This page is for Mr. Bean who currently resides at the Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue in Richmond Virginia. The work that AGPR does is phenomenal and unfortunately, endless. Any help that can be offered to this organization is very much appreciated by both the people and the dogs. Tonka was rescued by them and they have my support till the last day I draw a breath. Please check out them out further at

Meet Mr. Bean- a wonderful, fun loving Great Pyrenees that needs a helping hand.

Bean arrived at the rescue last December (2008) with a bad case of Mange (demodex), which is an auto immune issue. He is between 3 and 4 years old and very, very  sweet, as you can tell just by looking at him. With the mange behind us we noticed a new issue in April with Beanie walking strangely. Tests and x-rays were done and by June he was having a great deal of trouble walking. In August a specialist confirmed a diagnosis of Degenerative Myelopathy.

Degenerative myelopathy is a progressive disease involving the spinal cord. It is thought to be an inflammatory, autoimmune disease, variable in its presentation and course, in which the immune system attacks the dog’s central nervous system. This attack leads to a loss of insulation around the nerve fibers (myelin) and of nerve fibers (axons). The animal can no longer walk, once the nerves in the spinal cord are destroyed, because without nerve connections, muscles cannot work. Control pathways that make muscles work are located all throughout the spinal cord

It is a sneaky, nasty, mean disease and Beanie’s back legs are no longer working. He has a cart that was donated by someone who had a dog with the same problem and he now has to wear special shoes to protect his back feet. As you can see he really enjoys his time being mobile. Mr. Bean is such a good guy and he just wants to please everyone and have a good time.

Beanie is such a good boy and we are doing our best for him. We are in need of volunteers to help us with our daily activities with him and help with his cart. If you can help us with Mr. Bean in any way please visit our website at or call 804-795-7847.