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Great Pyrenees dogHow much does that dog weigh? Is that a white Newfoundland? These are two of the questions frequently asked when Great Pyrenees Rescue of Wisconsin comes to one of the Mounds stores. Great Pyrenees were originally bred to guard the sheep herds (and the herding dogs) in the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain. They are intelligent, extra large, white dogs who are protective, yet gentle and devoted to their family members.

Great Pyrenees Rescue of Wisconsin, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, was founded in June of 2007 by dog lovers who had beeninvolved with Pyrs for many years. GPRW isbased in Neshkoro, where we care for the dogs until adopters are found. Neshkoro is located off US 51, northeast of Portage – about 80 miles from Madison.
GPRW takes in Great Pyrenees dogs who are encountering hard times. Some have been abandoned or neglected. Sometimes an owner has died. Still others are surrendered by loving owners who can no longer care for their dog. As you can imagine, the poor economy has increased the number of dogs coming our way. We provide care, training and love until forever homes are found. Any dog we place is evaluated for temperament and is up-to-date with veterinary checks and vaccinations. All dogs are spayed or neutered.

We are especially proud of our placement history of dogs with special needs. One of our favorite dogs is Wally, who lost most of his hair and looked like a dog from a Dr. Suess book. Can you imagine a 90 pound Chinese Crested? Wally found a wonderful home with the same people who adopted Isabel, another special needs Pyr and Wally’s BFF.

This summer has been an unusually active time for our rescue. We recently took in four female dogs from a horrible situation that no creature should have to endure.
The condition of the dogs was deplorable. They were half-starved, filled with worms, covered with ticks (one had three kinds of tickborne diseases), and two had untreated medical issues that have since required extensive surgery. One was so afraid to be in a new location that she literally had to be carried down the path on her first “walk”. They didn’t have names, had never been to a veterinarian, and it is doubtful that any of them had ever had a bath. Despite all of the above, the girls have made a speedy recovery and responded well to their new surroundings. They are friendly, eager to learn, and enjoy interactions with people. A new world is opening up to them each day and they are loving it! The one who had to be carried was happily walking on a leash within a week. We feel that all are adoptable now that they have been treated and are regaining their health. See the video of our “Fabulous Four”.

If you are interested in learning more about this breed, volunteering with GPRW, adopting or fostering a dog, or providing a donation, please contact us at 920-293-8885, send an e-mail to wooflodge@yahoo.com, or write to us at Great Pyrenees Rescue of Wisconsin, Inc., W2789 Deerborn Drive, Neshkoro, WI 54960.
We can always use help – walking or grooming dogs, handing out flyers at dog events, or helping with events that we sponsor. We are always interested in finding foster homes for our dogs or perhaps you are interested in adopting a Great Pyrenees.
Donations are tax deductible. To see photos and get information about the dogs we currently have available for adoption, please visit www.petfinder.com/shelters/W1291.html or follow us on Facebook. GPRW is usually at one of the Mounds stores each month. Perhaps you have already met Diesel, who loves to be a demo dog at these events. And, in case you are wondering, he weighs 123 pounds and is definitely NOT a white Newfoundland!