A young couple were driving home and found two Pyr puppies in a ditch by the side of the road near an overgrown field. The puppies were full of burrs, matted and filthy. The couple took them home and posted them as found on Facebook the next morning. Our Kentucky Foster Coordinator, Denise Huntsman, replied and arranged to meet them later that afternoon. Denise contacted Casey Munson who dropped everything to meet her that night and foster the pups for a short time.
A week before Thanksgiving, I happened to hear that Pyr Bliss Farm in Washington State was interested in one of the puppies, Camry, but there was no way to get her there. I couldn’t imagine a better way to start her new chapter than as a Pyr Bliss Farm dog, so I immediately volunteered to help get her there, and then got to work planning out the logistics. We enlisted Ray Sherman to bring her from Kentucky to me in Cincinnati, Ohio. I presented the plan to my husband by asking “Want to go on an adventure with me?” He listened as I explained the “adventure,” looked at me like I was crazy, shook his head, but then agreed to go.
We need not have worried about traveling with Camry. She was the best traveling companion, spreading joy and cheer everywhere she went! Who could resist that sweet puppy face and wonderful pyrsonality? Everyone she met was amazed by how well-behaved she was, and everyone assumed she had come from an outstanding breeding program. They were shocked when I explained that she was actually a rescue, dumped in a ditch on the side of the road.
Arriving at Pyr Bliss, we were greeted by the site of a picturesque farm house and sixteen gorgeous, white fluffy pyrs at the fence, tails wagging and barking welcome. Words can’t express what it’s like to walk though those gates and be surrounded by those happy, beautiful dogs.
It was instant love between Camry and Jack and Lisa. With Camry on a leash, Lisa called the dogs to go for a walk. It was amazing to see all the dogs fall into a group and start walking down the path. Camry followed along just like she knew what she was supposed to do, happily greeting the dogs that stopped to meet her.
Each dog there has such a unique personality, and each dog is loved and treasured for that uniqueness. Norman likes to walk beside you and take his paw to grab hold of your leg, Melvin is always interested in anything Jack is doing, Cupcake is sweet and only shows her displeasure with a slightly curled lip, and I could go on and on. The name Pyr Bliss is so accurate, as it is truly a wonderful, peaceful, blissful place. Their life is all about their animals, and their love for them shows clearly. Camry, now named Lila, is a special girl and she will be treasured and loved dearly. So happy we could help Lila get to her very special home for Christmas, and we wish you all a very Merry Christmas of your own!
Sharon Wiesenhahn 12/16/18