. We have had a series of off the radar events this year and I'd like to recognize our extraordinary GPRA people for always coming to the rescue. We will keep all apprised.

Thank you for your support throughout this challenging year. We are approaching our 5 year anniversary and our 800th rescue so hold onto your seats!!!

John


GPRA Update - September 24th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

We've passed number 750 rescue and have about 10 more Giants that need rescuing. We cannot fit any more in boarding so I am pleading for fosters. Our fosters and their families are exceptional and I think most will confirm their experience nurturing a Gentle Giant in need was rewarding beyond their expectations. Cloud and Big Lou have been in boarding way too long. Cloud is a mix that is like a big puppy. We are sending him to training for 2 weeks but we need a foster when he's done to provide continuity and Big Lou is Big Lou and just needs a good leader. We have a number of great looking and very gentle PYRS with sad owner turn in stories that we really want and need to take so let us know if you will consider being a foster and we will match you with the right Giant.

Thank you.

Thank you for your support throughout this challenging year. We are approaching our 5 year anniversary and our 800th rescue so hold onto your seats!!!

John


GPRA Update - September 7th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

I like to view GPRA as a successful business with heart. We have passionate volunteers (that work long hours for no pay), fabulous adopters and, most importantly, phenomenal Gentle Giants that are incredibly resilient that give back even more than they receive. We run GPRA like a business because we would not exist if we didn't. We have shared the fact that there have been an inordinate amount of PYRS needing rescue this year, many of which require substantial medical attention. Every PYR we take with medical issues stresses our staff's time and challenges our finances. We have averaged, in our first 4 years, $700 - $800 cost per rescue and we are diligent in working to keep our costs down. We have a top orthopedic that provides us with close to a 50% discount on surgeries and we receive deep discounts at the vets we use. This year to date, we are spending close to $1,200 per dog due to the quantity of serious ongoing medical issues. We have spent over $120,000 this year on medical and boarding.

I am sharing these facts to underline our commitment to try to take every Gentle Giant that needs rescue in our area but to also point out that we can't save every one. We will do our best but, as a business, we cannot overwhelm our people or our finances. The more any of you offer to financially sponsor or foster a dog, the more dogs we can take.

We will not be participating in the Atlanta marathon as it is now a half marathon and has been significantly scaled back.

It will be GPRA night at the Gwinnett Gladiators game on Oct. 25 and Lori needs volunteers with their Giants if possible. This is always a blast so let us know if you and particularly your kids want to participate.

We will be in the Atlanta Christmas parade on Sat. Dec. 6 at 10:30. Cynthia will have more info. but mark your calendar as this will be a fun family event with your Giant.

Philip should be shooting holiday pictures again this year and we will advise date.

Thank you for your support throughout this challenging year. We are approaching our 5 year anniversary and our 800th rescue so hold onto your seats!!!

John


GPRA Update - August 27th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

We're approaching our 5th year and have never experienced a summer like this. We typically rescue 3 to 4 Giants a week. We have been getting calls to rescue PYRS recently at a rate of 2 to 3 a day!!! Our fosters, walkers, medical and intake volunteers have been beyond remarkable but we just can't take every dog and are therefore trying to focus on those with the greatest need. Of course those with the greatest need are usually those with the most medical issues which means special fosters and higher cost.

The good news is our adopters are LOVING our Gentle Giants. We have a follow up with adopters and almost without exception, the stories and pictures we receive are heartwarming. Our next newsletter will share some of these happy tails.

Since my last communication, we have had a number of volunteers become very active in a number of our key areas. Our most critical need now is to get our rescues out of boarding. Some have been in boarding way too long. We have one that starts heart worm treatment and will go right back to boarding after his shots. He deserves better and we're hoping some of you will consider fostering those that have been boarded for too long to clear the way for the many others that need rescue.

Thank you.

John


GPRA Update - August 13th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

It's almost all good. We have had to slow down our intake in order to get boarding down and have been amazed at the volume of Gentle Giants requiring homes. We have taken in hard cases with real medical issues and, remarkably, have had fosters and adopters step up to nourish these PYRS and the results have been stunning. Melody, Casper, Tory, Tinker Bell, Ginger, Simba, Opal, Astrid, Berlin,Big Boy and Eagle, to name a few, are at or are approaching 100% healthy thanks to this special group.

We are at 740 rescues since inception but have over 40 Giants currently available with many more needing to enter our program. We have recently added a number of talented volunteers to the organization and we have roles available in intake, foster, adoption, treasury, marketing, volunteer and medical so please let us know if you'd like to become involved. We will work with you based on the time you can allocate. If you would like a full time role with no pay, we can accommodate you!!!

The Atlanta Marathon is now a half marathon and we may or may not participate. We plan to participate in the Christmas Parade this year. In Feb., GPRA turns 5 years old and we will need to celebrate. Dog bones all around!!!

Continue your great summer and in these challenging times, my hat goes off to our spectacular volunteers.



John


GPRA Update - August 2nd

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

This 10 year old we've named Eagle, is being picked up by Mark tomorrow. He doesn't have many teeth and has lived his life on a chain. We need a foster for this gentle soul so he doesn't have to join the enormous group we currently have in boarding. Let us know as we are going to watch this Eagle soar.

John


GPRA Update - July 18th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Since my communication yesterday, 4 more Giants need rescuing and this is but another example. We have spent over $100,000 on medical and $15,000 on boarding in the first 6 months of 2014. We cannot take 4 more but we will. By far our two greatest needs are fosters and donations. If you want to make a difference, please try fostering. If you can't foster but have the financial wherewithal to contribute, please make a tax deductible donation.

Thank you.

John


GPRA Update - July 16th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

When we started GPRA almost 5 years ago, I would usually start my communication with "it's all good". Well, for the Giants we rescue, it's more than "all good". For the broken, emaciated and sick, it's "all great". 2014 has been one after another of terribly neglected and medically challenged PYRS. Bonnie and our extraordinary fosters have done a remarkable job and we still have 10 in boarding. Dee, now responsible for intake, gets daily calls from all over the southeast to rescue those that only we can take. We are taking a puppy we call Berlin that was found in a ditch with a broken leg in Al. after being hit by a car. We have just taken in a 4 month old puppy, Peter Cottontail, from the north Ga. mountains that has non contagious mange and, after spending $1,000 analyzing Astrid, we, with our orthopedic, have determined her back legs cannot be fixed but she can lead a normal life with an adopter that understands she will always walk funny. Many of our Giants arrive needing only updated shots and a family to love them. Whether you want an easy one or if you get gratification from nurturing the sickly, please give us a try as we will make it painless.

We need help with the newsletter , transportation and dog walkers at PetLodge Resort. And of course, fosters are like GOLD!!!

John


GPRA Update - March 11th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,



Look at Tory now!!! There would be no Tory without your support. Please return your sold raffle tickets for all the Tories we rescue.

John




GPRA Update - March 2nd

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Gentle Giants in the Park on Sunday April 27th will be the biggest and best ever!!! Please register at gentlegiantsinthepark2014@gmail.com and let us know how many Giants and humans plan on attending. This event is for volunteers and their families and adopters and their families only and we are anticipating to once again break the world record for most Great Pyrenees together at one time. Please contact Susan Edwards if you can help at the event with selling our merchandise, assisting with the games or helping in the kitchen at the pavilion. The GPRA Raffle winners, $10,000 first prize, $1,000 second prize and $500 third prize will be drawn at the event.

Your raffle books should have arrived and it so important that you do your best to cover or sell your book. We have already received enough sales to cover our second and third place winners and we are hoping to surpass last years totals. We expect to rescue # 700 by our event in April.

Saturday March 29th is GPRA night at the Gwinnett Gladiators hockey game and this is always a fun night for our participants. Let us know if you want to participate or want tickets.

Oso has been adopted and Tory is doing remarkable on his 3 legs. We have quite a group available for adoption. They aren't good Pyrenees, they are Great Pyrenees.

John


GPRA Update - January 24th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

We NEED fosters. I don't know if it's a holiday hangover but we are about to rescue # 20 Giant in the new year already and others are waiting in line. We have 8 in boarding and they are all sweethearts. Lucky is the friendliest and easiest of all and she has been in boarding for 2 months. We are going to rename her Unlucky unless someone steps up. Grizz is the happiest Giant ever and he along with Ralph, Seger, Fonzie, Merry and Peter Pan can be visited this weekend at PetLodge Resort in Alpharetta. Visit and you will take one home.

Tory, who we rescued from SC, had to have his front leg removed. He is with Marla and will be pain free and have the life he deserves. Oso and Phoenix are doing fantastic with their foster.

GPRA Gladiator's Night is Sat. March 29 and we're gearing up for the big Gentle Giants in the Park event on Sun. April 27th and the GPRA Raffle.

Thank you.

John


GPRA Update - January 1st

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Happy New Year from Leon, the flying Giant.

John


GPRA Update - December 31st

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Bonnie, our foster director, and her husband, drove 4 hours each way on a moments notice to rescue our 12 Great Borders puppies and their mother this summer and then fostered them all!!!

We have all the Cherokee County girls and all but one are in foster care and we think they are all sisters and they are wonderful. We have 8 in boarding at PL so we need fosters and these are real easy Giants.

Happy New Year.

John

-----Original Message-----
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7ECP-uu4rk&feature=youtube_gdata_player
As the last minutes of 2013 wind down, we will always remember this year and the Puppy Summer. Enjoy this short video flashback of these sweet little pups! Thank you all for your help and support and letting us have this awesome opportunity! It was a very special time for our family.

Dave



GPRA Update - December 12th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

The Gentle Giants in the police raid and abuse arrest of the man in Cherokee County that received so much publicity have just been released to GPRA. There are 5 unaltered females that have gained weight and are in descent shape and ready to be fostered. A number of you offered and I would like you to confirm that you can take one. My sense is these are very docile Giants that just need nurturing and there are no real medical issues now.

I'd like to share the story of Oso and why our GPRA group is so special and is indicative of our speed to help those who are in most need. We received a call on Tues. from a woman in north Ga. who had a stray GP with a hurt hind leg. She didn't seem to think it was too bad and the earliest she could meet our Diane in Commerce Ga. was at 3:30 on Wed. Diane picked up our Giant, who we named Oso after one of our best volunteer's GPs that recently passed, and immediately called in to report that Oso was in severe pain and his leg was definitely broken. Jennifer set up for Diane to transport him to Village Vets where they were standing by, after hours, to xray him. He had multiple breaks in his femur and must have been hit by a car. Jennifer had Village Vets email the xrays to our orthopedic at Northlake who viewed them that night and called me. Guy, another all star volunteer, transported Oso this morning to Dr. Course at Northlake who looked at Oso over his lunch break and called to say he could fix the leg but there may be nerve damage which will mean amputation. He is further evaluating but Oso will have his leg fixed or removed tomorrow. Bonnie will have a foster set up for his recuperation and his new life by the weekend. What often takes weeks, we accomplished, as a team, in 24 hours. We will always try to do the right thing. No hesitation on what to do and no hesitation on spending the money to do it.

John


GPRA Update - November 14th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Liz will be posting the below on face book and, as GPRA members, it would be great if you could give a High "PYR PAW" 5 as well. What I do want to communicate is that Beethoven checked out totally healthy today. Cyndi provided 2 hamburger patties, hot dogs, chicken from Golden Corral and hash browns for his cage. No wonder Michelle was able to catch him. Had I known of this spread, she may have caught me in the cage!!! She did have to take 2 of her cats out of the trap before Beethoven entered. We are awarding Michelle with a $1,000 check reward as promised thanks to 4 generous donors. It is true that his first move was the PYR PAW. Thanks again for all the help and concern and isn't it wonderful when all come together for a common cause. Cyndi is our star and will foster Beethoven until we find the right family or I should say until Beethoven picks the right family.

John

-----Original Message-----

Many of you have followed the tragedy to happy miracle of Gentle Giant Beethoven. Beethoven fell out of a car going 55 MPH on one of Atlanta's busiest highways, I-20, at night two and one half weeks ago. Experts advised that no dog could survive this. Well, not only did he survive but he survived without injury. When finally captured, he gave his PYR PAW to shake hands and then flipped on his back for a tummy rub. Great Pyrenees Rescue of Atlanta is a non profit that has saved over 600 Gentle Giants in the southeast over the last 3 years. We take the worst cases, no questions asked and, through Beethoven, we hope you have become familiar with this regal breed and our rescue. In honor of Beethoven and the many volunteers that banded together, please consider going to www.greatpyratlanta.com and donating $5 (more if you can). It will help GPRA rescue and treat the hundreds of Beethovens that are in need.



GPRA Update - November 14th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

We have him!!! Michelle, who we affectionately call the cat lady, caught our beloved Beethoven in the cage we set up on her property at around 2 in the morning last night. Cyndi drove right over and now has him and he will be going to our vet this morning to get checked out. More to follow but thanks to the many of you that helped and followed Beethoven's journey and miraculous survival and thanks particularly to Cyndi who was on call 24/7 and to Michelle who enthusiastically committed to capturing Beethoven.

John


GPRA Update - November 12th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

We don't have him yet. We have the entire neighborhood alerted and have had numerous sightings. A nearby farm has a GP that keeps escaping and we are getting calls about both. Beethoven still has his leash on and is frequenting a lady's house that leaves cat food out. She has been very cooperative and we are setting a trap up tomorrow on her property. If that and additional traps don't work, we may decide to use a tranquilizer gun by an experienced vet tech who has successfully done this on other occasions. Cyndi, Beethoven's foster, has been remarkable and is in the neighborhood every day and has befriended the locals. Thanks to our face book maven, Liz, we now have over 100,000 people following Beethoven's great adventure. We will get him.

John


GPRA Update - November 10th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

I have just returned from a wedding in New York and can now provide more clarity since Beethoven popped up a few days ago. First, nobody feels worse than the young couple that experienced this shock. We cannot un-ring the bell but we can learn from what was totally off our radar screen. The miracle is that, not only has Beethoven apparently survived, but he seems uninjured. Cyndi, his foster, has confirmed it is him and he does have a collar and leash on. We know the area he has been operating in and we know he loves kids as he hangs out by their bus stop.

We believed throwing as many wonderful helpers as we could find to cover the area was the best way to catch him. We do not believe that to be the case now. We do not want to drive him away and, after consulting experts, we believe less is more and the neighborhood now becomes his friend as he becomes comfortable in this environment. Our volunteers have gone door to door with flyers and the neighborhood is now on watch and know he is friendly. We have posted a $1,000 reward for him and have experienced hunters, who know how to capture, lying in wait for him tonight. We have approval from a local home owner, where Beethoven has frequented, for the local shelter to set up a trap which was effective for GPRA a couple years ago with a GP we couldn't catch.

Liz has kept all our face book friends current and the outpouring of concern for Beethoven has been heartwarming as his story has gone viral. AGA, our sister Golden rescue, has reacted as though Beethoven was one of their goldens.

We will keep all apprised but the fact that he is bouncing around is nothing short of a miracle and we will get him!!!

John


GPRA Update - November 6th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

We found out this afternoon that, thanks to the extraordinary efforts of Susan Edwards and our 50 Gentle Giants and 70 GPRA members, we were awarded $7,500 by the Atlanta Track Club for our performance at the Atlanta Marathon. We were almost the top earner again this year and I believe it was decided that annointing us with top earner 3 years in a row would be demotivating to the other entries. Thank you to all involved as we continue to take in record numbers of Giants, many of which require extensive medical treatment.

The Cherokee County GPs have still not been released to us and, by court order, we are getting no direction.

Just up or about to be up on the website are Crissi, Rex, Rebel, David, Mya, Patsy, Polly, Victor, Bear and more. Patsy and Polly are 6 month old puppies that are so frightened that Bonnie, our Foster Director, has taken both home today and they should be ready to foster or adopt by next week. We have a big group at PetLodge Resort in boarding again so let us know if you can take one. They are all special but David is particularly so.

Philip will be taking Holiday pictures on Sunday Dec. 8 and slots go fast.

Thank you.

John

Here are a few photos from todays Marathon….


GPRA Update - October 28th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Philip's early shots from today's marathon. Record GPRA turnout with 50 Giants, 70 humans and the best costumes ever. I couldn't be prouder of Susan Edwards and all our GPRA participants for their enthusiasm and dedication. How fortunate are we.

John

Here are a few photos from todays Marathon….


GPRA Update - October 19th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

I have been given the following information from an unnamed source that I believe to be reliable.

There are five intact female GPs that are 2-3 years old and VERY sweet. They are 45-50 lbs., half their normal weight, and extremely emaciated. They were kept in cages in a chicken coop with no windows in conditions that were beyond horrendous. They were so matted and flea infested that they all had to be shaved down and injuries range from a bite wound to ear infections. They have not yet been tested for heart worms but all five will survive and all are responding well.

The other dogs are Shelties and a couple may not survive.

We are prepared to take them as soon as they are released and thanks particularly to those who have donated and those who have offered to foster. One of our GPRA Family offered to take three. The strength of the GPRA spirit never ceases to amaze me. We will keep you updated.

John


GPRA Update - October 18th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,



ML and I spoke with the director of the facility this morning and this is what we learned. This is a small facility that does a good job caring for the dogs. Under court order, they are not allowed to divulge any information until the judge rules and releases the facility to find homes for the dogs. They have no idea when this will occur. They cannot tell us how many GPs are there or their medical condition but they do have a vet on site and she assured us that they are being treated. She has committed all Gentle Giants to GPRA and there is a Sheltie rescue that she believes she will commit to as well. We will need to move quickly when they are released but again, we do not know when that will be. I felt the woman we spoke to was caring and will be honorable and we will communicate as soon as we know more.



John


GPRA Update - September 29th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Four weeks from today is the Atlanta Marathon and we need you to register for the water station or the cheer station as outlined below. Our star photographer, Philip, will be there to capture pictures of you and your Giant and this is nothing but pure fun. It's early rise on Sunday morning Oct. 27 and you'll be back home late morning and the experience will be memorable. We particularly need volunteers for the water station and this is the perfect event for those that would like to become more active with GPRA. As an aside, we rescued Otis this weekend. Otis is GPRA rescue # 600!!!

Adopt-A-Marathon Mile - 10/27 - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! John


GPRA Update - August 13th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

If you own a Gentle Giant, you will understand this. If you own two, you will understand this even more.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lSWSq31RyU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

John


GPRA Update - August 18th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

We continue to experience unprecedented amounts of surgeries, heart worm treatments and assorted medical ailments with many of the Giants we are rescuing. If you shop at Kroger, please consider registering your Kroger Plus card with GPRA. It is easy and every dollar helps us. Thanks.

John

Dear GREAT PYRENEES RESCUE OF ATLANTA 55285,

Congratulations on your enrollment into our Kroger Community Rewards Program. Your participants may begin enrolling online 48 hours after receipt of this email. Just go to the appropriate website mentioned below and begin enrolling.

You have been assigned a new NPO number 55285.

Please refer to this number in all future correspondence.
TO USE THE KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM STARTING AUGUST 1, 2013:

-Simply encourage your members to register online at krogercommunityrewards.com
-Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization after you sign up.
-If a member does not yet have a Kroger Plus card, please let them know that they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.
-Click on Sign In/Register
-Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.
-Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
-You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
-Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
-Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
-Update or confirm your information.
-Enter NPO number or name of organization, select organization from list and click on confirm.
-To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.
-REMEMBER, purchases will not count for your group until after your member(s) register their card(s).
-Do you use your phone number at the register? Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.
-Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.

Thank you,
The Community Rewards Team



GPRA Update - July 13th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Six left.

Quick Behind the Scenes Video from the Puppy Photo Session

John


GPRA Update - July 8th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

2013 has already been quite a year. In just over 6 months we have rescued 108 Gentle Giants bringing our just over 3 year total to 572. We are at a rate to surpass 200 rescues this year. We did 179 in 2012.

At this moment we have only one of the pure bred E puppies left and less than half of the Great Borders puppies still available. Wait until we post new pictures of the now 7 week old Great Borders later this week. Bonnie and her family have done a remarkable job with all 12. Sue is fostering our two PYR/golden or lab mix puppies that she indicated are full of it and 5 month old Sadie was added to the website today.

With all the excitement around our puppies, we have not forgotten our senior citizens. We have taken in five 8 year olds and 12 year old Legacy. Each has their own story and each needs the love of a forever family. Other favorites like Django, who has been adopted by one of our best volunteers Kay, and Lazarus, who is enjoying life being fostered on the Walters farm, are examples of our phenomenal GPRA base that always embraces the neediest and,as a result, experiences the gratification that goes with enriching a life.

New rescues that are hitting the website this week are Poe, Boomer, Salvador & Aslan and Izzy who is a 17 month old livestock guardian dog who lost her herd.

Try fostering this summer and you'll have a summer to remember.

John


GPRA Update - June 23rd

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Well it's raining big, beautiful, healthy puppies!!! The fantastic five just became the splendid seven as Guy picked up 2 more from the pure bred litter and all are getting their first round of shots in the morning. The seven are split between three fosters and we will need more puppy fosters this weekend as two of the fosters leave for vacation. Meanwhile, Bonnie's family is fostering all twelve Great Borders and we have deposits on a number from both litters already.

We are taking in a 12 year old Kuvasz tomorrow from a disabled veteran with cancer who has lost his home. This is the saddest thing and I promised this man we would take care of Legacy. We have a new foster that will be taking Legacy after we vet him. A Kuvasz is basically a Hungarian GP.

We have also taken in Lady Guinevere who is about 8, frightfully skinny but a sweetheart that needs a foster.

Pearl is still at PL and I am surprised John Boy has not been scooped up yet.

I can't say enough about our fosters. I feel so privileged to be part of GPRA.

John


GPRA Update - June 23rd

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Five pure bred GP puppies will be given their first shots tomorrow and will be up on the website and all are ready for adoption as they are 7 weeks old and on puppy food.

John


GPRA Update - June 22nd

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Our 12 Great Borders puppies. Seven girls and five boys. All will shortly be on the website with names. All but one has double dewclaws and we believe the father is a Border Collie so they won't be as huge as the Great Saints.

John


GPRA Update - June 16th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

A Father's Day treat for your viewing pleasure of the Great Saints from Dave. Philip taking individual shots today.

John

>>Here is a link to my Youtube channel where I'm publishing videos of the puppies. They are typically 30 seconds long and it seems that the videos revolve around eating most of the time so far! >>http://www.youtube.com/user/tennisbeat Dave


GPRA Update - June 14th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Three week old Great Saints!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6TnIPJW3IU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

John


GPRA Update - June 14th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

We are taking this 8 year old, 50 pound beauty that just needs TLC. Let us know if you want to foster so she does not go into boarding.

Our foster director, Bonnie, and her husband drove 4 hours each way on Wed. to pick up and foster mother Angel and her 12 puppies!!! This was a snap decision and a heroic effort as we became worried about the health of Angel with the heat in south Ga. They arrived back in Atlanta at 2AM and the puppies and Angel are all doing well. Thank you to those that offered to transport and foster but we had to move quickly. They are big and healthy and may be Great Saints once again. Pictures to follow. They are 3 weeks old today.

Pearl is still in boarding and actually does not need ACL surgery, at least at this point so please consider her.

John






GPRA Update - June 12th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

We need someone to step up and experience the summer of their lives for the next 5 weeks. The pictures below are of Angel and her 12 puppies at 1 week old. They are huge and probably Great Saints once again, though we can't be sure. They are now 3 weeks old, are in Perkins,Ga. which is about a 4 hr. drive from Atlanta and the woman that was to keep them until they can leave their mother at 8 weeks, simply can not. So, we need a foster that can take Angel and her 12 puppies and a volunteer that can drive down to Perkins and bring them to Atlanta. We will vet the puppies at 6 weeks and can have them all adopted out or to fosters at 8 weeks when they can leave Angel. Lori and her family fostered our 10 Great/Saints and will tell you it was a lot of work but a priceless experience for her family and we will provide any support and intelligence you will need to help you through the process. The puppies need to stay with Angel for the next 5 weeks. Let us know!!!

John










GPRA Update - June 4th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Django is a sweetheart, has been fully vetted and is ready to go to a foster or adopter. He is an easy GP and will fit easily into any family. His first heart worm treatment is June 24th and he will have to be leash walked through his recovery period. If we don't have a foster in next couple of days, he will go to boarding which would be a shame given what his life has been like up to now.

We have a rash of owner turn ins. Not up on website yet is John Boy, Kash, Luna and a number of others incoming. Kash and Luna are great dogs from families that hate to have to give them up due to relocation.

It appears we will be getting 12 mix puppies that were born just a week ago. The mother is pure bred and the father is unknown but by their size and appearance, they may be Great Saints again. Six boys and six girls and nine of the them have double dews. We have pictures of the mother and puppies and they should be huge. Will advise more.

We have a big opportunity for someone who is stay at home that wants to play an important role with GPRA. Mary Lou, who has been our Director of Intake, will be stepping away from this role to spend more time traveling with her husband on his business trips. This is a terrific role that interfaces with the shelters, owner turn ins and our other Directors. You'll need a fax, scanner and the time to communicate with the stakeholders and, for better or worse, me!!! Jim O. does a fabulous job covering intake when needed and ML can ease the new person in so let me know if there is interest here and we can provide more specifics.

Thank you.

John


GPRA Update - May 28th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

We are taking this guy who is heart worm positive and has now been shaved down. Like Korrine before him, he will be stunning. Please let us know if you can help him by fostering or donating. We will be naming him shortly.

We may have 13 puppies that were born on Sunday coming our way.

Please advise if you live in the Alpharetta area and can help transport from PetLodge Resort to nearby vets and back.

Adoption Day this Saturday and we have great ones.

Thank you.






John


GPRA Update - April 21st

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Less than three short weeks ago, Lazarus was pathetic with mange, emaciated and barely alive. Today he is 20 lbs. heavier, on the mend and feeling great in his new environment.



John


GPRA Update - April 14th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

It's all good!!! With 2 weeks to go until Gentle Giants in the Park, we have 97 Giants and 212 humans planning to attend. We had just over 100 Giants last year and I think we can shatter that this year. This is the largest congregation of GPs in the history of the world so if you want to be part of this, please go to gentlegiants2013@gmail.com and let us know who will be attending on Sunday April 28th from 3 - 5 PM. Our GPRA raffle has now surpassed $20,000 and we think there is quite a bit still outstanding so please send your stubs and check to the GPRA mailbox on the website.

Great Saint puppy pictures coming your way. You will not believe the change!!!

We often say our foster families are our lifeblood, and they are. Foster families take our new rescues and evaluate, nurture and love them. They do the "heavy lifting" and prepare our PYR for their forever family. It takes a special family to make this investment. Some are easy, some are hard but all are gratifying. Jenn Cole has been our Foster Director and is stepping down but will continue to stay involved with GPRA. Jenn has done a fantastic job keeping our many rescues out of boarding. It is incredibly difficult for our walkers to coerce these gentle creatures back into their boarding cages when they so desperately crave attention. We board our GPs at PetLodge Resort in Alpharetta and you cannot find a better place but it is heartbreaking to look into their eyes and walk away. Bonnie Kennedy is taking over the foster responsibilities and we wish her every success in this critical role.

Thank you,

John


GPRA Update - April 11th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

It's time to send in your raffle stubs and check to our mailbox. We are up to $18,000 in the raffle thanks to our phenomenal GPRA base. Every dollar, after the $10,000 raffle winner and park rental, goes directly to mending and curing the Gentle Giants in need. Other than AGA, I am aware of no other rescue that takes the sickest and most needy and rescues in the volume of GPRA. Please participate if you can as you just might be $10,000 richer as a result.

It's time to email gentlegiants2013@gmail.com to sign up your PYR for Gentle Giants in the Park on Sunday April 28 from 3 - 5. We are already up to 180 humans and 75 Gentle Giants. Jenkins and Journey will be there!!!

It's time to consider fostering one of our BIG BOYS that are in boarding. We have a large group of great looking and laid back males that have just arrived. Check the website tomorrow to view Teddy, Ben, Paddy, Bruce, Archer, Knox, blue eyed Big Boy and female Elegant who are all boarding at PetLodge resort in Alpharetta. Let us know if you can visit them.

We are looking forward to seeing you on the 28th.

John


GPRA Update - April 5th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

We rescued the pathetic mange PYR, we named Lazarus, in the nick of time. Thanks to the many of you who offered to foster him. He is about 3, hairless and emaciated. His skin is like that of an elephant. His immune system is severely repressed and he will need to be in isolation for a month and will require continued injections of antibiotics. The good news is he is heart worm negative and he is not injured. We are hoping to move him after the first week to Sherry, a nurse, who will give him his injections and keep him in isolation away from their GPRA Giants.

We are getting inundated with these beautiful dogs. I just can't believe how many are out there.

Please send in your raffle stubs and checks as we are now up to $14,000.

We plan to break our world record of 100+ Giants that we set last year at the first Gentle Giants in the Park so go to gentlegiants2013@gmail.com and register. In addition to the $10,000 raffle, DJ and food, there will be a PYR treat walk, a PYR obstacle course, PYR sit PYR, PYR training, face painting and GPRA merchandise. Susan needs volunteers to help, especially teenagers.

Thank you,

John


GPRA Update - April 2nd

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Can't wait to get our hands on him. He will now have a great life. John

>>Subject: Fwd: Few pictures of the Florence GP

>>This guy is in horrible shape, looks like he has been in misery for a very long time.(Heartbreaking) He is so sweet though. Thank you for taking him. Can't wait to see him all better!!









GPRA Update - April 1st

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Every now and then we get a really bad case that is beyond the more typical heart worm positive or broken boned that we need a special person or family to nurture. In every case, from Korrine to Yoda, these dogs end up healthy, stunning and rewarding.This Giant in Alabama will be another success story. Please let me know if you can foster this guy. We will take him in and find out what needs to be addressed and report back.

John

>>Subject: FW: Great Pyr in Florence shelter needs rescue!!

>>Can you guys take this boy? He is urgent. Amber says sarcoptic mange, starved and has some type of injury.



GPRA Update - March 19th

Here is a little video from yesterday



https://vimeo.com/62060756


GPRA Update - March 17th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

If you want to smile, look at the pictures Philip took today of our Great Saint puppies and Mom Nanny.

John

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/afz1sohq042v10u/yo5FxUDDjF


GPRA Update - March 14th

Learning to walk video!

starting_to_walk.mov

GPRA Update - March 17th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

If you want to smile, look at the pictures Philip took today of our Great Saint puppies and Mom Nanny.

John

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/afz1sohq042v10u/yo5FxUDDjF

GPRA Update - March 11th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

If you have a Gentle Giant, you know what they are famous for - the PYR PAW. Our new Tee Shirt (below) will be going up on the website. They will be available at Gentle Giants in the Park on April 28th but if you want one in the next few weeks, advise Susan Edwards your size or sizes. We already have enormous response to Gentle Giants in the Park so advise if you plan to attend with your Giant. We already have $5,000 in returned stubs for the raffle and we hope you do your share.

Pictures of the Great Saint puppies will be forthcoming and they are beyond adorable. We have so much going on that we did not properly recognize the fact that we rescued # 500 named Panda and are now actually on 509 and have already rescued 45 this year. We have much to celebrate on April 28th.

Thank you,

John


GPRA Update - March 5th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

How creative and professional is Philip's Atlanta Marathon video??? Worth the wait!!! https://vimeo.com/61095735.

John


GPRA Update - march 3rd

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Number 10 puppy, Panda, is GPRA # 500 rescue!!! Hard to believe in three short years our GPRA Family could accomplish this much. We will follow the puppies growth together and I will have more input on the Raffle, Gentle Giants in the Park on Sunday April 28th and our new tee shirt that you will love.

John


GPRA Update - February 28th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Mom & pups



John


GPRA Update - February 28th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Ten sleeping pups!



John


GPRA Update - February 25th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Our recently adopted and pregnant rescue Nanny, gave birth this afternoon and early this evening to 10 healthy and enormous puppies!!! The happy and relieved Mom had 5 boys and 5 girls. The largest was a 16.25 lb. female and we believe the puppies to be Great Pyrenees and St. Bernard. Lori, Eric and their 8 year old daughter will be naming them and we should shortly have more pictures of our GREAT SAINTS!!!



John


GPRA Update - February 21st

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Due to popular demand and better than the Puppy Bowl, more Presidential video.

John


GPRA Update - January 23rd

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

It's all good news as our adopters, fosters and volunteers continue to amaze. Moose is happy with Olivia in his forever home. Nicholas, following his surgery, was adopted by a wonderful family. Our deaf puppy Sheba arrives tomorrow and will be fostered by our medical director Jennifer and Andy. We had 10 offers to foster Sheba and now we will get updated pictures and a personality evaluation for her ultimate adopter. Conner had his second heart worm shot and still needs a foster. He is a sweetheart GP and should not have to recuperate in boarding.

We have many incoming that are not yet up on the website including a fully vetted big male named Murphy and two outside GP sisters, Blondie and Sissie.

SAVE SUNDAY APRIL 29 for the second annual Gentle Giants in the Park. We had over 100 GPs last year. Let's shoot for 200 this year!!!. We plan to announce a BIG fundraiser in conjunction with this event shortly.



John


GPRA Update - January 10th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

We have had a number of families express a desire to adopt Moose and we have decided that the best forever home for Moose is with Olivia. Olivia has adopted from GPRA, has a couple of dogs and is extraordinarily nurturing and caring. She met Moose today and he will be leaving Kate's family tomorrow to go to his new forever home.

The new year is off to a bang as we have rescued a Gentle Giant a day and are overloaded in boarding at PetLodge Resort in Alpharetta. Let us know if you want to visit and meet the 10 available to foster. Halo, Sheba, Kelly, Nanny and Irene are easy. Pearl and Fiona need to be only dogs. Louie is back and Conner is a sweetheart that has had one heart worm shot, will need another and does not deserve to be in boarding. We have just taken in Princess Di who is 14 years old!!! She does not deserve to be in boarding. Please let us know if you can foster as we cannot rescue more with this many in boarding.

As a matter of interest, and after almost 500 rescues, I can tell you that the life span of Gentle Giants is 12 - 15 years. There are obviously exceptions but the many adopters that have come to us after losing their GP, have had a range of 11 - 19 years. You will read that large breeds avg. 10 - 12 years. We have seen one cancer and very few hip problems and I firmly believe, whether because they are not inbred or just due to their make up, Great Pyrenees are generally very healthy dogs.

Thank you.

John


GPRA Update - December 10th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

We are taking a great looking 8 month old GP/St. Bernard puppy. Read his story and scroll down to see pictures. I just spoke with this wonderful woman who lives on 20 acres and her dog, JJ, roams onto her neighbor's pasture and he has threatened to shoot him. We need a foster asap. Last month we had 9 GP/St. Bernard puppies that were adopted in a few days and JJ is a grand slam. He belongs in a forever home before the holidays.
We are also taking in two 1 year old brothers, Kris and Kringle, and have Nicholas in isolation for 10 days due to a leg infection. They, along with Sheba, are great looking, laid back GPs that need fostering. Pictures will be up on the website shortly.
Thank you.

John


GPRA Update - December 6th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

2012 has been a stellar year for GPRA. Due to high medical costs most rescues reported lower numbers in 2012 than 2011. Due to their size and general breed unfamiliarity, GPs are difficult to rescue and even harder to adopt out. We know GPs are phenomenal family dogs and thanks to our substantial volunteer base and remarkable foster family network, we will rescue more this year than last and will hit # 500 rescue early next year. More importantly, our Giants are being placed into wonderful forever homes and are thriving as a result. Many of you have experienced the reward of rescuing, transporting, walking, fostering or adopting one of these unique creatures and you therefore understand why we do this. It is a privilege. I would like to recognize our very active board of directors, who each lead a critical phase of GPRA and who are passionate about their roles and a pleasure to work with.

Debbie Quesenberrry - Treasurer



Lisle Nolan - Director of Operations



Renee Whelan - Director of Applications



Mary Lou Waide - Director of Intake



Jenn Cole - Director of Foster



Susan Edwards - Director of Volunteers



Jennifer Edwards - Medical Director



Our last Adoption Day of this year is Saturday and we will have 18 of our GPs present. We have great ones and everyone deserves to discover a Giant under their tree, or should I say blocking their tree!!!

Thank you for a fantastic year and please keep GPRA in mind in your year end or new year contribution plans.

John


GPRA Update - November 4th

This is Justice, one of the nine 8 week old Great Pyrenees/St. Bernard puppies that just arrived. Check the website to see the rest. Justice was already adopted today!!!

John




GPRA Update - November 2nd

Congratulations to our Marathon Mile volunteers and our famous Gentle Giants for taking the top $8,000 award for our participation at Sunday's Atlanta Marathon. Read below and note that out of the 16 organizations that were selected to participate, GPRA was the runner's FAVORITE!!! This could not have been accomplished without all your efforts and Susan Edward's leadership. Philip has fantastic pictures and video that he will share upon his return from overseas.

To add to the excitement, we may be bringing in 11 adorable Great Pyrenees/St. Bernard puppies!!! Foster anyone?

John


GPRA Update - October 29th

A sampling of our 50 Gentle Giants at the Marathon Mile on Sunday. More to come.

John

Click HERE for photos


GPRA Update - October 18th

Two GPRA billboards donated in metro Atlanta.

John




GPRA Update - October 18th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Help!!! We had six owner turn ins this week and then this aft. three turned up at the Rockdale County shelter and now these four!!! We have a bunch already in boarding. We will get you an easy foster. Please step up if you can.

John










GPRA Update - October 17th

We have a good compliment of Giants and volunteers for GPRA night at the Gwinnett Gladiators hockey game this Sat. night. The big news is we have 70 humans and 40 Gentle Giants for our Marathon Mile on Sunday morning Oct. 28th so far!!! We also have 15 of our very best worker bees manning the water station and could use a few more to help out there. Susan E. will provide times and logistic info. Marla and Philip have done an outstanding with our signs and posters and Lori has arranged a BILLBOARD!!! I will have Journey and Jenkins there and I can't wait to see our forever families with their flourishing GPs.

We've had a number of major medical issues and a string of heart worm positive dogs but we are undeterred as we also have had good adoptions and have added some excellent fosters. We have had multiple turn ins this week with strays showing up in people's backyards and we are looking at a GP that was trained by inmates in a Savannah jail, adopted out, but is back in jail with separation anxiety. Please consider fostering as the Giants keep marching in. We have passed # 430 rescue since our start in 2010.

John


GPRA Update - October 11th

This is Boo who we are bringing in tomorrow. She is only 6 weeks, has had her first round of shots and has sarcoptic mange and has started treatment. We need a foster and we prefer one without dogs. She will be contagious for a short period but not to cats or humans. We have rescued many GPs with this and they are quickly cured once treated. Let us know.

John




GPRA Update - October 10th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends

We have 50 humans and 30 Giants for the cheer section and 15 to work the water station for the Marathon Mile on Sunday morning Oct. 28th so far. Below are the signs some of you will be holding to cheer on the runners as they go by. The more of our Family there, the more money we can earn so please contact Susan Edwards and let her know we can count on you to join the fun.

We are taking in a gorgeous 6 week old female puppy from Ala. tomorrow and need a foster.

Thank you.

John














GPRA Update - September 27th

We are taking them.

John

-----Original Message-----

Subject: 2 Purebred Great Pyrs at HCACC McDonough GA

These dogs have been abandoned, their owner moved to Miami and left them in the yard with a kiddie swimming pool full of dog chow......they did take 2 smaller dogs with them.

Neighbors called the dogs in, we posted for abandonment, picked them up, and they are ready now meaning we can euthanize at any time.

The shelter is full and at least 10 dogs will be put down in the morning for space if they are not leaving by way of adoption or rescue.

We need a promise of rescue for these 2 dogs and we need them moved as soon as humanly possible or we will not be able to hold them.........

Both dogs are out of sorts and very scared. The female is the larger matted dog, she is spayed.

I will give the rescue who takes them the owners name and address, etc so hopefully he can at least be known to those in the breed.

Betsy~

GPRA Update - September 21st

First walkers report Lucy and Ethel are the sweetest and easiest GPs ever. They are at Mans Best Friend. Who wants to foster them?

John


GPRA Update - September 20th

Two scared homeless young girls were seen hanging out at a gas station in Henry County. This is no life for two beautiful sisters so GPRA swooped in and rescued Lucy and Ethel!!! They were vetted a few hours ago, are about two, healthy, very frightened and great looking.They are now in boarding and we will only adopt them together. They, along with Wookie, Lil Lady, Luna Moon, Seger, Dakota, Louise and Casanova are in boarding and need a foster home. We have more incoming and I know I sound like a broken record but these Giants deserve a home. We also need transporters and GP walkers.

We have a full group for Paws in the Park and all are welcome. We need volunteers for GPRA night at the Gwinnett Gladiators hockey game on Sat. Oct. 20th. This is a lot of fun and you can bring your Pyr.

For those of you that didn't experience the Atlanta Marathon last year, you MUST try to join us this year. It's a few hours Sunday morning Oct. 28th and is pure fun and an event to remember. You can bring your Giant, your kids or come by yourself. We were the hit of the Marathon last year and we expect this year to be bigger and better.

Adoption Day this Saturday!!!

Thanks to all of you that have been involved and we have much upcoming for those that want to become more active with our GPRA Family.

John

GPRA Update - September 13th

Just wanted to share an article that so many of us can relate to. I thought the term "positive transaction" was meaningful and true and how much attention does a walk with a Gentle Giant create?

John

http://animaltracks.today.com/_news/2012/09/12/13825121-when-my-dog-lucky-died-i-disappeared-too#.UFEgvqZGedM.email


GPRA Update - August 23rd

We're getting some good adoptions but have taken in a fair number recently with medical issues. The good news is Tundra, Forbes, Teddy Bear, Yogi, Brutus, Ivy and probably Dakota have found great forever homes. Costello is doing really well since his ACL operation and Derry had his back leg removed today and all went well. We still don't know if Gabby is pregnant but will advise shortly. We can't say enough about our foster network. Happy Giant Phelps, Lil Lady and Loona Moon need fosters as we have many incoming.

There was a mix up with the dates of Paws in the Park at Centennial Park. The event will be noon to five on Sunday Sept. 23rd and not Saturday Sept. 29th. Please let Susan Edwards know if you plan to attend with your GP as all are welcome. GPRA night at the Gwinnett Gladiators is Saturday Oct.20th and our sponsorship of the Atlanta Marathon is Sunday morning Oct. 28th. All will be fun but the marathon will be a blast. Next Adoption Day is Sept. 8th.

It's been a rough summer as neglected GPs seem to be popping up every day and we could not do this without your help. Please stay engaged.



Thank you.

John


GPRA Update - August 13th

Save Sunday morning Oct. 28th. Susan E. got word today that we have once again been selected as a sponsor for this years Atlanta Marathon!!! GPRA was the talk of last years marathon as our Gentle Giants and enthusiastic volunteers were a huge hit as we earned the maximum award of $8,000 for our effort. We had a blast as evidenced by Philip's video, and this year will be bigger and better. Please contact Susan Edwards if you want to help with the set up. This is a good opportunity for those who want to become involved with a fun event that won't be too time consuming.

We rescued pregnant Gabby and Robin was all set to nurture her puppies and now we're not so sure she is pregnant!!!

Costello had successful ACL surgery and is recuperating with Marla. Derry has his hind leg removed next week and Buck and Tundra are getting a lot of medical attention this week. Ivy, Dakota, Boze, Dot, Yogi and Teddy Bear are adopted or about to be and we have a large group incoming this week.

Thank you.

John


GPRA Update - August 10th

Anyone who has ever touched a rescue dog, or BEEN TOUCHED BY a rescue dog, can feel this story

http://www.twincities.com/ci_21273909/this-man-picture-is-worth-thousand-words-so


GPRA Update - August 5th

The attached is a beautiful pure bred GP in Tenn. that we will be rescuing. She is an owner turn in who is pregnant, reportedly by the owners other male pure bred GP. We need a family to foster her and her pups after they are born. Since our inception, we have had similar instances where families, especially those with kids, have experienced the miracle of birth and fostered mother and puppies and indicated the process was priceless for their entire family. Please let us know if you are interested in helping us through this process. The puppies will go quickly but the memory will last forever. We also have a 6 week old puppy coming in from Ala.



Thank you

John


GPRA Update - August 2nd

It's all good!!! We've shot past rescue # 400 and so many keep popping up. You will see Bailey, Sam, Teddy Bear, Theo, Simon and others showing up on the website this weekend. This will add to Bo, Fiona, Dakota, Petey, Buck and Loona Moon in boarding so we need fosters badly. Fiona and Dakota need out now and Buck is a 160 lb. marshmallow who we tested and has a thyroid problem that now will quickly be fixed with meds.

Jennifer Edwards, who has done a great job as our medical manager, will be joining our board as Medical Director. We have been looking to fill this critical role since our inception and, aside from the fact that Jennifer and Andy have adopted Rik, Bailey, and Isis while fostering multiple others, she has been on top of all our many medical issues with our neglected Giants.

We have a lot of activity planned for Oct. with GPRA Gladiators night, a booth in Centennial Park at a big event one weekend and we are waiting to see if we are accepted as a sponsor for the Atlanta Marathon again. If we are, block out Oct. 28th, as we were the hit of the marathon last year and earned $8000. Susan Edwards will once again chair and will need volunteers to help plan and set up this event which will, once again, be a blast.

Derry and Costello are having surgeries in the upcoming weeks.

Adoption Day this Sat. and thank you to Amy Johnston for the ongoing great job on our newsletter.
Thank you

John


GPRA Update - July 25th

We need a short term foster for our precious 9 week old puppy Dot. Dot and her sister Sally came in from Ala. last week and went to the Edwards who have already adopted Isis, Bailey and Rik. Dot ended up with Parvo and we rushed her to our vet and am now happy to report she has recovered. Sister Betty seems healthy.

We cannot bring Dot back with Betty for a couple of weeks so we need a foster that has dogs that have been inoculated, like all our dogs are, or a family with no dogs at all, to foster Dot for the next couple of weeks. View her on our website www.greatpyratlanta.com and let us know if you can help as she is now sitting at the vet, ready to go.

John


GPRA Update - July 19th

I am pleased to report that after almost two and one half years, we rescued our 400th Gentle Giant this afternoon!!! We have taken in 6 GPs in the last two days - Luna Moon, Theo and Teddy Bear from death row at the last instant from Ala., puppies Dot and Betty and # 400 Forbes!!! Thanks and congratulations to the many of you that have been so instrumental in contributing to this feat. We have so many heartwarming stories and my hat's off to those in our GPRA Family that have sacrificed to save these gentle and often neglected dogs. Most of us have learned so much since we started this incredible journey and we are rewarded every time the right forever family brings a Giant home. We have an exceptional group of compassionate and selfless volunteers that we cannot give enough credit to. As I write this, there are 10 more that need rescue so please stay engaged as we have much to do.

John


GPRA Update - July 15th

Well we thought Saturday's Adoption Day would be quiet. It was not. This week adopted or about to be are Thelma, Seger, Tasha, Angel, Summer, Codi, Travis, Annebelle and Spice!!! We took in Wookie, Yogi, Lil Lady and have a list of others waiting as we still have way too many in boarding. We will be forced to take many on our list as their put to sleep dates are next week.

I just can't say enough about our fosters and walkers. Their compassion and dedication are the backbone to GPRA and I can't imagine where we would be without them. We have a number of laid back sweetheart Giants in boarding that will be easy to foster. Let us know if you can foster. You will find it rewarding.

John


GPRA Update - July 1st

We're making progress as Coco, Mystique, Ruger, Nina, Shasta and Tasha were adopted or are about to be. Coco, Ruger, Nina and Shasta are being adopted by their fosters who already have an adopted GPRA dog!!! Our fosters continue to amaze. We are now down to 41 Gentle Giants available for adoption with 7 in boarding and I expect we will be able to shortly begin to take in the most needy again.

I shared that four GPs showed up at a kill shelter in Ala. and we said we would take them all. The next day ML followed up to discover they found one dead in her cage that morning with no explanation. After some probing, we think she was bitten by a snake the night before. Her name was Sugar and we got the other three, Spice, Darla and Ceaser out at once. All three are heart worm positive with ear infections and assorted other ailments. They are on the website and are boarding at Man's Best Friend and need fosters. They will be beautiful when we are done. Bandit is recovering from his ear operation and Derry has surgery on his leg on July 11.

We have never seen so many GPs needing rescue and the southeast is by far the worst region in the country in volume of not only GPs but severely neglected ones. The rescue of 391 GPs in two years and five months is unparalleled and our entire base should be proud of the fact that we have made so many healthy and adopted them into fantastic forever families. Please stay engaged and energized as we have only just begun.

We are looking at planning an event in Oct.

Thank you.

John


GPRA Update - June 19th

I wish I had great news, but I don't. Bandit had his ear canal surgically removed at GVS last week and the biopsy results came back today indicating he has a cancer that cannot be removed. In almost 400 rescues, this is our first with cancer. Laura and her husband nurtured Bandit through heart worm treatment and multiple ear treatments leading to his surgery and cancer was not on our radar and this is really sad.

You will see the following new Giants on the website in the next day or two - Fiona, Brutus, Buck, Susie, Brinkley, Sasha, Darla, Spice, Ceaser, Sugar, Dakota, Petey, Nana and Lizzie. This will make 47 available for adoption and at least 11 in boarding. I don't know if it's summer, July 4th or what but so many are popping up with so few adopters. We have four that may require leg surgeries, multiple heart worm positive GPs and Bandit's bills has been $5,000 so far. Based on all of this, we will take a break from bringing in new dogs until we can work our available for adoption and number in boarding down. I hate to do this but it just kills our walkers to stuff these gentle creatures back into their cages after their taste of freedom and we can't keep collecting them just to stick them in boarding. I hope this is short lived and if you want to help you can foster, adopt a Giant or send money.

On a happy note, Mystique, Gregory, Deanna, Big Buddy and Cola were adopted and Hank is about to be. The big news though is our famous "blind" puppies, Phoebe and Isis have been adopted. Phoebe to a terrific family with a GP already and the Edwards, who were fostering both, just couldn't bear the thought of giving up Isis so Rik and Bailey have a little sister.

I am confident we will navigate our way through this difficult period and please know we will do it intelligently and with compassion.

John


GPRA Update - June 3rd

We think they have sight. Middle picture with Rik is priceless!!!

John


GPRA Update - May 31st

I have some really sad news. We had to put Roscoe to sleep tonight. Roscoe came to us heart worm positive with multiple issues. He had his first shot for heart worm treatment on Tues. and did fine. He had his second shot yesterday and had a terrible reaction as his fever spiked to 106. With our approval, Village Vets did everything conceivable to save him. His fever came down to 103 today but they think he threw a clot at some point resulting in neurological damage and the loss of his ability to use his hind legs. We have treated around 50 Giants for heart worm and this is the first that has not been successful. Dr. Tyler indicated that she does not recall ever experiencing a reaction like this. This is heartbreaking for us and particularly for Roscoe's wonderful fosters and is a reminder how serious heart worm treatment is and how devastating the results can be. That being said, this gives us even greater resolve to save and protect these gentle creatures.

In our two and a half years, we have never seen the volume of needy GPs that we are seeing now. TEN calls to turn in or rescue GPs today alone!!! We will be at 98 rescues this year and 383 since we started. At this rate we will rescue 235 in 2012 and surpass 500 since we started. Please, please consider fostering as we now have over 45 Gentle Giants available for adoption and we cannot sustain this pace.You will not regret it and will find it rewarding.

John


GPRA Update - May 29th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Sharing what we are faced with every week. Of course we will rescue but we are piling up injured and heart worm positive Giants.

John

Subject: Fwd: LaGrange Animal Shelter Pyrenees
They are taking the second one to the vet in the morning to see about the back leg.
Tammy Ray emailed me and the fellow in Pell City has till tommorow morning till he is put down.
ML
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Subject: LaGrange Animal Shelter Pyrenees
Hi Mary Lou, I'm attaching several pictures of the two male Great Pyrenees that we have. The first one is still really dirty, but he looks a whole lot better than when we first got him! The second, Lisa didn't realize this when she called, but there's something wrong with his leg, and or, hip and is very skinny. Just wanted to go ahead and let you know that, and if you don't take him we'd have to put him down because we don't have the funds right now to fix whatever the problem is. Thanks for your help!



GPRA Update - May 24th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

It may take a little time to load Philips fantastic video in HD. Note the "obstacle course" the Dr. set up for the puppies.

John




GPRA Update - May 24th

Click HERE for first photos of Isis and Phoebe!


GPRA Update - May 24th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

First of all, our blind puppies Isis and Phoebe are way beyond adorable. Second of all, they may not be blind!!! Andy, Philip and I met with Dr. Stacey Andrews at GVS this morning. Philip took remarkable shots we will forward but the big news is they had completely normal eye exams for the young puppies they are. Their pupils respond normally to light and all the structures in each eye are normal. There are no cataracts and the retinas/optic nerves appear fine. We are hoping they are still growing into their bodies. Their brain may not be connecting with their eyesight yet and that could correct if that is the issue. We just have to give it time. Since their eyes are normal, surgery is not an option so we will all carefully follow their progress. I am really encouraged and we are expecting the best now.

John


GPRA Update - May 17th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Please read the below email and see the pic of the two GP puppies. We want to save these two but will need a special family that has a dog to lead and train these two. We will investigate what's involved and this can be a life experience for a family with kids and a big heart.

John

My name is Aimee Patterson and I volunteer as the adoption/foster coordinator for CCAC, Inc. (Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care) in Ringgold, GA (501(c)3 Non Profit Group). I had a coworker approach me that had bought two great Pyrenees puppies from a local breeder. They are 2 girls that are 6 weeks old. She bought one for herself to breed with her male and the other was for another co-worker that was interested. The two pups were taken to the vet today and the vet verified that they are blind. Now the two people do not want the dogs and the breeder stated he would kill them. She was asking if our group would take them in and if not she would return to the breeder. I have gotten a short term foster but haven’t been able to secure anything long term. I cannot let them go back to this breeder. I don’t feel they should suffer because of other people’s ignorance and irresponsibility. I wanted to contact your group for help as you know the breed and might have experience with this. Would the group be able to take them in as a shelter transfer? If not, do you have any contacts that I could try regarding blind Pyrenees? Any help would be very much appreciated. Thank you for your time and consideration.




GPRA Update - May 16th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Well our Director of Intake, ML, is on vacation this week and Jenn is filling in so of course we already have 10 new Giants and it's only Wednesday. Not yet up on the website are Snow, Big Buddy, Buck, Feston, Jazz, Sam, the two puppies below and their mother and others incoming. The puppies below are from a pure bred GP mother and unknown father and need a foster. They were born on March 17 so they are about 8 weeks old. Let me know if you can foster. Feston is an older guy with heart worm, worms, a tumor on his eye, arthritis, is badly matted and in need of dental care. Other than that, he's in great shape. We need fosters and obviously adopters as we have 39 available which is double where we'd like to be. If we don't step up, these Gentle Giants are put down. It's that simple. Imagine your life without yours.

Adoption Day is Sat. and we'll have about 15 of our GPs in attendance.

John






GPRA Update - May 9th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

It's all good!!! We have 34 Gentle Giants available to be adopted and most are outstanding dogs. Thanks to our spectacular fosters, only a few are currently in boarding. Magic, Buster, Monty, Poca, Hontas, Maria and maybe Thelma were adopted this week. We just took in sweetheart GPs Gregory, Tasha, Roscoe and Springstein and a pair of 5 year old super Gentle Giants Sarah and Royston. I promised Royston he would always have Sarah by his side so they must go together.

Let me know if you want a print of the Gentle Giants in the Park photo by Monday so we can order. Philip did a beautiful job and I've seen the final which CLEARLY shows each Giant and owner. The email I forwarded doesn't compare to what you will receive.

Thank you.

John

GPRA Update - May 3rd

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Thanks to Philip, we have the one of a kind photo of the most Gentle Giants in one place ever. Also thanks to Philip, we can get 8 inch by 28 inch panoramic photos that are the actual photographic print, not ink jet print. He's worked with the manufacturer and the $53 print can be purchased for $29.99 with all proceeds going to GPRA. We need a minimum of 25 copies to get this price. Please let me know by May 11th if you would like to purchase a print.

Thank you.

John

GPRA Update - April 30th

Pictures from the picnic


GPRA Update - April 21st

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Well we're close to 90 and could hit 100 Gentle Giants with twice that many humans at Gentle Giants in the park next Sunday!!! Please be sure to check in on your arrival to register and you will be given your GPRA rescue number. Sam was our number 1 and we rescued number 354 today. We will have a 50/50 raffle that will be announced at 4:30 but you must be present to win and GPRA merchandise will be available. Fox 5 is planning to cover the event. We will also be on Fox 5 live this Tuesday morning at 9:15 with a couple of our Giants.

We had a good Adoption Day today as Zellie, Snowflake, Dee Dee and Sunny went to wonderful families and Bo, Buster H., Cedar and Bandit were officially adopted. We brought in 6 adorable puppies. Four came from mother Nina who we rescued. Nina's puppies are Pinta, Maria, Poca and Hontas and are about six weeks old. We also brought in two 11 week old puppies - Linus and Lucy from Tenn. Our puppy expert, Diane, has all six and pics will be up on the website shortly. Pamela, Pebbles adopter, drove to Tenn. and back this morning to rescue them.

I'm happy to say that as of this evening, we have zero GPs in boarding. We cannot thank our fosters enough.

Hope to see you at the WHITE OUT on Sunday. It should be a lot of fun and a sight to behold. One Great Pyrenees is stunning. Can you imagine 100?

John


GPRA Update - April 17th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

It's going to be a WHITE OUT!!! We think the largest congregation of Gentle Giants ever in the world. Sixty to seventy GPs and more than double that many humans plan to attend Gentle Giants in the Park and we're still almost two weeks away. Please advise Susan Edwards if you can lend a hand in set up or clean up. Remember, a Giant off leash is a disaPYR!!!

Adoption Day this Sat. from 11 -1 at the Petsmart in Dunwoody.

Only Minnie in boarding and she deserves better. Mom and two puppies arriving Friday.

Thank you.

John


GPRA Update - April 12th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

See below which captures the essence of the Gentle Giants that so many of us love.

John

>>The link is from GP rescue of Montana but should be required reading for all potential adopters (and a great handout on adoption day) Enjoy - Nina
>>http://perfectpuppycare.com/what-to-consider-when-adopting-a-great-pyrenees/


GPRA Update - April 8th

All our puppies, Presley, Zellie, the town puppies and the Oscars puppies have gone to forever homes except Octavia (and she won the Oscar).

We need fosters for three of our females that are in boarding who are terrific with humans but not so good with other dogs. Minnie is at PetLodge Resort, has been trained and all love her but we need a foster as she has been there way too long. Carolina is so attached to her human and is finishing her heart worm treatment but has been boarded at Man's Best Friend way too long. Louise, of Thelma and Louise, loves her foster but not her fosters many other dogs so she is coming in tomorrow. Bella is in boarding and is easy and 1 year old Sadie is coming in on Tues. We have a very timid female that will need a lot of TLC that we will probably bring in as well. April seems to be the month of the female.

Less than three weeks to Gentle Giants in the Park. I know Jenkins, Jilly and Journey are looking forward so please advise if you and your Giant will be joining us.

Thank you.

John


GPRA Update - April 12th

Looking good!!! Charlie is home and Gidget and Bridgette seem to be coming along.

Puppies Pressley and Zellie arrived yesterday with upper respiratory infections and will be in isolation for 7-10 days but will be good to go after that.

John


GPRA Update - March 28th

Looking good!!! Charlie is home and Gidget and Bridgette seem to be coming along.

Puppies Pressley and Zellie arrived yesterday with upper respiratory infections and will be in isolation for 7-10 days but will be good to go after that.

John


GPRA Update - March 23rd

Thank you to the outpouring of GPRA members that offered to foster a puppy or two. One of our families will foster the mother and all four puppies!!! They will be vetted today and should be at their new foster this evening. Within the first couple of hours of my plea, we had about 10 volunteers. What does that say about our wonderful group? We will get pictures up soon.

We also have Titus, Dahlia, Samson and Snowflake in or about to be so fosters are again vital.

Thank you.

John


GPRA Update - March 19th

Please see above invitation to Gentle Giants in the Park and RSVP to the special website. We are expecting a big turnout and in addition to a 50/50 raffle and GPRA merchandise available, Wayne will be prepared to explain what's involved if you are considering having your Giant trained to be a therapy GP. Donations upon arrival will be appreciated to defray the park rental fees and food and beverage.

Once again our fosters have been remarkable and Didi, Rooney, Davey, Goliath and Chaz were adopted within days of arrival. The academy Awards puppies just had their first series of shots and new pics will be on the website shortly. The Gentlest of Giants Bailey, had to be carried from the shelter, carried to the vet, carried to boarding but within 10 minutes of being at his foster, Jennifer and Andy, and meeting his new brother Snowball, he came out of his shell and has been the happiest of boys ever since.

Adoption Day this Sat. from 11-1 at the Petsmart in Dunwoody.

Thank you.

John


GPRA Update - March 6th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

It's already been a big year. By Thursday we will have taken in 13 Gentle Giants in the past week. Unless we get more fosters, we will have at least 12 GPs in boarding. Shasta, Minnie, Pooky, Didi, Dee Dee and Klondike are in boarding. Bailey, Davey, Goliath, new Max, GP female from Griffen and returning Ruger will be placed into boarding.Most of these GPs are house broken, laid back and great looking GPs. We have fantastic dog walkers but these dogs need the nurturing of a home and it is so difficult for our walkers to force these Giants back into their cages. Please contact me if you think you may be able to foster and we will match you up with the right GP. Thank you.

John


GPRA Update - March 2nd

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Attached is one of the five puppies we rescued on Academy Awards night thus our new six week old Pyr/Border Collie pups are appropriately named Oscar, Clooney, Meryl, Mara and Octavia!!! They will be up on the website shortly. Shasta, Didi and Pooky are not yet up and we have four more on our radar for this weekend. Shasta is our ninth HW+ GP already this year and she has a damaged hind leg so we really we need a foster for this gentle girl.

We had a good week with Max, Louie, Scout, Yeti, Ace, Klondike and Snowball adopted or about to be. Adorable 5 month old Pyr/Lab puppy Klondike needs a temporary foster for a week with no other dog until he is through with his parvo recovery and can join his forever family.

We have already rescued 36 Gentle Giants in the first two months of 2012 and one quarter of those are heart worm positive. We rescued 18 HW+ GPs all of last year. Without your financial support, we could not rescue these dogs. Our fosters are our lifeblood and we can't thank them enough.

John


GPRA Update - February 24th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

I made the mistake of saying we were having a quiet week last week. In the next two days we are taking in seven beautiful GPs - Didi, Snowball, Layla, Buster, Yeti, a GP from Conyers and one from Cartersville plus we have four more on our radar. Additionally, Nick, Flossy, Sheba, Kota, Max, Scout and Hampshire are going to wonderful forever families. Hampshire, the gentlest Giant of all, is now making his new owner, a delightful 90 year old lady, very happy!!! Please check the website to consider fostering our latest arrivals that are mostly owner turns ins that are house broken and in good condition.

Adoption Day is Sat. from 11 - 1 at the Dunwoody petsmart. I will be forwarding info. about a pet rescue walk at Atlantic Station during the weekend of April 21st from one of our members, Mary O'Hara.

Most of my communication is about GPRA's many successes. 99% of our stories are heartwarming but every now and then I have to report one that is heartbreaking. Jenn Cole and her kids and husband took in their 10th GPRA foster, Iowa. Iowa was a big handsome male from Tenn. that was so badly matted he had to be shaved. Iowa was also missing most of his tail. Iowa had serious issues that were neurological, behavioral or both. Jenn and her family worked with Iowa, who Jenn called the perfect dog unless he was having an episode that caused him to snap at and actually bite his tail. With our support, Jenn took Iowa to our trainer, multiple doctors and finally, after a series of seizures, to UGA vet school yesterday to meet with a neurologist and behaviorist. After speaking with the doctor yesterday afternoon, I made the decision to put Iowa to sleep. I won't go into the details but, given the facts, this was the right decision and I share this only to provide the reality that we don't always have happy endings. We will always get the very best care and make every reasonable effort to have a positive result. Jenn's family was heroic through this ordeal and when you say good night to your Gentle Giant, be happy that the worst he does is grab a burger off the counter, track mud in the house or snore too loud.

Thanks,

John

GPRA Update - February 5th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

It's all good!!! Ozzy, the one year old we rescued from Ala. after the urgent phone call last Sunday evening is already adopted!!! He's going to a great family who adopted puppy Belle from us so Ozzy now has a little sister. Ozzy is GPRA's 300th rescue!!!

We just had the biggest none adoption day weekend ever, highlighted by a wonderful family that drove three hours to pick up Luna and Dolly from Sheila and ended up finding Vienna irresistible so they adopted her too!!!

So, officially adopted this weekend are Nora, Sophie, Sebastian, Ozzy, Frosty, Flossy, Luna, Dolly, Vienna, Sheba, and Syd and Daisy are going to NY.

We just received Thelma and Stella from Tenn. and we have Kota from Ala. and Bo from Commerce Ga. incoming. Maybe two Pyr/Shepard puppies coming in as well.

We have had a number of HW+ rescues. Kim will foster Estrella but we need a foster for 8 year old Carolina who has had her first shot and is in boarding.

We are planning a Picnic with your Pyrenees in April. More to follow. Next Adoption Day is Sat. Feb. 11.

Thanks,

John

GPRA Update - January 29th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Please listen to the attached voice mail that we just received. This Gentle Giant was hit by a car, shot in the neck and is now under the threat of being shot dead. We will rescue this GP immediately but I think it's important for you to "feel" what our dedicated volunteers sometimes have to deal with and, more importantly, why the core of our mission is to rescue those that need rescue most. We committed to rescuing a record number of GPs last week, four from Tenn. with two more we said yes to from Tenn. today, plus multiples from Ga. and Ala. Six are heart worm positive so far.

We passed our 300th rescue since we adopted out our first GP Sam two years ago this coming Feb. 4. We could not have done this without your support.

Voice Mail Recording

John

GPRA Update - January 8th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Please view Philip's video from the Atlanta Marathon and you'll better understand why GPRA was the highlight for the runners. The Giant with the Yoda around his neck is YODA!!!

HTML 5 Version
http://www.rcdgroup.net/gpra/

Flash Version
http://www.rcdgroup.net/gpra/flash.html We will have 10 in boarding with more incoming and need fosters badly.

John

GPRA Update - January 5th

Dear Great Pyrenees Friends,

Happy New Year!!! 2010 was a remarkable year for our entire GPRA Family. We rescued 178 Gentle Giants in our first full year, raising our total to 285 since we started in 2009. We have 7 in or incoming already in this first week of 2012. We now have close to 700 volunteers and, thanks to many of you, we are financially sound. We have attempted to run GPRA compassionately, professionally and with a sense of urgency. We rescue the GPs most in need and are often their last and only chance for survival. Imagine Korrine,Yoda, Cody, Greta, Bruno, Jasper and so many others that simply wouldn't be the healthy and beautiful GPs they are today. We have experienced many success stories and I think most of our forever families are very happy and I know our Gentle Giants are in the homes they so desperately deserve. I know I am guilty of talking numbers and, on behalf of our passionate board, I want to make sure you know our goals and objectives are focused on quality, not quantity. We will be more than happy if we rescue the same substantial number of GPs in 2012 as long as we continue to improve and strive for excellence.

We have a bittersweet problem. We continue to lose outstanding fosters, who are intent on fostering only, that get so attached to their GP that they adopt them. Heading into the holidays we were down to zero in boarding after our big Adoption Day. We now need fosters for Syd, Coco, Nick, Vienna, Hank, Frosty, Magic, Kallee, 2 incoming and probably Evey and Sheba. Most are laid back, easy and house broken and don't deserve to be boarded. Please let us know if you would consider fostering and we will match you with the right Giant.

Thank you again and please continue your support as we anticipate 2012 to be a spectacular year.

John
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