Our beloved Maverick crossed the Rainbow Bridge on September 23, 2014. I cradled his head, petting and stroking him. My husband and two girls pet him and showered him with kisses. All the while telling him how much we loved him and what a good, good boy he was as he softly fell asleep and passed on. We had the good fortune of adopting Maverick just three short years ago. I still remember our first meeting. He was at a foster family’s with two female GSPs, both younger than him. We met him solo and went for a walk and […]
We wanted to let you know that Coconut passed over the Rainbow Bridge… the cancer in his gum got the best of him and he quit eating and wagging his tail… it was time… thank you all for everything you do for NorCal and welcoming us into the family. Almost three years ago to the week, I was about to hand off my first foster success to his new human and Cathy asked, “Would you be able to take Coconut for a couple of weeks… he bounces too much for Maggie’s elderly dog?” Conveniently, I picked up Coconut on my […]
I cradled him in my arms and kissed his sweet muzzle and soft ears as he passed on at the age of 14. He had been having difficulty urinating and his vet examined him and took an x-ray. The plan was to do an ultrasound and consult with a specialist on our options. Sadly, they advised that he had an inoperable malignant prostate cancer. After losing Charles, my 14 ½-year-old rescued GSP, to old age, I wanted to find an older dog needing a forever home. Then I found Rory (then named Ollie) on the website. He was about 9 […]
It is with a sad and heavy heart that I must announce that Brinkley, my beloved GSP, has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. We had to let him go and we will miss him. I rescued Brinkley about 6 years ago from the shelter and fostered him before a brief placement into a permanent home. When that didn’t work out I decided he would stay with me. He was not in good health when I pulled him from the shelter but I got him back in shape and for an old guy he did alright. Seeing him swim in the […]
Dallas Novak was adopted on 2/2/02 when he was 3 or 4, and was with our family for 12 1/2 years more years. He was a special beastie, and will be wagging his tail in my heart for a long time. Thank you for all you do to find forever homes for these sweet dogs. -Alessandra and family
Ernesto came to us (his third family at least) as a foster named Dougal. The small guy had Arthritis and could barely stand, was nearly blind, effectively deaf and had other medical issues, but always followed like a duckling when someone headed to the kitchen. Appetite wasn’t ever a problem. He never bit, growled or attacked. We re-named him Ernesto (since he was deaf and wouldn’t notice). Ernesto had a strange affinity for vigorous forehead and chin rubs that left little gray German Shorthair bits of beard all over our hands and clothes. He had some oddball characteristics that we’ve never seen before. Walks-Rather than […]
Sweet Ellie was one of those memorable dogs, from the time she came into rescue until the day she passed away in her loving forever home. When she first arrived, she was in terrible physical condition, with lumps, bumps, saggy parts, and terrible skin. She started out in one foster home, and over time and with care, she felt better and looked better. Then she moved to another foster home, and that’s where she stayed – lucky Ellie was adopted by her foster family! They didn’t mind Ellie’s “vocalizing” and she fit right in with the other GSPs, enjoying hikes, […]
Molly passed today from leukemia. I only enjoyed her for 6 months. I find peace with the fact she had more love in 6 months than her previous 14 years as a backyard only dog. -Carol, foster mom and forever mom
It is with great sadness (and disbelief) that I say goodbye to my jolly, clumsy, always-loving dog Webber. Just two weeks ago he was diagnosed with gastric carcinoma (stomach cancer) – a cancer that unfortunately in dogs doesn’t always show symptoms. I am running on empty right now, reeling from not having my buddy here with me. Gabby is quiet and subdued as well. I am grateful for the time I had with this loving, special boy. -Eileen
Molly found her way into the heart of her foster home, and they decided to make it permanent! Don’t you just love foster failures? After a hard backyard-only life, this senior sweetheart found love and a comfy couch. We know she’ll be spoiled for the rest of her days! Adopted January 2014
Huck was a great dog, very therapeutic for Al, he was very devoted and loving with the strong will to live and pull through so many surgeries. He was about 12 years old. He gave and gave to us! Loved rocks, silly boy. After we adopted him, he had his mouth done, and then major surgery on his back. UC Davis was sure he would never walk again but don’t underestimate a shorthair. He got pneumonia and they said he would not make it, but he did and was walking – walking funny, but walking. At least he was out […]
Luke, You were the star of Thanksgiving 2013. I’m so glad I got to sneak you copious amounts of turkey. We had crazy fun with you and miss you dearly. See you on the other side “Hollywood”. – Eddy and Lisa
Sometimes things end happily in a different way. Lassen came to us with a broken leg after being found by firefighters in the wilderness. She was thin and looked like she’d been on her own for a bit. There was surgery, recovery, more surgery, more recovery. A fellow called us after seeing her posting online. He claimed Lassen was his dog Buffy, and after a careful verification process, we agreed. We won’t bore you with the details of how she was moved from one relative’s home to another without his knowledge, or how she got out and no one told […]
Today we put our sweet dog Tanner to sleep. He had a very rare and aggressive cancer called histiocytic sarcoma which had metastasized in his lung and in his groin. We tried chemo but it did not make him feel very good so we decided to let the illness run its course instead of putting him through chemo. He hung on for a lot longer than we thought, having some bad days but also some very good days, filled with yummy food and trips to run off-leash at the dog park. Every time we thought it was “time” he would rally and […]
Frida Kahlo, my princess of perfection, came to live in her forever home, that is with me, in Oct 2006 and changed my life in the most rewarding and delightful ways imaginable. Now there is a hole in my life and in my heart that cannot be filled or replaced. Frida Kahlo was incredibly smart, loyal, patient, sneaky, loving, gorgeous, stubborn, playful, uncomplaining, and much more. Frida loved to eat the crumbs from anywhere–but never dared to eat a non-food–eg a foil wrapper or a wrapper with the leftover scone or cheese or apple. Frida carefully dissected any spoonful of […]
Princess, now Betty, is looking forward to nice long walks with her forever family plus lots of cuddle time with her forever Mom and Dad. She is also enjoying having a brother, Duncan, and it’s no coincidence these two are named after “sweet treats” as they soak up sweet love and affection while enjoying lots of cuddle time (and some snoring time) on the couch as a family! Adopted May 2013
We first met Vera in June 2011, and for almost 2 years, she lived a wonderful, happy life in her foster home. She had a great time with her foster brothers and sisters running around pointer paradise. Towards the end, she used a wheelchair to keep going as her back legs became too weak to support her. She wasn’t ready to give up! We are so glad to have known Vera for as long as we did and so grateful we could give her love and comfort in her senior years.
Although Beatrice was not with us long, she made quite an impression. After being rescued from the shelter, she spent a week at her foster home soaking up the good life. Her foster family showered her with love, good food and gave her all the comforts of a home. She was very special to her foster home for the short time that they knew her, and we are so grateful that beautiful Beatrice did not end her days on a cold shelter floor.
Our sweet girl Ziggy has made her way to the Rainbow Bridge after battling kidney disease. She came into the rescue heartworm positive and was able to recover from the treatments. It was love at first sight when we met Ziggy. We knew she would be a great addition to our little family and would be a wonderful doggy sister to our other GSP Zoe. Ziggy was always willing to share a snuggle and loved to be right by your side. She always enjoyed a ride in the car, trips to the park, rolling around in the living room with […]
Bonnie and June have been adopted! These two female GWP/GSP mix puppies have been placed into their forever homes through a collaborative effort between PAW FUND and NorCal GSP Rescue. The pups came into PAW FUND’s program, where they were fostered and received the medical care they needed. We assisted with the application process and pre-screening of adoption candidates. Check out the good work that PAW FUND does in the San Francisco Bay Area. Congratulations to the Pointer Sisters on their new homes! Adopted April 2013
Bogie, known as Rudy when he was in rescue, was adopted in 2003 as a young pup. His mom tells us: This photo is one of my favorites of Bogie in his later years, about a year before he passed. I am not sure what to say about Bogie, brings tears to my eyes. He was very loved and he was a very special boy from the very beginning! He is still very much missed!! -Kris Finch
We are saddened that sweet Olive has gone to Rainbow Bridge after losing her battle with pneumonia and numerous medical issues. Three days in the veterinary ICU were not able to stop her decline. Though she was only in rescue for two weeks, we are grateful for her foster homes that lavished her with love and attention, that the decline was rapid and she did not suffer, and that she did not have to spend her final days alone at the shelter.
It’s with great sadness that we announce the loss of our two GSP rescues over the last few months. We adopted Remington as a 1-year-old pup in 1999. He faithfully served as my shadow for over 13 years until he just couldn’t make it anymore. In 2007 we added Shotzi as a 10-year-old companion for Remington. For 5 years they battled over the sunny spots in the yard. Shotzi succumbed to old age this February and joined Remington in the Land of Never-Ending Tennis Balls. -The Gaffneys
Cassie was born in 1999 and passed away recently at the age of 14. She was adopted from us in May of 2002 and had the best years of her life after that. She got to go for long walks on the beach and was doted on by her family. A stunning beauty, she was in the Brown Trout GSP Calendar twice – June in 2005 & 2008, showing off at the beach. Not bad for a rescue dog!
As soon as we saw the pictures of Sam, we knew he deserved a home where he could be loved and treasured. I have never seen a dog so appreciative of human touch. Sam would lean into you and rest his head in your lap for as long as you would let him- food would not even lure him away. He would look at you so thankfully when you would sit with him and scratch him. Sam had an unusual bowlegged stance when people would see him approaching they would call out “howdy partner”. He was the oldest dog we […]
Bart, now Jesse, started off as a very timid boy, afraid to be alone very long. But now that he’s found his forever home, he’s really blooming and gaining in confidence every day! Adopted: December 2012
Sierra Lee has found a home in time for the holidays! She’s been adopted by her foster home, and is so happy she doesn’t have to worry anymore. She’ll enjoy the company of her people and her doggie brothers. Way to go, Sierra Lee! Adopted: December 2012
This little pocket pointer “pointed” her way right into the hearts of her forever family. When they met Chanel, they couldn’t imagine bringing home any other dog. They can’t wait to hit the trails and get Chanel lots of exercise and play time, in addition to the cuddle time at the end of the day. Chanel’s forever family looks forward to seeing her grow up and blossoming into a wonderful GSP. Adopted January 2013
Mackey hit the jackpot when he came into rescue in 2005 and was adopted by his foster family just in time for Christmas. He had a good life and made it through surgeries, an arthritic hip, mast cell disease, and metastatic carcinoma, but finally succumbed to kidney failure. His outlook was positive, with every day being a good day, another day to be entertaining, to eat, to go for a walk on the trails, to squeeze himself into small spaces. Farewell, dear Mackey.
Bennet has been looking for his perfect “forever home” for quite some time now, and he has found his special family just in time for the holidays. When his new family met him for the first time it was love at first site, and there was no question that he was the perfect dog for them. He is a very energetic little eight-year old and he can’t wait to go on runs with his forever Dad. His home has a big back yard where he can sniff and explore to his heart’s content. Bennet is excited to also get some […]
Sadie had a rough start in life, ending up in rescue when she was 8 or 9 years old. A difficult spay with hemorrhaging nearly took her life, but she recovered. She was adopted and then returned when the family had a baby and no longer had time for her. Was she ever going to have a true home? Yes! At the age of 9 or 10, she was adopted by a wonderful woman who had adopted from us before. Sadie had finally found her home. She enjoyed the company of the other dogs and played older sister to the foster dogs. […]
Loretta came to us from the shelter but despite her time in the shelter she is a sweet-natured dog who is already becoming a great member of the family. She loves people and enjoys taking on the role of the family care taker and “overseeing” all of the fun family activities. She enjoys lots of cuddle time and especially sleeping at the foot of the bed with her new parents. Adopted: November 2012
This sweet girl has been working very hard to gain her confidence back since being in rescue and has now found a forever family committed to continuing her progress and helping her become the sweet, confident GSP she truly is inside. From the first time Belle met her forever family she was eager to cuddle, smell, explore and immediately took to them. Belle and her forever family are a wonderful match and are excited to go on hikes, camping trips, and many city walks together! Adopted January 2013
This shy little sweetheart finally found a wonderful forever-home to spend the rest of her days. The family is so excited and her forever-Mom and Dad can’t wait to nurture Snow into a spunky little GSP. Snow is already loving her forever-home with her doggy siblings and all the fun play time that comes along with them! Snow’s family is showering her with tons of love and happiness and she is gaining more confidence each and every day. Adopted February 2013
When Hank entered our rescue program, he was almost completely blind with the ability to only see some lights and shadows. Thanks to a surgery that corrected his eyesight, he is able to see all those things he’s been sniffing for so long – including his newly found forever-home! Hank has really hit the jackpot with his forever Mom, Dad, and doggy sibling. He is enjoying lots of hikes, play time on the beach, and plenty of love! Adopted February 2013
After healing up McBean’s bumps and bruises, his foster family saw the true personality of this dog, fell in love, and could never let him go. This happy and energetic dog is a perfect match for this fun loving young married couple. They love to take McBean, now Remi, on long runs, hikes, and many play dates. When he is not playing or chewing on toys, his two favorite things, he loves to cuddle and take long naps on the couch next to his new Mom. Remi also has a strong interest in birds so his new Dad is excited […]
Ferguson, now Gus, has joined a fun loving and energetic family. Normally Ferguson is quite shy when he meets people but not with his new Mom and Dad, they became friends instantly! His “forever home” has a great big back yard for him to romp around in and explore. Gus is eager to please his parents and likes spending time with them wherever they are in the house! Gus looks forward to playing with his many toys, snuggling with his Mom and Dad, and making doggy-friends along the way. His forever Dad said, “Gus is one of the coolest most […]
Dougal is a loyal and gentle old guy who found himself returned to rescue after his owner suddenly passed away. His foster family felt a connection with this fellow and his touching story. They could not bear the thought of him having to search for another home and decided to adopt him and make him part of the family. Dougal could not have wished for a more caring and attentive home. This regal old fellow will continue to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city streets while he goes on walks with his new forever family. Adopted: September […]
Romeo was adopted by a wonderfully sweet and caring family who can’t wait to take him for long hikes, swims, and give him tons of love! Romeo is a gentle giant who has been looking for a family to welcome him into their home and give him all the love he deserves. His new parents felt an instant connection with him when they met and couldn’t wait another day to make him part of the family. This shy dog is not quick to let people into his heart but has found a family that will be sure to do so […]
Tori is a beautiful and energetic young girl who loves to play and take naps in her fancy doggy-bed. She is polite, playful, affectionate and is learning new commands all the time. No one could understand why such a pretty young girl would be left without a home, but no more. Tori’s new forever Mom found Tori on our website and instantly fell in love with her. It was an unlikely match but perfect none the less. Tori is now enjoying long walks, play time in her open doggy area, meeting her new GSP playmate, and exploring new trails with her mom. Adopted: August 2012
We were sad to learn that Freckles would not be able to stay with a family that adopted her from our organization a few years ago. With her beautiful face and stature, however, she sparked the interest of lots of site-visitors immediately after we posted her our site. With a tail that is always wagging, she wiggled her way into the hearts of a family that loved her from the moment they saw her online. After just a few days in her forever home, Freckles is already the talk of the neighborhood and of the local pet-store. She has the […]
Axel hit the jackpot! What did he win? A family that is just perfect for him. A family that understands his quirks and loves him just the way he is. A family that’s active and can actually wear him out. And best of all, a teenage boy to call his own! Since his people work from home, Axel will have lots of company. He’ll get to go wherever they go, whether it’s errands in town, hikes in the hills, cross country training or endurance horse runs, rafting on the river – Axel gets to be part of it all! Adopted: […]
River was at least 8 years old when he came into rescue. There’s not a waiting list for older male dogs, so we hoped that the right adopter would come along. River did great with his foster dads, enjoying his time at the dog park, on errands, and just generally hanging out. Then one day his dads realized that River WAS part of the family, so they made it permanent and adopted him – it just took them a while to figure out that he was already in his forever home. River enjoyed five more years of the good life […]
Cupcake knew how to get comfy right away, she just made herself part of the family! Adopted: May 2012
Jolie passed on before her time. She began having seizures after she was adopted, and her family tried everything the neurologist recommended. She needed more and more medication, and finally, even that was no longer helping.
After a successful ACL surgery, Lucy’s foster family could not stand to part with her. Lucy’s sweet face won over the hearts of many who read her story on our website, but she was lucky enough to be invited to stay in her loving foster home. With continuous TLC from her forever family, we know that Lucy’s spring will return to her step in no time. Adopted: March 2012
Huck was home, only it took his foster people a little while to figure it out! He fit in so well, they decided to make it permanent. Huck’s enjoying his days in the sun and the shade with alumnus Patch. Way to go, Huck. Adopted: February 2012
Robin and her foster were a match made in heaven from day one and after a couple of years they decided to make it official. Robin doesn’t know the difference of course, she’s just as happy as she could be in her new home. Adopted: January 2012
Trigger had been dropped off at the shelter and he came into our program terribly ill and on his last legs. Thanks to two wonderful foster homes, he spent his final days in the warmth and comfort of a home environment, with lots of love, care, and blankets.
Rocker’s new family was fostering him until they informed us that Rocker had in fact adopted them. So they made it official and Rocker is fitting in well in his new forever home. Adopted: December 2011