Success Stories

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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Leo

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 …

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Harry

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 …

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Cassiopeia

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 …

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Jerry

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 …

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Zoie

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 …

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Ziggie

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 …

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Orion

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 …

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Maxine

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 …

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Pluto

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 …

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Jacob

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 …

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Jet

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 …

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