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 […]
JADA is adopted! A job change led someone to surrender this super sweet and talented dog to the shelter. The minute she was sprung, she started making friends with everyone she met. Her first foster home fell in love with her super soft fur, her insistence on play and petting, her distain for kibble and her love of carrots. (Thanks Robin, and then Mark, for fostering Jada). This girl was trained for upland hunting, and she now has a forever home with lots of open space to roam, a dad who likes to hunt game birds, two small canine buddies, […]
Reagan is as handsome as he is sweet. This 4-year old liver roan color guy got lucky, spending time in two great foster homes–first with one GSP sibling, and next with two other GSPs to show him the ropes. He quickly teamed up with his canine brother to hunt bees, and agreed to let his canine sister act like Queen of the Pack all she wanted. He got along well with everyone and soon revealed his ardent love for swimming, hikes, and cuddling. Then he demonstrated his master dock diving skills, flying beautifully over 16 feet through the air, before […]
Teagan came to us as a stray, and we knew immediately that this cute and spunky one-year old gal deserved a better life than one at the shelter. She was initially fearful of new situations, but soon she settled into foster care (thank you Scott and Peter, and then Carol and Mike for fostering Teagan). She emerged as a sweet, goofy girl who loves to play with other dogs and cuddle with humans. Teagan found a great forever home where she will get lots of walks and attention, and even a canine sister to play with. The family has changed her […]
Turbo’s foster mom describes him as “stunningly handsome and a complete clown.” This silly young guy loved to play with anyone who would entertain his goofy advancements. His new family plans to spoil him with car rides, runs along a river, kayaking, and a premium spot on their king sized bed! Thanks Catherine and Mac for fostering Turbo2.
Miss Lady is adopted! Lady showed up as an owner-surrender, sweet and well mannered. She bonded immediately with her foster family (human and canine, young and old—thank you Lisa for fostering Lady). She enthusiastically shared toys, balls, affection, and snuggles. She found joy in simply lounging on a dog bed, or playing with her own shadow in the sun, or being petted. Lady is going to a forever home where an entire extended family can’t wait to give her the Princess treatment she deserves.
Petra is adopted! Petra’s forever mom must be a bit of a soft touch. She first became a “foster failure” when she was taking care of Rally. Then she decided to foster Petra, who looks so much like Rally, they could be siblings–and now they are going to be! Petra’s sweet nature, good manners and funny pranks caused another foster failure. Thanks, Mary, for fostering Petra, and for giving her a permanent home where she and Rally can continue to romp and nap together. Oh—and they are going to change her name to “Minnie,” because she looks and acts like […]
LAYLA IS ADOPTED! If one were to draw a picture of “delight” is would look very much like our Layla. She’s ten years old and on the small side, but despite some hard knocks, her hummingbird tail never stops expressing her joy. Layla was picked up as a stray and wound up in a shelter. We took her into rescue, where she and her foster mom bonded immediately (thank you Serenity for fostering, and Marlene for providing vacation backup). The shelter staff had noticed some lumps and bumps, so we had them tested. Some turned out to be mast cell […]
Beauford came to us an anxious dog, in urgent need of a new home (thanks Kim for volunteering to foster him). He soon overcame his shyness and emerged as a playful, goofy boy, with his tongue always hanging out the side of his mouth and his whole body wagging. Young Beau seemed happiest wiggling up to guys loading hay onto trucks. Lucky for him, he snagged just the right bachelor dad—a man looking for a best pal who could ride around with him during the day doing ranch work, and then go meet friends after work at a local dog-friendly […]
Levy is adopted!! It’s hard to imagine why anyone would surrender lovely Levy. He behaved like a perfect gentleman in his foster home (thanks Cheryl and Chris), and he passed his behavioral evaluation with flying colors. Now he is settled into a new home, with a Weimaraner brother for a playmate. Handsome Levy is going to have lots of cuddles, truck rides, and ball fetching in his future–and he might even get to go hunting once in a while. Adopted August, 2017
Two-year old Samantha came into rescue as a stray, with very little training and few social skills. Worse yet, she tested positive for heartworm. That meant months of arduous treatment and mandated rest—not the best start in life for a young, spirited GSP. She endured this with the loving help of her first two foster families (thanks Doug & Janelle, and Sally), but then Samantha was determined to find exactly the right place to begin the rest of her life. She tried out a few new situations before she decided that her last foster mom was Just Right! Finally, she […]
GROOT IS ADOPTED! This one year-old GSP mix is one sweet, loving boy. He came to us as a stray, but it soon became clear that he had good manners, slept well in a crate overnight, and could entertain himself with toys if there was no one around to romp with him. He is pretty calm for a GSP, and he loves to cuddle. His new forever home includes a retired mom and a human sister, so he should get plenty of cuddles. As for romping, he has a canine cousin who approved Groot joining the family. Thank you […]
Holmes and Watson grew up in the same household, but they were found as strays in a remote area up north. We sent Watson to UC Davis for needed hip surgery and PT to repair an old injury. The two dogs were overjoyed when they were reunited! Fortunately, they found a family that wanted them both, so they can remain best pals forever. Their new family is experienced with GSPs, and their home backs up to open space where turkeys love to roam. Better yet, their new mom is retired and can hang out with them all day, so […]
Booker is a big, goofy five year old who loves car rides and cuddling. He impressed his foster family with his house manners, even learning to use a bell to let them know when he wanted to go out. With a fun personality and good looks, it’s no wonder he turned them into Foster Failures. He’ll be staying in that home forever, along with a canine sister–our alum Gerde (formerly Gertrude). Thanks Janelle and Doug for fostering Booker (now to be called Uli), and for adopting him too.