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Bionic Ozzie is ready to step into a home


The kindness of strangers has gotten Ozzie a long way. Now the Great Pyrenees — abandoned as a pup — is ready for his next big step.

Ozzie was one of three pups abandoned by a breeder. For five months, they wandered North Carolina’s coast,  until a stranger coralled them and called Carolina Great Pyrenees Rescue.

The rescue’s president Martha Rehmeyer, of Winston-Salem, took the three brothers in.

The dogs were dirty and emaciated, didn’t trust people, and had never worn collars. They were also big — the gentle breed commonly surpasses the 100-pound mark.

Rehmeyer and other volunteers spent months training and socializing the pets and, once that was accomplished, Ozzie’s brothers, Big Um and Titan, quickly found adoptive homes.

But Ozzie didn’t, mainly because he walked funny — like a duck, Rehmeyer explained to the  Winston-Salem Journal. His back paws splayed out at 90-degree angles. X-rays showed that the knee ligaments in his back legs weren’t properly developed. Ozzie underwent surgery on his right leg, to insert a pin that would hold his knee in place, and thereby straighten out one of his paws. A few months later he had the same surgery on his left leg. He’s now staying temporarily in Greensboro with a foster mom, Susan Tanzer,  who calls him a “bionic” dog. The rescue organization is seeking a forever home for him.

Carolina Great Pyrenees Rescue charges a $250 adoption fee for each dog, an amount meant to cover the cost of spaying or neutering, as well as house training and socializing the animals for adoption.

Rehmeyer wouldn’t divulge how much Ozzie’s surgeries cost, saying that wasn’t important. “We do it for the love of the breed, for the love of the dogs.”

To learn about Ozzie and the rescue’s other dogs, visit its website.

(Photo courtesy of Carolina Great Pyrenees Rescue)

A very Great Pyrenees: Jeter dies in fire

jeterA day after Jeter died in a fire, condolences and offers of help were pouring in to the Piqua, Ohio family whose lives the Great Pyrenees helped save.

Glenda Moss said she was awakened by Jeter as she slept in a recliner about 6 a.m. At first she tried to brush the 120-pound dog off, but then she smelled smoke. 

Moss ran down the hall, woke up her son, David, 19, and fled with him and Jeter. Then, for unknown reasons Jeter went back inside the house, where he died in the fire.

Since then, the Dayton Daily News reports, Moss has received offers of a new dog, including one from the owner of Petland of Piqua.

“It’s really hard to hear when people lose their pet,” Jacque Lavy, store sales manager, said. “We wanted to do this. We are not here to replace him, but offer another companion.”

Connie Cawthon of Texas e-mailed after reading about Jeter to let the Moss family know that her husband’s boss has a dog — part Pyrenees — who needs a good home. She offered to drive up with the dog and meet her halfway.

Others, most asking to remain anonymous, offered donations, a pet memorial and a pastel pet portrait of Jeter.

Firefighters said the fire at the Moss home started in the garage and spread to the house, causing $90,000 in damage. The cause remains under investigation.

Jennie Leininger of Cincinnati, Moss’ daughter, said her mother appreciated the offers.

“She said her broken heart was very warmed by all of the response, by people reaching out.”

Pyrenees credited with keeping toddler alive

A three-year-old boy lost for two days in Missouri’s Mark Twain National Forest may have been kept warm enough to survive by the family’s giant white fluffy dog.

Joshua Childers wandered away from his home last week and into the forest, spending two nights in temperatures that dropped to 40 degrees, according to KSPR in Springfield.

“One of our initial concerns was how could a 35-pound child could stay alive in forty degree weather in the rain for two nights and three days,” said Steven Crawford, Childer’s doctor. “That may be the answer, and he was telling about being with the dog at night.”

The family dog is a Great Pyrenees, and weighs about 125 pounds.

“The fact that the child survived the exposure to begin with, it’s miraculous as far as I’m concerned,” Crawford said. Crawford said the child told him he drank stream water and that he didn’t sleep much. The child was released from the hospital this weekend after being treated for hypothermia, scratches and bug bites.

The family’s dog disappeared around the time Joshua did and reappeared at the family’s home right after he was found. The doctor thinks the dog was with Joshua the whole time, although, when the child was found, two other dogs were with him. The family thinks those dogs may have scared the family pet away.

Austin to Boston, a walk for canine cancer

Luke Robinson set out on a walk with his dogs in March of last year — a 2,000-plus-mile walk, from Austin to Boston.

He’s still going.

Robinson and his two Great Pyrenees dogs — who have made it as far as Ohio — are trekking across the country to to call attention to, and raise funds to combat, canine cancer, which claimed one of his dogs in 2006.

After that, Robinson, who was working a 90-hour week at his high tech and life science business firm, did some re-evaluating, during which he came upon the idea of the walk.

Accompanying him are Murphy, who is about 7 years old, and Hudson, who’s 2.

They set out Austin in March, headed for Boston, which is Robinson’s home. In July, the passed through Arkansas; in August they made it through Memphis. They’re stopping to volunteer at shelters and humane societies along the way, which Robinson says gives him a chance to interact with animal lovers, experts, caregivers and those doing research into canine cancer.

“Definitely it has made the experience richer and fuller after hearing all of the stories,” he told the Willliamson Herald in Tennessee. “People want to know what is causing canine cancer and we have found that canine cancer is a crisis. Not only is cancer significant in dogs, but it is also hitting them at a younger age. It is so prevalent that some dogs are having their life spans downgraded.”

Malcolm was only 6 when he was diagnosed, Robinson said, and 8 when he was put to sleep. On the trip, Robinson wears one of his Malcolm’s claws and some of his ashes around his neck.

They average eight to 10 miles per day, he said. “When we are walking, we are working,” Robinson said. “When I get on the road with them and they get a rhythm, we work well together…the first 15 minutes, they are just pulling me.”

Robinson’s website, keeps track of his travels, and contains information about the walk and products you can buy to support it.