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Harper

Harper now Arlo (estimated to be 12 years old) was dumped on a street in Modesto with no ID. He was picked up by animal control and was found to have a growth on his neck and weak hind legs. His callouses indicate that he’d spent much of his time in a pen, with little …

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Tripper

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 …

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Leo

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 …

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Harry

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 …

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Cassiopeia

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 …

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Jerry

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 …

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Zoie

Zoie (now Lena) 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 …

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Ziggie

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 …

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Pluto

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 …

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Bunny

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 …

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Herschel

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 …

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Fletcher

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 …

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Oskar

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 …

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Scotty

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 …

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Nellie

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 …

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America

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 …

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Mello

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 …

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Charley

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 …

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Flo

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 …

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Sasha

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 …

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Bandit

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 …

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Leroy

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 …

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Brady

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 …

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Duke

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 …

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Vixen

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 …

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Blossom

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!

Colby

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. …

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Isabeau

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 …

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Ryder

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 …

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Aiden

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 …

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