WILLY

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 […]

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Jada

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, […]

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Reagan

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 […]

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Teagan

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 […]

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Turbo2 has been adopted!

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.  

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Miss Lady

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.    

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Petra

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 […]

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Layla

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 […]

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Beauford

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 […]

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Levy

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  

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Samantha

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 […]

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GROOT

  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 […]

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Holmes and Watson

  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 […]

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Booker

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.

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Woodie

We don’t know how or why sweet Woodie became a stray, but someone must have missed him. He came to us well trained to sit, wait for his food, fetch, come and stay. No wonder he charmed his foster family into keeping him. He loves to prance around their home with a ball or stuffed toy in his mouth, and he sleeps comfortably at the foot of a human brother’s bed. His new life includes off-leash runs in the forest, ball time at a nearby park, and snuggles on the couch during movie nights. Thanks Mary, Josh, and sons for […]

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Gauge

Handsome Gauge came to us in need of a little extra TLC. He had two surgeries to remove four mast cell tumors, and both times he recovered like a champ. Lucky for him, his two foster moms (thanks Desirae, and later Micaela) are both vet students at UC Davis, so he was in very good hands. He’s had great test results lately, but will remain closely monitored in future. Meanwhile, this six year old just wants to play ball, and more ball, and some more ball after that. He is also a champion snuggler who adores his people and gets […]

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Sunny

Sweet Sunny came to us a bit scared and shy, but with some top-notch fostering (thanks so much Anne), she emerged from her shell and started to shine. She learned how to get along with a rambunctious young GSP brother, she charmed some humans who insisted on visiting with her weekly, and she even finished a 5k race with a young galpal! She started to enjoy more of the good things in life, including outings to dog parks and lots of quiet cuddle time. Now she has found a permanent, loving home with a couple who had their hearts set on […]

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Dax

Dax! This goofy two year old wasn’t in our foster care for long. He is so cute, active, entertaining, cuddly and companionable that it didn’t take long to find a family eager to adopt him. Thanks Nicole and Taylor for fostering him (and Marley for putting up with rambunctious Dax sharing his home, toys and yard). Now Dax is trading his canine foster brother for a human brother in his new forever home. Adopted May 2017

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Baylee

Baylee showed up as a stray, so we don’t know how she spent her first five years.  We do know that with a little help from her foster caregivers (thanks Carol and Sherry), she began to flourish. She changed from being a wary dog to a happy, loving, bouncy gal who likes cuddles, kisses, and car rides. Now she’s found her forever home, where there’s lots of love and plenty of acreage for zooming. Adopted May 2017  

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Bunny

Because of this young dog’s activity level, her foster mom (Thanks, Kim!) soon gave her the nickname “Energizer Bunny.” Bunny turned out to be a real cuddle bug, loving to snuggle with humans and dogs alike. With her long legs and model good looks, she attracted a lot of attention from potential adopters, but we took our time finding just the right home for this special gal. Of all things, Bunny met her forever family while visiting a Home Depot, where they fell in love instantly. I wonder if it was near the battery display…

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Marina

It’s hard to believe this young, sweet and playful lovebug of a girl somehow ended up as a stray at a shelter. She was welcomed into one of our foster homes right away (thanks Denise and Jackson!). It didn’t take long for a perfect family to meet Marina and fall in love with her. Her forever home is a GSP paradise–with parents who are home almost all the time and lots of fenced acreage to roam. Adopted April 2017  

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Ajax

Ajax (now Scout) has found his forever home with a doting mom and a sweet 13 year old German Shepherd sister. Thank you to Robin for fostering and thanks Melissa for failing at fostering and falling in love with this happy, rambunctious boy. Mischievous Scout is never happier than when he has mom’s full attention, after sneaking his entire body onto her lap and getting her to put the darn book down. The photo shows him helping mom pick up her drive-through coffee. Adopted April 2017  

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Brownie

Brownie had a rough holiday last year. He was found tied up outside an animal control office on December 27, and was sent to an animal shelter. He had an extremely severe case of ringworm, so had to be kept away from other pets. Thanks so much to Sheri for taking Brownie on and seeing him through his treatments! When Brownie was finally ready for a new foster home, he was taken in by the folks who previously adopted alumni Camo. “Buster Brown” fit into the family so well, they decided to never let him go. This sweet, energetic, happy boy […]

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Rally

Those who have followed Rally‘s story will know that he has been a challenging boy to place. During his time in rescue, we’ve helped him with severe separation anxiety, some old hip and leg injuries, and a bit of a fugitive instinct. Thanks to our volunteers this time around (especially Anne), Rally learned to be a mellow guy. He finally found a home where he seems to fit perfectly, and is loved and appreciated as much as he deserves! He is the only pet on the rural property, so will have the full attention and devotion of his just-retired doting parents. Adopted February 2017

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Gunnar

Gunnar showed up at a shelter as a stray just before Christmas. It was evident from his ribs that he’d been on the road for some time. His foster Mom (thanks, Kiara!) found him eager to scavenge and counter-surf, but he soon learned that he would get regular meals and lots of treats. His four older GSP foster siblings helped teach him house manners and curb his puppy-like enthusiasm for pranks. He learned to chill out and snuggle with the pack. Gunnar found his forever home quickly, with a family that lives not too far away and knows GSPs. Gunnar’s […]

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Finnigan

Finnigan took his time looking for a perfect forever home. Why should he be in a rush, when he had fabulous foster parents (thanks Cari and Mark!) and a couple of canine foster siblings? He impressed his foster family with his calm demeanor, mastery of basic commands, excellent recall, and ability to get along with everyone (including kids, and even cats!). At last he has found a family that loves to do all the things Finny most enjoys—hiking, camping, car rides, and snuggling on the sofa for some armchair quarterbacking.  Adopted December 2016. Thanks to a Petfinder Foundation grant, Finnigan […]

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