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I am not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I'm hoping to catch the attention of anyone who might be in a position to help Bailey....

Browsing local pet rescue sites today I see that a Great Pyr mix named Bailey was impounded at the Clarke County Animal Control and he is BEAUTIFUL.  He is a young, NEUTERED guy in need of a loving anyone here looking for a big dog and able to rescue him???

Here is the link to the site...Animal Control itself does not maintain the's a group of volunteers who are doing all they can to help increase visibility of pets in need and in danger of being put down!!  :(

Scroll down until you see Bailey...he's an angel!

Could anyone help him please?  I was hoping maybe by posting this here, someone who could love him would notice him! :)


Transporting & Traveling With Dogs / Dog car safety?
« on: April 13, 2008, 08:19:24 am »
I'm sorry I  keep asking so many questions and making so many posts...I'm just in love with Balthazar AND with BPO!

I would be grateful for feedback on how to ensure Balthazar's safety when traveling with us in the car.  Right now, he is great...there are no problems to correct or any disruptive behaviors. He is like an angel...once he is in the back seat, he will lay down.  If my husband is driving and I'm in the passenger seat, he likes to climb into my lap (yes, he is a Newf/Pyr mix!), and although it's absolutely adorable and heartwarming, I would like to make sure he is traveling safely.

This is really uncharted territory for us. Our other two dogs are tiny, and our Lexi who passed away was a medium sized sweetheart but she would simply go to sleep for a car ride.

What is safest for our giant dogs while in the car?

Thanks for any help!

Jen and Balthie

Book Club & Noteworthy Reads / DOG is my co-pilot! :)
« on: April 13, 2008, 08:04:04 am »
Okay, reading everyone's signatures and quotes and such all day today, it seems to me there are a lot of great quotes regarding dogs and animals at disposal of BPO members. I, myself, LOVE quotes of all sorts and have "collected" them since childhood. 

What are your favorite quotes about dogs/animals? To get this thread party started, here are some of mine:

On dogs....

"Dog is my co-pilot!"
 -Motto of BARK magazine

"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face."
-Ben Williams

On animal welfare/vegetarianism....

"Now I can look at you in peace. I don't eat you anymore."
-Franz Kafka

"You put a baby in a crib with an apple and a rabbit. If it eats the rabbit and plays with the apple I'll buy you a new car."
-Harvey Diamond

On the nature of animals:

"An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language."
-Martin Buber

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
-Anatole France

Okay...YOUR TURN...GO! :)

Mixed Breed Discussion / Your Newf/Pyr mix?
« on: April 13, 2008, 05:28:34 am »
Hello all!

I'm up to asking more questions again! :)

I was wondering if anybody has a New/Pyr mix and would share photos of them?  I'm just excited to see them...Balthaz ar is so handsome and I'm wondering how others of the same mix turn out? :)  Thanks for posting pics if you have them!

Jen and Balthie

Collars, crates, & other cool things / Your doggie bed recommendation?
« on: April 13, 2008, 01:43:34 am »
Hello, Big Paws people! :)

I would really love to learn from you all with experience by hearing some feedback on your favorite types of beds for our giant dogs. My munchkin doggies (the Maltese and the chihuahua/papillion mix both usually n ME or on my pillow, or between my husband and I, LOL). 

Balthazar is a Newf/Great P mix so I understand there are joint support issues and that with his projected size and weight, I'm not particularly fond of the regular fluff n' stuff beds that won't provide great support.

I have looked at some online but of course, without seeing and touching the beds, I have no real way of knowing if they are exactly a fit for Balthazar or not in terms of quality and body support.  I've even gotten a great tip from a local giant breed enthusiast who I met at a pet supply store...she recommends buying a regular baby crib matress for $60 and putting baby sheets on them.  They are waterproof and the sheets can be pulled off and washed and the bed redressed easily! :)

What do you guys think?  What are your favorite dog beds? Thanks so much for the feedback! :)

Jen and Balthie :) 


I am really very excited to have found this forum!  I am so very, very proud to be the mommy of a wonderful, incredible new family member, Balthazar!  We call him Balthie for short. :)

We adopted Balthazar from a rescue organization that practices no-kill care for animals in need. Our Balthie, young pup as he was, had been through 3 or 4 temporary homes in his short little lifetime already before he finally settled on adopting US as his loving forever home!  The rescue organization we worked with (Animal Action Rescue of Atlanta, Georgia...a WONDERFUL group) was fortunate enough to gain a clear background history to SOME extent on our sweet Balthie.  He is half Newfoundland (dad) and half Great Pyrenees (mom), and PURE LOVE I tell you! :) Balthie had no behavioral or other issues or problems...his only problem was being impulsively selected by the original family who did not have the time or commitment to tend to a giant doggie!

He is now about 17 weeks old and he is absolutely GORGEOUS, vibrant, fun loving, and tender hearted. Can you tell I am in love with him?  My husband jokes that I'm going to replace him with Balthazar! LOL  We have two other VERY SMALL dogs, and a bunny who thinks he is our fourth dog, LOL!  Sorry to ramble on...I'm just very excited to have found a place where I can talk and learn and enjoy sharing about BIG dogs! :)  I very, very deeply appreciate the fact that dogs for sale are not allowed on here...with so many beautiful, friendly, incredible animals in need of loving homes to save them from shelters, this is important!

Love and Puppy Breath,

Jen, "BalthiesMom" :)

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