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Board of Directors

Randy Carpadus - Chairman of the Board of Directors

Great Pyrenees and Pyr rescue are basically in my blood. I grew up around Pyrs, learned to walk holding on to one and owned my first one, Jefe, at age 12. Our family was an active member of the Great Pyrenees Club of California (whose “Rescue Committee” is believed to be one of the first, if not THE first Great Pyrenees rescue groups in the country. GPRNC was formed from that committee). I became involved in rescue when my family helped rescue a litter of puppies and their parents from a Bay area shelter in 1969 and we took the male in and adopted him. He was the first of many “foster fails” as they are known.

After getting married and starting my own family, we were involved in the transition of the old GPCC Rescue committee to the 501c3 organization we have now, the Great Pyrenees Rescue of Northern California. In addition to fostering and doing public education, I was the temperament evaluator and was responsible for working with “difficult” rescues in the program as well as assisting Pyr owners around the state in working through “issues” and keeping their dogs. In 2012 I became the Chairman of the Board and have been working to rebuild the organization.

I’ve been married 30 years to Debi (former GPRNC Chair) and have two son; Tyler and Brandon; who are also involved in rescue, and I am a former 3rd generation firefighter so saving lives is really in my blood. I am a student of Livestock Guarding work and of rare LGD breeds. In addition to rescuing, I have been involved in breeding, showing, carting and hiking with these magnificent dogs and have personally owned, co-owned, or lived with the owner of, about 50 Pyrs (and Pyr-LGD crosses).

Kari Flores - Director

My Pyrenees journey started in my vineyard. In 2006 I attended a seminar called “Growing Greener Vines, and Wines”, in Hopland, CA. I picked up lots of great ideas for making my vineyard "more organic", but one just grabbed me and wouldn't let go. There was a gal who was demonstrating Olde English Babydoll Southdown sheep as organic vineyard weed-eaters. Babydolls, as their friends call them, are an ancient breed of sheep and one of the most popular dual purpose (meat/wool) pre-WWII. They are a small-statured sturdy breed from the south downs (hills) of England, that almost went extinct, due to appetites favoring larger cuts of meat. But, as it turned out, they were rescued from obscurity and found to be perfect vineyard weed-eaters due to their “dainty” size and culinary adventurousness (they will eat most weeds, including star thistle). I had to have them! So, I found a breeder in the south bay and started breeding them myself. I started putting my sheep out to graze on my neighbor's vacant land, but I was bothered by the thought of coyote's prowling around at night. Couldn't sleep, what to do?

I noticed that the gal from whom I had purchased my sheep had these kind of aloof white dogs living with her sheep. Then, I was driving home one day, and I saw 2 sheep in the middle of the road. It turns out they were not sheep at all, but lost dogs. I called the number on their tags and their owner told me they were Great Pyrenees dogs that guard her herd. They had chased some coyotes too far, and they got lost. This is exactly what I needed, a Livestock Guardian Dog! I researched LGDs and found that Great Pyrs had been guarding sheep for centuries. They are another ancient breed, just like my sheep. So I went to the only place I knew of that might have LGDs, Craigslist! I know, in hindsight, not such a good idea, but I just happened to find a Pyr whose owner could no longer keep her because they were selling the goat farm. I guess I got really lucky, because Bonnie-the-Pyr was a wonderful guardian, and lamb mid-wife, lamb babysitter and lamb playmate. I say was, because, she is now retired and a wonderful, patient house dog, at age 4.

In my research, I found the Great Pyrenees Rescue of Northern CA group and joined them on a coast side walk in Half Moon Bay in January of 2011. They were a really fun group and Bonnie had a great time meeting everyone, although she was happy to get back to her sheep. Bonnie and I joined them at UC Davis Picnic Day and a parade in Aptos. Before I knew it, I was grooming rescued dogs, picking up Pyrs coming into the program, and then fostering dogs and doing home inspections. I was a complete failure with my first foster dog! I was only supposed to foster for 2 weeks, but I have had him for almost a year, and he's not going back!

Now, as a board member, I'm looking forward to continuing to improve and expand our program to be able to rescue more of these magnificent and historic dogs!

Terry Garratt - Director

Terry Garratt

I started my association with GPRNC in 2001 when I got my second Pyrenees Spinner from Angie Meroshnekoff and Catherine de la Cruz. Living outside Fresno my family and myself transported and fostered numerous dogs over a 4 year period. We moved to Mendocino County and I took some time off from rescue while I pursued a career as a veterinary technician. After a move to Shasta County I became active again with GPRNC . I have had six Great Pyrenees in 24 years of my own all working dogs living with my LaMancha dairy goats. Time away from rescue work is spent with my other passions anything fiber that I can spin,knit or weave. Working with the goats in the show ring and out. Spending as much time I can with my four lovely granddaughters.










Jim Montgomery

Jim Montgomery - Director

I am 54 years old and have been rescuing animals for most of my life. I have three Great Pyrenees, Cleo, Andre, and Rufus, a Rescue from Great Pyrenees Rescue of Northern California.

Rufus is the main reason I am involved with Pyr Rescue.

I have sat on the board of directors with Native Animal rescue of Santa Cruz County and The Santa Cruz Chapter of The S Foundation, both non-profit organizations.





Advisors

Catherine de la Cruz - Director Emeritus
"I have been involved with Great Pyrenees since 1958. As a member of the Great Pyrenees Club of California I was one of the founders of that club’s Rescue arm in 1969. For more than 40 years, my home was shared with Pyrs , both show and rescue , who guarded her sheep, pulled carts, competed in obedience and acted as ambassadors for the breed. I was instrumental in the formation of Great Pyrenees Rescue of Northern California as a 501c3 corporation and has periodically served as Chair of the organization. As Livestock Guardian Dog Committee Chair for the Great Pyrenees Club of America, I have often been called on to identify the subtle differences among the various “great white” LGD breeds. I am the owner/webmistress for the Library at www.greatpyreneeslibrary.com. Although now retired, I still offer support and expertise to the Pyrs as required.

Dr. Erin True

Dr. Erin True - Veterinary Advisor

Dr. True originally started caring for animals who weren’t traditional companions by pursuing her masters degree in marine biology and working with California Sea Lions. She soon saw the error of her ways and went on to attend UC Davis Veterinary School, obtaining her veterinary degree in 1995. She has been with Sacramento Animal Hospital Since 1997 and recently became an owner in 2006.

Dr. True has a particular interest in canine reproduction and sports medicine. In addition to practicing as a veterinarian, Dr. True has been breeding and showing Australian Shepherds for 15 years under the kennel name Navarro Australian Shepherds. She actively trials dogs in conformation and herding and occasionally stumbles around the agility ring.

Dr. Jennifer Larsen

Jennifer A. Larsen, DVM, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVN - Veterinary Advisor

Assistant Professor Clinical Nutrition
Dr. Larsen holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Animal Science and a Doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of California, Davis. She completed one year in local private practice before accomplishing a clinical nutrition residency at UCD. In 2007, Dr. Larsen attained Diplomate status from the American College of Veterinary Nutrition, and completed a PhD in Nutritional Biology in 2008. She is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Nutrition at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis and does clinical nutritional consulting through the VMTH Nutrition Support Service.