Mila is adopted! Adorable, powder-faced Mila came into rescue around 8 years old, weighing a mere 31 pounds. She was nursing scars, and initially she would flinch at the site of anything with a handle–like a broom or a shovel. It took her a few weeks to feel safe and emerge from her shell, but once she did, she was very loving and eager to learn new things. As Mila healed, she also mended the empty spot in her foster mom’s heart–left there by the recent loss of her prior four-legged companion. Thank you, Jane, for fostering and adopting sweet […]
“Who rescued whom?” – the familiar saying goes. For Quixote and Christine, there’s no question. They rescued one another. Just two weeks after Christine lost her beloved GSP, the email about “Buddy” arrived. He desperately needed out of the shelter, asap. She was still grieving and had never fostered, but his imploring eyes staring out from that adorable mask beckoned “please rescue me!” It was NOT love at first sight, for either of them. At their brief meet ‘n greet, Buddy never once even looked at her. Instead, he stood trembling, anxious, dirty, stressed, and non-responsive. A Vet determined that he had a […]
VIVIAN (now NALA) is adopted! This cute puppy showed up at a shelter as a stray. She had a hernia that was repaired when she got spayed, but it was soon discovered that she was leaking urine. All day and all night, urine dripped and soaked everywhere Nala went. It turned out she had some anatomical irregularities that required a long series of surgeries over the course of a year to correct. Her foster family stuck with her through all of the cleanups, laundry, and surgeries–having fallen in love with her sweet personality. It helped that their GSP, Sadie, thought […]
Pippa is adopted! Pippa was just a pipsqueak (barely 3 months old) when her owner surrendered her because she had been exposed to Parvo, which is contagious, difficult to manage and can be fatal for a young pup. Thank you, Anna, for fostering Pippa until she was healthy enough to move to a new home. Thank you, Lara & Mallory, for continuing Pippa’s training and socialization until she was ready for you to adopt her.
Otto is adopted! Whiskery Otto charmed his foster home by getting along well with the pack, even the cat. (The chicken was another story). In spite of his age and size, he proved himself to be a real snuggle puppy. Thank you, Catherine and Jen, for fostering the Ottopotamus, and thanks Peri and Brian for fostering and adopting this guy. They wanted a dog with a big personality, and they got one!
Brody is adopted! Brody was so skinny when he came into rescue, you could clearly see his ribs and hip bones, but that did not stop him from wagging his tail upon being released from the shelter. We never discovered why he’d lost so much weight, but after several rounds of digestive enzymes and deworming treatments, he finally began to put it on again. In fact, he gained thirty pounds! He arrived at his second foster home within hours of their beloved GSP passing. They had no intention of adopting him, just needed to be around some fur and to […]
Mae is adopted! Mae is not your typical two-year old GSP. Tall and elegant, with feathery hair on her legs and tail, she’d rather relax and snuggle than engage in foolish Zoomies. She wouldn’t think of pulling on her leash, and she pays no mind to cats! Mae has been adopted by a dad who loves to run, with kids who will be visiting frequently. Thank you, Barbara and Keith, for fostering Mae.
Norman is adopted! Handsome young Norman came into rescue a bit of a wild child. He’d bounced around among homes, and seemed to have no idea how to direct his wonderful energy. Our fosters were determined to work with Norman to prepare him to be a good citizen in his future forever home. With lots of exercise, routine and direction, he turned a corner. In his last foster home, he learned to play gently with his two smaller GSP sisters, and chill on the deck once in a while. He became so happy that he would greet his foster parents […]
Starr is adopted! Starr turned up as a stray to a shelter at around nine years old. She had a few minor medical issues and needed some mammary tumors removed, but she’s pretty spry for a senior gal. She has a sweet disposition and gets along well with people and dogs (and even a cat in her foster home). It was love at first site when she met her new forever family—a couple with lots of rescue experience. Starr snuggled with her new parents without hesitation, and bonded right away with her senior GSP sister, Hobie. She’s off to live […]
Archer is adopted! Archer came into rescue with some problems. He had a couple of painful teeth, a torn cruciate ligament, and a bad eye. None of that kept his sweet disposition from shining through. His foster homes described him in superlatives—a gem, an angel, a delight! They nursed him through the surgeries he needed and once he healed, he was made available for adoption. A family up north saw his posting and thought he’d be just the right addition to their family. He now has a canine big sister, a dad who mostly works from home, and a mom […]
Theo is adopted! 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 […]
Jada is adopted! 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 […]
Frank is adopted! 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.
Sully is adopted! 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.
DEX (now Rudy) is adopted! Young Dex 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 […]
Young Abbey 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.
Reuben 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.
FELIX (now Eddy) Handsome young Felix 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 […]
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.
Suzy 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 her pets after their […]
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.
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 […]
Whitney is adopted! 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 […]
Denali is adopted! 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.
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.
Loa is adopted! 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 […]
Everest is adopted! 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, […]
Etna (now Emma) is adopted! 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.
McKinley is adopted! 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 […]
Kuna is adopted! 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 […]
Tony (now Georgie) is adopted! Tony 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 […]
Jaeger is adopted! 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 […]
CARMEN (now Sammi) is adopted! Petite Carmen 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 […]
Annalise is adopted! 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 […]
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.
Cappie is adopted! 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 […]
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, […]
Trapper is adopted! 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 […]
Rolf (now Otis) is adopted! Rolf 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 […]
Sweet Dallas was an Owner Surrender. His people turned him in to a Vet because they couldn’t address his needs, including a case of pneumonia. The vet contacted us and we took him in. We were instantly impressed with how mellow this boy was, as well as polite and well trained. He knew basic commands. He came when called. He was loving around humans of all sorts, even children–just wanting to shower them with kisses. He would spin in circles of joy whenever his humans came home. He stole the hearts of some of our most seasoned foster homes (thank […]
Sweet Pea is adopted! When Sweet Pea was surrendered, Catherine and Jen stepped up to foster for the umpteenth time. They’ve fostered so many dogs, they were confident they could resist Sweet Pea’s charms. Boy were they wrong! They became foster failures again, in almost record time. In her defense, Catherine wrote: “How can you deny the perfect dog? She smiles constantly, doesn’t try to eat the cats, is great in the house, no counter surfing. Colby (aka Mr. Grumpypants) hardly growled at her…I think he likes her! And when she’s happy to see you—which is all the time–she wags […]
Dasher is adopted! We will never forget the fun videos of Dasher playing with his foster brother…. the Great Dane puppy that was twice his size! It took some time, though, for Dasher to get to that point; being able to romp with other dogs. He came to us with some health issues, compounded by picking up a contagious illness at the shelter. With lots of care and patience by his three foster families (Kristina, Desirae, and Charlotte) Dasher has emerged as one of the most amicable of GSPs. Now Dasher has five acres to call home, a sister named […]
Mary (now Ludlow) is adopted! Mary showed up as a stray, and tested heartworm positive at the shelter. Sherry stepped up to foster and saw this GSP mix through the treatments and long rest period required. At first, Mary was scared, and she didn’t know how to jump into a car or onto a couch. Now she does all that, even jumps on the bed, and she has become a champion snuggler. Once Mary recovered, Sherry decided to offer her a permanent home and name her Ludlow. In her new life, Ludlow gets to run and play with other dogs […]
Little Henri turned up in a shelter with a big problem. Due to an earlier injury, he had a dislocated elbow. It hurt, so he learned to walk without it, resulting in an atrophied leg and shoulder muscles. He found a great foster home (thank you Sheri!), that tuned up his manners and took him for numerous orthopedic appointments. After weighing alternatives, we chose an expensive procedure to minimize Henri’s discomfort and maximize his opportunity to have a useable leg in future. He is recovering nicely, and best of all he’s found his forever home with a couple who live […]
Buddie (now Bodie) is adopted! Handsome young Buddie came into rescue so skinny that his ribs were clearly visible. Sweet but mischievous, he proved himself to be an avid counter surfer and hole digger. With some good grub, affection, training, and LOTS of exercise, this gangly pup settled into being exceptional dog – smart, alert and engaged. Thanks Beth and Carol, for short-term fostering Buddie, and thank you Sherry for being a “Foster Failure” and adopting him. Sherry reports that Bodie has gained eleven pounds, is thriving in TWO classes, and is a ball fetching maniac.
Rayna has been adopted! Petite Rayna seemed afraid of every sight and sound at the shelter. She was soon whisked away to a foster home where mom is a vet and there are three other dogs to play with (a tripod GSP, an adult Boxer, and a Boxer puppy who loves to jump on her head). It’s a good thing she has playmates, because her foster home describes her as having “more energy than PG&E.” Rayna is very loving and will bathe you in kisses, but she hates letting her humans out of sight. Her fosters decided to make this […]
Little Lucy has been adopted! Little Lucy may be the tiniest GSP we’ve ever rescued, but she wiggled her way into our hearts in a big way. She weighed only 24 pounds when we got her, and she was afraid of her own shadow. With excellent foster care (thanks Caitlin & Colin, Beth, and Anne), she gained fifteen pounds, learned house manners, befriended a Saint Bernard, and discovered the fun sport of pointing flies, among other things. She emerged from her shell as a super sweet, rambunctious imp, full of curiosity and spunk, but she really needed clear boundaries and consistent […]
Lucille has been adopted! Lucille may be getting on in years, but she has not run out of opportunities for fun and affection yet, not by a long shot. A two-time prior adopter was missing the sound of pointer paws in her home after Skye (aka London) passed away recently. She noticed our web posting, and after viewing Lucille’s video, she knew she just had to meet that dog! It was meant to be. Lucille (now Lucy) has found her forever home, where she will get lots of long walks and plenty of spoiling from her new family. Thanks, Sally, for […]
Skippyjon (now Woodstock) is adopted! Skippy showed up as a stray at a very full shelter, a terrified one-year old with ringworm. His foster family took care of the treatments he needed and realized right away what a lovebug he is. He was sweet and affectionate, and proved to be a great hiking companion. Is it any wonder they fell in love and decided to make him a permanent member of the household? Woodstock will get all the hiking and cuddling he can handle from his new family, which includes two teenaged boys to play with. Thank you, Anna and […]
Kasper is adopted! Kasper was surrendered by his owners because he kept breaking out of his crate and escaping from the yard. He is a big, handsome, goofy guy who apparently felt he was not getting enough activity time. And he is strong—he even scaled a 10’ high wall in a doggie hotel! His foster family found him a bit standoffish at first, but he soon learned the ropes of living indoors with other people and dogs–and the occasional baby goat! (Thanks Catherine and Mac for fostering). When his first adoption attempt did not work out, he landed ‘temporarily’ at […]