ORION (now PACKER) is adopted! Orion 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 […]
MAXINE (now Molly) is adopted! Maxine 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. […]
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 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, Blanca and Anne, for fostering […]
Jet is adopted! 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 […]
WINSTON IS ADOPTED! 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 […]
BOSCOE (now Cooper) Some things are simply meant to be….Boscoe 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 […]
BUZZ (now Bochy) is adopted! Handsome Buzz 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.
TULIP (now Sadie) is adopted! Young Tulip 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 […]
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 is adopted! 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 […]
Hamilton is adopted! 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 […]
Wiggins is adopted! 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.
Louise is adopted! 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 […]
GUY (formerly Guero) is adopted! Guero 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 […]
Ronald is adopted! 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 […]
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.