Vicki was found as a stray by Animal Control. Repeated notifications to the last registered owner went unanswered. The trauma of being in the shelter had Vicki not able to stand. Examinations by the shelter vet did not reveal a reason for her mobility issues. She was classified as PTS (put to sleep). Our rescue was notified and I wanted to foster her and see if we can figure out her issue. The transportation volunteer went into her kennel with a leash and Vicki jumped up and walked to the car! After a 2 hour ride to us; she came […]
No matter her health setbacks, Dani was always happy and continued to think that despite her age, she could do anything her younger, faster, foster sisters could do. She loved to “play” frisbee, although her version was more like chasing and yelling at the younger dogs, regardless, she always had a blast. Sometimes she pretended that she couldn’t hear anything (usually when something outside smelled really good), but her ears miraculously recovered whenever she knew whipped cream was being put on my ice cream! She loved to follow her little sister Lady wherever she went. She happily slept the afternoons […]
Fostering is an exercise in emotions. Happy tears when a dog finds the furever home, training frustration, laughter at their goofy quirks, calmness from their touch and love, and tears when they leave for the Rainbow Bridge. After almost 3 years with Rosie, she had a stroke and needed our help today. I knew it was coming, but I guess preparedness doesn’t really ease the sadness. RIP my lil old lady. -Carol and Mike
When five-year old Herschel came into foster care, it was obvious that he was well-trained, very clever, and super cuddly with humans. As much as he loved to be with people, he was anxious around other dogs. With lots of patient training (special thanks to foster mom Jordyan), as well as help from a few canine mentors, Herschel finally learned that other dogs can be pals and playmates. He was adopted by a young couple who will continue his training and provide him with lots of romping and love. Thanks to everyone on team Herschel: Erica, Josh, Mary, Jordyan, Chuck, […]
Fletcher is not your average GSP, with the energy of a nuclear reactor. Somewhere around 8 years old, he is a sweet and mellow guy. He loves people as much as he loves to nap and eat. Lucky for him, he was adopted by a family that includes an 11-year old boy and a 14-year old girl, and he’s already known as their younger brother. He is the family’s first dog, and all are ready to dote on him. Thanks to Priscilla and Phil, Anne, and Cheryl for fostering Fletcher.
Janelle and Doug were looking for a companion for their foster alum, Gerde, so they jumped at the chance to foster Oskar. Oskar turned out to be a very sweet boy who gets along great with humans and dogs. But he had a stubborn cough that resisted treatment. Sadly, vet specialists finally diagnosed him with an aggressive form of cancer. By then, his foster family had fallen in love with him. They decided to adopt him and take responsibility for his medical care. Thank you to Janelle and Doug for fostering and adopting Oskar, and for committing to care for […]
Scotty is a gentle young guy who is friendly with dogs, but really loves people. He likes to be around them all the time. Boy, did he win the lottery! He snagged a forever family that lives in a lovely gated community, with lots of pets and squirrels—and with three generations of people living at home. Scotty, now named Remy, will get spoiled with all the loving attention he wants and deserves for the rest of his days. Thanks to Dalia for fostering Scotty until he found his perfect home.
Sweet Nellie, just 5-6 years old, showed up as a stray. Her first foster home loved her dearly, but Nellie couldn’t get the hang of living in harmony with the family cat, so she went to a new, cat free foster home. Without the cat to focus on, Nellie turned her talents to bolting out open doors. The challenge was to find a forever home with secure fencing, so she would be safe on the property. Nellie found a perfect forever home that can give her all the love, snuggles, training—and fencing—that she needs.
When America was surrendered by a hunting facility, she had a growth on her jaw the size of a tennis ball that needed to be addressed. She wasn’t so sure about men. She had no idea what a dog bed was meant for. Her cyst was drained and did not return, and then life really started to turn around for her in her foster home. She was housebroken within 24 hours, and she soon figured out what a dog bed was meant for. She loved her new foster home so much, she decided she was never, ever leaving. They agreed! […]
Mello came to her foster home with a reputation for chewing her way out of crates. Her foster mom decided not to crate her– problem solved! Mello knew basic commands, and was eager to learn more. She behaved so well that after her third day she was set free to roam the ranch off-tether, exploring the horse barn and gardens with her canine sibling. Mello is no dummy—she could see that her new people were sensitive and loving, and this home hard to beat. Is it any wonder she made up her mind very quickly that this would be her […]
Charley looks like a chocolate ball—he’s all liver colored, no white at all. He was found wandering the roads of northern California, and was soon moved into a foster home with four other GSPs. Charley got on great with all of them. He was also a people lover– climbing onto laps for occasional hug sessions—a master fetcher, and he ignores cats! This handsome goofball was in foster care just a few months (thanks Kiara and Floyd!) before being adopted by a family with one other GSP who loves to play fetch and have a backyard pool, too.
Alum Leroy (adopted 2015) was pretty clear that he wanted a canine companion, so when sweet Flo showed up as a stray, Leroy’s family said yes to fostering her. From the moment she arrived, Flo was on her best behavior. She never barked, wagged her tail constantly, was great with the kids, went gleefully on family hikes, and became a fabulous friend to Leroy. Done deal. Way to go, Flo! Thanks Liz and family for fostering, and for providing Flo with a loving forever home. And thank you to Lola for springing her from the shelter and short-term fostering her […]
Petite Sasha, only about two years old, showed up as a stray in Fresno. After rescue, she went along to a foster home that fell in love with her immediately, calling her a total Sweetie Pie that someone was crazy to let go. Sasha now has a loving forever home, complete with and a Doberman sister and doting parents.
This lovable 6 year old was just too energetic for an owner unable to spend much time with him. So Camo honed his escape artist skills, and became a frequent flyer in the Auburn hills, which is how he ended up with us. With excellent fostering from Carol and Mike, this high energy hunting dog learned to embrace his mellow side and mastered the art of snuggling. He quickly learned the do’s and don’ts of indoor living, as well as some basic commands and Leash Walking 101. He loves to meet new people and dogs, so he is in luck—he […]
Handsome Huxley was picked up as a stray near Merced. He’s a young guy, with the energy to prove it. His foster home found him to be clever and eager to please, and therefore easy to train. He also turned out to be a real love bug, getting along well with everyone–adults, kids, and other dogs. No wonder he caught the eye of a young, athletic family who offered him a forever home near Lake Tahoe, lucky guy. Thank you Sally for fostering Huxley! Adopted September 2016
Giles’ foster family found him to be a big (75+ lbs) sweetie, always ready for a cuddle or a belly rub. He got along easily with everyone (even cats!). But when no one came along to adopt him, he decided to change his image. He took up running, shed a few pounds, and even won a canine race—but still no adoption. Giles decided to reinvent himself yet again. No more Snuggle Pie, no more Olympic Sportster. He became calm and debonair, projecting an aura of sophistication and gentility. Third time’s the charm: Giles found a great new forever home worthy […]
Six year old Pearl came into rescue heartworm positive, and positive she could worm her way into someone’s heart! She endured four months of intense treatment and restricted activity. Once she was healthy again, she was spayed and had some needed dental work done. After going through all that, her foster family realized they loved Pearl and could not let her go. Now she has a loving forever family, and she gets to go to work with her new dad most days. Adopted August 2016
Catherine and Mac are failed fosters- 2 years running now- last year they adopted their foster boy Colby. I’m guessing that Colby told Mickey that if he plays his cards right- he might get to stay as well. He gets to help with chores on the farm, then take a snooze in the hammock and on the weekends he sometimes gets to go camping and even kayaking! Thanks to Catherine and Mac for fostering until they decided to adopt! Adopted July 2016
Sweet Courtney came into rescue with a big cancerous mass on her leg. Treatment required amputating her leg, but that did not alter Courtney’s enthusiasm and zest for life–or her passion for chasing squirrels. She romped with Lucas, her foster sibling, until he was adopted. But guess what? Courtney has now gone to the same forever home. She and Lucas have been reunited to rumble and play Pointer games until mom comes home. Thanks Marlene for fostering! Adopted July 2016
Tucker is a little squirt, less than one year old, with a propensity to wear one ear flipped back at all times. He was living the life—he had a backyard, his very own boy, and a family who loved him. However, they turned out to be severely allergic to him! They asked us to find Tucker a good home, and we did. Tucker has moved to Marin, where he will share lots of walks and attention with his new brother and fellow foster alum, Sprite. Adopted May 2016
Handsome Lucas came to us with so many plusses. We learned right away that he was both house trained and crate trained. He loved chasing squirrels and playing with his foster sisters. The sweet and mellow boy has now found a forever home with a GSP-loving mom who has adopted from us before. We love repeat adopters, and Lucas does, too! Adopted May 2016
Before she came to us, Callie was an outside dog, spending much of her time lying on concrete. As a result, she had calloused hips, butt, and elbows, as well as severe hair loss and teeth badly damaged from biting wire. With some foster TLC, Callie got her hair back and her bad teeth pulled. Her callouses healed. She became as beautiful on the outside as she is inside. And, she discovered a new love for lying on sofas. Fortunately, Callie found a forever family who loved her instantly and went out immediately to buy a new sofa cover to accommodate […]
Due to complications of old age, I had to help Rocket pass over the rainbow bridge at the age of 14. He was a wonderful pet and we spent so many happy years together running the beach. While all dogs are great, some are more special than others and Rocket was definitely special. He saw me through many of life’s events, some good and some bad but he was always there. He is sorely missed. Thank you NorCal GSP for connecting me with such a wonderful companion who was beautiful both inside and out. I hope I served him as […]
Buckley is a 9-year old cutie, a small guy at 43 pounds. He spent most of his life outdoors, but as a result of some great fostering (thanks Catherine and Mac), he learned how to live with people and other pets indoors, including sleeping comfortably in his very own crate. Buckley has been adopted by a Bay Area family who plans to shower him with the love and attention he deserves, starting with a big basket of dog toys to welcome him home. Adopted May 2016
Mollie is a gorgeous 6-year old gal with big brown cow patches. She showed up as a stray needing our care in April, 2016. We got her spayed and checked out, then sent her to a lovely foster home: a goat farm in northern California. She loved exploring everything, from chicken coops to the veggie gardens to wildcat dens. In no time, she endeared herself to her foster family, getting along great with critters of all sizes, from cats to horses, and even becoming best pals with the Alpha goat! Her foster home has become her permanent home—way to go, Mollie! […]
We adopted Koa when he was two years old – a tall, barrel-chested 90 lb. GSP. That first night home, Koa carefully climbed into my lap. The next day we purchased a big dog bed and put an end to his lapdog days. That first weekend we carefully watched Koa to make sure he would be gentle with our five-year-old daughter. We were planting tomatoes with Koa resting nearby in the driveway. We caught our breath as we saw our daughter back up and stumble over the dog. Koa looked up and promptly put his head back down. That was […]
Minnie Mouse was not in our care long, but she was loved well by her foster home. Rest in peace sweet Minnie.
Finn was the perfect dog who came along at the perfect time. He was the biggest lover and comedian who always knew the perfect moment to steal his brother Scout’s toy. He was a great kitchen helper, picking up vegetable scraps (including brussels sprouts) and meticulously cleaning dirty pans. He was a great traveling buddy and a social butterfly. He knew when to call everyone together at mealtime with his melodious “whoo-whoo” (one of the things we already miss) and brought us together as our ring dog on our wedding day. Always ready for that deep ear rub, a cookie, […]
We rescued Meg and her daughter Jo in January of 2014. Meg then found her forever home with her foster home, Charlotte and Al, who have fostered and adopted many NorCal GSP Rescue dogs. Meg and Al bonded big time. She became his dog through and through and they had a wonderful few years together. In April 2016, Meg developed fluid in her lungs that made it more and more difficult to breathe. She went to the rainbow bridge in her own bed surrounded by those that loved her. Rest in peace, Meg.
Jasmine turned up in a shelter, along with the three Chihuahuas she had been living with when her owner died. We found her a great new home on the coast. At first she would get stiff from short walks, but now she is running full speed for twenty minutes at a time, keeping up with her active parents. She’s also learning how to share toys and human attention with a canine sister who wants to be queen of the house as much as Jasmine does. Good luck, Jasmine. May you continue to blossom and learn that there are enough toys […]
Gertrude showed up as a stray at a shelter, with a wobbly front leg, possibly due to an old, untreated injury–no fun for a 3 year old GSP who just wants to romp! An MRI showed that she had a tendon that needed to be “released,” at a cost of $4,000. Thanks to our donors, the surgery was completed successfully. Gertie’s biggest problem then was that the halo prevented her from carrying rolls of toilet paper around, her favorite indoor sport. Her foster family, a couple with extensive GSP experience, fell in love with her and adopted her. Now she […]
Frannie didn’t get to pick her first family. She was left alone a lot, without even canine companionship. She expressed her dissatisfaction by barking and destructive behavior. She just wasn’t understood, so when her family gave her up to rescue, she decided that she was going to get everything right the second time around. First, she landed a wonderful foster home with Catherine, Mac, and their GSP rescue alum, Colby. Frannie got along with everyone– humans, canines, and all other sorts of animals. But she got especially excited whenever she saw children. They were on her level; they liked to […]
Abner had the most amazing rescue journey ever. When we learned that he’d shown up as a stray at a full shelter in Bakersfield, we devised an elaborate plan to bring him to safety in northern California. Four of our volunteers coordinated to spring him from the shelter, drive him to Fresno, then to Chowchilla, then to Manteca, then to his temporary foster home in Fiddletown. After a much-needed bath and some basic vet attention, Abner emerged as a lover boy and a character. He loved to kiss and snuggle; he snored blissfully; he chased cats, and tried to engage […]
We lost Buster (B.J.) to cancer in March 2016. The seven years we had with him just weren’t enough, and he’s greatly missed. Buster was the happiest dog we’ve ever had, tail always wagging. He loved swimming, gopher hunting, counter surfing, exploring, and meeting new people. He could never pass an open car door or body of water without jumping in! He didn’t like fireworks and the cat standing between him and the water bowl. I’m pretty sure the cat really misses terrorizing poor Buster. It’s impossible to say good-bye to such a great friend. So, I’ll just say we […]
It is with deep regret that we inform the league that our dear, sweet Otis passed away on March 31, 2016, at 9.9 years. Otis came to our family in January of 2008. My husband and daughter were skiing that day so I was home alone when Otie arrived. He ran in the door, jumped up and licked my face, ran to the back yard all in a matter of seconds. I fell in love with him the moment I saw him and he melted our hearts. I am certain he knew he’d been rescued. Otie had a heart murmur […]
It is with a heavy heart our Prince went to rainbow bridge last night. He had been in reasonable condition and suddenly he developed fluid in his lungs. He was such an amazing dog we rescued in 2003, he was 17-1/2 years. I am so lost without him being here and all of his things are around to remind me. Run free my sweet Prince for you are without pain and you can use your rear legs again. There will be friends waiting to show you around. Until we meet again. -Deborah & Richard Thomas
I am contacting you with a sad and heavy heart of Buffy passing, (Cancer) she was my best friend, and our story makes it harder to have lost her. She lived a very comfortable life going everywhere I went for the past few years. She followed me everywhere including the restroom at times, she was never far behind me, always my shadow as my wife so called her. She loved to float down the river with me in my drift-boat, fishing. She was able to make a full recovery because of your efforts in healing her back up. Buffy was […]
We are sad to announce we lost our sweet handsome boy, Spuds. He was a very special boy. I passed him over when viewing his pictures several times. Then I found Coconut and he was being fostered at the same house as Spuds. So, we requested a visit and Spuds was a throw-in. When we got to Catherine’s property BeBe and Coconut took off full speed ahead. He wanted nothing to do with me. I then turned to meet Spuds. Within 30 seconds I was on the ground holding him and saying “I have to have him!” It was Love […]
Marmaduke is killer handsome and a love bug, but he didn’t seem to know how to get along with other dogs very well. His foster mom took him to a trainer and introduced him to neighbors and co-workers to help improve his social skills. While she was helping Marmaduke, he was busy stealing her heart. Now he is in a loving forever home where he will get all the attention and ear scratching he deserves. He also has a new name: Kaimana, the name of a beach on Oahu that translates as “ocean power spirit.” May there be lots of […]
Sprightly Sprite came bouncing into foster care, a little cowboy from the Wild West. He seemed clueless as to proper doggy behavior in a house. Nothing like experienced foster parents to turn this little dude into a civilized canine. Within a few weeks, an active couple with GSP experience came to meet Sprite and he turned on the charm. They couldn’t resist the little guy. Sprite will be leading the good life with his new family, daily hikes in the Marin Open Space and best yet- his new dad works from home. Huge thanks to Claire, Mara, and Tom for […]
When Tessie, now Tallie, arrived at her first foster home it quickly became clear that sharing her house with a cat and chickens were not her cup of tea. Luckily Tallie found her calling in her new foster home. Along with her GSP brother she helps her people manage a doggie day care! Now Tallie’s a permanent “employee.” If you need doggie daycare in the Sonoma area, don’t hesitate to give Tallie a call. Big thanks to first foster mom Jan, as well as temporary fosters- Robin, Michelle, and Claire. Adopted January 2016
I have some very sad news… My beloved German Shorthaired Pointer, Mo, passed away last Friday. I was absolutely heartbroken. Mo was my faithful companion and friend to many winery visitors, and he will be greatly missed. Mo came to us at the age of 5 as a rescue through the NorCal GSP Rescue organization. That was 8 1/2 years ago. He had a long and happy life, but at the age of 13 1/2 his body just gave out. Someone once told me that Mo won the “doggie lottery” when he came to us. I say that WE are the […]
What can we say about our old girl Roxi other than you were so very kind, loving, sweet and accepting of others whether animal or human. The little romps you would do when walking out to get the mail and the little rocking jumps and howls when following the garden tractor were way beyond cute. Have fun romping, running in your new healthy body while enjoying the wonders of heaven. While tears fill our eyes we will always love and miss you. We take joy in your new freedom. We Love you our old girl. -Charlotte & Al Johnson
Gretchen Gravely, GSP Adoption 2009 – It is with great sorrow that we have to let everyone at the GSP Rescue know that we lost our beloved Gretchen on January 1, 2016, at the age of 17. We adopted Gretchen as a senior dog (age 9) and have loved every minute she was with us. She was so playful when we first adopted her, loving to go for walks, play in the park and sleep on the couch while we watched television. She was a joy to be around and brought happiness and joy to use every day. As she […]
It is with heavy hearts that our Case Boy has passed onto the rainbow bridge today. He was as they all have been the bestest lovable child for Chris and I. As much as it hurts, the saving him in the beginning and making his life a dream come true helps with the pain of his loss. The pictures show him as he was, loving and giving and loving like mom the sun! RIP Dad’s Boy ……… -Kelly Lawrence & Christi Woodwards