Tripper is a little guy who showed up at a shelter weighing just 45 pounds at around one year old. He stayed with his first foster family until they had to go on vacation. He went to a new foster home, with a couple who had raised and adored three GSPs previously—all bigger and browner than this new pipsqueak with his own quirky personality. In spite of having some pretty big paws to fill, affectionate and well-behaved Tripper won them over in less than a week. He demonstrated how much he craved their attention, how quickly he mastered new behaviors, and […]
Leo (in his adopter’s own words): When Leo joined us, he had already been with two foster families since being rescued from a bad situation six months earlier. The behaviors he exhibited with those families were consistent with a dog who’d had very little socialization with people. We decided to foster Leo because we thought our living situation might give him the opportunity and structure to develop his “people skills”. We own a dog day care and overnight facility. We live at our business, so it’s all dogs all the time. Our dog, Tallie (formerly Tessie) is also from NorCal […]
Five-year old Harry was in big trouble. He’d wound up in a shelter that was going to euthanize him. But then, everything changed. Three sets of volunteers formed a caravan to transfer him from central California to a Bay Area foster home, where he would be safe. At first, he sniffed every inch of that home—acting as if he had never been in one before. As he became accustomed to his new environment, he relaxed and began to let his amazing personality show. He was gentle and very intelligent, quickly learning new skills. He enjoyed going out with his foster family, but […]
Some dogs (people, too) are too smart for their own good. Often bored, they turn into the class clown, or a delinquent. That was our precocious Cassie–until she met Ron. Their first night together, she tried to take over the bed and he pulled out a Liza Doolittle quote: “Move your blumin’ arse!” She thought she’d be able to intimidate him, as she had most everyone else, but this guy pushed back. Cassie tried a few more of her best tricks, but none came out as expected. When she devoured a jar of peanut butter, Ron apologized for leaving it […]
Jerry came to us as a stray who unfortunately looked as if he hadn’t had a good meal in a while. Jerry is an older gentleman who was down on his luck..until one day (thankfully) he was found! One look at that face and his foster mom realized that not only was he quite the handsome guy, she soon realized he was one of the easiest and sweetest shorthairs she had ever seen, a mellow boy who gets along with everyone and everything! Initially Jerry didn’t seem to know what toys were for. Now he carries one around with him wherever he goes. He has […]
ZOIE (now Lena)Zoie arrived at her foster home severely underweight and with a reputation as a hyper-active trouble maker. Fortunately, her foster mom had lots of GSP experience. Her foster dad had never owned a dog, but from their first meeting, he knew they would end up adopting Zoie (renamed Lena). They were very impressed with her sharp tactical skills: she could put on a perfect ‘nothing going on here’ look before launching a counter surfing raid. It didn’t take Lena long to begin to trust them both and want to cuddle on the sofa. Thanks for fostering and adopting […]
Ziggie came into rescue with his sister Zoie, but he proved to be much less of a wild thing than Sis (whew!). This little guy is relatively calm for a GSP. He is smart and curious. When he’s not exploring new places and things, he loves to just hang out in the sun. No wonder his foster home decided to make this easy-going boy a permanent part of the family. Thanks, Craig and Karen for fostering and adopting Ziggie.
We knew that Pluto was going to be a foster fail even before his family knew it. Who could resist those big floppy ears? He came into rescue with no training, afraid of everything. One thing this young guy was sure of, though, was that he dug his foster dad. The two of them did everything together, and that’s how Pluto got over his fear of getting into a car or being left alone. He grew to trust and love his foster family. They are still working with a trainer to help him understand that other people can be okay, too. […]
Delilah is a sweet little girl who enjoys car rides, chasing critters, taking dips in the creek, and playing with & eating pears. She may be sweet and calm, but SQUIRRELS BEWARE! She’s a pro at smelling them out. Delilah gets along well with other dogs, but would rather spend time with her people. If you’re looking for a companion to spend your time with or take to work with you, Delilah would love to meet you!
Konah is in our Forever Foster program. She will be living out the rest of herdays in the comfort and safety of one of our Forever Foster homes. Learn more about becoming a Forever Foster home. Konah is a petite sweet girl who was surrendered to us for severe separation anxiety. Lucky for Konah, her foster home had been looking for a mellow companion for their older GSP girl Princess (also a NorCal GSP Rescue alumni), and from the minute they met her, they were in love. Even Princess who doesn’t always like to share her favorite sofa and her mom and […]
Beauford lives up to his name because this guy is SO handsome! He came to us needing a new home, but that hasn’t diminished his spirit! His foster home says he’s a goofy guy, with his tongue always out and is always wiggling his body around. Since he’s young (1 years old) he is energetic and will need a family to continue his training and give him plenty of exercise. He gets along well with other dogs, kids, and loves playing fetch! His foster mom even says he has a really soft mouth and will always release it at your […]
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…
Surrounded by 6 of their newest doggy friends, Holmes and Watson took to the hills for a refreshing hike in Joseph D. Grant County Park. They had such a blast with all the new smells and slipping around in the mud from the recent rain. Holmes and Watson are going to be great hiking dogs!
Clark was adopted from our rescue in 2008 at the age of 9. While most would think of him as a senior dog that just needed a place to retire for his golden years, Clark was eager to prove everyone wrong. For 8+ years, he lived a happy, well-loved life and showed up plenty of younger dogs with his boundless energy. Clark is proof that all dogs deserve a second chance, especially those with a little extra gray around their muzzle. Please consider donating in memory of Clark so that other GSPs can have the same chance he did. […]
Boyd went missing from his home on Oct. 31, 2016 in the Redwood Valley/Ukiah, CA area. He is wearing a collar with his family’s phone number. If you find Boyd or see a dog that you think could be him, please call Sheri: 707-489-2367
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.
When he arrived in foster care, Herschel made his anxious feelings towards other dogs known by barking and lunging when one crossed his path. But during a recent trip to visit his “foster grandma” in San Diego, he had a big breakthrough! After meeting his foster grandma’s pup, a calm collie, they became fast friends. As the older and wiser soul, the collie seemed to show Herschel how to interact. Suddenly Herschel seemed happier, more playful and less anxious. Maybe he had just been looking for that doggy mentor all along! Since then, handsome Herschel has started spending time with […]
Bandit made many new friends at our rescue reunion in September soon after he came into our program. However, he found his new family a little closer to home, his foster home that is! After fostering Bandit for a few months, his fosters decided that Bandit needed to stay on permanently. With NorCal GSP Rescue alum Lorelei to hang out with, Bandit is looking forward to one awesome 2016! Thank you to Barbara and Keith for fostering and adopting Bandit and to Liz for fostering while Barbara and Keith were on vacation!
Leroy is another one of our oldies but goodies, and being at the right place at the right time is his specialty. Leroy’s foster brought him to our holiday card signing event where we put together all the holiday cards we send to adopters, donors, volunteers and friends of NorCal GSP Rescue. At that event was one of our previous adopters who had recently lost her GSP, alum Cyrus, another grand old chap. Leroy turned on the charm and now he scored his new family which includes two of the cutest little girls you could ever imagine. We wonder how […]
Brady, now Hopper, is a youngin’ full of sass and spunk. Luckily he found the right match for him—a guy who manages a running store! Ha, Brady, we gotcha! Another excellent home for the holidays for a homeless GSP. If you see someone running along with their GSP it just might be Brady. Give them a wave:) Thanks to Jason for fostering Brady and to Alex for fostering and adopting him!
It warms our hearts when one of our oldies gets adopted. Plus, Duke had many volunteers wishing they had room in their homes for just one more:) Duke’s adopters were looking for a more mature dude to hang out with their golden retrievers. Duke decided he would love to be part of a golden family and packed his bags. Have a great holiday Duke and family!! Thank you to Kiara and Floyd for fostering Duke!
One of the purposes of rescue is to give a dog the time they need to find their perfect family. Vixen was in foster care for almost a year waiting for her forever home to come along, but come along they did. Now Vixen has found a home for the holidays and we are so excited for her! Enjoy your long-awaited happiness, Vixen and family! Thank you to Sally and Doug and Janelle for fostering Vixen!
Blossom has found a home for the holidays! This little sweetheart is ready to be spoiled rotten in her new home and her new people are definitely up to the task. 2016 is looking good for this adorable GSP! Thank you to Cari and Mark for fostering Blossom!
We all know that GSPs are no dummies! Colby landed in one of our best foster homes where the older gents are more than welcome. Even though Colby needed a couple of surgeries to get his health back in top shape, his fosters didn’t blink an eye, and decided to make Colby a permanent resident. Don’t tell them that was Colby’s plan all along. Happy holidays to the whole family! Thanks to Catherine and Mac for fostering, and adopting, Colby!
Little did Isabeau (now Scout) know, she would fill the empty space in the heart of her adopter after he lost his previous GSP. He was used to having a GSP buddy to go to work with him every day, hike with, and hang out with 24/7. As soon as he met Isabeau, he knew he’d met his new pal. We wish them the very best of times! Thank you to Lola, Lesley, and Brian for fostering Isabeau and Vicki for working with the adopter.
Ryder is one handsome, strapping young dude who had many a potential adopter beating down our door to adopt him. His match turned out to be a young physician who is ready to run with him in the morning, play with him in the afternoon and love him 24/7. Sounds good! Here he is already having fun on one of his many adventures in his forever home. Thank you to Lola and Hillary for fostering Ryder and to Vicki for working with the adopter.
We are so thankful for the loving adopters who open their hearts and homes to our dogs. Aiden’s new family had previously adopted another senior GSP from us back in April—gorgeous boy Ace. When they saw Aiden on the website,they contacted us and asked if they could adopt him as well! We couldn’t say yes fast enough. Aiden, now Ranger, gets to enjoy the good life with Ace and their doggy sister Lily. Now that’s the way to start the holiday season! Thanks to Therese, Kathy, and Jessica for fostering Aiden!
Wrangler came to us with one of the saddest stories we’d heard in a while. After his family moved and left him at the property, he got stuck between the fence and a shed and was there for a week with no food or water (in August) before neighbors found and rescued him. Not surprisingly, Wrangler is very afraid of people he doesn’t know. We knew it was going to take a special family to take on “Project Wrangler”. It didn’t take long for that special family to come along. They showed they had the patience to help Wrangler feel […]
Every once in a while you get a little surprise in rescue and Chandler Bing is one of those surprises. From his shelter pictures he looked like he could be a GSP mix, but in person not so much. Whatever he may be, Chandler Bing is a charmer and wiggled his way into two foster homes and his adopter’s heart! Now Chandler’s off to live the good life (minus a few nasty teeth that needed pulling) with his new family. He even gets to go to work! Have a great time, Chandler. We love ya! Thank you to Marlene and […]
Miss Daisy Mae was taken to the shelter to be euthanized because her family couldn’t manage her Addison’s disease. We rescued her and our wonderful vets helped get her health under control. Daisy met her new mom at our annual reunion and was picked up by her new family at the Strut Your Mutt event. Daisy knows how to make the most out of an outing! We all wish Miss Daisy many awesome, healthy years with her new family! Thanks to Cathy and Cari for fostering Daisy Mae and to Sharron for working with the adopter.
Sammie came into rescue with a leg injury that had happened a while back and atrophied. His foster family, who had just lost their NorCal GSP Rescue alum, was ready to open their home to another spotted dog. Lo and behold, they were instantly smitten and decided to add Sam to their home permanently. They’re even willing to take over on whatever treatment his leg requires. Three cheers for Sam and his new family!! Thank you to all the people who helped rescue Sam and get him to his future—Chere, Carol and Mike, Mara, and especially Rebecca and her family.
Addie is just the cutest senior GSP! Who knew that her finding a forever home would hinge on her relationship with a cat named Stan? It was important that Addie and Stan get along if Addie was going to make her foster home her forever home. Addie’s fosters took their time and followed all the suggestions for creating a happy GSP/cat relationship. Their patience and work paid off and now Addie and Stan are family! Thanks to Marlene and Mara for fostering Addie and Imee and Albert for fostering and adopting Addie. And thanks, Stan, for letting a GSP into […]
Corey didn’t stick around long in rescue before he found his match and hit the road! Corey’s adopters had just lost their GSP and had a huge hole in their hearts. Luckily, our Corey was in the right place at the right time and was ready to fill that hole to overflowing! Thank you to Carol and Mike and to Lola for fostering Corey, Janie for case managing, and Vicki for working with the adopters!
Abigail came to rescue as pregnant as a dog can be! Our fellow rescue, Pound Puppy Rescue, took in Abigail and her litter and all of her puppies have found wonderful homes. Once Abigail weaned her puppies she came to us so we could find her a fantastic home too. She didn’t have to look far and has been adopted by her foster home. While her days of motherhood are over, Abby still has many years of pampering and spoiling ahead of her. Thank you to Lola, Heidi and John for fostering Abigail and congratulations on your new family member, […]
Bobby’s been one of the most popular adoptable dogs we’ve had in rescue in a long time. We could have adopted him out ten times over! It helps when you get along with everyone and everything—even cats. Bobby met his perfect match and will get to go to work with his new mom. Have a great time, Bobby. We should have cloned you when we had the chance. Thank you to Catherine and Mac for fostering Bobby, to Erica for managing him while in foster care, and to Heather and Vicki for working with the adopters. Update: Bobby is now […]
Meg and Roxi have been living the good life at their foster home with NorCal GSP Rescue alum Patch and a standard poodle. Fortunately for these two gals, their foster home decided to make their living situation permanent. Bonanza!! They get to enjoy their twilight years together and no doubt the antics of their doggie bros will keep them young :) Congratulations to Charlotte and Al and thank you for fostering and adopting Meg and Roxi! We love you guys!
Shelby’s foster home was filled with GSPs and since she’s no dummy she made herself right at home with the crew. Shelby’s fosters aren’t dummies either and decided to make Shelby’s stay permanent. We’re very glad GSPs and their people are so smart! Have a great time, Shelby!! Thank you to Carol and Mike for fostering and adopting Shelby!
A picture is worth a thousand words, they say. Well, it’s definitely true in this case! Super cute Blue has scored a fantastic looking family! We are certain that they’re going to have the most fun getting to know each other and growing up together. Best of luck to Blue and her new peeps! Thank you to Pat and Mike for fostering Blue!
Snickers didn’t even make it to the website! His foster home fell in love with him from the minute they saw him and decided he was home sweet home. It’s just like a GSP to worm his way into people’s hearts in record time! Wishing this handsome boy many adventures in his new home. Thank you to Janie and Geoffrey for fostering, and adopting, Snickers!
We think it’s safe to say it was love at first sight for Oscar and his new mom. She fell in love with Oscar and “his crooked little grin” in his photos and then the match was confirmed when the two met in person. After such a long road to recovery, we couldn’t be happier that Oscar found the perfect home to be his quirky little self forever! Thank you so much to Oscar’s amazing foster homes for seeing him through his health needs so he could find the home he deserved. Thank you also to Vicki and Jacquie for […]
Shelby, Rosie and Fred are the GSP Mighty Three! These three GSPs share a foster home and they all have their part to play. Shelby’s the cute young’un that is keeping the oldies moving – she especially likes to show off to the other dogs how she can get on the back of the reclining chair. Rosie is the sweet senior lady who keeps the spot on the couch perpetually warm. Fred is the older gentleman who has learned how to mesh as one of the team. How can you help the GSP Mighty Three? This terrific trio also means triple […]