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 […]
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 exercise. He began foster care very reserved and withdrawn, with little knowledge of house manners. He is mostly deaf, although he can hear loud noises. The growth has been removed, and after numerous tests, he was diagnosed with Cushing’s disease, which can be managed with […]
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 this new pipsqueak with his own quirky personality. In spite of having some pretty big paws to fill, affectionate and well-behaved Tripper won them over in less than a week. He demonstrated how much he craved their attention, how quickly he mastered new behaviors, and […]
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 our living situation might give him the opportunity and structure to develop his “people skills”. We own a dog day care and overnight facility. We live at our business, so it’s all dogs all the time. Our dog, Tallie (formerly Tessie) is also from NorCal […]
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 as if he had never been in one before. As he became accustomed to his new environment, he relaxed and began to let his amazing personality show. He was gentle and very intelligent, quickly learning new skills. He enjoyed going out with his foster family, but […]
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 she’d be able to intimidate him, as she had most everyone else, but this guy pushed back. Cassie tried a few more of her best tricks, but none came out as expected. When she devoured a jar of peanut butter, Ron apologized for leaving it […]
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 guy, she soon realized he was one of the easiest and sweetest shorthairs she had ever seen, a mellow boy who gets along with everyone and everything! Initially, Jerry didn’t seem to know what toys were for. Now he carries one around with him wherever he […]
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 with her sharp tactical skills: she could put on a perfect ‘nothing going on here’ look before launching a counter surfing raid. It didn’t take Lena long to begin to trust them both and want to cuddle on the sofa. Thanks for fostering and adopting […]
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 his foster home decided to make this easy-going boy a permanent part of the family. Thanks, Craig and Karen for fostering and adopting Ziggie.
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 […]
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 everything together, and that’s how Pluto got over his fear of getting into a car or being left alone. He grew to trust and love his foster family. They are still working with a trainer to help him understand that other people can be okay, too. […]
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 […]