Buddy was 9 years old when we had the good fortune to adopt him. He was so full of life and enthusiasm, always raring to go. He loved to run but never wanted to get far away from us. At home, he ran everywhere, from garage to the house, around the yard, from kitchen to […]
This is a special section for dogs from or in our rescue who have gone to Rainbow Bridge.
We’re sad to tell you that we had to say goodbye to Hans last week. His health had been deteriorating over the past 6 months – he had developed classic signs of dementia and his back legs were failing (physical, as well as neurological). He was a sweet, gentle boy that really opened up in
It is with a heavy heart that I let you know Bobby lost his battle with cancer. I adopted him from your organization when he was 3 years old. Next month he would have been 11. I was fortunate to have 8 wonderful years with him!! Once I adopted him, he immediately came to work
Sadly, Belle became very ill in May and passed away in June. Our hearts miss her every single day. Though she was only in our family for a short three years, her spunk, love, and silliness will be with us always. Since she was increasingly near being deaf, we had implemented using signing to direct
My sweet friend River passed away on May 5th, 2023. My heart is broken yet overflowing with deep love for this extraordinary wondrous creature named River. He came into my life just shy of 5 years ago via NorCal GSP Rescue. We had an awesome life together. He was both my trail buddy, hiking, jogging,
Samantha and her Brother Max (Maximillion) came to us on 12/2/2020 when their owner could no longer care for them. Ironically this was the actual day of their 12th BDAY, and Matt’s Birthday as well…talk about meant to be! They both quickly settled into the good life with plenty of fun stuff to do, sniff,
My heart has left my chest on wings today. My baby girl, Gretel, has left us for a better place. One where she will never feel pain again. Where she can sunbathe all day. Where she can chase the birds and never feel her feet tire. Endless treats, smells of coffee and I hope that
I offered to take on Bo as a foster dog knowing he was at least 9 years old and had some health issues including muscle issues that would not get better. Within a month or so of his arrival, we discovered he had cancer, and not the curable kind. I decided that he was a
We are just heartbroken. Daisy May was the sweetest girl ever with just your typical, quirky shorthair personality. She was instantly at home with us. She loved our yard, especially when the squirrels and turkeys would come by for a visit. She loved to let me know I wasn’t preparing her meals quick enough! She
Tre Bien was a fearless and brave little man for the entire 15 years I had him. The first time I met him he barked at me and ran away but he came back and was soon enjoying belly rubs. He had adopted me. Not having the 4th leg in the rear enabled him to
My sweet sweet Molly, who came to me 3-1/2 years ago as a 9-year-old senior through this group, made her way to the rainbow bridge yesterday. I have never owned a GSP before and I want to think she was unique, but maybe all GSPs are this sweet, kind, and loyal. She was an old
On 11/30/2021, Amber came to me. I was not sure about fostering or even adopting a senior dog. I just lost my other GSP tragically and was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Amber changed my mind but mainly my heart. She came home all lumped up, overweight (close to 70lbs), and full of confusion. Poor
With heavy hearts, we said goodbye to Missy in October. We adopted Missy from NorCal GSP Rescue when she was approximately 10 months old and our girls ranged from 2 to 6 years old. Two of our daughters are now in college and the youngest is a junior in high school. They lived with Missy
Rheemy was such a good dog = his eyes, so expressive. His bark so high on the octave scale you had to laugh. But he loved his blanket, morning scratch, etc. What he hated was being left alone for a couple of hours. He always greeted me happily, then BARKED loud and long as if
When we read Dieter’s (formerly Jeter) story in September 2014, we knew we had to immediately foster him. At the time, we had two other dogs. Our senior NorCal GSP Rescue, Ace, who we adopted two years prior at 13, and our rescue Pitbull, Lilly. Dieter was brought into rescue because of a very sad
Max (Maximillion) and his sister Samantha joined Matt and Janelle Schrader’s pack on 12/2/2020. Ironically Matt, Max and Samantha share that date as their birthday! They turned 12yo in 2020. Boone and Crockett welcomed them happily into the pack. Max quickly figured out the lizard chase in the yard!! He even was known to have
With heavy hearts, we wanted to let you know that our sweet Archer was laid to rest on Thursday evening after fighting off lymphoma for almost 6 months. All the superlatives on his adoption profile were 100% true – he was the sweetest, most gentle boy and had an incredible ability to love and be
My dear, sweet Quixote crossed the Rainbow Bridge November 9, 2021. It’s two months later and my heart remains broken as I write his memorial. I fostered Quixote in November, 2018. He was so scared, so sick and so stressed when I picked him up from the shelter – we had no connection at all.
Sadly Rosie had to be euthanized, a result of degenerative myelopathy. She was such a high spirited dog when she was first delivered to us. We were worried we made a mistake. Tearing up dog beds, tomato and strawberry plants. She mellowed out o being a fantastic pet for the 13 years or so we
Absolutely the best canine companion I have ever had the honor to share life with for 14 years. I have no family nor children as all have passed. Dhani was the love of my life and helped me through some very hard life events. Dhani was an exceptional dog. Everyone who met her, fell in
We enjoyed Fletcher (aka: Fletch, Fletchy, Mr. Dog, Señor Dog, Señor Guajolote) for his different lives with us. First, a spry game pointer with the legs to run along with a biker. Next, came the dog that would not leave our side. Then later the stately gentleman that loved his beds. Last, the senior that
Lucy, formerly Lucille, passed to Rainbow Bridge on November 20, 2021, at age 14. I lay on the floor and gently helo her and spoke softly as her vet sat on the floor with us. My sweet girl had been suffering from old age and major mobility problems, arthritis, breathing difficulty, and multiple benign tumors.
Giles crossed the rainbow bridge last week. Giles loved long hikes in the Tahoe forest and even longer walks on the beach. He loved to snuggle in front of the fireplace, and he thought he may actually be a small lap dog. Once Giles welcomed you into the pack, you were his friend for life.
When you lose your furry bff… and your heart is broken but you still have to get up the next day. Bella came to us looking perfect “on paper” as they say…but she was a fearful soul who needed so much love, care and patience, I am a different person because of her- better, no
Quite unexpectedly, Louise wandered over the Rainbow Bridge. At almost 12 years old, Louise remained young at heart, a lack of sight never once interfering with her zest for life. She fearlessly went swimming, kayaking, hiking, running through dog parks and participated in a multitude of charity walks. Unlike typical GSPs, Louise always came when
Frannie, 5/24/2005-8/18/2021 Frannie came to us at the age of not-quite-eleven, full of fears and unsure about her new life as a city dog. At the time our youngest child was five years old, too young for us to be considered to adopt most of the dogs who caught our eye, even though we already
We had hoped for more time with Reggie (Reginald) but it was a sweet time nonetheless that we would not trade for anything. My husband and I both have fond memories of having GSP’s as part of our respective families as children. When Reggie became a Lipowski, our goal was to give him the best
I’m sad to report that our Rally boy, AKA Rallykins, (boo-boo, babycakes, goofball) crossed the bridge that we knew was there. It was, fortunately, a “good death” at home with Minnie, his foster sister, and me, and my niece, Dr. Linda Montgomery, who is a vet in Penn Valley who is known for empathetic euthanasia.
Dean was found abandoned in downtown Napa; he was blind. NorCal GSP was his savior and took him in, and that is where I found him. Blind though he was, he was never any more difficult than my other two sighted GSPs; he was a pleasure. His determination and spirit for his daily walks was