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Dog adoption rescue story - My giant Gentle Giant

Updated on July 17, 2014

How I fostered a Pyr, a Great Pyrenees, and became a foster failure

A Great Pyrenees dog spells adventure

I love Pyrs. The Great Pyrenees gentle giant of a dog is a grand and noble representative of the dog world. This weekend I begin a new journey with a Pyr. He is a large, leggy, massively tall Great Pyrenees named Samwise Samchild.

My history with Gentle Giants

This is my second adventure with the large dog breed known as the Great Pyrenees. In 2007 I met my first Pyr, Waco the Wonder Dog, and he was truly a wonder. He even came with his own cape. You'll find more of his story below because this is the story of why I think fostering a dog is a good idea and why this Pyr is the one for me now.

One Pyr opens the door wide for another

My new Great Pyrenees gentle giant is coming to me through the great work of the Texas Great Pyrenees Rescue (TGPR) group. They are the same group that rescued Waco from an animal hoarding situation in Dallas years ago. In fact, Waco's foster mother is the same foster mom that has been caring for Samwise Samchild. What an odd and wonderful coincidence.

The Big Day is here

The big day this weekend is Sunday, September 2 when I'll be meeting Samwise Samchild for the first time but I already feel as if I know him well. I've talked to his foster mom and gotten all the skinny on this big boy. I already know he's a huge water lover and will probably splash his way into my backyard pond the first time he goes outside.

Why you should consider fostering a dog

Read on: We're also going to talk about the reasons why fostering a dog is a good idea and the benefits of fostering a dog for both the dog and the foster parent. There is such a huge need across the US for volunteers, fosters, and adopters. We hear a lot about adopting dogs, volunteering at animal shelters or for rescue groups, but there's less talk about the world of fostering dogs. Maybe my story will shed some light. Scroll down to the gift section where you'll find gifts for Pyr lovers. All proceeds help Sam's Great Pyrenees rescue group.

Update on Sam 04.16.2013

Sam is doing well. He's been with us for 7 1/2 months. In that time he's definitely made himself at home. We love him. He often goes into my mom's room to visit her and the cats. My mom adores him and keeps on saying, "He's so big" and "He's so soft and white."

Pyr to Pyr update 05.21.13

Pyr time has doubled as Sam now has a new Great Pyrenees brother named Max. Max, photo below, is about one year to 18 months old and was picked up by a neighbor who took him to my vet to be checked for a chip. Alas, no chip. Because the kind stranger couldn't keep Max, my vet called me to see if I could help out. At that moment, TGPR didn't have any available fosters in my area so I took him in. Look for his story in the near future. Meanwhile take a look at his photo with Sam.

Pyr to Pyr update 07.17.14

Sam, and now Max, are both doing well. Max has brought out Sam's inner child and every morning they do a round of dog wrestling, all in good play. Sam is now about nne years old, while Max is probably approaching three years. Max still retains much of his puppy behavior. All the dogs get along well.

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Spend some extra time with your rescue or foster dog - Deepen your relationship with any dog

Bonding with Your Rescue Dog: Decoding and Influencing Dog Behavior (Dog Training and Dog Care Series Book 1)
Bonding with Your Rescue Dog: Decoding and Influencing Dog Behavior (Dog Training and Dog Care Series Book 1)

Taking the time to get to know your dog and allowing your dog to know you is so important. There are many things that crop up in the live of a dog and it's good to have a good set of tools to fall back on. This book is for any dog owner or potential dog owner whether the they have a rescue dog, shelter dog, or any dog.

 

A Great Pyrenees Welcome - Samwise Samchild and I begin our Great Pyrenees foster adventure

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Sam and I meet for the first time at the TGPR Meet 'n Greet. Of course he came home with me.Sam's first morning - This is Sam's sleepy lord-of-the-realm pose.Sam finds pond - Yes, within minutes Sam not only found the pond but walked right in. He's standing in water up to his shoulder and looking at me as if saying: Hey, look what i found.Sam's new family watches him. He's really big. :) There are five pair of eyes on him.Just how tall is Sam? Well, here the well-mannered Great Pyrennes, Sam greets a new friend. They are nearly the same height, don't you think?Sam says: What do you mean I can't go in the pond?" So far Sam's been the perfect Great Pyrenees dog and has not walked into the pond since his first day but you definitely know he wants to.
Sam and I meet for the first time at the TGPR Meet 'n Greet. Of course he came home with me.
Sam and I meet for the first time at the TGPR Meet 'n Greet. Of course he came home with me.
Sam's first morning - This is Sam's sleepy lord-of-the-realm pose.
Sam's first morning - This is Sam's sleepy lord-of-the-realm pose.
Sam finds pond - Yes, within minutes Sam not only found the pond but walked right in. He's standing in water up to his shoulder and looking at me as if saying: Hey, look what i found.
Sam finds pond - Yes, within minutes Sam not only found the pond but walked right in. He's standing in water up to his shoulder and looking at me as if saying: Hey, look what i found.
Sam's new family watches him. He's really big. :) There are five pair of eyes on him.
Sam's new family watches him. He's really big. :) There are five pair of eyes on him.
Just how tall is Sam? Well, here the well-mannered Great Pyrennes, Sam greets a new friend. They are nearly the same height, don't you think?
Just how tall is Sam? Well, here the well-mannered Great Pyrennes, Sam greets a new friend. They are nearly the same height, don't you think?
Sam says: What do you mean I can't go in the pond?" So far Sam's been the perfect Great Pyrenees dog and has not walked into the pond since his first day but you definitely know he wants to.
Sam says: What do you mean I can't go in the pond?" So far Sam's been the perfect Great Pyrenees dog and has not walked into the pond since his first day but you definitely know he wants to.

Pyr Samwise Samchild's first foster mom - One tall, leggy Great Pyrenees

Great Pyrenees Samwise Samchild with foster mom
Great Pyrenees Samwise Samchild with foster mom

Meet my new foster Pyr - Samwise Samchild - Updates will follow as he starts this part of his journey

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Sam with his pal, Chico.Sam with his pal, Chico.Sam with his pal, Chico.
Sam with his pal, Chico.
Sam with his pal, Chico.
Sam with his pal, Chico.
Sam with his pal, Chico.
Sam with his pal, Chico.
Sam with his pal, Chico.
Imagine This Bone Car Magnet, I Love My Great Pyrenees, 2-Inch by 7-Inch
Imagine This Bone Car Magnet, I Love My Great Pyrenees, 2-Inch by 7-Inch

Join the ranks of avid Pyr lovers and proclaim your love for your Great Pyrenees with this car magnet.

 

Sam makes friends with newest member of the pack - Pyr to Pyr, the meeting of two Great Pyrenees

Pyr to Pyr, Great Pyrenees Sam's new buddy Max, another Great Pyrenees
Pyr to Pyr, Great Pyrenees Sam's new buddy Max, another Great Pyrenees

Max is our newest member of the pack and he, too, is a rescue dog. Look for his story soon.

Pyr to Pyr photo 2013 Copyright Vikk Simmons; Update 05.17.13

Sam loves his crate for naps and bedtime - Big dogs like Sam do enjoy their crates

Crates are not for punishment. They can be used for a time-out when necessary but good crate training helps the dog like and enjoy his or her crate in a way that is natural and helpful.

Sam is a huge dog even by Pyr standards, yet he enjoys his crate and wants to use it. Sam wants to go to his crate every night. He likes that it is cozy and den-like. He also uses it when he simply wants to get away from everyone and have some space of his own.

MidWest Life Stages Folding Metal Dog Crate
MidWest Life Stages Folding Metal Dog Crate

Sam sleeps in his crate every night and loves it. In fact, he sings himself and Charlie the Pug and Riley the Cocker Spaniel to sleep. Sam also takes an afternoon nap in his crate. He loves it.

 
Great Pyrenees dog rescue Waco the Wonder dog, copyright 2012 Vikk Simmons
Great Pyrenees dog rescue Waco the Wonder dog, copyright 2012 Vikk Simmons

RIP My beloved Waco! (July 29, 2012)

Many dogs need rescue - Great Pyrenees dogs are in need of adoption

There's a lot of pros and cons when it comes to adopting dogs from shelters. Some people are eager to rescue a dog in need and would rather pet stores and dog breeders didn't even exist. But other people are more leery of adopting from rescue shelters or even rescue groups. They worry about the dog's previous life and think the dog may come with problems.

What do you think? Give an answer and add your comments, caveats, and suggestions.

Would you adopt a rescue dog?

Yes, definitely.

Yes, definitely.

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    • LisaDH 3 years ago

      Definitely! Rescued is my favorite breed. :-) Both of our dogs are rescue dogs.

    • Carolan Ross 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Of course, yes! I'm also a victim of "foster failure" how funny that term which sounds so negative and yet brought such JOY.

    • Othercatt 3 years ago

      Of course! Our last 2 rescue dogs, Lexie and Theodore, came to us so beaten down, they had no personalities of their own. Lexie was scared of people and had an eating disorder. It took a while (and a lot of work on our part) but she eventually started seeking out the love and attention we were so willing to give. Today she's a completely different dog (and completely spoiled).

      Theodore was less than a year old when we got him and he'd already had 5 different owners. So he was very untrusting and wasn't willing to get close to us at all. Watching him come out of his shell was an amazing experience. By the time he went to his forever home, he was a loveable cuddly dog with an unexpected playful personality.

      Yes, rescue pets usually require more work, but the results are worth it.

    • Deb Kingsbury 3 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Absolutely. And I have. In fact, the dogs I've had and loved and love dearly have all been rescues, and I wouldn't do it any other way.

    • Karnel 3 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

      I would say yes, I used to have a foster home for cats.

    • tssfacts 4 years ago

      I would have to say yes, I did adopt a rescue cat.

    • Lisa Auch 4 years ago from Scotland

      yes we have successfully adopted dogs!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I have and would again!

    • Myreda Johnson 4 years ago from Ohio USA

      I adopted a rescue Dane. She was the greatest.

    • Ilona E 4 years ago from Ohio

      I adopted a Great Pyrenees that showed up at my door. He was neglected and seemed mistreated,but has worked out well for us ...with some stubborn habits that we are working with- still, one of the best dogs I've ever had. We love him!

    • aquarian_insight 4 years ago

      Yes I would in a heartbeat.

    • Sandy Mertens 4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Oh yes. We have adopted from the Humane Society. After Buddy passes on, we talked about being foster parents to dogs.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Already have. My pup was a full-on rescue, and cut out the middleman of a center. She was living in a mud puddle in a park (in a hell-hole of a town to be honest). My friend took her in, and I adopted her from him the next day. Best decision of my life.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I sure would but now have our sons dog and would not part with him for the world. Have saved other dogs and cats from being put down in the past though

    • Wanda Fitzgerald 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Rescue dogs are all I've ever owned. They make me happy. I have 2 laying at my feet right now. They love me no matter what.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I love your story and pix of Samwise, especially him standing in the pool. :) And, of course, love the Waco story too. You're a blessing to the doggy world!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I would have loved to foster a dog, but the first place I checked with said we had to keep them separate from our own dog, which would have defeated the purpose for us. I see now that I should have checked further. I probably wouldn't have been able to talk my hubby into a large dog though, as he is a small dog man, especially Poms. After we had checked into it fostering, we were told about our little Kobie needing a home so I guess you could kind of call him a rescue. We are crazy about him, and hope that our little Pom will eventually love him too.

    • miranda-moser 4 years ago

      I foster rescue dogs for AARCS, a fantastic organization in Calgary, AB Canada. And, all of our dogs have always been rescues. They make the best companions.

    • octopen 4 years ago

      Yes, we have a purebreed from a shelter, shelter dogs have more resistance to diseases and are more sturdy than purebreed dogs. I don't see the point of breeders and refuse to buy from them.

    • Frugal-UK LM 4 years ago

      Yes both my dogs were rescue or free to good home. Both have been fantastic, my corgi jack russel cross lived till she was 14 and even more fantastic is my standard poodle who is now 18 and that's for a breed with an average lifespan of 10 to 11 years

    No, I would not want to adopt a dog from a rescue shelter.

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      • carolbattaglio 11 months ago

        I would adopt a pyrenees. I already have one, Teddy. He is a magnificent dog. He doesn't like me to be very far away from him! I love him, too. He looks out for any bears and raccoons that trespass onto my acreage. Teddy is great, but two large dogs would be even better!

      • Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

        Just to add a little to the other side - sometimes my lifestyle won't let me have a dog - if I travel a lot, who will take care of the dog?

      Why Foster a Dog?

      Foster a dog - Make a difference - TGPR Before and After Foster care photos

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      Zuria - Before fostering (TGPR Foster Pyr with puppies - photo courtesy Tim Heitman)Zuria - After fostering (TGPR Foster Pyr - photo courtesy Tim Heitman)Samwise Samchild - Before fostering (TGPR Foster Pyr - photo courtesy Lisa Bond)Samwise Samchild - After fostering (TGPR Foster Pyr - photo courtesy Lisa Bond)
      Zuria - Before fostering (TGPR Foster Pyr with puppies - photo courtesy Tim Heitman)
      Zuria - Before fostering (TGPR Foster Pyr with puppies - photo courtesy Tim Heitman)
      Zuria - After fostering (TGPR Foster Pyr - photo courtesy Tim Heitman)
      Zuria - After fostering (TGPR Foster Pyr - photo courtesy Tim Heitman)
      Samwise Samchild - Before fostering (TGPR Foster Pyr - photo courtesy Lisa Bond)
      Samwise Samchild - Before fostering (TGPR Foster Pyr - photo courtesy Lisa Bond)
      Samwise Samchild - After fostering (TGPR Foster Pyr - photo courtesy Lisa Bond)
      Samwise Samchild - After fostering (TGPR Foster Pyr - photo courtesy Lisa Bond)

      What are the reasons to foster a dog?

      1. You'll find it's a great way to test out a breed and see if this really is the right type of dog for you.
      2. You'll gain the reward of doing a good deed. It's simply a good thing to do, so good even the dogs know it. There is a huge need for people who are willing to open up their homes to dogs that are at risk and in desperate need.
      3. You'll gain immediate entrance into the wonderful world of dogs and the people who love them. Dog-people love to talk about their dogs and share what they've learned. You'll make friends and pick up stories, tidbits, and recommendations.
      4. You'll discover the learning experience is incredible and will gain a deeper understanding not only of dogs but of a particular breed.
      5. You'll save a life but, even more, you'll be engaged in an amazing reciprocal act.
      6. You'll make a difference--immediately. No question. Every day dogs are in need of foster homes.
      7. You'll find your expectations will become more realistic should you eventually adopt a dog and that is good for both you and the dog.

      TGPR Foster Mom and Harry Snoodles

      Great Pyrenees Harry Snoodles with his TGPR foster mom
      Great Pyrenees Harry Snoodles with his TGPR foster mom

      What are the benefits of fostering a dog?

      There are many reasons, most pretty obvious, to open up your home to foster a dog in danger or in desperate need. At the same time, and often overlooked, are the many ready benefits. Here are just a few that come up whether you are fostering or even adopting a dog.

      1. Dogs are good for you. The health benefits to humans from being with dogs has actually been documented. They help lower your blood pressure and raise your mood. They help lower your cholesterol level and raise your survival rate from heart attacks. Dogs are great walking buddies and exercise partners. There's plenty more but you get the idea.
      2. Dogs are fun. There's no question that being around a dog will blow the doors off a sudden drop in mood, but they're a big help when you're feeling overwhelmed and depressed, too.
      3. Dogs are people magnets; they bring new people into your life. Social animals, they love people. Walk a dog, find a friend. With a Great Pyrenees, you will definitely make new friends because a lot of people have not seen one before and they are curious.

      TGPR Foster Mom and Sydnie Jolene, the 2011 Denton Dog Days of Summer. - Pyrs make great beauty queens

      Dallas/Fort Worth Coordinator for TGPR and Great Pyrenees dog
      Dallas/Fort Worth Coordinator for TGPR and Great Pyrenees dog

      When is it a good time to foster a dog?

      1. When you are unsure - Sometimes you find a breed of dog but you're not totally sure it's the type of dog for you. Fostering is a great way to learn a lot about a particular breed. Fostering is also a good way to get to know a dog before you adopt. Many volunteers become "failed fosters" because they realize the dog they are fostering is their perfect dog.
      2. When a dog dies - As with me, the loss of a dog can leave a great hole in a heart and life and fostering a dog in need is a wonderful way to stimulate healing for both.
      3. When you simply want to help - Many people want to help but they don't feel like they can take on a strong activist role or aren't able to attend a lot of functions, help with rescue transports, or even donate much money. What they can do is open their heart and home.

      What do you think about fostering dogs?

      Would you ever foster a rescue dog?

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      More about TGPR

      TGPR Great Pyrenees dogs available for adoption - Dogs for adoption are updated frequently.

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      Kaylee - Happy, lively girl who wants to be adopted soon--even a 2 year old can lead her around the store. She's quiet and well-mannered.Little Bandy, the boy Pyr who found with a a goat. This young boy needs a home.Zena - Beautiful 7 year old girl who lost her family due to their health problesm. Zena is kind, tolerant, fun, and loving.Gracie - She's a 5 year old Livestock Guardian Dog who guards goats and cows. Healthy, she wants a home and would love more goats and cows to care for.King Tut - He's a healthy six month old boy who loves to be petted and snuggled. He's crate-trained and ready to go home.Amber Rose - Major turnaround for this tired, hungry stray who is now a fun-lovin' girl who wants to be someone's beautiful companion.Flowers - Nearly one year old, Flowers is a sweet rescue who will be a gorgeous big girl. Friendly, loving, and playful, she's ready to be adopted.Phoebe - Sweet, well-mannered one year old Great Pyrenees. Loves kids.
      Kaylee - Happy, lively girl who wants to be adopted soon--even a 2 year old can lead her around the store. She's quiet and well-mannered.
      Kaylee - Happy, lively girl who wants to be adopted soon--even a 2 year old can lead her around the store. She's quiet and well-mannered.
      Little Bandy, the boy Pyr who found with a a goat. This young boy needs a home.
      Little Bandy, the boy Pyr who found with a a goat. This young boy needs a home.
      Zena - Beautiful 7 year old girl who lost her family due to their health problesm. Zena is kind, tolerant, fun, and loving.
      Zena - Beautiful 7 year old girl who lost her family due to their health problesm. Zena is kind, tolerant, fun, and loving.
      Gracie - She's a 5 year old Livestock Guardian Dog who guards goats and cows. Healthy, she wants a home and would love more goats and cows to care for.
      Gracie - She's a 5 year old Livestock Guardian Dog who guards goats and cows. Healthy, she wants a home and would love more goats and cows to care for.
      King Tut - He's a healthy six month old boy who loves to be petted and snuggled. He's crate-trained and ready to go home.
      King Tut - He's a healthy six month old boy who loves to be petted and snuggled. He's crate-trained and ready to go home.
      Amber Rose - Major turnaround for this tired, hungry stray who is now a fun-lovin' girl who wants to be someone's beautiful companion.
      Amber Rose - Major turnaround for this tired, hungry stray who is now a fun-lovin' girl who wants to be someone's beautiful companion.
      Flowers - Nearly one year old, Flowers is a sweet rescue who will be a gorgeous big girl. Friendly, loving, and playful, she's ready to be adopted.
      Flowers - Nearly one year old, Flowers is a sweet rescue who will be a gorgeous big girl. Friendly, loving, and playful, she's ready to be adopted.
      Phoebe - Sweet, well-mannered one year old Great Pyrenees. Loves kids.
      Phoebe - Sweet, well-mannered one year old Great Pyrenees. Loves kids.
      Found wandering on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas, Luna Loo is ready for her dog adoption family.
      Found wandering on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas, Luna Loo is ready for her dog adoption family.

      TGPR brings love and caring to the dogs and joy to the hearts of those who foster and adopt these gentle giant dogs

      Texas Great Pyrenees Rescue dog adoption group

      I admit I'm biased about the work the TGPR group does but then I'm more than a little biased when it comes to the breed they rescue. This isn't my first dog rescue adoption with them and it's far from my first dog adoption from rescue shelters or helping dogs in need.

      How foster volunteers prepare the dogs

      From the beginning I was impressed with the way the group operated. They have a great group of dog foster volunteers who open up their homes to help all the Great Pyrenees that they rescue. The dogs are eased into the transition from their former life to a life of care and love.

      The TGPR network is wide-ranging

      TGPR dogs are primarily from Texas but sometimes from surrounding states. While most of the dog's are considered pure Pyrs, they also take in Pyr mixes. The dogs range in age from puppies to the older, senior dogs.

      Because the Great Pyrenees is also an LGD (Livestock Guardian Dog), some of the rescued dogs may have lived on ranches and spent their previous lives guarding livestock like sheep, goats, and cattle.

      More TGPR adoptable dogs

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      Mkey - This laid-back sweet pup is about 9 months old, still a puppy, and looking for a home.Pola - Not only is she spayed and potty-trained, she's pretty and only one year old. She's looking for that family of Pyr lovers who will give her lots of love and affection and she will do the same.Big Boy - Very healthy 4 year old Great Pyrenees who loves being on a ranch and having his ears petted.Parker - Born in May, Parker is a puppy waiting for that special person to come and adopt him. He's a cuddler and loves nap time.Sahara - About 2 1/2 years old, Sahara is a quiet young lady who enjoys walks, is housebroken, and seeking a family. This content girl enjoys dogs and cats, too.Pancho - This 4 year old Great Pyrenees is tall, handsome, and loving. Loves dogs, cats, and kids and especially lots of attention. Wants a home.Lacey is a lovely Great Pyreneees who is a badger-marked Great Pyrenees with silver running through her hair. Not only is she beautiful, she's sweet. Loves kids.Palmer - Palmer is brother to Parker (see his photo) and is ready to be adopted. Born in May, he's still a puppy. He's a very good boy, potty trained, and uses a doggy door.Flowers - Born in 2011, this Great Pyrenees girl is sweet and healthy. She'll be a large, gorgeous girl when she's fully grown. Sweet, friendly and loving, she's looking for a new home.Gypsy - This is one smiling girl, a two-year old Great Pyrenees. who gets along with anyone and everybody including birds, dogs, and cats. Yes, children, too. She's looking for a home and lots of hugs.
      Mkey - This laid-back sweet pup is about 9 months old, still a puppy, and looking for a home.
      Mkey - This laid-back sweet pup is about 9 months old, still a puppy, and looking for a home.
      Pola - Not only is she spayed and potty-trained, she's pretty and only one year old. She's looking for that family of Pyr lovers who will give her lots of love and affection and she will do the same.
      Pola - Not only is she spayed and potty-trained, she's pretty and only one year old. She's looking for that family of Pyr lovers who will give her lots of love and affection and she will do the same.
      Big Boy - Very healthy 4 year old Great Pyrenees who loves being on a ranch and having his ears petted.
      Big Boy - Very healthy 4 year old Great Pyrenees who loves being on a ranch and having his ears petted.
      Parker - Born in May, Parker is a puppy waiting for that special person to come and adopt him. He's a cuddler and loves nap time.
      Parker - Born in May, Parker is a puppy waiting for that special person to come and adopt him. He's a cuddler and loves nap time.
      Sahara - About 2 1/2 years old, Sahara is a quiet young lady who enjoys walks, is housebroken, and seeking a family. This content girl enjoys dogs and cats, too.
      Sahara - About 2 1/2 years old, Sahara is a quiet young lady who enjoys walks, is housebroken, and seeking a family. This content girl enjoys dogs and cats, too.
      Pancho - This 4 year old Great Pyrenees is tall, handsome, and loving. Loves dogs, cats, and kids and especially lots of attention. Wants a home.
      Pancho - This 4 year old Great Pyrenees is tall, handsome, and loving. Loves dogs, cats, and kids and especially lots of attention. Wants a home.
      Lacey is a lovely Great Pyreneees who is a badger-marked Great Pyrenees with silver running through her hair. Not only is she beautiful, she's sweet. Loves kids.
      Lacey is a lovely Great Pyreneees who is a badger-marked Great Pyrenees with silver running through her hair. Not only is she beautiful, she's sweet. Loves kids.
      Palmer - Palmer is brother to Parker (see his photo) and is ready to be adopted. Born in May, he's still a puppy. He's a very good boy, potty trained, and uses a doggy door.
      Palmer - Palmer is brother to Parker (see his photo) and is ready to be adopted. Born in May, he's still a puppy. He's a very good boy, potty trained, and uses a doggy door.
      Flowers - Born in 2011, this Great Pyrenees girl is sweet and healthy. She'll be a large, gorgeous girl when she's fully grown. Sweet, friendly and loving, she's looking for a new home.
      Flowers - Born in 2011, this Great Pyrenees girl is sweet and healthy. She'll be a large, gorgeous girl when she's fully grown. Sweet, friendly and loving, she's looking for a new home.
      Gypsy - This is one smiling girl, a two-year old Great Pyrenees. who gets along with anyone and everybody including birds, dogs, and cats. Yes, children, too. She's looking for a home and lots of hugs.
      Gypsy - This is one smiling girl, a two-year old Great Pyrenees. who gets along with anyone and everybody including birds, dogs, and cats. Yes, children, too. She's looking for a home and lots of hugs.
      This Pyr puppy, Bandy, loves his goat pal and wants to be adopted and would love to live with goats.
      This Pyr puppy, Bandy, loves his goat pal and wants to be adopted and would love to live with goats.

      A Pyr puppy and his pal goat

      Once upon a time, there was a little Pyr and a little goat....

      The Great Pyrenees breed is a well-known and valued Livestock Guardian Dog (LGD). Recently the group rescued a little fella named Bandy, a Great Pyrenees puppy, who had been taken up with a stray goat (now called Ariel) and the two of them were rescued together. Pyrs are always looking out for the little ones and make wonderful family pets. You see him in the photo here and can click through to read more.

      Want to help TGPR? - Volunteers help care, transport, photograph, process, and promote rescued animals

      TGPR has many volunteer oportunities

      There are many ways to help a dog rescue group and TGPR in particular. Naturally all groups are happy and thankful to receive donations as they have a lof expenses when it comes to the care and fostering needs of rescue dogs. Because TGPR rescues one of the gentle giant large breed dogs, their expenses match in size. If you love Pyrs, care about dogs, have a heart to reach out in some way to help my group accomplish their mission, you can use the link below to learn about the group, their goals, their dogs in need, and about others who are fostering dogs.

      TGPR always is in need of donations to help dogs in need

      TGPR Foster Dad who loves Gentle Giants

      TGPR foster dad with Josie
      TGPR foster dad with Josie

      What does a TGPR foster volunteer do? - How to adopt a Great Pyrennes from the Texas Great Pyrenees Recue.

      The Foster Volunteer's responsibilities are pretty basic and center around food, shelter, love and socialization. Here's more info. Be sure and look at the current crop of adoptable dogs, too.

      And more TGPR adoptable dogs

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      Bagel - This big girl is 2 years old and is great with all farm animals except for the guinea. She loves goats, horses, cows, dogs, and cats. You won't find her jumping over any fences, either.Thomas - Ya gotta love Thomas with those cute perky ears. He's fast, growing, and curious. Thomas is one year old and a big snuggler. He's looking for a family.Nike - This nearly 3 month old Great Pyrenees puppy was abandoned at a shelter and is looking for a loving family. She's playful, happy, and clever.Buster Brown - About 5 years old, this gorgeous dog is neutered, past the pup stage, and ready for a family. Loves dogs, cats, and kids.Luna Loo - This 10 month old little Pyr was found walking down Riverside STreet in Austin. She was scared and sad. Not anymore. Today she's happy, cuddly, and ready to be adopted. She's a "petite" Pyrenees, and is good with children, dogs and cats. NSnoopy - This sweet little boy is already gaining good conduct marks for his sit-stay and walk-on-a-leash attributes. He rides well in a car, too. Loves kids, dogs, and is good with cats, just needs a family.Keeley - Great Pyrenees 6 month old girl who loves to cuddle and hang out. Happy and playful Pyr, she's crate-trained and uses a doggie door. Wants to be adopted.
      Bagel - This big girl is 2 years old and is great with all farm animals except for the guinea. She loves goats, horses, cows, dogs, and cats. You won't find her jumping over any fences, either.
      Bagel - This big girl is 2 years old and is great with all farm animals except for the guinea. She loves goats, horses, cows, dogs, and cats. You won't find her jumping over any fences, either.
      Thomas - Ya gotta love Thomas with those cute perky ears. He's fast, growing, and curious. Thomas is one year old and a big snuggler. He's looking for a family.
      Thomas - Ya gotta love Thomas with those cute perky ears. He's fast, growing, and curious. Thomas is one year old and a big snuggler. He's looking for a family.
      Nike - This nearly 3 month old Great Pyrenees puppy was abandoned at a shelter and is looking for a loving family. She's playful, happy, and clever.
      Nike - This nearly 3 month old Great Pyrenees puppy was abandoned at a shelter and is looking for a loving family. She's playful, happy, and clever.
      Buster Brown - About 5 years old, this gorgeous dog is neutered, past the pup stage, and ready for a family. Loves dogs, cats, and kids.
      Buster Brown - About 5 years old, this gorgeous dog is neutered, past the pup stage, and ready for a family. Loves dogs, cats, and kids.
      Luna Loo - This 10 month old little Pyr was found walking down Riverside STreet in Austin. She was scared and sad. Not anymore. Today she's happy, cuddly, and ready to be adopted. She's a "petite" Pyrenees, and is good with children, dogs and cats. N
      Luna Loo - This 10 month old little Pyr was found walking down Riverside STreet in Austin. She was scared and sad. Not anymore. Today she's happy, cuddly, and ready to be adopted. She's a "petite" Pyrenees, and is good with children, dogs and cats. N
      Snoopy - This sweet little boy is already gaining good conduct marks for his sit-stay and walk-on-a-leash attributes. He rides well in a car, too. Loves kids, dogs, and is good with cats, just needs a family.
      Snoopy - This sweet little boy is already gaining good conduct marks for his sit-stay and walk-on-a-leash attributes. He rides well in a car, too. Loves kids, dogs, and is good with cats, just needs a family.
      Keeley - Great Pyrenees 6 month old girl who loves to cuddle and hang out. Happy and playful Pyr, she's crate-trained and uses a doggie door. Wants to be adopted.
      Keeley - Great Pyrenees 6 month old girl who loves to cuddle and hang out. Happy and playful Pyr, she's crate-trained and uses a doggie door. Wants to be adopted.

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      So I'm pretty excited about the big event this Sunday. Can't wait to meet Samwise Samchild and introduce him to the family. Look for updates on Sam's story and the latest on adoptable Pyrs. Let me know about your foster dog experience, too.

      What do you think about fostering and Great Pyrenees dogs? - Love to hear your stories or questions.

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          Lorelei Cohen 2 years ago from Canada

          Beautiful dogs and look so very intelligent. Some eyes just melt your heart.

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          SimonJay 3 years ago

          Fantastic breed of dog my neighbor had one and he was huge.

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          Othercatt 3 years ago

          I had a Great Pyrenees when I was a teen and even though she was the runt of the litter, Sasha was still huge! I was scared when we first got her but I soon realized she was 130 pounds of cuddles and love.

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          'Vikk Simmons 3 years ago from Houston

          @Ramkitten2000: Fosters are so needed no matter what breed and they really make a difference in a dog's life. Thank you for stopping by.

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          Deb Kingsbury 3 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

          Beautiful, beautiful dogs! I think fostering animals is such a wonderful thing to do, and a couple people did it for me when I was in the process of adopting one of my current loves -- a little girl dog named Jazzy -- but couldn't bring her home just yet. Someday, when I have more time and when we're living in our new home with more room and more "dog-friendly" set-up, I'll considering giving back by fostering myself.

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          anonymous 3 years ago

          Returning to congratulate you on another sweetheart of yours being honored on Editor for a Day....you must be doing the dance of joy all day long....I can hear you smiling!

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          Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

          Sam is, simply put, AWESOME. :)

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          Karnel 3 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

          I love reading stories about dogs and the special people that donate their time to raising them and making sure that they live long happy lives.

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          achivevery 4 years ago

          Im a dog lover too. As long as you can take care of it, do take them as pet and friend

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I love animals and i believe all animals should have a home. Sam is a really great dog. I do hope to read more about him soon.

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          tssfacts 4 years ago

          I don't recall of hearing of this breed before. They are beautiful dogs and I am sure easy to love.

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          Lisa Auch 4 years ago from Scotland

          totally adorable! these dogs are gorgeous! I am in love!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          You melted my heart to a puddle from the intro and I think its going to stay that way, I don't know that I've ever met a Pyr before and it was love at first sight for these beautiful gentle giants. I've had that hole in my heart a few times at losing a dog companion and loving another is the right medicine indeed. This is a joy!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I anxiously await more stories about Samwise's new adventures! Blessings to you for being there for this wonderful dog!

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          Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

          Such a great idea! You are very compassionate, and it is lovely to see. Blessings!

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          sunny saib 4 years ago

          Amazingly done.. Loveable photographs. All the best

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          sunny saib 4 years ago

          Amazingly done.. Loveable photographs. All the best

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          wow Really amazing lens!

          It sure do deserved the purple star.

          Love dogs and the really are peoples best friends

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          RinchenChodron 4 years ago

          These ARE beautiful dogs! Yes fostering is a great idea - I usually foster cats because of limited space. A well deserved purple star.

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          JoyfulPamela2 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

          What a beautiful dog! We have adopted several animals and loved each one deeply. :)

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          Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          I sure like the idea and wish I can do it. We are away for several months that we really can't. Sometimes, dogs visit us and we like that.

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          aquarian_insight 4 years ago

          I am in love with Sam! What a beauty - so cuddle-icious! Fostering a dog is definitely the way forward, and I would consider it for sure. A lovely lens and deserving of a Purple Star. *blessed*

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          Sandy Mertens 4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

          Pyrenees dogs are very good looking dogs. So nice that you are fostering Samwise Samchild.

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          Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

          The dogs are, of course, beautiful! Foster parents are admirable and very giving people. I'm not sure I would be able to give a dog up once I had established a bond. I would probably end up adopting them all :)

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          Tia Novak 4 years ago

          I think that fostering a dog is one of the best things in someone's life!

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          Wanda Fitzgerald 4 years ago from Central Florida

          I wonder if there is a Pyrenees Florida rescue org. I have 2 big dogs now and don't need another but someday I will. My oldest son and I used to watch Belle and Sebastian all the time - a cartoon about a Great Pyrenees and a boy. My son is 32 now. Good memories. Thanks for the heartwarming story.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I agree, Waco would aprove of Samwise.

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          Ruthi 4 years ago

          I have always thought the Pyrenees a beauty of a dog! I have pretty much decided that when my dog Tidbit passes this life that I will foster dogs for a bit before deciding to get myself another dog. I love the idea of helping a dog in need.

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          Lynda Makara 4 years ago from California

          I loved reading your stories about Waco and Samwise. Angel blessings.

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          'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

          @theXodus: Thank you. I agree. There are so many dogs alive and in need and at risk of being put down. Sam is doing beautifully with the dogs and family.

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          flowerdada 4 years ago

          they are so cute! They kind of look like golden!

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          theXodus 4 years ago

          Purple star is well deserved! Tons of animals need help... better than buying from a breeder!

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          'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

          @Kae Yo: So glad you learned about fostering here and do give it a try. So many Pyrs is such desperate need of fosters and adoption.

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          'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

          @Cari Kay 11: Thank you, Cari.

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          'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

          @SheilaSchnauzies: Thank you, Shiela. Yes, Pyrs are so wonderful and good looking. I never knew about them until I met Waco. I'm so happy this page is being featured on the home page so we can get the word out about the world of fostering and adopting rescued dogs.

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          'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

          @anne mohanraj: You are one of the readers I was hoping to reach. So many don't realize that fostering dogs even exists let alone the wonderful benefits it affords us. The worst? You can become a "failed foster" and wind up with your best friend. :)

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          'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

          @BillyPilgrim LM: That is so great. I took in a Cocker Rescue and he's been with me for 11 years now. His name is Riley and he's a hoot.

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          'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

          @bushaex: Thank you for the blessing and the visit.

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          'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

          @randomthings lm: They do remember, and I'm pretty sure they are deeply greateful to their fosters for helping them during a particular time of need. I bet she was happy. It's great that you adopted her.

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          'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

          @MrMojo01: I understand. :)

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          'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

          @octopen: Thank you so much. I think you just get a different mindset. It's more you are guiding them to a better life.

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          BillyPilgrim LM 4 years ago

          Beautiful dogs. I fostered a cocker spaniel just last week!x

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          octopen 4 years ago

          I don't know if I could foster, I would just want to keep the dog. Great lens, deserves 100+ purple stars!

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          MrMojo01 4 years ago

          I think it is great you foster! I wish I could but I wouldn't be able to let them go!

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          Carol Goss 4 years ago

          Very nice lens on Fostering

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          randomthings lm 4 years ago

          Foster families are amazing. We adopted a greyhound and we still see the foster family a couple times a year. Our dog is so happy when she sees her foster mom and dad. It is amazing.

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          Stephen Bush 4 years ago from Ohio

          SquidAngel blessings.

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          MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 4 years ago from Jersey Shore

          What a wonderful task you are fulfilling ~~~Blessed~~~

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          Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

          Beautiful. Thank you for all you do for these special dogs.

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          Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

          Best wishes to you and your Great Pyr. Angel Blessing!

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          anne mohanraj 4 years ago

          I have never heard about fostering dogs. Lovely lens! Thank you for sharing.

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          Sheila 4 years ago from Omaha, NE

          Once when I was visiting a fellow rescuer, I met the Great Pyr she had there. What an amazingly beautiful dog! My heart goes out to you about your Waco. Samwise is lucky to find you! Congrats on your front page honors and your Purple Star, both well deserved!

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          Kay 4 years ago

          Love this! Sad about Waco but love what you are doing! Blessed!

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          ohcaroline 4 years ago

          looking forward to your sharing more about your newest family member.

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          Kae Yo 4 years ago

          My favorite dog is the Great Pyrenees. I've never thought of fostering dogs, though. I never knew you could. Thanks for letting us know about it. I think I might give it a try sometime. Congratulations on making the front page :)

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          BuckHawkcenter 4 years ago

          You know my love of Gentle Giants, so glad to meet another one being saved. This is definitely a Purple-worthy page.

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          Ann 4 years ago from Yorkshire, England

          so glad this Great Pyrenees has found a loving home.

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          Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

          What a beautiful day you will have tomorrow. I look forward to reading an update just as soon as your new boy arrives. Animals bless us in so many amazing ways. Wishing you and Samwise Samchild much joy.

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          'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

          @KathyMcGraw2: I know. I'm sure Charlie will be one of the first. I know he misses his "big" brother.Charlie (Pug) was Waco's shadow....

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          'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

          @SusanDeppner: Thanks, I will. Can't wait.

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          Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

          Have fun with your new "baby"!

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          Kathy McGraw 4 years ago from California

          Only 2 days away....I can almost see you and the boys running around preparing for Samwise. I'm wondering how the introductions will go, and which one will be the favorite of your new Pyre. Smiling here Vikk, happy for you.

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