Success Stories

Dixie

When petite, stinking-cute Dixie was found wandering in a desert, she was captured and sent into our rescue program. Because of the ongoing pandemic, lots of people are home, searching for pets to spoil. Numerous households volunteered to foster young Dixie, but fastest on the button were our longtime volunteers, Catherine and Jen, who live …

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Creek

Creek (now Luna) was a happy country dog—until everything changed. Her family moved to a home with a small yard, and no one had time for her anymore. We found her a foster home with a young active couple able to give her the attention and training she needed. They renamed her Luna and fell …

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Princess Leia

Princess Leia’s galaxy exploded when the human who’d raised her since puppyhood suddenly had to go into assisted living and could not take her along for a final adventure. No family or friend could step up, either, so the princess ended up in a shelter. That is no place for a sweet elderly GSP, so …

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Flaco

When we sprang Flaco from extended shelter confinement, this sensitive GSP’s anxiety had reached a near-manic level of fight-or-flight. The poor boy needed time and attention to recuperate and feel safe enough to show his true colors. Anne and Brad did a fabulous job of fostering him, with lots of help from a trainer and …

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Koby

Koby is a young GSP/Wirehaired Pointer mix who was surrendered to us from an unfortunate situation. He’d been living outdoors and arrived covered with ticks, as well as under-socialized. We placed him in a dog-savvy foster home, where he got along well with a small-breed canine brother. Koby met every new challenge with the determination …

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Marco

Three-year-old Marco (now Archer) landed in a shelter, but we got him out of there and into a foster home with a family including two human sisters and a pit sis named Clementine. Marco revealed himself to be a people pleaser who loves attention. He also loves to run through the yard at top speed, …

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Eisenhower

“Ike” (short for Eisenhower) arrived skin and bones, weighing a mere 40 pounds. He appeared to lack any training, but he was sweet and affectionate. His fosters treated him to the good life: lots of good food and loving, daily walks, playing fetch, and napping in the sun. Within three weeks, he gained 17 pounds …

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Jack

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 …

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Piper

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.

Portia

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 …

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Sven

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 …

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Connor

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 …

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Caden

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 …

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Aggie

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 …

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Bella

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 …

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Appa

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 …

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Waldo

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. …

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Willa

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 …

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Sofia

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 …

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Tuco

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 …

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Rookie

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 …

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Addy

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 …

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Wrigley

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 …

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Oliver

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 …

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Wallace and Rubicon

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 …

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George

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 …

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Delilah

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 …

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Braun

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 …

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Harper

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 …

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Tripper

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 …

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