Where in the world did Penelope come from? This 1½ year old princess turned up at a shelter with very good manners. She is housetrained, polite and sits on command. Like any young GSP, she needs lots of activity and room to explore. She is fascinated by anything that squeaks–or whatever her older GSP brother Bruce is playing with at the moment. No wonder her foster family fell in love and decided to make her a permanent part of the family. Thank you, Monique, for fostering and adopting Penelope.
Suzy is a lovely 9-year-old female who arrived at the shelter as a stray—sweet, calm and gentle. She required extensive veterinary attention, from medications to surgeries and tooth extraction. Suzy was a trooper through all of it, patiently healing while politely seeking affection from the people around her. She has a soulful way of looking in your eyes as if to thank you when you scratch her ears. She is going to a safe and loving forever home where she will get all the attention and snuggling she deserves. Her mom is a Grateful Dead fan and names her pets after their […]
We don’t know how Sebastian ended up in a shelter. For a five-year old GSP, he is pretty mellow. He doesn’t even pull on his leash. He gets along with everyone, and likes to carry around his favorite stuffed bunny, even when out for a walk. No wonder his foster mom (thank you Whitney!) fell in love with this sweet guy and adopted him. Sebastian plans to go to work with his new mom and enjoy lots of walks with her every day.
Maxx (now River) spent his first four years chained up in a back yard, before a neighbor decided to intervene and get this sweet dog into a rescue program. Maxx savored the love and attention he received in his foster home (thank you, Imee and Albert). He is going to his forever home with a mom who lives in a cottage with a fenced yard. She is an avid hiker, so Maxx will get a lot of activity, as well as her devoted attention. She has changed his name to River, explaining: “When I first read about Maxx being chained […]
Whitney is adopted! Whitney is a very good girl, a princess, really. She is a flirty love-bug who enjoys cuddling and stalking birds, but also loves her crate. She’ll crawl right in when she’s had enough excitement for a while, or when a new experience looks a bit scary to her. She keeps her kennel neat and tidy–although she might hide a few stolen treasures under the blankets inside it (or bury them in the back yard). Whitney has been adopted by a family in San Francisco that formerly adopted our alum Sadie. Whitney will get lots of walks and […]
Denali is adopted! Denali is a teddy bear…a very active one. He loves everyone he meets, canine and human. He is smart and wants lots of attention and love. He’s been adopted by a family that is willing to focus his energy and help him grow up to become the goofy, energetic, cuddly GSP he is meant to be. Denali is moving to a farm where he’ll have lots of human companionship, room to roam, and two NorCal GSP alumni sisters to show him the ropes.
Matterhorn is adopted! Little Matti is always on the go, seems to have no OFF button. There’s a whole planet out there to be sniffed and bones to be chewed! Matti’s forever family are prior adopters with two active adults, three kids and a Weimaraner brother who can’t wait to give her all the stimulation, attention, love and training she needs. Thank you, Claire and Art, for fostering Matti, and all your care for the rambunctious Mountain Litter.
Loa is adopted! Loa loves to sniff and explore all planted things. Then, after she’s stripped their leaves or dug them up, she’ll turn her sweet eyes on you and want to get all cuddly. She’s also fond of jumping in and out of cardboard boxes and watching TV while enjoying her chew toys. Loa has been adopted by a family with a big secure yard, lots of nearby trails, and GSP experience. Mom is a runner, and the two kids love to walk and play with dogs—even dog-sitting for neighbors. Loa will get lots of attention every day and […]
Everest is adopted! Of all the Mountain Litter puppies, Everest had the highest mountain to climb and he needed the most help from us. He kept us worrying and praying and doing everything we could for him, including round the clock intensive vet care for many days. We thought we might lose him, but he never gave up. One day he turned a corner, started wriggling and vocalizing, as if to say “I’m back!” Soon he rediscovered the appetite he had lost. He grew stronger and bolder each day, coming out of his shell and melting hearts with his big, […]
Etna (now Emma) is adopted! Etna (now Emma) takes the prize for being the most people-oriented of the Mountain Litter pups. She is a real love bug, always checking in with her humans to see if she can get some cuddling or earn some treats. Etna has been adopted by a retired couple with GSP experience, a huge yard, and lots of time to train and spoil her. And she’ll have a GSP big brother, former alum Henri. Thank you, Anne, for fostering Etna.
McKinley is adopted! McKinley can be playful, sweet and cuddly—a total lovebug, really, when she’s not distracted by BIRDS! She loves to watch birds, stalk them, and freeze into a perfect point for them. On her time off, she likes to watch TV with chew toys, or practice stalking and pouncing on her litter mates. McKinley has found her forever home with former adopters of our alum Princess, renamed Libby, who passed away just a few months ago at a ripe old age. With their beloved GSP gone (and a daughter just moved away to college), these folks are ready […]
Kuna is adopted! Nonstop Kuna is rambunctious, fearless, and very smart. She has a sharp nose for buried treasures, and she masters new skills quickly. She likes to cuddle with humans and to romp with other dogs, but more than anything, she likes having a job to do. Lucky Kuna is going to a GSP-savvy forever home with a dad who is semi-retired and a mom who is a fire fighter and might teach Kuna some search and rescue skills to practice. They have time and attention to devote to raising a young pup—and teaching her how to get along […]
Tony (now Georgie) is adopted! Tony was picked up as a stray just a few blocks from alum Kasper’s original home. They look so much alike, we felt sure they are siblings– and the DNA test confirmed it! Tony got to hang out with Kasper briefly after his freedom ride, but then a couple who are longtime volunteers and had recently lost their old GSP met him and agreed to foster. It wasn’t long before they were asking how they could make this sweet and funny dog a permanent part of their family, despite the wee adventure he had while […]
Jaeger is adopted! Young Jaeger must have had quite the overland adventure, because he showed up at the shelter with foxtails embedded in his ears and paws. He loves people and car rides, and still has his puppy personality at around 3 years of age. He’s found his forever home with a young man who grew up with GSPs, can take him for a run every morning and then take him to work, as well. His roommates are excited about adding a pet to the mix, too, so Jaeger should be getting lots of attention and love. Thank you, Feb […]
CARMEN (now Sammi) is adopted! Petite Carmen turned up at a shelter, about five years old. We soon discovered that she loves dog parks, runs super fast, and could play fetch forever. She plays very well with other dogs, and they all seem submissive to her no matter what their size. It didn’t take long for her foster family to fall in love with this regal gal and offer her a great permanent home. Her new forever family has GSP experience (they are former adopters), as well as several children to shower her with love and attention and all the […]
Annalise is adopted! Young Annalise came into our care with kennel cough, pneumonia, and a carpal deformity in her left leg – an old injury that was never fixed, limiting her range of motion and impeding her ability to walk or run. Her foster family thought she was not only beautiful, but also fun, easy going, and very loving, despite her problems. She gave them lots of kisses and showed love for her ball and a stuffed monkey. She appreciated sunbathing and being loved on. They saw her through a series of complicated surgeries and recoveries, and delighted in seeing […]
Zeek (now Cody) is adopted! One-year old Zeek ran away from home and ended up in a shelter. Perhaps he took off after a critter, as he has keen hunting instincts. He is fascinated by turkeys, obsessed with squirrels, and loves to hunt lizards and gophers. He is now in a forever home that will keep him busy, with a dad who is a marathon runner and a canine sibling to play with. Since the existing dog is named Zeke, Zeek will be called Cody. Thank you, Lorene and Charlotte and Al for fostering Zeek.
Cappie is adopted! Cappie was only one year old when he was surrendered to a shelter by his owner, perhaps because he had been hit by a car at some point. He had suffered trauma to his right hip and was in pain, with muscle atrophy and lameness. When he came into our care he had kennel cough and he was underweight, but he was housetrained and showed good manners. Cappie impressed his foster family as a happy, active boy, very sweet, and relatively calm for his age. He got along well with their dog. We got him the surgery […]
Tobie is adopted! In addition to having movie star looks, young Tobie is whip smart and loves to learn new tricks. And he is very affectionate, giving away kisses all the time. Unfortunately, while in rescue we discovered he has separation anxiety and was not at all ok with being left on his own. Lucky for him, he found a wonderful forever home where he will get consistent care and training, and also have a furry best friend to help alleviate his anxiety. We’re sure he will blossom into a great dog and quite a love bug. Thanks to Dalia, […]
Trapper is adopted! When skinny Trapper came into rescue he had spent all of his three years living at a kennel. His foster family found him to be a shy scaredy-cat who was afraid even to make eye contact with anyone. After they gave him a huge dose of love, attention, training and treats, he began to emerge from his shell. As his GSP personality began to shine, they realized that they’d fallen in love with him in the process, and they did not want him to have to suffer another relocation. So they welcomed this sweet boy into their […]
Rolf (now Otis) is adopted! Rolf was confused and frightened when he first came into our care–unsure of everyone and everything. He was wary, but our experienced fosters knew how to win him over (thanks Doug & Janelle, Patty, and Joan & Dan). Soon he was cuddling and asking for belly rubs and treats. He learned to love stuffed toys and would get very goofy and happy carrying and flipping them around. He became attached to his blanket and would try to carry it around everywhere, including outside. He loved learning new tricks, especially if treats were involved. Rolf was […]
Sweet Dallas was an Owner Surrender. His people turned him in to a Vet because they couldn’t address his needs, including a case of pneumonia. The vet contacted us and we took him in. We were instantly impressed with how mellow this boy was, as well as polite and well trained. He knew basic commands. He came when called. He was loving around humans of all sorts, even children–just wanting to shower them with kisses. He would spin in circles of joy whenever his humans came home. He stole the hearts of some of our most seasoned foster homes (thank […]
Sweet Pea is adopted! When Sweet Pea was surrendered, Catherine and Jen stepped up to foster for the umpteenth time. They’ve fostered so many dogs, they were confident they could resist Sweet Pea’s charms. Boy were they wrong! They became foster failures again, in almost record time. In her defense, Catherine wrote: “How can you deny the perfect dog? She smiles constantly, doesn’t try to eat the cats, is great in the house, no counter surfing. Colby (aka Mr. Grumpypants) hardly growled at her…I think he likes her! And when she’s happy to see you—which is all the time–she wags […]
Dasher is adopted! We will never forget the fun videos of Dasher playing with his foster brother…. the Great Dane puppy that was twice his size! It took some time, though, for Dasher to get to that point; being able to romp with other dogs. He came to us with some health issues, compounded by picking up a contagious illness at the shelter. With lots of care and patience by his three foster families (Kristina, Desirae, and Charlotte) Dasher has emerged as one of the most amicable of GSPs. Now Dasher has five acres to call home, a sister named […]
Mary (now Ludlow) is adopted! Mary showed up as a stray, and tested heartworm positive at the shelter. Sherry stepped up to foster and saw this GSP mix through the treatments and long rest period required. At first, Mary was scared, and she didn’t know how to jump into a car or onto a couch. Now she does all that, even jumps on the bed, and she has become a champion snuggler. Once Mary recovered, Sherry decided to offer her a permanent home and name her Ludlow. In her new life, Ludlow gets to run and play with other dogs […]
Little Henri turned up in a shelter with a big problem. Due to an earlier injury, he had a dislocated elbow. It hurt, so he learned to walk without it, resulting in an atrophied leg and shoulder muscles. He found a great foster home (thank you Sheri!), that tuned up his manners and took him for numerous orthopedic appointments. After weighing alternatives, we chose an expensive procedure to minimize Henri’s discomfort and maximize his opportunity to have a useable leg in future. He is recovering nicely, and best of all he’s found his forever home with a couple who live […]
Buddie (now Bodie) is adopted! Handsome young Buddie came into rescue so skinny that his ribs were clearly visible. Sweet but mischievous, he proved himself to be an avid counter surfer and hole digger. With some good grub, affection, training, and LOTS of exercise, this gangly pup settled into being exceptional dog – smart, alert and engaged. Thanks Beth and Carol, for short-term fostering Buddie, and thank you Sherry for being a “Foster Failure” and adopting him. Sherry reports that Bodie has gained eleven pounds, is thriving in TWO classes, and is a ball fetching maniac.
Rayna has been adopted! Petite Rayna seemed afraid of every sight and sound at the shelter. She was soon whisked away to a foster home where mom is a vet and there are three other dogs to play with (a tripod GSP, an adult Boxer, and a Boxer puppy who loves to jump on her head). It’s a good thing she has playmates, because her foster home describes her as having “more energy than PG&E.” Rayna is very loving and will bathe you in kisses, but she hates letting her humans out of sight. Her fosters decided to make this […]
Little Lucy has been adopted! Little Lucy may be the tiniest GSP we’ve ever rescued, but she wiggled her way into our hearts in a big way. She weighed only 24 pounds when we got her, and she was afraid of her own shadow. With excellent foster care (thanks Caitlin & Colin, Beth, and Anne), she gained fifteen pounds, learned house manners, befriended a Saint Bernard, and discovered the fun sport of pointing flies, among other things. She emerged from her shell as a super sweet, rambunctious imp, full of curiosity and spunk, but she really needed clear boundaries and consistent […]
Lucille has been adopted! Lucille may be getting on in years, but she has not run out of opportunities for fun and affection yet, not by a long shot. A two-time prior adopter was missing the sound of pointer paws in her home after Skye (aka London) passed away recently. She noticed our web posting, and after viewing Lucille’s video, she knew she just had to meet that dog! It was meant to be. Lucille (now Lucy) has found her forever home, where she will get lots of long walks and plenty of spoiling from her new family. Thanks, Sally, for […]
Skippyjon (now Woodstock) is adopted! Skippy showed up as a stray at a very full shelter, a terrified one-year old with ringworm. His foster family took care of the treatments he needed and realized right away what a lovebug he is. He was sweet and affectionate, and proved to be a great hiking companion. Is it any wonder they fell in love and decided to make him a permanent member of the household? Woodstock will get all the hiking and cuddling he can handle from his new family, which includes two teenaged boys to play with. Thank you, Anna and […]
Kasper is adopted! Kasper was surrendered by his owners because he kept breaking out of his crate and escaping from the yard. He is a big, handsome, goofy guy who apparently felt he was not getting enough activity time. And he is strong—he even scaled a 10’ high wall in a doggie hotel! His foster family found him a bit standoffish at first, but he soon learned the ropes of living indoors with other people and dogs–and the occasional baby goat! (Thanks Catherine and Mac for fostering). When his first adoption attempt did not work out, he landed ‘temporarily’ at […]
Walter is adopted! Sweet powder-faced Walter found his forever home in record time! His new owners are previous adopters who adopted alum Mikey (aka Dyson) in 2014. They loved Mikey and treated him like a king, saw him through all his treatments for seizures, and were right by his side when he required surgery. They were heartbroken when Mikey died at the end of last year. One look at Walter’s photo on our website, and they knew they had found their next wonderful GSP to love. Walter is now set for lots of walks on the ocean, car rides, cuddles, […]
Legend (now Tinker) is adopted! Legend decided to leave home when she was about six years old. She showed up at a shelter as a stray, a mere 38-pound wisp of a GSP. Her foster homes (thank you Jan & Barbara) found her to be a perfect Pocket Pointer—a bundle of energy who liked every single dog and person she met. She’d fall asleep with her head in your lap after the excitement subsided, but she could also surprise you by appearing magically in your bed, or on top of a coffee table to get a better view of her […]
Leia is adopted! At about five years of age, Leia showed up as a stray in a shelter. We don’t know much about her life before she came into rescue, except that she had had puppies. She landed at her foster home with a regal air, yet she was afraid to enter the house. It took her a few weeks to warm up to the new humans and their bevy of male GSPs. Initially very cautious and a bit bossy, she soon relaxed and became quite loving. She learned to accept petting, to cherish naps in a wingback chair, and […]
At just over one year old, Olive was surrendered to a shelter. She is a big, lanky gal—gorgeous, smart, sweet, curious and energetic. Her first-time foster family found her endlessly entertaining, as she introduced them to the art of counter surfing and taught them to ‘fetch’ all the tennis balls she would roll out of reach under appliances. Olive is going to a Wine Country home with acres to roam, kids to play with, and a dad who has a home office and also plans to take her with him in the truck as he drives around doing vineyard consulting. […]
Tiny Poppy, only three months old and weighing in at 16 pounds, showed up as a stray at a shelter. She came into rescue with kennel cough, runny eyes, diarrhea, and a whole lot of personality. Like most GSP pups, she needed structure, training, loving care, consistency–and some moments to simply chase her tail. She got all that (as well as a canine sibling to torment) from her foster home, which—no surprise—fell in love with her immediately. Thank you Jeannie and family for fostering and adopting Poppy.
Nala was born healthy, but with part of one back foot missing. That hasn’t slowed her down. With GSP puppy energy to burn, she adapted to zooming around using a modified bunny hop. An orthopedic specialist determined that she would be fine using that strategy for many years to come. No need for surgery—good news for Nala! We placed her in a foster home with two other dogs and patient humans to teach her leash etiquette and house manners (thanks for fostering, Anna and Brad). She emerged as courageous, inquisitive, fun loving and full of life. It didn’t take long […]
When pretty Sarah turned up as a stray at a shelter, she seemed afraid of new situations, as well as of other dogs and people. Fortunately, this petite young gal landed in a dog-savvy foster home with two GSPs, a mixed breed and several cats–which just shows how much patience her foster family has. After working with Sarah for almost a year, they discovered that she had wormed her way into their hearts and earned a permanent spot in their home. Thank you, Mary and Alan for fostering and adopting Sarah, and for training her with such consistency and care. […]
Ted has been adopted! We’re not sure where Ted spent his previous life, but he seemed completely untrained when he came to us. He would jump up on everyone he met, and was clueless about how to behave indoors. He acted like a 41-pound puppy, zooming around and grabbing anything and everything he could reach. His foster family had their hands full trying to teach him some manners, but they discovered he was a fast learner, and that he liked everyone he met. After a few weeks, clever Ted had settled down so much, his foster home decided to keep […]
Freckles 2 has been adopted! Incredibly, Freckles spent an entire year living at a shelter. She had done nothing wrong, but her owner got caught up in a legal matter that required the shelter to keep her until the issue was sorted out. The shelter staff grew to love Freckles, and reported that she got along very well with adults, kids, other dogs, and even cats! In spite of her long period of captivity, Freckles retained her sweet, funny disposition. Thank you Patty for fostering Freckles, calling her “the perfect dog.” Her new home feels as if they won the […]
Hansel2 has been adopted! Hansel stood out from the beginning as being quite handsome—and amazingly mellow for a two year old GSP. Maybe it was the heartworm that slowed him down. He soon found a loving foster home with humans who had lost their beloved GSP a few months earlier, and a nest that had just become empty as their son went off to college. The house was too quiet–good timing and a perfect setup a foster failure! They knew from the beginning that sweet Hansel would be a keeper, because he was such a good boy and got along […]
Grace2 is adopted! Grace was picked up as a stray, wearing an activated shock collar, the battery still good. I guess she decided to say farewell to that old life, the one that had gotten her into such poor condition – with worn teeth, two cracked molars, skin infections, and numerous callouses on her knees, elbows and rump. She was malnourished, and so weak that her skinny legs would shake with the least exertion. With vet care and foster home attention, she soon thrived. Grace turned out to be a gentle soul, cuddly and loving. When she first met her […]
Franny and Ellsie – Together Forever! Who ever thought we’d use the phrase “lucky dogs” on this mother-daughter pair? Franny and her daughter Ellsie spent their early years chained up in a backyard. They came to us unspayed, and heartworm-positive. Treatment required them to be confined and kept quiet for months, which they endured patiently (thank you Dalia, Chance, Sally, Cheryl and Chris for fostering these girls). Once they were finally healthy, they were pretty keyed up. This made them a bit challenging to place, but they got lucky. They’ve been adopted by a loving family with a huge back […]
Deno is adopted! Deno is a Gentle Giant. This big guy came into rescue with kennel cough, but his cough worsened and turned into pneumonia. He became very ill and almost didn’t make it, but his foster home (thank you Bill and Cheryl) gave him lots of loving care. Once he recovered, he remembered how much he loved to run in vineyards and chase lizards. When the Napa fires occurred, Deno was evacuated along with his foster family. He took it all in stride. He was adopted by one of our long-time volunteers, who realized what a really nice fellow […]
Charlee is adopted! Charlee was picked up as a stray when she was found roaming around Susanville chasing chickens. Animal Control called the phone number embroidered on her collar many times, but no one ever replied to the messages. Thank you Cari and Mark for fostering Charlee, incorporating her into your family of four dogs and three cats, and throwing innumerable tennis balls for her. When not obsessing with birds, squirrels, or balls, Charlee was content and easygoing. Her patience in waiting for the right forever family paid off. She is going to play helper for a stay-at-home Mom, as […]
Jeter is adopted! Oh how the life of Jeter (now Dieter) has changed! When his seizures became frequent, his owners surrendered him, because they could no longer afford his medications. One of our former adopters stepped up to foster him. Once his medications were adjusted, Dieter’s seizures stopped. He fit in so well at his foster home—playing tug ‘o war with his pit bull sister Lilly, swimming and sunbathing with his elderly canine brother (alum Ace, now 17 years old and still enjoying the good life), and sneaking under the covers on the big bed for a good night’s sleep—they […]
Savanna is adopted! Savanna may be a senior dog, but don’t let that fool you! She loves to play hard and could chase balls all day long, but she is also very smart. This sweet girl realized right away that she’d landed in a great spot with her foster mom. She soon learned a simple code language for everything from ‘Come back here now’ to ‘Leave that kitty alone.’ She adores car rides, and all veggies—even radishes and sauerkraut! Thank you, Anka, for fostering and adopting Savanna.
ZUMA has been adopted! Maybe Zuma’s name should have been spelled Zoomer, because he just loves to run and play and wrestle with other pups. When he met his new mom at a park for the very first time, he actually stopped playing for a minute! He ran right up to her and licked her on the face, as if he knew exactly where home would be from now on. Thanks Carol and Mike, and Michelle, for fostering Zuma and honing his house manners. This cuddle bug has been adopted by an active mom who works from home, but knows […]
WILLY is adopted! Willy was surrendered at the ripe age of 12.5 years. His senior owner had become unable to care for Willy the way he deserved. We found Willy to be pretty frisky for an old guy. He could pull on his leash with the best of them, chase after squirrels, and pursue the ladies, as well. He was not done with living, not by a long shot. Lucky for Willy, we found him a couple of good temporary foster care situations (thank you Stephanie and Patty), and then someone who’s been active in our rescue group for many […]