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The following dogs are available for adoption from the GSRSV rescue facility, foster caretakers, and owners working with GSRSV. For further information about these dogs, please call Brian Foran at 
916-655-3125 or e-mail him at bab43@msn.com. (Note: dogs that were recently adopted will be moved to the very bottom of this page.) For information about the adoption process and fees, please see How to Adopt a Dog from GSRSV/Adoption Fees.

What is a "Program Dog?"
Some dogs' descriptions state that "GSRSV has evaluated (name) and is placing (him, her) as a Program Dog." This means that the dog is still in the custody of its guardian, but that GSRSV is placing the dog through its adoption program. The same adoption process and adoption fee apply to these dogs as to those in GSRSV's custody, and the same 2-week money-back guarantee and lifetime take-back policy also apply. 

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The flag appears above the pictures of dogs that GSRSV is placing for military families who are forced to find new homes for their dogs due to deployments. Please show your support for our service men and women by adopting or fostering their dogs!

This page was last modified December 06, 2016.

Note: The dogs on this page--other than those added within one week--are  listed alphabetically, rather than in chronological order. I list the dogs this way because too many people overlook the dogs that have been listed for awhile, thinking (erroneously) that there must be something wrong with a dog that hasn't been adopted after a few months.  

This page was last modified 12/06/16.

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URGENT!! NEEDS NEW HOME BY CHRISTMAS OR WILL LIKELY END UP IN A SHELTER!!

"Elise" is a friendly, energetic 1-yo, approx 60-lb spayed female GSD who needs a new home (permanent or foster) by Christmas. Elise is outgoing and comfortable with strangers; her only fault w/ people is that sometimes she greets them by jumping up on them. Elise is great with children; she has visited a nearby preschool and was fine with the youngsters petting her.

Elise is fine with other dogs, and is on the submissive side. She was a little timid at first when meeting about eight dogs at GSRSV's rescue ranch, but eventually felt comfortable enough to run amongst them. (Click here for a video of that meeting.)

Elise might be OK w/ cats, as a neighbor's cat continually comes into the yard with Elise out there, and though Elise chases after cat it will come back and let Elise chase it again. This is a pretty sure sign that the cat senses Elise means it no harm. We will consider a home w/ cats for Elise, but she will likely need some slow introductions.

Elise's owner primarily keeps her crated when he's gone, and then mainly keeps her outside when he's home. He does bring her inside each evening for about an hour, so Elise does have some housetraining but we can't say with certainty that she's fully housetrained.

Elise received six 1-hr training sessions at Alpha K9. Her present owner is a veteran, but he did not have Elise trained to be a service dog--he just wanted to have a well-trained dog. Elise heals well on leash and has excellent off-leash recall.

Elise loves water (she swims in her owner's pool), and loves to play fetch w/ a ball.

Elise's owner purchased her as a 6-wk oild puppy from a private party. He is seeking a new home for her because he's moving into an apartment BEFORE CHRISTMAS that does not allow dogs.

GSRSV has evaluated Elise and is and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Elise through its adoption program while her owner continues to care for her.

Elise is located in Elk Grove. Her adoption fee is $260.

Posted 12-6-16

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"Ace" is a 5-6 yo neutered male GSD mix who is both mellow and playful. Ace is friendly with everyone he meets. He loves kids and is patient and gentle with them. (Click here for a video of Ace playing fetch w/ his foster caretaker’s grandsons.) He is mellow in the face of lots of commotion, so would do well in a multi-child household. Ace is affectionate (he loves belly rubs), but is not overly needy. He is content lying beside you if you’re working at a desk.

Ace is fine with other dogs and currently lives in harmony w/ two young male GSDs. He seems to prefer the company of people, though. We’re not sure how Ace is with cats, so our preference is to find a home w/out cats for him.

Ace is housetrained and very well behaved inside. He does not steal food, even if it’s at eye-level. He greets his people politely without jumping up on them or barking.

Ace loves to chase after balls, but prefers to play keep-away rather than bring them back for another toss. He loves squeaky toys and rolling in the grass. Ace also likes water, and will bite the water stream from a garden hose if directed at him. (Click here for a linked video.) In spite of his age, Ace often acts like a puppy in his playfulness.

GSRSV rescued Ace from the Stanislaus County Shelter on 10-19-16, where he had been brought as a stray on
10-3-16. He was immediately brought to his present foster home in Elk Grove. Ace’s adoption fee is $160.

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"Aristoo" (Ari) is a big (100-lb), handsome 15-mos old neutered male GSD with a great temperament but who is still a rambunctious, goofy puppy. Ari needs a person who is capable of handling Ari's considerable strength and energy and who has the time and patience to channel Ari's exuberance into positive behavior. Also, Ari needs an active home in which he will receive considerable exercise and hopefully outdoor, off-leash activities.

Ari is outgoing and friendly with strangers--far from the stoic, reserved stereotype of a GSD. Though he is not aggressive, he is intimidating merely from his size and deep bark. Click here for a video showing how friendly Ari was with Jenn, the woman who evaluated Ari for GSRSV in Redding on Nov. 5. Ari is fine with children, but he is so big without awareness of his own strength that we don't recommend he be paired with kids under the age of 10.

Ari is great with other dogs, including small dogs. Click here for a video showing Ari meeting a 4-mos old puppy during his evaluation. Ari presently lives with a 4-mos old female GSD who he is very affectionate with. Ari loves to play with other dogs and plays rough with lots of vocalization in the traditional GSD manner. He is actually on the submissive side and will seek the protection of his owner if another dog approaches him in an aggressive manner.

Ari has not been around cats, so we will only consider a home without cats for him.

Ari is housetrained and has never had an accident indoors. He sleeps uncrated, but sometimes chooses to rest in the open crate. He is well behaved inside for the most part, but does steal papers and tissue off the counter to eat them. He has been through several obedience training classes with his owner, but still jumps up on her when is excited and sometimes piddles out of excitement or fear. 

Ari pulls strong on leash so needs somebody strong enough to control him. However, he has good off-leash recall. He rides well in a car and remains calm when left alone in the car for extended periods of time.

Ari loves to play with balls and plush toys but destroys the latter.

Ari's owner purchased him at eight weeks of age. She is seeking a new home for Ari because he is simply too strong and strong-willed a dog for her to handle.

GSRSV has evaluated Ari and is and is placing him as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Ari through its adoption program while his owner continues to care for him.

Ari is located in Shasta Lake, just north of Redding. His adoption fee is $260.

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"Draco" is a sweet, charming, even-tempered 2-3 yo neutered male GSD. Draco is quiet, medium energy and lives to be loved on! He bonds to his person super fast and will stick to you like glue. Draco needs a person who desires a constant companion. Draco is friendly with strangers and patient with children, though he doesn't realize his own size and could inadvertently knock a small child down. Draco weighs about 60 lbs.

Draco is great with other dogs and never creates trouble. He’s good w/ both large and small dogs. He’s also OK with cats—he’s interested in them, but not in an aggressive way.

Draco is very well behaved inside and walks fine on leash. He likes to go for car rides and rides very calmly.

GSRSV rescued Draco from the Stanislaus County shelter on 7-26-16, where he was taken in as a stray. A woman in Paradise (near Chico) began fostering Draco on 7-29, and Draco is still with her.

Draco’s adoption fee is $260.

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"Gelda" is an approx 5-6 yo (at time of posting) spayed female GSD mix who is mellow and affectionate. Gelda is friendly with strangers and loves to be held and petted. She is somewhat sensitive about being handled around her hips, so she would do best in a home without children under the age of 10. Gelda was fine w/ the numerous dogs at GSRSV’s rescue facility, but is very reactive towards other dogs when on leash. She also reacts strongly towards cats, squirrels, and pretty much any other animal. "No cats" is a given for Gelda's next home. Gelda is short and stocky, and weighs about 70 lbs. She has a soft, plush coat.  

Gelda is quiet in the house and has great manners as long as you set the rules. She is a fast learner, and within three days at her foster home she was respecting the invisible boundaries established for her. She obeys a few commands, and being food motivated can likely learn many more commands with a treat incentive. Gelda walks well on a leash, and promptly responds to "stop" and "heel" –except when she sees another dog or other animal. 

Gelda likes to play fetch, tug-of-war, and chew on squeaky toys. She is very content just hanging around with her person once she’s gone for a walk. Gelda is somewhat unsteady in her back end, but that doesn't slow her down on her walks around the hilly streets of San Carlos, where she is presently located.  

GSRSV rescued Gelda from the small shelter in rural Delano , CA, just north of Bakersfield, on March 1, 2013. Gelda had been at the shelter since December 19, 2013. Gelda's adoption fee is $175.

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"Leia" is a beautiful, large, 8½-yo (born
4-6-2008) spayed female GSD who is very sweet but also protective of her people. Leia is friendly with strangers when properly introduced, but alarm-barks appropriately when people are at the door. She is great with kids of all ages, and genuinely likes being around them. She doesn’t mind being tugged on and is very attentive when children are swimming. Leia weighs nearly 100 lbs, but is clearly overweight and needs to lose at least 20 lbs to remain healthy and active into her golden years. Her excess weight is likely due to a lack of exercise.

Leia is somewhat of an alpha dog and occasionally will nip at another dog when first introduced. She does like to play with other dogs, but plays hard. She does better with other dogs when off-leash than on. She is good with little dogs and is also good with cats!

Leia is a housedog and regularly spends up to nine hours inside without any problem. She likes to sleep on the couch, so couch covers are in order for her next home!

Leia received formal obedience training when she was under one year old, but has not received any formal training since then. She walks well on a leash, but will pull if she sees another dog who gets excited.

Leia will fetch a tennis ball or Frisbee, but most of the time she only wants you to throw the ball once and then will run around with it and lay down somewhere comfy. She likes stuffed toys and tennis balls with squeakers.

Leia was reportedly purchased as a puppy by a police officer who was training her to be a K9. He died suddenly, and Leia was passed around his family but nobody really wanted a dog that big. She ended up in a place where she was being kept tied up, and so Leia’s present owner Rachiel took her in at about one yr old.

Rachiel is seeking a new home for Leia due primarily to financial hardship, as well as not having the time to devote to Leia that she deserves. A GSRSV foster caretaker evaluated Leia on Sept 30, and GSRSV is now placing Leia as a "Program Dog."
This means that GSRSV is placing Leia through its adoption program while her owners continue to care for her.

Leia is located in Paradise, CA. Her adoption fee is $160.

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"Lucky" is an adorable 1-yo, approx 50-lb spayed female Terrier/GSD mix who is sweet, playful and full of puppy-like energy. Lucky is outgoing and friendly with everyone she meets. Lucky has yet to be observed w/ very young children, but she's shown no reason to believe she'd be anything but good with them.

Lucky is great with other dogs, as can be seen in the short video of her playing keep-away with a bone from a few of the dogs at GSRSV's rescue ranch. She didn't even get upset when another dog took her bone! Lucky loves to play, but plays too rough at time for her owners' two other dogs (a female Golden Retriever and a male French Bulldog/Beagle mix), which is the primary reason they are seeking a new home for her.

Lucky has not been around cats, so we don't know how she is with them. We will try to evaluate her with cats in the near future, and will consider a home w/ a dog-savvy cat for her.

Lucky is housetrained and well behaved inside, where she spends the majority of her time. She is very active when she's around the other dogs, but will relax and snuggle with her people when she's the only dog present. When her people are away, they keep her in a crate to give their other two dogs a break. Lucky is fine outside and does not dig or bark excessively. She is great on leash and walks right beside her young female owner. She would likely be an excellent jogging partner. Lucky loves playing Frisbee and tug-of-war.

Lucky was reportedly the only survivor of a litter of 14 puppies found in a box near Lake Tahoe in January of this year--which is how she earned her name. Lucky and her siblings were about 8 wks old at the time. The woman who found the puppies eventually put Lucky up for adoption, and her present owner adopted her in August. Now, she and her father are also seeking a new home for Lucky because of her excessively rough play with their other two dogs.

GSRSV has evaluated Lucky and is and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Lucky through its adoption program while her owner continues to care for her.

Lucky is located in Roseville. Her adoption fee is $210.

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"Luna" is a beautiful 2-yo spayed female longcoated GSD who is playful, loving and energetic. Luna is a happy-go-lucky type of GSD (rather than a serious or working-type GSD), which is typical of the longcoated GSDs. Luna is very outgoing and friendly with strangers, but she does have a tendency to jump up on people when she first meets them. (This is not a difficult behavior to curb.) Luna is good with children of all ages, though she would likely knock over a very young child at some point when running around.

Luna is great with other dogs, including small dogs, and loves to play. She presently lives in a home w/ an 8-yo female Tibetan Spaniel (about the size of a Pomeranian), and she's very good w/ the her. Luna would likely do best in a home with another relatively young, playful dog to help her burn off some of her puppy-like energy and make it less likely she'll develop boredom-related behaviors such as digging or chewing.

Luna has not been around cats at all, but given her sweet temperament, I will consider a home w/ a dog-savvy cat and a playful dog (so Luna won't just focus on the cat).

Luna is housetrained and non-destructive inside, but her owners have always kept her in a crate when they are gone if they leave her inside. Luna also sleeps in a crate w/ the door closed. She is kept outside for 8-10 hrs during work days and does not bark excessively or dig.

Luna has not received any formal obedience training, but she does respond to the commands "sit, down, shake and house." Luna walks easy on leash and stays fairly close to her handler. She does get excited when she sees other dogs while walking, but she has learned to sit and ignore other dogs on command.

Luna loves to carry around stuffed animals and likes sprinklers, though she has never been swimming.

Luna's owners have had her since she was 8-wks old, but are moving into the 2nd floor of a duplex at which Luna won't have a yard. Not wanting to leave Luna crated for over eight hours each day, they have decided to seek a new home for her.

GSRSV has evaluated Luna and is and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Luna through its adoption program while her owners continue to care for her.

Luna is located in Antioch. Her adoption fee is $260. 

Posted 11-21-16

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"Mya" is a beautiful 1½-yo spayed female GSD (born 4-4-15) who is very friendly, energetic, and a bit hard-headed. Mya bonds easily to her person, and is quite the "Velcro" dog, following her female owner from room to room. She is very comfortable being handled--she loves to be brushed and even likes to be bathed!

Mya is good with strangers, including young children--she has done very well w/ the neighborhood kids and children who approach her at the park. Mya is more of a social butterfly than a watchdog. Mya weighs approx 60 lbs, and is still filling out. Her optimal weight when full grown will likely be 65-70 lbs.

Mya is OK with other dogs, but lacks socialization and interacts with some dogs in ways that they might take exception to. For example, she would "herd" one of my dogs when he was chasing a tennis ball and playfully bit him on the back of the neck. The other dog didn't mind Mya's behavior, being used to such shenanigans, but other dogs might very well object. Also, she picked on the most submissive of the GSRSV dogs, and would continue to pursue her (not aggressively, but definitely dominantly) even with me chasing after her telling her "no." So, Mya needs an owner who is familiar with these typical GSD behaviors and who is willing and determined enough to help her become more polite with other dogs.

Mya is definitely NOT good with cats, which is one of the reasons that her owner is seeking a new home for her.

Mya is housetrained and is well behaved inside. Her person keeps her outside when she is gone, and Mya apparently does not bark excessively nor does she dig or try to get out of the yard. She sleeps in a crate at night so that her person's cat can have the run of the house without being terrified.

Mya walks fine on leash, but her person does use a prong collar to maintain control. Mya obeys a few basic commands, but is still low on the learning curve. As mentioned, she is somewhat hard-headed and easily distracted. A formal obedience training course will do Mya a world of good, and will help her next adopter establish a solid relationship with her. 

Mya's present owner adopted her from the Stockton animal shelter on 9-14-16. Mya's previous owner surrendered her to the shelter (for reasons unknown), which is how her birth date is known. Mya's present owner was not quite prepared for the "neediness" of a young GSD, and of course has been discouraged by Mya's prey drive towards her cat. Further, she has taken on a new job that allows for even less time to work with Mya. Not wanting to return her to the shelter, she sought GSRSV's assistance in finding Mya a new home.

GSRSV has evaluated Mya and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Mya through its adoption program while her owner continues to care for her.

Mya is located in Stockton. Her adoption fee is $260.

Posted 10-27-16

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"Nar" is a large, handsome 8-yo (born 7-13-08) neutered male GSD who is very friendly with both adults and children. Nar is surprisingly good with other dogs, given that he has not been socialized with many dogs during his life.  Nar has never been around cats, however, so we're seeking a home w/ out cats for him. Nar weighs approx 80 lbs.

Nar had lived outdoors his entire life before GSRSV took him in in July 2015. He does occasionally come inside now, but still prefers to be outside. Nar is good on a leash, but his former owners lived on over an acre and rarely took him off the property, so they didn't often put a leash on him. The same is true now that Nar is at GSRSV's facility.

Nar loves to play fetch and to splash around in sprinklers. 

Nar is very bonded with his companion dog "Ruby", also listed on this page, who he has been with since he was a little puppy. For this reason, Nar can only be adopted together with Ruby.

Nar's former owners purchased him from a breeder when he was about 8 wks old, and had him up until July 2015 when they moved out of the country and GSRSV took him and Ruby in at its facility in Pleasant Grove.

Nar's adoption fee is $175.

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"Phoenix" is a handsome 5-yo neutered male GSD who is affectionate and well mannered (for the most part). Phoenix is very friendly with strangers and good with children. In fact, he is not much of a watchdog, as he does not generally alarm bark at outside noises. Phoenix is very affectionate and loves to be petted.

Phoenix is good with medium and larger dogs, but is very predatory towards small dogs. If he sees a small dog when he's off leash, he will charge toward it and likely attack it. Phoenix used to be a regular visitor to the dog park and interacted fine with other dogs there. However, after attacking a small dog in front of his house, his foster caretaker no longer brings Phoenix to the dog park for fear that Phoenix might go after a small dog there. Because of Phoenix's strong prey drive, we will not consider a home with cats for him, either. Phoenix is solidly-built and weighs about 70 lbs.

Phoenix is very people-oriented and always wants to be by his person. He is fully housetrained and can remain inside the house alone for 8 hours without any problems. He does not counter surf and has never tried to eat food left on the dinner table.

Phoenix generally walks easy on leash, but he does pull strongly when he sees other dogs--small or large. He is a good jogging partner and runs alongside his foster caretaker approx 15 miles each week. Phoenix loves to go for car rides and is a  perfect passenger.

Phoenix loves to fetch tennis balls, and drops the ball at your foot perfectly every time. He will play this game for 20 minutes non-stop! Whoever adopts Phoenix will be well-rewarded by a dog who will show unconditional love and devotion. However, caution must always be employed to ensure that Phoenix does not go after a small dog.

GSRSV rescued Phoenix from the Oakland shelter in July 2014. Phoenix's adoption fee is $210, which includes a microchip.

Posted 7-30-14; updated 2-20-16; updated 6-4-16

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"Riley" is a 3 yo, approx 55 lb (perhaps 10 lb underweight) neutered male longcoat GSD who is affectionate, mellow (for the most part) and somewhat of an airhead. Riley loves attention and often puts his head in the lap of his foster caretaker Andrew to be rubbed on, but he’s not a “Velcro” dog that needs to be by his person all the time. Riley loves to meet new people and warms up very quickly. Andrew has not observed Riley with young children but feels that given his gently demeanor, he will be very good with them. Riley has shown no aggression when Andrew dips his hand in his food bowl (though he will growl at another dog approaching him when he’s eating).

 Riley lives with a female GSD (Reina) and gets along great with her. Riley and Reina will occasionally race around the house playing chase. Before Riley was brought to his foster home, he was at GSRSV’s rescue ranch for six days, and did quite well after the first day (when he was acting like a dork). Andrew has taken Riley to the dog park, and though Riley is not overtly aggressive towards other dogs, he can be overbearing on some dogs (as he was with two little dogs). Riley will likely be fine in a home with another dog or dogs, but will need more socialization and leadership to become a “canine good citizen” with dogs he meets outside of his home.

 Riley is fully housetrained, but Andrew does keep him outside (with access to the garage) when he’s gone. Riley’s only rough point inside is that he occasionally counter-surfs, but that behavior is continuing to subside. He likes to nap on the couch or lay next to Andrew when he’s watching TV, so if there is a strict “no dogs on furniture” rule in his next home, Riley will need to learn that rule.  Andrew plans to allow Riley access to the house when he’s gone in the near future.

 Riley obeys the “sit” and “stay” commands, but he is no obedience star. Though he seems motivated to learn new commands, his attention wanes pretty quickly. Riley is more of a happy-go-lucky GSD than a classic, serious, alert GSD. (This seems to be the case with many of the longcoat GSDs.)

 Riley likes to go on walks, but is not a marathon dog by any means—he starts to lose stamina at around a mile. Overall, Riley walks well on leash--he generally pulls a little bit at the start of his walks but settles in quickly. Riley will bark and pull when he sees other dogs during his walks, so he still needs work in this area. Riley’s off-leash recall is not all that great, though he’s not a runaway dog, either.

 Riley alarm-barks appropriately when people are at the door, but is not a nuisance barker. When left alone outside (even before he was joined by Reina) Andrew’s neighbors did not report any excessive barking from Riley.

 Riley will fit well into a family that is seeking a fun-loving, low-maintenance GSD who enjoys hanging out with his people and going places with them. As a bonus,  Riley--like all true longcoat GSDs--does not shed nearly as much as a normal coat GSD, because he lacks an undercoat.  

GSRSV rescued Riley from the Stanislaus County Shelter on 8-8-16. He is in a foster home in Bay Point, along Hwy 4 between Antioch and Concord. Riley's adoption fee is $260.

Posted 9-8-16

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"Ruby" is a 12-yo (born March 2004) spayed female GSD who is sweet, mellow, and rather shy. Ruby is friendly with everyone, including young children. She is fine with other dogs, though she pretty much interacts with only one other dog, "Nar" (see elsewhere on this page). She has never been around cats, however, so we're seeking a home w/ out cats for her. Ruby is a big dog, and weighs approx 75 lbs. 

Ruby is in very good health, and has no noticeable arthritis. Her hips are sound and she moves with a nice, fluid motion. (Click here for a short video of Ruby running.) Her teeth look great for a dog her age. 

Ruby lived outdoors her entire life with her former owners. Though she is allowed to come inside at GSRSV's facility, she still chooses to remain outside--no matter what the weather. She received basic obedience training when she was younger, but has not needed any follow-up training. Ruby is good on a leash, but her former owners lived on over an acre and rarely took her off the property, so they rarely needed to put a leash on her. The same is true with Ruby at GSRSV's property.

Ruby loves water, whether it's swimming, playing in the sprinklers, splashing in a kiddy pool, or just dunking her face into a bucket of water. 

Ruby is very bonded with her companion dog "Nar", also listed on this page, so can only be adopted together with Nar.  

Ruby's owners purchased her from a breeder when she was about 8 wks old, and had her up until July 2015, when they moved out of the country and GSRSV took her and Nar in at its facility in Pleasant Grove.

Ruby's adoption fee is $125.

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"Sadie E" is a 9-10 yo spayed female GSD mix who is very sweet and easy-going. She's in great shape for a dog her age: no mobility issues, jumps into the back of a Subaru Forester without a running start, and her teeth look very good.

Sadie is great with people of all ages, including infants. (She lives w/ a 2-yo child who climbs all over her.) She's outgoing and friendly.

Sadie is fine w/ other dogs for the most part, though she's not particularly playful--she much prefers the company of people. She can be reactive towards other dogs when she's on leash, depending on the other dog's reaction to her. Sadie behaved perfectly with several dogs at GSRSV's rescue ranch during her off-leash evaluation (click here for a video).

Sadie has never lived with cats and does pull towards them when on walks, so we will only consider a home without cats for her.

Sadie is a house dog and is fine left inside when her people are gone for several hours. She walks well on a leash, except (as previously noted) when she sees another dog who is reactive towards her. She if fine off-leash and does not wander far at all. She rides well in a car and has been on lots of long trips.

Sadie isn't big on playing with toys or fetching, but she will chase after other dogs who chase after a ball. She likes wading into lakes or rivers, but is not a swimmer. What she does like is to just hang out with her people on the couch and take treats!

Sadie's male owner Matt adopted her from the Sacto SPCA when she was about 1 yr old. When he joined his wife, they paired up Sadie and his wife's now 12-yo female Dalmatian mix Bridget. Sadie and Bridget never really cared for each other, and would get into occasional spats. Over the last year, however, the conflicts have increased in both frequency and intensity, forcing Matt and his wife to separate Sadie and Bridget for the most part. Further, with their two-year old child and another baby on the way, they have legitimate concerns about one of the kids getting caught in the middle of a scuffle between Sadie and Bridget. So, sadly, Matt is seeking a new home for Sadie (who apparently instigates most of the conflicts.)

GSRSV has evaluated Sadie E and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Sadie E through its adoption program while her owners continue to care for her.  Sadie E's adoption fee is $85.

Posted 9-4-16

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"Toby" is a handsome 3-yo (born Nov 2013), 75-lb neutered GSD/White Husky mix who is very playful and affectionate. Toby can also be nippy with strangers in the house—not out of aggression, but in a mischievous, opportunistic manner.

Toby is great with those in his family—he craves attention and wants to be as close as possible—including in your lap if you allow it. He’s fine in the house with visitors who he is familiar with, and with those comfortable with dogs. However, when he senses fear from a visitor, he will bark at them in a somewhat menacing manner. Toby will also playfully nip strangers who play with him when they stop and turn around; it's as if he's saying "I’m in charge and I’m not going to let you stop!" The nips are never serious, but obviously unsettling to the person who got nipped as well as to Toby’s owners. Toby’s owners admit that they don’t have the necessary discipline skills to curb Toby’s nipping behavior, and I believe that an individual with a strong alpha presence would be able to prevent this behavior altogether.

Toby has not been around young children due to his nipping behavior and his size & exuberance. Personally, I think that Toby would be great with kids.

Toby is generally fine with strangers away from the house. He was completely fine with me when I evaluated him at the GSRSV rescue ranch, though he did take awhile to come to me so I could pet him.

Toby is great with other dogs—very playful and somewhat submissive. He likes to be chased rather than to give chase. He presently lives with a 5-yo female Golden Retriever. Click here to see a video of Toby romping around w/ several of the GSRSV dogs.

Toby appears to be fine with cats as well. His present owners have an outdoor cat that Toby mostly ignores. The cat trusts Toby enough to allow him to come nose-to-nose with it.

Toby is housetrained and well behaved inside. He can be left inside all day without any problem, though he does have access to the outside via a dog door. He enjoys hanging out on the couch with his people and watching TV. He sleeps on a loveseat in his owner's bedroom.

Toby has received formal obedience training and obeys multiple commands, including sit, stay, down, shake and sit pretty. He is good on leash and has good off-leash recall as well. He’s a good long-distance traveler in the car.

Toby loves to play fetch. He’s a big goofball who exhibits silly Husky behaviors like howling and catching flies.

Toby’s owners purchased him at 8 wks from a family who had both parents—his mother was a black/tan GSD and his father was a White Husky. His family truly loves this dog, but they are very social with lots of visitors and Toby’s unpredictable behavior w/ strangers in the house has created a dilemma. Further, they like to travel a lot and boarding Toby has become rather expensive. They feel that another family with more confidence dealing w/ Toby’s nipping behavior and less time traveling would provide a better home for him.

GSRSV has evaluated Toby and is placing him as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Toby through its adoption program while his owners continue to care for him.

Toby is located in Pleasanton. His adoption fee is $210.

Posted 11-22-16

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OK with Cats!
"Zoe"
is a loveable, energetic, 60 lb 5-yo spayed female Terrier/GSD mix with lots of personality. Zoe is friendly with strangers, but is also a good watchdog. (She barks at people who enter the home, but does not approach them aggressively.) Zoe is fine with children, but nervous around toddlers, so no kids under 4 yrs for Zoe.

Zoe is great with other dogs for the most part, but can be somewhat bossy with alpha female dogs, so it's best that Zoe be paired with a male dog. She is presently living with a male Pit Bull mix that she plays with constantly--and plays hard! Zoe is good with small dogs and spent a good amount of time in the same house as a small dog who she let boss her around. Zoe is good at the dog park.

Contrary to Zoe's previous Web profile, she is marginally OK with cats! She was in a foster home with cats for three weeks early 2016 while she was recovering from knee surgery, and her foster caretaker at the time often had Zoe around her cats without a problem. Now, Zoe is back at her regular foster home, where Zoe does fine around the two resident cats when they are inside. Once the cats go outside, it’s a different story: Zoe will corner them and bark at them, though that is the extent of her harassment. Regina, Zoe's foster caretaker, thinks she would do fine with a dog savvy indoor cat. Though Zoe might be somewhat annoying to a cat, she has given us no reason to believe that she'd hurt one.

On the other hand, Zoe does has a very strong prey drive and loves to chase after squirrels, birds, and other outdoor critters. 

Zoe is great in the house and exhibits no separation anxiety when left alone. (She was previously an only dog in an apartment, in which she was left for several hours each day by herself.) She is fine on leash, but does pull hard when she sees a cat or squirrel.

Zoe is a quick learner and obeys numerous commands. She is even trained to relieve herself on command! She has good recall off-leash, unless she's spotted a small critter to chase. 

Zoe loves to play fetch w/ a ball or Frisbee and to play chase in an open field. More than anything, she loves to swim and to snap at the water stream from a hose. (Click here for a video of Zoe swimming in the pond at GSRSV's rescue ranch.) 

GSRSV originally rescued Zoe in April 2012 from a woman who could no longer keep her due to a forced move from her home. Zoe was adopted by a young couple in Nov 2013. The couple had to return Zoe in Nov 2015 due to a death in the family and a subsequent move into the house of one of the parents. 

Zoe is presently in a foster home in East Sacramento. Her adoption fee is $175, which includes a microchip.

Posted 12-7-15; updated 7-11-16

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Adopted 11-27-16!

"Onyx" is an approx 2-yo, 65-lb neutered male GSD who is very affectionate and obedient. Onyx is friendly with strangers and has done well with children around 8-10 years old. Onyx would likely do well with even younger children, as he loves to be hugged and snuggled with. He still occasionally jumps up (gently) on people in his enthusiasm when first meeting them, but that is not a difficult behavior to curb. 

We previously reported here that Onyx is not good with other dogs, but that is no longer the case. Though Onyx did display aggression towards a few other dogs when with his former foster caretaker, it appears that Onyx simply needed some socialization with other dogs to get over his dominance behavior. Onyx received that socialization in spades at GSRSV's rescue ranch during a week that his foster caretaker was on vacation, and it seems to have turned Onyx around! Having made such progress in one week, GSRSV decided to keep him at its ranch to continue his socialization. Now, Onyx gets along fine w/ all the dogs at the ranch, though he still prefers the company of people.

Onyx was reactive towards other dogs when walking on leash with his former foster caretaker Andrew, but  Andrew--an experienced dog trainer--had worked with him on this behavior and Onyx had made significant improvement. Onyx reached the point where he would sit and stay quiet as long as the other dog stayed about 15 ft away. However, if he was not given a command (sit, watch me, etc), he would still pull & bark. Onyx will need an owner strong enough to handle him when he gets agitated seeing another dog, and experienced enough to command Onyx's attention and respect. We do not know how Onyx is with cats, so I will only consider a home without cats for him. 

Onyx is housetrained and was perfectly behaved when left inside alone (with access to outside), which was the norm for approx 9 hrs/day in his former foster home. Onyx is very good at basic commands (sit, lie down, stay). Onyx walks easy on leash except when he sees another dog. He rides well inside a car and loves to go for rides. Onyx has a deep, formidable bark that will please those seeking a GSD "presence" to scare off bad guys.

GSRSV rescued Onyx on 5-6-16 from the Stanislaus County Shelter in Modesto, where he was brought as a stray on 4-16-16. Onyx was brought directly to his foster home in Bay Point, where he remained until 7-29-16. Onyx's adoption fee is $260.

Posted 5-23-16; updated 7-4-16; updated 8-30-16