Success Stories

Rip

Rip’s owner gave him up because changes in his job situation meant he had to leave the dog home alone too many hours a day. Not a good situation for a one-year-old GSP! His foster dad gave him a taste of the good life, including daily runs, car rides, trips to the beach—and above all, …

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Dixie

Young Dixie4’s owners had to move and they could not take the dog with them, so they surrendered her. She’d spent most of the past two years chained up in a back yard so she would not escape. Living indoors took some adjustment, but her foster home was patient and consistently showed her that she …

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Timber

Timber was not quite one year old when his owners decided they could not handle such an energetic dog with young children in their home, so they found him a new home. The couple who adopted him thought he was a good and handsome dog, but they realized right away that they would not be …

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Timmy

According to his new dad, Timmy acts like an 8-year old,  although he is 11 years old. Affectionate Timmy quickly bonded to his adopter and his 13-year-old male GSP named Trigger. He was well-mannered in the house, even though he’d spent most of his life outdoors and had never even been to a vet. Thank …

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Beau

Young Beau’s family moved and had less time to spend with him. Beau was not happy about the changes. He started digging and chewing in frustration. We found a foster home with more time to spend with their pets and even a canine big sister to play with. Thank you, Rebekah and John, for temporarily …

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Brio

When we were contacted by a veterinarian for urgent help with a very young pup ill with Parvo, we couldn’t say no. Time was of the essence. Fortunately, he recovered fully. When you see how adorable this fellow is, you will understand why his foster home could not let him go. Thank you, Meg and …

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Hunter

Powder-faced Hunter3 was relinquished by an owner who had to move and could not take the dog with him. The poor dog needed several operations to address his dental disease. Despite his advanced age (sixteen years!), his foster mom found him to be ‘a really sweet boy who deserves all the good stuff in life.’ …

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Cassidy

Young Cassidy got along with all the dogs at her previous ranch home—except for one that she couldn’t stop picking on. We got her a new home to try out. Her foster family found her to be loyal, sweet, and playful. Although she loved to chase squirrels and sniff for critters, she would come when …

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Sage

Nine-year-old Sage was extremely skittish and nervous when she came into our rescue program. She would hide under tables and startle at any large objects or loud sounds. Within weeks, she emerged from her shell and became very loving to her foster family. She’s grown active, enjoys long walks and squeaky toys, and behaves like …

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Mitzy

Young Mitzy is a powerful gal who prefers to gallop rather than walk. Indoors, she is a cuddle muffin, loving nothing more than to snuggle up with her human. Thank you, Dalia and Wendy, for fostering this pretty girl, and thank you, James, for adopting Mitzy (now Ziva) and training her to leave the chickens …

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Bobi

Handsome Bobi was sprung from the shelter full of rambunctious energy and pranks. He seemed to lack training of any kind. He was super skinny and eager to do anything in exchange for food or treats. He soon learned indoor manners and mastered some useful commands. Now he’s in a new home with a senior …

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Cane

Young Cane decided to go AWOL and showed up at a shelter just in time for Christmas. We found good foster care for him (thank you, Stephanie & Matt and Emily & Caleb). Cane revealed himself to be quite a friendly fellow, with a mellow temperament and a great fondness for snuggling. He was quick to …

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Micki

Though only two years old, Micki arrived overweight, timid, and suffering from allergies and mild hip dysplasia. Initially, she showed signs of separation anxiety, as well. With regular diet and exercise and some help from the vet, she soon settled down in her foster home. She lost some weight, learned to use the doggie door, …

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Bryant

Six-year-old Bryant landed in a shelter mid-summer, and he tested positive for heartworm. We placed him in a foster home that was willing to commit to the challenging, months-long treatment and recovery process. At the same time, they had to deal with his strong prey instincts,  his lack of house training, and his love of …

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Maggie

Maggie is a young GWP who came into our care all wiggles, with a tendency to get overexcited sometimes. She is a curious, smart, fun pup with lots of love to give and a particular passion for tennis balls. Thank you, Angela and Dan, for your fabulous fostering, and thank you, Joe and Jessica, for adopting …

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Samantha and Maximillion

Janelle and Matt have a big soft spot for GSPs. When they noticed that two adorable elderly GSP siblings needed a home, they couldn’t bear to think of them being separated. So they brought Samantha and Maximillion home to give them some loving care. At first, the resident boys (littermates Boone and Crocket) were not …

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Regina

After an hour-long car ride from the shelter, Regina (now Mia) was introduced to her new fosters. It was love at first sight. Although she was not housetrained or leash trained, she was a whiz at fetching and she slept quietly all night in her crate. While underweight, with every bone showing, she had plenty …

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Hattie

From the get-go, easy-going 5-year-old Hattie was relaxed in her foster home–super sweet and eager to please. She loves belly rubs, trips to the park, hunting squirrels, and spending time with her people. Thank you, April and Bart, for fostering this girl, now named Maisy, and giving her a forever home.

Bogart

Five-year-old Bogart has a strong prey drive, but he also loves to cuddle with humans. No wonder he won over his fosters, who came to love the rambunctious boy. Thank you, Eddy and Lisa, for fostering and adopting Bogey.

Roy

Roy was hit by a car and ended up in a shelter with a fractured hip. Once he was placed in a foster home, he proved himself to be a well-behaved gentleman who loved to be petted. The vets at UC Davis determined that surgery would improve Roy’s mobility and lessen his pain. He was …

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Reginald

Nine-year-old Reginald was found as a stray. He was pretty well behaved and friendly, but the arthritis in his spine and his bad teeth were causing him to be in a lot of pain. With the help of pain meds, supplements, exercise, and extensive dental work, Reggie is now a happier and more energetic boy. …

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Sunza

Our volunteer was looking for the right canine companion and fostered a series of dogs before she fell in love with this one at first sight! She loved having Sunza in the car as her vigilant co-pilot. She loved the dog’s whiskers mixed up with bubble gum pink lips. She wanted to adopt her and …

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Chance

Chance came into rescue in need of neutering, but the vet postponed the operation when the dog tested positive for heartworm. As his foster home cared for him through the long healing process, they learned that Chance is an affectionate, happy boy. At the same time, Chance relaxed and grew fond of his new household. …

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Rudy

Six-year-old Rudy had a lot of anxieties. He was spooked by noises and would bark at other dogs. He’d been in two homes before he was surrendered to us. We helped him with vet evaluations and behavioral specialist sessions. His foster mom took his needs seriously, spent the time needed to continue his focused training, …

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Benson

Benson came from the shelter into foster care and quickly showed his foster families what a wonderful guy he is! He adores people, especially kids–but cats? He had to be moved to a cat-free foster home. This family had lost their two beloved GSPs within 6 weeks of each other in 2018. They weren’t sure …

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Jeanne

Eight-year-old Jeanne came from a shelter but instantly showed us that she was house trained, crate trained, and knew her basic commands. She is a mild-mannered, sweet girl who enjoys walks and car rides. She proved to be an easy girl to foster. Thank you, Jill, for fostering Jeanne; and thank you, Mark and Lilliana, …

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Chester

Chester was a chunky monkey when he came into rescue. He showed his foster mom how he loves to hang out and cuddle. But he also turned out to enjoy running and biking, gleefully bobbing his head up and down with each stride. And he catches toys with his front paws like a human! No …

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Sophie

Sophie is a 12-year-old sweetheart who was surrendered when she refused to accept the new puppy in her home. Her anxiety issues became behavioral issues with that boisterous pup around. Once in a foster home as a solo dog, she became more confident and let her personality shine. Being a senior doesn’t stop her from …

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Chloe

Six-year-old Chloe came into our program not long after having a litter of puppies and extremely under-socialized.  Once settled into her foster home, she transformed quickly from a sad dog into a sweet, cuddly girl who adored human attention.  Chloe learned the fine points of indoor living, including how to cuddle on a sofa with …

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Mabel

Mabel arrived with fleas and ticks and lumps and bumps—but none of that kept her from showing what a Love Bug she is. She tolerated baths and vet care and even surgeries like a champ. This go-with-the-flow girl was fine, as long as there were people nearby for cuddling. Thank you, Anna, for acing your …

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