In Early December, The Great Pyrenees Club of Western Pennsylvania received a call about a poor abandoned family that desperately needed lifesaving care.
Mom (Nana) and her five puppies had been living in hellish conditions, with no care and little food. Mama was in bad shape and her puppies had drained her of all her energy and continued to try to nurse from her, even though she had nothing left to give. Even in her condition, she continued to be an amazing mother!
More Bad News
The Great Pyrenees rescue found a number of homes willing to take them in, however after a veterinarian exam, they were sadly diagnosed with sarcoptic mange – a highly contagious skin condition. Because of this illness, and how contagious it is, to both humans and other dogs, they would need to be quarantined for at least 3 to 4 weeks. Original foster plans had to be thrown out the window, and a new plan needed to be put in place.
Enter Paw & Order
Lynn Pilarski, director of The Great Pyrenees Club, reached out to Elissa Weimer-Sentner, founder and owner of Paw & Order, who agreed to take in this neglected family. Elissa, with the help of her husband, Steve, and her employees, spent hours each day gearing up in disposable scrubs to feed, care, and love up on these pups, while also separately caring for their 8 personal dogs and their many farm animals.
The Great Peter Pan Pyrs
The family was named The Great Peter Pan Pyrs, each puppy being named after one of the characters: Peter, Captain Hook, Wendy, John, and Tinker Bell. Mike Burdine, artist and owner of Birdie B Kicks wanted to do something special, so he painted two Peter Pan themed murals that would be auctioned off to raise money for their continued care. The two paintings went for $275 each, raising a total of $550 for the family!
Finally, Mange Free!
After 5 long weeks, the Peter Pan Pyrs were cleared by VCA Met Vet West and ready to go to their new homes. Elissa and Steve fell in love with this entire family, but felt a special connection with Captain Hook, who is now a permanent member of their family! Nana and all but one of the puppies have found their forever home, with one puppy being cared for by a loving foster family. Many of the pups start puppy training classes soon at Paw & Order, and their owners plan on staying in touch with each other!
It Took a Village
So many people helped this poor family, including the awesome people at The Great Pyrenees Club of Western PA, Met Vet West, Paw & Order Dog Training, Birdie B Kicks, and ALL the people that so generously donated money to help cover all the expenses involved. It’s the type of story that starts off with bringing a tear to your eye for being so sad but ends with even more tears of happiness.