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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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!
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 […]
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, […]
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.
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 […]
Wallace Wally has that sweet powder face that immediately makes your heart melt! He came to us as a stray and unfortunately he tested positive for heartworm. This meant he had to go through a treatment protocol involving 4 to 5 months of medications, injections, and restricted activity—challenging for any GSP. Wally handled it all with patience. He was content as long as he could cuddle with somebody. Lucky for him, several GSP-experienced foster people cared for him. When he went to his last foster home, he met another of our rescue dogs, Rubicon. He and Rubi got along so well together that […]
George came to NorCal GSP Rescue after his previous owner asked for us to find him a good home. After receiving needed shots and treatments, he landed in a safe foster home. It didn’t take long for a foster to fall in love with George—the sweetest boy who is a fantastic cuddler, always makes sure to do a perimeter check for anything that moves, and hops for walks, food and car rides. Thank you, Kristin, for fostering George, and thank you, Rachel, for fostering and then offering this boy a permanent home. Here’s a photo with his new canine siblings (George […]
Eight year old Delilah is a sweet little girl who enjoys car rides, chasing critters, taking dips in the creek, playing ball and eating pears—and she excels at sniffing out squirrels. Delilah gets along well with other dogs, and adores spending quality time with her people. She is going to a forever home with a big yard, a mom who teaches at a university, and her retired dad–who has experience with hunting dogs and can’t wait to have a canine pal during his days at home. Thank you, Marleen for fostering Delilah, and thank you Emily for adopting her.
Young Braun (now Augie) had the best thanksgiving ever! He came out of the shelter and into a home that welcomed him with open arms. He settled in very well, and responded when they started calling him Augie. His active foster folks took him on many adventures. At first he was not at all sure about snow, but he got new boots and a jacket, and now loves accompanying his parents on ski outings. He gets very excited when he sees his jacket, because he knows there are fun adventures ahead. The fosters quickly fell in love with this handsome […]
Orion (now Packer) came into our program under-socialized and with physical pain from a broken leg bone that had never healed properly. It was challenging for him to adjust to a foster home that included two attentive humans and two exuberant GSP brothers. His foster mom and dad were super patient with Packer, working with a vet on his pain and with trainers on behavioral issues. They gave him consistent support, while giving him the space he needed to figure out how to trust others. Initially, he was scared of balls, having never seen one before, but now he runs […]
Maxine (now Molly) landed at a foster home where she seemed to fit in perfectly. She got along great with her Weim sister immediately, and when she tried to play chase with the house cat, kitty let her know who owned the home. She quickly learned to leave that cat alone, and save her pointing for street cats hiding under parked cars outside. Molly became her foster dad’s shadow, and figured it was her job to try to make him smile regularly. No wonder he decided to keep her. Thank you, Sean, for fostering and adopting Molly. She clearly loves […]
In the midst of the holiday season, we were contacted by a shelter about a young GSP male with a broken leg. Knowing time was of the essence to get his leg looked at and repaired, we were able to identify a foster home quickly and get him the vet care he urgently needed. After surgery, Jacob (now Winston) spent several months healing and soaking up the good life at his foster homes. He received a lot of adoption attention, but–no surprise–a foster home fell in love with this sweet guy and decided to make a permanent commitment. Thank you, […]
Jet was one of a number of dogs rescued from a neglect situation. He was undersocialized and a bit of a Wild Child. Fortunately, his foster home put in the work and time needed for training. In a short amount of time, Jet became the poster child for the benefits of training. He made such progress that his foster home decided to keep him. Now Jet is a happy guy who goes to work (and everywhere else) on weekdays with his new dad, and has the couple’s full attention and lots of fun on weekends. Thank you, Ron and Heather, for fostering […]
Winston came into rescue at a mere twelve weeks old, suffering from the most extreme case of Cuteness Overload we may have ever seen! Everything was still new to this babe, but we soon discovered that he is a complete love bug who adores people of all ages–and dogs, too. Thanks so much, Eric and family, for fostering this gorgeous puppy, allowing him to invade your busy lives and ‘explore’ your landscaping. Frankly, we can’t believe you managed to avoid adopting him, but you did–making a couple from Napa delighted to add him to their family. Thank you, Emily and […]
Some things are simply meant to be….Boscoe (now Cooper) was relinquished to a shelter when his owner died. On the day he was scheduled to be turned over to us, one of our patrons found out about him and rushed straight to the shelter to try to adopt him. We had already approved this man to adopt, so we phoned the shelter to let them know he was coming and to instruct them to let the man take Boscoe home. Through a series of accidents—a number misdialed, messages missed—the man went home empty-handed, because the shelter had assigned that dog […]
Handsome Buzz (now Bochy) is always smiling, just grinning ear to ear. He carries some scars that indicate why he may not be too crazy about other dogs, but boy does he love his people! He adores human attention and cuddling. He’ll gladly do tricks for praise, and he is always ready to go for a hike or play ball. Thank you, Anna and family, for fostering Buzz until he found his perfect home. He’s been adopted by an active young couple who now call him Bochy.
Young Tulip (now Sadie) was picked up as a stray, but the shelter was full. She needed to find a foster home with no other dogs ASAP, as her time was up. Alli and Joseph had lost their beloved Bennett (a NorCal GSP alum) a few months earlier, and were ready to step up and help another dog in need. They agreed to foster Tulip (now Sadie) for two weeks, but fell in love with her the moment she arrived at their door. Sadie snuggled right up to them immediately—35 pounds of kisses and cuddles. Adoption Day happened quickly. Welcome […]
Dipper (now Jake) is adopted! Dipper’s foster objective was to learn how to live with humans and live in a house, neither of which he had done before. Who knew that he would learn most by learning how to play? Foster sibling Rally, the old man, laid down the law in the house. Through Rally, Dipper learned the house rules–and how to enjoy lounging on comfy chairs. And it was foster sibling Minnie that taught him how to have fun. He learned how to let loose, go full-out, and have no fear. This helped Dipper relax and be open to the many experiences he would […]
Lumi, a young GSP-Catahoula mix, is quite the looker. Turns out she is as sweet as she is beautiful. She needed to learn basic commands and potty training, but she is a fast learner and mastered all that in no time, meanwhile charming her foster family with her feisty spirit and her fondness for cuddling. She bonded quickly with the entire family. Lumi will never have to scavenge for food again. Instead, she’ll be spending her days chasing balls, making dog friends around the neighborhood, terrorizing squirrels, running with her biking and skateboarding brothers, and taking walks on the beach […]
Young Hamilton was a submissive, belly crawling, pup-thetic mess when he came into rescue. He pooped, peed and vomited during his transport from the shelter to the vet. He would pee whenever anyone so much as looked at him. In spite of his problems, a foster home stepped up to care for him and help him through his transition to a new life. When he first arrived, he barely moved; he would just freeze – fearful of everything new. He slept through the night in his crate, but his tail would start thumping the minute he heard the kids waking up, […]
Mr. Wiggins is not a pure GSP, but he is a handsome young brown fellow with white socks and belly, and a lot of energy and curiosity. He may be crossed with Love Bug, since he is always happy to meet new people and dogs. He’s gone to a permanent home with two loving parents and a Lab sister named Pip, who is thrilled to have a new pal. They (fans of The Matrix) have named him “Neo,” meaning new or young. Thank you, Barbara and Keith, for fostering Wiggins and keeping him in fit condition.
It’s impossible to talk about Louise without mentioning her sidekick, Thelma. They’re sisters with a very special bond. Louise is the fearless one; but she is also blind. She depended on Thelma to guide her around furniture and through the doggie door. When Thelma died of cancer, Louise was lost, missing her helper and lifelong companion. Her foster home decided to adopt her, so she would not have to deal with more changes. She is content to be in a home she knows well, where she gets along fine with the resident dogs and cats, and where she wags her tail at […]
Guero (now Guy) came into rescue around seven years old, skinny and scabbed, but with a foundation of good manners. As his foster home nursed him back to health, they discovered he was polite, eager to please, and played very nicely with his GSP sister, Lyla (adopted through our site). There was some concern about his hearing, because sometimes he would not respond to calls–yet he never failed to hear the crinkling of a candy wrapper. Counter fruits had a way of disappearing in his presence, but he would claim innocence and lay his head in a lap for hours. […]
Handsome Ronald was picked up as a stray and sent to a shelter—but the shelter was full! We were told his days were numbered, so we scrambled to find him a good home. Ronald has had quite the adventures since we pulled him. First, he got a plane ride, as Pilots ‘N Paws flew him to northern California. From there, he was driven to a vet clinic for a check-up, vaccinations and neutering. A family that had recently applied for a GSP picked him up and took him home to their ranch in Petaluma–an environment full of interesting horses and […]
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 Mila, who now […]
“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 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.
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 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 have something meaningful […]
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.
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 every morning with […]
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 the good life […]
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 who will take […]
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 take him on […]
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 us. We welcomed […]
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 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.