MARCO (now Archer)

Three-year old Marco landed in a shelter, but we got him out of there and into a foster home with a family including two human sisters and a pit sis named Clementine. Marco revealed himself to be a people pleaser who loves attention. He also loves to run through the yard at top speed, and he share toys nicely with Clementine. No wonder the family decided to keep cuddly, sweet Marco. They couldn’t resist this big goofball with a classic ‘derp’ face.  Thank you, Taryn, Daniel and daughters for fostering and adopting Marco (now Archer).

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Vixen – passed away May 12, 2020

With an extremely heavy heart, I had to say goodbye to Vixen on Tuesday. She is now cancer-free and chasing ground squirrels on the other side of the rainbow bridge. For those that don’t know her story, she landed in a shelter in Modesto after she had been found wandering. She sat there for 45 days and was one day away from being put down when they called @norcalgsprescue who took her in and placed her in a loving foster home where she learned basic manners with her foster mom, Sally. Almost a year later I was looking for a […]

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Jeanne – Our Foster Dog

Jeanne is a very sweet 6-8 year old GSP girl. She’s affectionate and seems truly grateful to be in a home where she gets some love and attention. Jeanne is house and crate trained and asks to go outside when she needs to. She loves going on walks and riding in the car with the windows down and playing with her ball. When she sees other dogs (at least 6 feet away) her tail wags and she acts like she’d love to play with every dog she sees. Jeanne would also like to greet every human she sees, hopefully one […]

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Daisy (formerly Autumn) – passed away May 1, 2020

So. I’m not even sure how to write this. Our beloved Daisy died tonight. George Putnam and I are stunned, bereft. There truly are no words for such a vile year. Daisy came to us from the NorCal GSP Rescue six years ago, and she went everywhere with George, from daily runs to depos at the law office. This morning, they went with their group for a long run, and she swam at Folsom Lake. After a busy day, they went on an evening walk. She collapsed. He carried her to the car. At LBVC she was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma […]

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Eisenhower

“Ike” (short for Eisenhower) arrived skin and bones, weighing a mere 40 pounds. He appeared to lack any training, but he was sweet and affectionate. His fosters treated him to the good life: lots of good food and loving, daily walks, playing fetch and napping in the sun. Within three weeks, he gained 17 pounds and settled into his new home. “We have never had a dog who is so curious. He is interested in making coffee, dinner, cleaning dishes, you name it…if we are doing it, he wants to be a part of it,” his foster home reported. His curiosity […]

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Jack aka Jack2

Jack behaved like an almost-perfect GSP in his foster home. There was that countersurfing, some couch climbing, and a bit too much interest in the resident cat, but he got along great with the humans and their Labs. We received a lot of interest in Jack, because he’s young, handsome and affable. But we had to delay his adoption to address a few medical issues–his neutering had to be postponed in order to treat his giardia and allow him to gain some weight before the procedure. When he was finally ready, his new parents had just been ordered to work from home due […]

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Piper aka Piper3

At ten years old, lovely Piper (now Lady) got her first opportunity to live indoors as a family pet. Her foster home renamed her Lady and started treating her like royalty. Happy retirement, Lady! Thanks, Mary and Tom, for fostering. And thank you, Diana and Tom, for fostering and adopting Lady.

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Portia

For a petite gal, Portia (now Thea) is quite strong and high energy. She came into rescue with little training and found opportunities for mischief. Fortunately, she is very responsive to praise and craves approval from her humans, as well as any opportunity to snuggle up with them. Thank you, Ana, for fostering, and thanks Hannah for fostering and adopting Thea.

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Sven

Two-year-old Sven (now Augie) turned up as a stray at a central valley shelter. Our partners, Pilots ‘N Paws, flew him to the Bay Area, where we were able to get his tests and vaccinations done, treat his kennel cough, and have him neutered. His foster family renamed him Augie. They found him to be a smart and pleasant fellow who was willing to give up a few bad old habits for their love and approval. Thank you, Ceci, Jeff, Samantha, and Maddy for fostering and adopting this cutie pie.

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Connor

From the moment he first arrived in a foster home, Connor (now Otis) proved himself to be simply a doll: a lover and a snuggler, a gentle and well-behaved sweetheart of a pup. He was also a quick learner, eager to please his people–even if that meant learning to chew on dog toys instead of shoes and other enticing household objects. Thank you, Eric and family, for fostering Otis and polishing him into the gem your neighbors just had to apply to adopt. And thanks to Jay, Jody, and boys for making him part of your family.

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Caden

We assigned young Caden (now Kadee) to an experienced foster home, but how could her foster mom not fall in love with this beautiful GSP, who played so well with the house canine. Our foster fell in love, despite the pup’s rambunctious energy and urge to chew on almost anything. Once she figured out how to get the girl enough exercise, it was a done deal. Thank you, Kim, for fostering and adopting Kadee.

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America – passed away March 15, 2020

When word got out of America’s passing, condolences came flooding in, and almost every one of them included the word “sweet.” America had indeed become a very sweet, lovely, and mellow dog. Which is remarkable, because she was a mess when Claire dropped her off at our home to become our eighth NorCal GSP foster dog. She had sad eyes, a cyst the size of a tennis ball below her jaw, and an oozing gash on her cheek. She’d lived for five years in a large metal cage, taken out only occasionally to hunt. A sawed down plastic barrel was […]

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Mickey – passed away March 13, 2020

We lost Mickey unexpectedly, cancer in his abdomen. He joined our home as the fastest foster fail ever, less than two hours, when I, (the one who usually says, “no, we’re not keeping him”), said, “We’re keeping him!” He was the BEST snuggler, always making sure anyone in need of some dog love got some, so much so that visitors often threatened to steal him (jokingly of course). His other favorite activities included basking in sunbeams and going for a paddle on the kayak. Did I mention he loved to snuggle? He will be terribly missed by his siblings, Colby, […]

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Flaco – Our Foster Dog

Everybody asks about my name so I’ll save you the trouble.  It’s Spanish for “Skinny”. Being so skinny is why I’m able to squeeze out of my tight places, like loosely fenced yards. My foster mom is putting a few pounds on me and trying to keep me contained.  Just sayin’, you’ll need a good fence and good treats (but not too many good treats or you’ll have to call me “Gordo”).    I do like to venture out on my own when I find the opportunity, only because I love to stalk squirrels, or lizards…. or that cute kitty […]

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Aggie

Aggie (now Brynn Lee) turned up in a shelter as a stray. Once settled into a foster home, she proved herself to be a sweet girl with a strong nose for critters like squirrels–and way too much interest in cats. Fortunately, she landed in a forever home with two adults, two kids, and a GSP brother to play with, but no kitties. Thank you, Laura and family and Brenda and Steve, for fostering Aggie; and thanks Shani and Ricky and family for offering her a permanent home. Special ear rubs to Bronsyn for sharing the human love and laps with […]

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Bella aka Bella 3

Tiny Bella’s family had to move to a new place where dogs were not welcome. Her foster family predicted that if someone wanted to adopt “a sweet, young, affectionate girl…small in stature and super cute,” then they would fall in love with Bella. Well, she found a great home and will be living with an active family with a couple of kids and parents able to devote time to her exercise and training needs. Thank you, Anne & Brad, for fostering Bella, and thanks, Adam and Mary Alice, for making this little gem a permanent part of your family–even providing […]

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Appa

Five-year old Appa has plenty to howl about. He’s moved on to a new life, after being surrendered by his owner. NorCal GSP Rescue addressed his medical issues and anxieties. Appa had escapist tendencies and too much interest in other dogs, but one trainer described him as “quintessential GSP—alert, curious, eager to please, high energy and responsive.” We found him a solid foster home committed to continuing his care and training. They saw his potential to be a great companion, and decided to adopt. Thank you, Matthew and Heather, for fostering and adopting this guy.

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Cody – Referral Posting in Oregon

Cody may have no eyes, but he’s all GSP in every other way! At 11 years old, he loves to go out in the world and sniff all the smells and run around in places without obstacles. Cody knows “watch out” and slow” to help him navigate. He’s great on leash and only needs a mile or two walk. After that he’s happy to hang out and relax for hours. Cody needs a home without other dogs at this point in his life. He’s lived with other dogs for the past few years, but because he cannot see and interpret […]

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Waldo

Where’s Waldo? He’s chilling at a foster home that turned into his forever home! This photogenic 4-year old is as easy–going as he is handsome. He walks nicely on leash and is an all-around gentleman, though he’s also a bit of a “party animal,” loving nothing more than a room full of people having fun. Noisy kids with whizzing toys don’t trouble him a bit, though fireworks are another story. Waldo came into rescue with a bite mark in his left ear, so he needed some time to heal and to remember that most dogs are good and safe to be […]

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Willa

Why is Willa grinning? This stunning four-year-old bounced around among several homes, trying them out until she found a perfect fit. She is active and athletic, loves to run like the wind and chase birds at the beach. She adores humans, will follow them around and try to snuggle any time they sit. She loves children, too – but she’s not so sure about sharing her space with other dogs. Willa finally found the home she’s been looking for—folks who will give her the undivided attention and loving she craves. Thanks to all who helped Willa temporarily, and thank you […]

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Sofia

Sofia is so pretty and petite, she may have been used as a breeding dog. She and her happy go lucky partner were picked up as strays and assigned to new foster homes. Sofia landed in a home that adores GSPs and is very experienced in dog care and training—even dogs like her with the energy of a small nuclear reactor. That’s where she’ll stay forever, with loving humans and always another canine pal or two to play with. Thank you, Dana, for fostering and adopting Sofia.

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Roy – Our Foster Dog – Adoption Pending

Meet Roy!  This poor guy has had a string of bad luck.  Roy was hit by a car at the end of December, then ended up at the shelter where it was determined that he has a broken hip.  After being rescued 3 weeks later, he was taken to the vet and tested positive for Ehrlichia, in addition to having kennel cough, so he will be on antibiotics for at least a month.  Once he’s cleared for surgery, he will have the necessary surgery to repair his hip.  Despite all he’s been through Roy is all smiles and his foster […]

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Tuco

Tuco’s owner could no longer care for him once he became terminally ill. We found him a GSP-experienced foster home, where he made a wonderful transition from his 300-acre sheep ranch environment to a Bay Area suburban setting. Obviously, he’s a quick learner. He’s also very active, and generally a happy, loving boy. No wonder his foster family decided to keep him. They’re retired and plan to spend lots of time walking, training, and playing with Tuco–and he’ll get to go on summer road trips to their Idaho lake cabin, as well!

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Rookie

When we first rescued young Rookie, he came down with Parvo! We got him the help he needed and found a loving foster home to teach him basic skills and manners. Rookie proved himself to be a sweetheart with tons of energy and affection–and a quick learner. He has gone to a forever home with lots of GSP experience, where he will get all the attention and training he needs, as well as a GSP brother (alum Walter) to play and snuggle with. Thank you, Brenda & Steve, for fostering Rookie. And thanks, Judi & Peter, for fostering and adopting […]

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Jake fka Tumbleweed – passed away January 15, 2020

Our sweet Jake passed away very early in the morning on January 15th, 2020. We are all heartbroken, of course, but are also beyond thankful for having had him for 11 of his nearly 13 years of life. We were enchanted by Jake the minute we saw him, in the spring of 2008. Well, I should say, my husband was, because he was the first one in the door at the foster home, and declared “We’ll take him!” before the rest of the family had even seen the little guy! Thank you, Bill & Cheryl Reese, for the wonderful job […]

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Addy

Young Addy (now Grace) was rescued from a life of being chained up in a yard. She has moved on from those scary days and nights and has learned how to live the good life. She is being adopted by a home that has two adults, two boys, and a GSP sister to play with her and dote on her. Thank you, Jill and Anne & Brad, for fostering Addy and working through her medical issues, as well as her separation anxiety. She blossomed into a super sweet girl who loves all dogs, kids, and adults. And thank you, Stacy and family, […]

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Wrigley

We rescued young Wrigley from the shelter where he’d turned up as a stray and placed him in a foster home with a playful Pitbull puppy named Clementine. Wrigley got along great with the pup and its humans, too. He loved to fetch tennis balls and snuggle on the sofa. No wonder this good boy was snapped up by someone who’s been active in our rescue group for years. Now he can go to work, on runs, and hunting with his new dad. Thank you, Taryn and family, for fostering Wrigley, and thanks Peter for adopting him.

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Oliver aka Oliver3

Oliver is just over 10 years old, but still acts like a young dog. He loves to go on car rides, especially when the windows are down and he can let his ears flap and do some serious sniffing. He’s a sweet, easy-going guy who got along great with the other dogs in his foster home, and didn’t even chase the cat–much! He came with manners, too. He doesn’t beg, he’s good with kids, and he is easy to walk on leash. No wonder he got snapped up by a good forever family. Thank you, Syda, for fostering Oliver; and thanks Wade and […]

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