Duke – passed away December 28, 2018

My husband and I wanted to let the rescue group know that “Duke” (adopted Dec. 2015) has been a loving and wonderful companion, and while he has been in hospice care for over the last year the hard decision has come. Duke was the sweetest boy and always seemed to have his head against us. He enjoyed playing with his soccer ball in our backyard. -Denise & Mike Sanders

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Daisy Mae – passed away December 2018

With an extremely heavy heart, I wanted to let you know that I had to say goodbye to sweet daisy after over three years with her.  She had a tumor on her spleen burst which turned out to be cancerous.  We underwent emergency surgery and she was with me and happy for two months following surgery.  She had a great adventurous life in Mill Valley and tons of Tahoe trips.  She loved trail runs off-leash, chasing balls in oceans and lakes, and stealing my clothes to lay on every time I left the house.  She was quite a character, was […]

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Theo

Don’t let that white face fool you! We guesstimate that Theo is around eight years old, but he is full of beans. He runs really fast, loves to play fetch, and displays his joyful Zoomies frequently. He is affectionate with everyone he meets, and loves nothing more than to be petted or cuddle on the sofa. Theo is going to an awesome forever home with a GSP-savvy couple who can give him all the attention and fun he craves. His new mom works part-time and his dad works from home–and is also a runner. They plan to take him on […]

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Jada

Jada was trained for upland hunting, and she helped her dad snag over a hundred birds! When the family could no longer care for her, they surrendered her to a shelter. We pulled Jada and unlike many of our rescue dogs, she came into our program well-trained and in great shape–with a soft, silky coat and good manners. We found Jada a home where she could continue to hunt. But then her new dad unexpectedly passed away, and without hunting to burn off her energy, Mom could not provide the exercise Jada needed, so she returned to us. We welcomed […]

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Frank

Frank has found a home, just in time for the holidays!  This low maintenance GSP-mix has warmed the hearts of everyone he met since we rescued him from the shelter. Thank you Elizabeth for being such a great foster mom and Remi for being a good foster brother. Frank is ready for his new adventures where he will continue his watch for squirrels and enjoy many more hikes with his new family.

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Axel – passed away November 2018

I am writing to let you know that Axel has passed away. We adopted Axel from NorCal 6 or 7 years ago after he had been in foster homes for 2+ years and you were getting desperate to find a home for him – mostly because he did not get along well with other dogs. At first, Axel could become a neurotic mess, mostly when outside and overstimulated. He could wear a trough in the ground from repeatedly running back and forth over one track. It did not take too long however for him to discover that he was no […]

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Ruth – passed away November 24, 2018

I’m convinced that Ruth found us . . .  A friend of a friend followed a dog rescue in Sonora CA that I became aware of through social media. I started following them. Months later, a courtesy posting with Ruth’s picture appeared. She was beautiful! The owner was moving and could not take 11-year-old Ruth with her. Ruth was to be euthanized in just a few days if she didn’t find a home. I decided I needed to help her. Never did I think we’d grow our family from 2 to 3 large dogs. But I had to help her […]

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Sully

Sully is 44 pounds of sheer energy. At somewhere between 3 and 5 years old, he is also very sociable and loving. This lucky boy found a permanent home with retired parents who have GSP experience and time to devote to him. Sully also now has an energetic 3-year old canine brother to play with. Thank you Eddy, Megan and Liz for fostering Sully.

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Dex

Young Dex (now Rudy) showed up at a shelter as a stray, with kennel cough and in need of neutering. Otherwise, he seemed to be in fine form. Right off the bat, he was polite and loving with his foster parents, went into his crate willingly, and does not bark or whine at all (the mailman is thrilled). Rudy is a smart boy, quick to learn, but stubborn as a rock – when he wants to be.   Rudy has a waggy tail and kisses for everyone; as if to say: “Hey fosters, what’s not to love about me?” They heard […]

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August – passed away November 14, 2018

Augie was a senior dog when we adopted him, at least 10, but with the behavior of a dog much older, and we guessed having lived outside or on his own for a good period of time. He had an eye injury and was neutered just before he came to us, so he was not attractive or a happy camper and our GSP, Fielder, was not into being a friend to him. We brought him to an adoption fair, and all he wanted to do was sit on us, as we sat in camp chairs. He wasn’t very attractive to […]

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Axel – passed away November 2018

I am writing to let you know that Axel has passed away. We adopted Axel from NorCal 6 or 7 years ago after he had been in foster homes for 2+ years and you were getting desperate to find a home for him – mostly because he did not get along well with other dogs. At first, Axel could become a neurotic mess, mostly when outside and overstimulated. He could wear a trough in the ground from repeatedly running back and forth over one track. It did not take too long however for him to discover that he was no […]

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Sancho (formerly Spot) – passed away October 25, 2018

I lost my beloved Sancho on October 25th and life will never be quite the same again. I didn’t choose Sancho. He chose me – by jumping in my forerunner at the end of our first visit. “Time to go home!” he seemed to say. Sancho taught me the true power of devotion and love. He came as a rescue with a bundle of anxieties and misbehaviors. Separation anxiety cost me many hoses, carpets, and other assorted objects – as well as my sanity! He never quite outgrew it, but it improved, as did his fear of basketballs. It took […]

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Bennett – passed away October 8, 2018

Said goodbye to an amazing friend today. We’ll miss you, Bennett. You got us into a ton of fun and helped us learn a lot about ourselves. Thank you. We had some great adventures and we’ll never forget you. We’ll see you in another life. RIP Bennett. We fell in love with Bennett the moment we met him, we rescued him at 8 years old and had 6 amazing years together. He was the easiest dog to love but the hardest to say goodbye to.  He’ll forever have a place in our hearts. -Joseph & Allison

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Abbey

Young Abbey (now Lexi) is quite the athlete. She has lots of energy and proved herself capable of clearing a 6-foot fence. Once she was housetrained and crate trained, she discovered the joys of indoor living, and her desire to escape diminished. Lots of exercise and lots of kisses helped, too. She settled in comfortably with her foster family (including a couple of kids and a young Weimaraner sibling)—so comfortably in fact that she is never going to leave. Thank you, Dan and Janel and family, for fostering and adopting Abbey.

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Reuben

Reuben (now Ozzy) showed up as a stray—a mere 30-pound guy at around one year old. Though he is small he has a big heart—greeting every person he meets with a wag and wanting to socialize with every dog, as well. His forever home that has two adults and two teens ready to love him.  Both adults are runners, and dad works from home. The entire family is very excited to bring home their first family dog. Thank you, Carol and Mike, for fostering this guy.

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Felix

Handsome young Felix (now Eddy) turned up in a shelter, a bit worse for the wear. He was generally fit and healthy, but he had developed kennel cough and a urinary tract infection. We soon learned that, while this guy loves to run outdoors, he is gentle and cuddly indoors. He is housetrained, follows his people around closely and comes when called. This boy scored a forever home in the Sierra foothills with a family that has GSP experience and can provide him with all the exercise he needs, as well as a GSP sibling to play with. Thanks Eddy […]

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Penelope

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.

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Suzy

Suzy (now Lucy) 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 […]

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Sebastian

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.

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Maxx

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 […]

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Whitney

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 lots of loving, […]

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Denali

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.

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Matterhorn

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. 

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Loa

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 will get to […]

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Everest

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, sweet eyes. His […]

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Etna

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.

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McKinley

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 to devote lots […]

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Kuna

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 with the four […]

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Ace – passed away September 4, 2018

It has been a really sad time for us as we lost our sweet Ace on Tuesday. We had been treating Cushing’s disease and last year he had a malignant Melanocytic tumor removed from his mouth. Even with these issues, he persevered and beat the odds. When we adopted him at 14, we thought we would be lucky to have him a for year, but we were blessed as it turned out to be 3.5 wonderful and unforgettable years. 17.5 years old is really off the charts and probably a gold record holder. Thank you for allowing us to make […]

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Tony

Tony (now Georgie) 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 they were both […]

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Jaeger

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 and Priscilla, for […]

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Carmen

Petite Carmen (now Sammi) 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 ball throwing she […]

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Annalise

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 her use all […]

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Zeek

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.

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Cappie

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 he needed, and […]

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Suzie – passed away July 2, 2018

I accidentally came across petfinder.com while getting shelter information for my sister. I wasn’t looking for another dog, but I typed in “german shorthaired pointer.” Several listings came up, but one really caught my eye. I saw a scared little girl in a big chair. Her story went something like this: “My name is Suzie. I’m fat, my nipples hang, the breeder was going to euthanize me because he didn’t want my puppies. I’m 3 years old and I already had 3 litters. I was mistreated…….” I felt so bad for her and wanted to help her, but she was […]

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Tobie

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, […]

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Tyler – passed away June 24, 2018

Tyler had such a presence. The true definition of a handsome, nimble, and instinct-driven dog. Literally would fly up our stairs without making a sound, leaving you wondering where he went. Although a mix, he was pure GSP when it came to our backyard and squirrels and the local fox family living in our neighbor’s yard. Such a fun thing to witness, his pure joy at being in nature. He truly was just pure love, when comfortable and at home with our family. Would lay and even sleep on his back, fully relaxed and submissive and eating up any attention […]

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Chuck – passed away June 2018

Chuck came into our lives in November 2007. He wasn’t very domesticated when he came to us. Close as we can figure, he was a ranch dog who never came inside until he was rescued. And that certainly showed! But he learned about being a family dog: patient with children who wanted to touch his nose, loving, loyal beyond anything. He had an amazing passion for bread products. Truth is, when we left hamburger and the buns on the counter, he’d take the buns and eat them all. He loved his family fiercely, and his GSP brethren Tracker and Ollie. […]

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Trapper

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 home permanently. Thank […]

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Abbie

Sweet Abbie waited a while for the right adopter to come along and now she’s hit pay dirt. This adorable 6 year old girl acts more like she’s 2 – curious, loves toys, plays with other dogs, is affectionate and cuddly with people. Thank you to Barbara & Keith for fostering her, and Anne for case managing. Now Abbie is off to live on a ranch with a nice retired couple and their dog, where she’ll gets tons of attention and have plenty of room to zoom around! Adopted June 2018  

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Elmer

Elmer showed up at the Modesto shelter as a stray, with a cough and an ugly neck wound. Though seven years old, he seemed to have had very little training. It was clear he hadn’t been on a leash or in a car or in a house before, so his foster home had its challenges. Despite everything being new to him, Elmer got along with the resident dogs and did not bother the cats. He soon bonded with his foster mom and didn’t like to let her out of his sight. She understood his need for reassurance, and he began […]

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Daisy aka Daisy3

Little Daisy is beautiful and smart and cuddly, but a bit of a handful. She wants a LOT of exercise and mental stimulation. She does not like to be crated, and she suffers separation anxiety when left alone. Fortunately for Daisy, she has landed in the perfect situation to meet her needs–an extended family where two generations of adults live in adjacent homes with adjoining yards. Someone is home at all times, so she never has to be confined or left alone. Five adults take turns wearing Daisy out by hitting tennis balls as far as they can for her […]

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Ranger aka Ranger2

Ranger, now Charlie, came into rescue half wild-child and half love-bug! He spent a few days with his temp foster home after being sprung from the shelter (thank you Miranda and Josh) and then went on to yes, you guessed it, his next foster home and soon-to-be forever home (thank you Steve and Jola)! Now he’s learning basic obedience and is so eager to please. Sounds like his future will be filled with fun, fetch, and family! Adopted May 2018  

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Deja

Sometimes things are just meant to be! Deja’s new family initially contacted us about another dog but that dog already had a home lined up. A few weeks after that, they filled out our volunteer form (thank you Judith and Tasia) and when Deja needed a foster spot, they were ready. Of course it wasn’t long before everyone knew that Deja was truly home, and now they are continuing her training and socialization to help her become a true gem! Adopted May 2018

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Rolf

Rolf (now Otis) 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 adopted by a […]

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Miles (formerly Andretti) – passed away May 2018

We are heartbroken at having to say goodbye to Miles. We had him for 10 fun-filled years and to this day, it’s still hard to believe that someone didn’t turn over every corner of the earth to get him back. He was an incredible dog and we were so lucky to have him in our life. One of his aunts described him as having a “big personality” and he truly did, along with a big heart and generous spirit. He loved napping in the bathtub, retrieving just about anything that wasn’t nailed down and like a true pointer, chasing squirrels. […]

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Emmett – passed away May 29, 2018

Hello, I wanted to let your group know that we lost our boy today. He was adopted from your group at 6 weeks old; found as part of a litter near Porterville which was all euthanized. Our Emmett saved himself by hiding and then pointing at his water dish when pointer rescue came to get another dog from the shelter. He was with us for almost 15 years. He was the best boy, jogging buddy, and best friend to our two sons. We will miss him forever. We had to make the hard choice to put him to sleep due […]

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Patterson (formerly Magoo) – passed away May 17, 2018

Dear Patterson, It is with sad hearts and deep regret that we said goodbye to you yesterday our “big guy” and beloved family member. Back in August of 2008 they all thought I was crazy when I thought we needed a friend for Lizzie. You had come to NorCal GSP Rescue group after an accident in which you got hit by a truck in Patterson, CA. The off duty firefighter that hit you and his people rallied around you and got you the help you needed to save your life. After losing your right rear leg they looked for your […]

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