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The following dogs are available for adoption through GSRSV. Some are at the rescue ranch, some are in foster homes and some are with their owners or caretakers working with GSRSV. For further information about these dogs, please call Brian Foran at 916-655-3125 or e-mail him at (Note: dogs that were recently adopted will be moved to the very bottom of this page and will have an "Adopted" banner above their profiles.) 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 period and lifetime take-back policy also apply. 

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This page was last modified February 10, 2018.

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 02/10/18.

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"Kylo" is a handsome, 72-lb, 3-yo (born Valentine's Day 2015) neutered male GSD who is very energetic, playful, and somewhat hard-headed. Kylo has all the makings of a working dog, so if you don't know what that means, then Kylo is probably too much for you to handle!

Kylo is affectionate and friendly with most strangers. He is somewhat protective and did growl at a veterinarian when he entered the exam room, but a few of my otherwise-friendly dogs have done the same. Kylo has not been around many young kids so it's hard to say how he'll do with them. He does like to bark and chase after bikes, scooters & skateboards, so Kylo is not the kind of dog one can have running amongst a bunch of kids he doesn't know.

Kylo is good with most dogs and did very well with all the dogs at GSRSV's rescue ranch except one: a male named Duke who he constantly tried to mount. In Kylo's defense, Duke did not initially object to Kylo mounting him, so we did not reprimand Kylo at that time. However, after awhile Duke grew tired of Kylo's gay play and let him know. Kylo didn't heed Duke's rebukes so we had to correct him, but he continued with the behavior on and off. This is an example of Kylo's "hard-headedness." I finally put Duke in the yard, and from then on Kylo was fine with the rest of the dogs. (Click here for a video.)

Kylo has reportedly displayed the same kind of obnoxious mounting behavior with other male dogs. He was only neutered in late January, so that behavior will likely diminish over time--and will certainly improve with an owner who conveys more authority than his present owner.

I do not recommend a home with cats for Kylo.

Kylo is housetrained and does exceptionally well when left alone for extended periods of time. Kylo's owner Ryan typically leaves him inside his studio apartment for 9-12 hrs/day, and Kylo has yet to have an accident or to even chew on any item he's not supposed to. Impressive!

Kylo reportedly received basic obedience training with his original owner when he was less than a year. Ryan has not put Kylo through any formal training, but does reinforce basic commands such as sit, stay, and lie down (which Kylo obeys promptly). Kylo is very food motivated and even more motivated by balls, so he should be very responsive to training. He maintains amazing eye contact when given a command.

Kylo does pull when walked on leash, and is fairly reactive towards other dogs he sees. However, when Ryan uses a "Halti" (a leash harness that goes over the muzzle) he is able to control Kylo and re-focus his attention immediately.

Kylo loves to play fetch and drops the ball right at your feet. He also loves to swim (click here for video), which surprised his owner Ryan who thought he didn't care for water.

Kylo is a great dog who will require a GSD-experienced adopter to establish his or her self as the leader. Once that leadership is established, Kylo will reward you with his devotion and affection.

Kylo's owner Ryan adopted him about 1½-yrs ago from his second owner. That owner, who had Kylo for 4-5 months, was seeking to rehome Kylo because he would harass their older male GSD trying to get him to play. Ryan is now seeking a new home for Kylo because he knows he doesn't have the time to spend w/ Kylo that he deserves, and recognizes that he lacks the firm leadership that Kylo needs.

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

Kylo is located in Cupertino. His adoption fee is $260.

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"Kahlua" is a striking, 72-lb, 10-mos old intact female GSD/Husky with a wonderful temperament. Kahlua is friendly, playful, and exuberant. She's huge for her age but her puppy-like movements and demeanor give her away. Other than her electric blue right eye and extra-thick, somewhat curved tail, Kahlua looks every bit a purebred GSD. She will surely grow to be in excess of 80 lbs, and perhaps as much as 90 lbs. Kahlua will be spayed prior to adoption.

Kahlua is friendly and outgoing with strangers. We're not sure how she is with children yet, but I'm sure she'll be great--except that she would initially overwhelm toddlers and even kids up to about 7 yrs or so due to her size, exuberance and lack of training.

Kahlua is awesome with other dogs. She did amazingly well with several other dogs at GSRSV's rescue ranch, playing fetch and flirting with "Ziggy" (3rd picture down at left). Click here for a video of Kahlua playing fetch with the other dogs. Kahlua's good behavior with the other dogs is especially impressive given the fact she has likely had little to no interaction with other dogs since she was a puppy.

We don't know how Kahlua is with cats, so I will only consider a home without cats for her.

We don't believe that Kahlua has had any formal obedience training, though she does seem to understand what "sit" means. She gets very jumpy and mouthy at times, which is typical of an untrained GSD Kahlua's age. I did walk her for a short distance on leash and she did fine, but we don't think she's had much experience walking on leash. Kahlua rode well in the car for over an hour--impressive given her lack of experience in vehicles. 

The reason we don't know a whole lot about Kahlua is that we are placing her for her owner who does not spend very much time with her. We do know that her owner has had her since she was no older than four months old, and perhaps even younger.

Jo, a neighbor of Kahlua's owner, met Kahlua when she was about four months old while walking her dogs. Since that time, Jo has never seen Kahlua out, but does see her trying to peek her head over the fence most times she walks by with her dogs.

Realizing that Kahlua was not receiving the attention and exercise a young GSD/Husky needs, Jo approached Kahlua's owner in January asking if she'd consider rehoming her. The owner agreed and let Jo bring Kahlua to GSRSV's rescue ranch for adoption evaluation.

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

Kahlua is located in Vallejo. Her adoption fee is $260.

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"Bri" is an 8-mos old (born 4-29-17), 40-lb spayed female GSD/Husky who is energetic, affectionate and playful. Bri will bark at strangers when she initially meets them, but is not at all aggressive; in fact, she's on the timid side. She took about 15 minutes to warm up to me, then was very affectionate. Bri is good with kids, though she's a little rambunctious and might overwhelm really young kids. Her owner Maria has taught Bri to sit when approached by young children so that she does not jump up on them. Bri presently lives with two older kids, 13 & 16 yrs. Bri will likely not grow to be more than 60 lbs.

Bri is good with other dogs, though initially nervous around them. She did fine with several dogs at GSRSV's rescue ranch after she overcame her initial nervousness. In fact, Bri did exceptionally well with the other dogs considering that she has not been around other dogs since she was a puppy other than seeing them on walks. Click here for a video of Bri interacting with the other dogs. 

Bri has never been around cats, but I'd consider a home for her with a cat who is used to large dogs and won't run away from her. She does chase after squirrels.

Bri is housetrained, but occasionally has accidents inside if Maria's kids are home and don't heed her signals that she needs to go outside. She "holds it" through the night. Maria keeps Bri crated during the day when she and her children are not home, as Bri will chew on objects which she's not supposed to chew otherwise.

Bri walks OK on a leash, but Maria uses a prong collar to give her extra control. Bri has not received any formal obedience training but does obey a few basic commands. She is very food-motivated so should be easy to train.

Bri loves to play fetch, play with chew toys and to go for car rides.

Maria adopted Bri at 9 wks of age from a neighbor whose female Husky and male German Shepherd "accidentally" mated. (Bri appears to have some other breed in her as well, but it's hard to pinpoint.) Maria thought that her kids would enjoy having a dog, but they have not provided the training and exercise for Bri she thought they would, and Maria works long hours. Though she is clearly attached to Bri, Maria is seeking a new home for her with people who will spend much more time with Bri.

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

Bri is located in Sacramento. Her adoption fee is $260.

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"Apollo" is a nearly 8-yo (in Feb 2018), approx 65-lb neutered male White Germans Shepherd who is playful, affectionate and protective. Apollo is very people-oriented and craves attention. He is fine with strangers at home when properly introduced, and is OK with strangers in neutral settings--though can be reactive towards some people when on leash. Apollo formerly lived with a 2-yo child and an 11-mos old baby and though he was fine with them in general, he would grab toys or balls from the kids' hands. A home without tots is in order for Apollo.

Apollo does fine with the GSRSV dogs he lives with and he also did well with the 8-9 yo male Great Dane he formerly lived with. However, in hid former home when Apollo saw other dogs while walking on leash he would get extremely agitated: barking, lunging and snapping. If he was far enough away from other dogs he would not exhibit the reactive behavior at all.

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

Apollo is fully housetrained and prefers to be indoors. Once his owners' first baby was old enough to start handling objects and toys and Apollo began to take them out of his hand, the owners relegated him to outside the house (with access to the garage).

Apollo's owners took him through three multi-session training courses to try to help him overcome his on-leash reactivity towards other dogs. Though it helped, walking Apollo was still a challenge. His owners have used a prong collar when walking him since his early training sessions. He rides fine in a vehicle and enjoys the rides.

Apollo is crazy about toys and loves to play fetch; he's good about returning the ball or other object to you and dropping it. Apollo also loves anything water, and is crazy about snapping at the water stream from a hose. He is also an avid swimmer. (Click here for a video of Apollo fetching a stick in the pond at GSRSV's rescue ranch.)

Apollo's owners purchased him as a 6-wk old puppy prior to having children. They were very attached to him but knew it was not fair to keep him outside, so they sought GSRSV's assistance in finding him a new home.

Apollo's adoption fee is $160.

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"Apollo L" is a handsome, 90-lb, 2-yo neutered male GSD who is very sociable and playful. Apollo loves human companionship and is friendly with everyone he meets. He has not been around really young children that we know of, but I have every reason to believe the he'll be very good with them.

Apollo is great with other dogs. He was perfectly behaved around several other dogs at GSRSV's rescue ranch. (Click here for video.)

Apollo is NOT good with cats, so we will only consider a home without cats for him.

Apollo is housetrained and spent his first year as a house dog. He has been kept outdoors over the past year due to allergies suffered by one of his caretakers. I'm not sure how Apollo is on leash as his caretakers do not walk him but rather let him roam on their three acres. Apollo is not great about responding to basic commands, but is surely out of practice. Apollo rides well in a car and likes to go for rides.

Apollo loves to play fetch and is good about bringing the ball back. He apparently likes to swim, as he went right into the pond at GSRSV's rescue ranch (see video).

Matthew, the son of Apollo's caretakers, adopted him from a friend at about 3-4 months when the friend was told by his parents that he could not have a dog after bringing him home. Matthew began attending dental school in Southern California about a year ago and left Apollo with his parents. Though they are both fond of Apollo they do not have time to devote to him and again, one of them is allergic to dogs.

Because Apollo is left outside, he's become quite bored and has found a way to get off the property. Though he simply goes to the first person he finds, it has created a difficult situation for his caretakers and so they have sought GSRSV's assistance in rehoming him.

GSRSV has evaluated Apollo on and is placing him as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Apollo through its adoption program while his guardians continue to care for him. (Note: GSRSV originally posted Apoillo for adoption on 6-30-17 but removed him on 10-24-17 when Apollo's caretaker asked me to. He has since requested that I re-post him.)

Apollo is located in Elk Grove. His adoption fee is $260.

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"Bear" is a 6½-yo (born June 30, 2011), approx 75-lb neutered male longcoat GSD who is very loyal, playful and well-behaved. Bear is friendly with strangers, but is appropriately protective (vocal) inside the house towards visitors until he's assured they are OK. Bear is great with children of all ages--he loves to cuddle and takes treats gently.

Bear is OK with other dogs he meets, but is vocally protective at times when other dogs approach his owner. However, it's all bark--no bite--and only takes a quick "no" to stop the behavior. Bear is great w/ the 10-yo female GSD he lives with, and good w/ the male Corgi he lives with--though sometimes they have their little spats. Bear is also good w/ a female Mini-Aussie/Rat Terrier he visits often.

Bear is not good with cats.

Bear has excellent house manners and can be left inside for upwards of eight hours with no problems whatsoever. Bear received professional training when he was about 2-3 yrs of age, and readily obeys basic commands in English & German. Bear is great on-leash and has his training reinforced daily. (Click here for a video of Bear's owner walking him on leash at GSRSV's rescue ranch.) However, Bear's off-leash recall is not very good due to the fact he has not had much practice in this area. Also, Bear is somewhat reactive towards other dogs when on leash, but his focus can be quickly redirected.

Bear loves to play fetch, play tug-of-war, and to splash in water. Bear's owner is not sure if Bear full-on swims as she's never had him at a deep body of water; my hunch is that Bear would go right in.

Bear's owner Kelly raised him from a 4-mos old pup. The bond between Kelly and Bear is obvious, but due to financial difficulties she is facing the prospect of having to rehome Bear. She is presently living at her daughter's house, but her daughter will be moving in mid-February and Kelly has been unable to find a suitable place to rent that allows a large dog like Bear. Though she's still hoping to find a rental where she can keep Bear, I'm posting Bear for adoption at this time to try to have an adopter lined up in advance.

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

Bear is located in Marysville. His adoption fee is $210.

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"Cody" is a handsome, 9-yo (born 7-7-08) neutered male GSD who is happy, devoted and mellow. Cody is very friendly with everyone he meets, and would be a great therapy dog. His foster caretaker states that Cody "is the happiest creature on earth: very social, inquisitive, and doesn’t ask for much--just be with his person." Cody is great with kids of all ages--he's respectful and calm.

Cody is great with other dogs, and presently lives in a foster home with four other dogs (all 50 lbs or more). Cody previously lived at GSRSV's rescue ranch, and was always good with the dogs there. Though we have not observed Cody w/ small dogs, I'm confident that Cody would be fine with them as well.

Cody is good with his foster caretaker's cats, so I will consider a home with cats for him.

Cody is housetrained and his house manners are impeccable. He's had access to the outside via a dog door at both GSRSV's ranch and his current foster home, but would surely be OK inside in a house w/out a dog door.

Cody has polite leash skills and is non-reactive when he sees other dogs. He's comfortable walking through a crowd of people or just hanging out with his person. He's well-mannered in a vehicle and loves to go for rides.

Cody loves to play fetch--his favorite toy in his former home was a flattened football. Cody is in great shape for his age-- he's a "straight-backed" GSD w/ no visible signs of hip dysplasia, and runs as well as walks.

GSRSV began boarding Cody (along w/ his mate "Jenna") back in Dec 2016 when his owner decided he could no longer keep them. After awhile, GSRSV assumed ownership of both dogs. Unfortunately, Jenna passed away in March but Cody took it in stride. A foster caretaker took Cody in to her home in November 2017, where he's living now.

Cody is located in Rancho Cordova. His adoption fee is $160.

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"Koda" is a very loving, energetic and protective 5-yo neutered male longcoat GSD mix (perhaps mixed w/ Chow or Finnish Lapphund). He always wants to be near you, touching you or just watching you with his loving gaze. Koda is friendly with strangers on neutral ground and when properly introduced, but does not take kindly to workers in the yard or unintroduced guests—he has nipped a few people (usually from behind). Koda is fine with children, but he is protective of both food and toys, so a home with children under 10 is not advised. 

Koda is a "mixed bag" with other dogs. On the one hand, he was a great playmate with a female Pit Bull for a few years and did OK w/ most of the greeting dogs at GSRSV's rescue ranch most of the time he was there to be evaluated. (Click here for a video of Koda walking harmoniously w/ some of those dogs.) On the other hand, Koda displayed aggression to a few of the GSRSV greeting dogs and is generally reactive towards other dogs when on leash. It's my strong belief that Koda's aggressive behavior was out of protectiveness of his owner Nicole. I was able to call off Koda each time he tried to stir things up w/ one of my dogs, but I don’t think that Nicole or her husband have established clear authority w/ Koda to be able to do this. 

It's clear that Koda lacks socialization towards other dogs, which in turn is mostly due to his owners' hesitancy to take him to dog parks and similar canine social settings. It's my belief that Koda just needs some firm guidance and redirection w/ other dogs, but it will definitely entail some work.  

Koda chases cats and other small animals, so we will only consider a home without cats for him.   

Koda is fully housetrained and never a problem inside the house. He received three months of formal training in a resident training kennel to try to address his nipping issues, on-leash reactions to other dogs and improve his response to commands; the training was somewhat successful, but there was little follow-up. 

Koda pulls somewhat when on leash, so his owners use a choke collar. Koda would probably do much better on leash with an authoritative handler. He likes to go for car rides and is a good passenger.  

Koda loves to chase after balls, but does not always return them to you. He also loves "stuffies."

Koda's owners adopted him from a family that was fostering him for some people who found him abandoned in a campground in Arnold when he was about 1 yr old. While Koda's owners are attached to him, they didn't think he would do well with their expectant baby due to his food and object possessiveness. Nicole brought Koda to her parents' house in Rancho Murietta about 1½ yrs ago, just before she had her baby. It was supposed to be a temporary arrangement, so now Nicole is seeking a new, permanent home for Koda.

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

Koda is located in Rancho Murietta. His adoption fee is $210.

Posted 2-27-17

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"Luci" is a large (about 85 lbs), 5-yo (born 11-16-12) spayed female GSD/Lab who is friendly, energetic, and somewhat hard-headed. Luci's father was a purebred  GSD and her mother a purebred Labrador Retriever. Luci is great with people, though she does alarm bark appropriately when people come to the door. Luci is great with kids, and grew up w/ a 1-yo girl (now 6) as well as two other children now 11 & 9.

Luci is great with other dogs for the most part, and lives harmoniously with a 14-yo female Lab. She was also excellent with several dogs at GSRSV's rescue ranch. (Click here to see a video of her running among the other dogs.) However, Luci is very protective of her territory towards other dogs, and will charge at--and in some cases fight with--dogs near her house if she gets out.   

Luci is not good with cats.

Luci is housetrained and well-behaved in the house for the most part, but she will get up on counters if there is food within reach and she is not supervised. Luci received obedience training when she was 1 yr old, and obeys basic commands. However, she could use some off-leash training to improve her recall.

Luci pulls fairly hard on leash--nothing that the 11-yo and 9-yo kids can't handle, but she's far too strong for the 6-yo.

Luci enjoys going for car rides and travels well. She likes to swim and play fetch.

Luci's owners have had her since she was a puppy. Though they are very attached to her, Luci's propensity for dashing out the door when given the opportunity (especially by their 6-yo daughter) has created too many "situations" and her owners are worried that she might hurt another dog or get hit by a car. Reluctantly, they are seeking a new home for her through GSRSV.

[Note from GSRSV: with proper training and firm leadership, I'm certain that Luci's "door dashing" would be resolved.]

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

Luci is located in Folsom. Her adoption fee is $160.

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"Meeka" is a beautiful, 7¾-yo (born April 2010) spayed female GSD who is very friendly and outgoing. Meeka is good with strangers, but sometimes will growl and bark at people who are nervous around her. She is a good watchdog.

Meeka is good with other dogs for the most part, but does not always get along with other female dogs.  Meeka was great with all the dogs she met at GSRSV's rescue ranch, which included two females. (Click here for a video of Meeka romping around w/ the other dogs.)

Meeka is great with cats. She's  grown up with cats and presently lives with two of them. She will playfully chase them if they run, but has never hurt them.

Meeka is housetrained and very comfortable in a crate. Her owner leaves her in the crate when he's gone for any length of time because he does not want her up on the furniture and if not crated, Meeka will get comfy on the couch.

Meeka is great on leash and rides very well in a car.

Meeka's owner Scott adopted her at 1-yr old from a private party who simply didn't want a dog anymore. Though he's very attached to

her, he's seeking a new home for her because he moved into a home with with two other female dogs, who Meeka has issues with on occasion.

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

Meeka is located in Vacaville. Her adoption fee is $160.

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"Neko" is a large (and quite overweight at 110 lbs) 6-7 yo spayed female GSD who is sweet with those she knows but very protective on her home turf and when on leash. When at home she will go after strangers if they show even the slightest hesitancy towards her. I saw this first-hand at Neko's home in Gridley. She was fine with me in the backyard initially, but when I approached her and offered my hand I became nervous and withdrew my hand and Neko charged after me.

I believe that Neko's owners do not know how to respond to Neko's protective behavior with the necessary firmness required, which has enabled the behavior to develop into the problem it is now. I believe that with the proper "alpha leadership", Neko can still become a dog who is able to peacefully interact with strangers at home.

Away from the house and when off-leash, Neko is pretty much like a " normal" dog. Neko is good with her owner's grandkids, though she gets a little over-excited when they run and will sometimes jump on them.

Neko is fine with other dogs, as I saw when she visited GSRSV's rescue ranch on July 12. (Click here for video.) She's fairly independent, though, and not really interested in playing with other dogs.

Neko is NOT good with cats, so we will only consider homes without cats for her.

Neko enjoys being in the house and is well mannered inside.

Neko does pull somewhat when walking on leash, but not so hard that it's a problem. However, if Neko sees a cat all leash manners are forgotten and she goes bonkers.

Neko loves to play fetch and apparently likes water, too, as can be seen in the video of her at the GSRSV rescue ranch.

Neko's owners Larry & Debbie purchased her from a breeder in Chico back in 2013. Neko's original owner returned her to the breeder after two years reportedly because she barked all the time. That has not been a problem since Larry & Debbie have had her, even when they leave her outside in a kennel when they have people over.

Larry & Debbie are seeking a new home for Neko because Debbie is terminally ill with cancer and Larry does not envision having enough time to spend with Neko once Debbie is gone.

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

Neko is located in Gridley. Her adoption fee is $160.

Posted 8-1-17

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"Ranger" is a 4-yo neutered male GSD who is loving towards his primary person but is fearful of strangers and typically shows aggression towards most people--at least in the house. Ranger lives with a young woman (Maykah) and her parents, and is only comfortable with Maykah and her father. He is a "project dog" with great potential, but requires an experienced, determined owner.

Ranger is terribly undersocialized, in large part because he showed aggression (certainly fear-based) towards people at a very young age and Maykah responded by limiting his interactions with strangers. This is a classic catch-22 in which the response (limiting interaction) to a behavior has unwittingly amplified the behavior.

Ranger was somewhat nervous at the GSRSV rescue ranch nearly the entire time he was there (about 1.5 hrs), but he did show considerable improvement over the course of his visit. Ranger never did show aggression towards me, and at one point came over to my chair without my coaxing and sniffed my hand. He let me walk him on leash and was fairly calm, but towards the end of our walk he became somewhat frantic and so I handed him back to Maykah.

Ranger is a mixed bag with other dogs. He lives with a submissive 3-yo Airedale Terrier (Hobbs), but it took months for Ranger to accept Hobbs and he is still both food-aggressive and toy-aggressive towards Hobbs.

Ranger was predictably fearful of the dogs he met at GSRSV's rescue ranch, snapping whenever a dog would approach him (though he never did make contact). Each time Ranger snapped at one of my dogs I would scold him, and he would always retreat. In nearly every case, Maykah did nothing to rebuke Ranger. It became immediately apparent to me that Maykah has enabled Ranger's fear-aggressive behavior by not disciplining him properly. In fact, I probably scolded Maykah for not controlling Ranger as  often as I scolded Ranger! I initially had about six dogs out to greet Ranger but that seemed overwhelming to him, so I reduced the number to two and that clearly helped with Ranger's anxiety.  

Ranger is not good with cats.

Ranger loves to go on walks and to play fetch.

I could see the affection behind Ranger's nervousness, and I believe he has tremendous potential to improve. It's possible that Ranger has an anxiety disorder that could be helped with a medication such as Prozac. Though I do attribute much of Ranger's behavioral issues to lack of leadership from his owner, it's clear that Ranger's behaviors are also genetic in nature as he reportedly exhibited aggression towards people at just 10 wks--two weeks after he was brought home.

Ranger's family purchased him from a private party at 8 wks old. They are seeking a new home for him not just because of his fear-aggression, but because Ranger dominates Hobbs (the Airedale) who is Maykah's PTSD Service Dog. 

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

Ranger is located in the Arden Park area of Sacramento.  His adoption fee is $260.

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Adoption Pending!

"Rocky" is a handsome, approx 80-lb, 7-yo black/red, neutered male GSD who is very friendly, confident and easy-going. Rocky is very accepting of strangers and has no issues with visitors inside the house. He is good with children, having grown up with a family with three kids, the youngest being 4 yrs old when he was brought home. However, Rocky is uncomfortable being hugged (he'll growl when embraced), so we feel it would be best to place Rocky in a home with children no younger than 10.

Rocky is great with other dogs--confident but not at all dominant. (Click here for a video of Rocky with a few other dogs at GSRSV's rescue ranch.) When two of GSRSV's dogs started to harass Rocky, he simply moved away from them.

Two years ago, Rocky lived with two kittens for about a year and did well with them. There are five cats in his present home, and one of the bolder cats has made friends with Rocky and will lay down right next to him.

Rocky is well-trained and good in the house. He plays with his designated couch pillow-toys, but leaves other pillows alone! He walks well on leash--he wants to lead, but does not pull hard. He is also not reactive towards other dogs on walks. Rocky has very good recall off-leash.

Rocky loves to swim, go on hikes & walks, and go for car rides. He'd be a great dog for an outdoor-oriented family or individual. He's very athletic and is in great shape.

Rocky's former owner adopted him when he was one yr old. Recently, he became unable to keep Rocky any longer so his parents took Rocky in. Though they know Rocky well and trust him, they have five cats and two little dogs and are nervous having Rocky around so many small critters. So, they sought GSRSV's assistance in seeking a permanent home for him.

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

Rocky is located in Roseville. His adoption fee is $160.

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Adoption Pending!

"Sally" is a beautiful, approx 55-lb 2-yo spayed female GSD who is playful, energetic and affectionate. Sally loves people and will always be by your side. She is friendly with strangers, though I imagine she'll be protective once she bonds with one person or one family. I have no doubt that Sally will be good with young children given her sweet temperament. She loves to cuddle!

Sally is great with the other dogs at GSRSV's rescue ranch, both male and female. I had previously stated that Sally was an alpha female, but I've learned otherwise. In fact, she is one to entirely avoid conflict. She's not so much a player with other dogs--she prefers to play fetch or hunt for rabbits and rodents on the property.

I don't know how Sally is with cats, but she has a very strong prey drive. Due to this high prey drive, I will only consider a home without cats for Sally.

Sally is housetrained and very well behaved in the house. She was formerly prone to counter-surfing, but has learned to stay off the counters.

I have not had Sally on leash much, but when I have she seemed to be pretty good about not pulling. Sally loves to run, so would likely be a great jogging partner. Sally is a high-energy dog, and I would prefer placing her in a home where she will have the opportunity to either run off-leash in open spaces or go on long runs fairly often.

Sally is crazy about playing fetch, and is a champ. She'll drop the ball right at your feet and wait for you to pick it up without trying to grab it. She will play for hours if you're up to it!

Sally was brought to the Stanislaus County shelter in Modesto as a stray on 5-24-17. GSRSV rescued her on

Sally's adoption fee is $260.

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"Tessa" is a 9-yr, 9-mos old (born 12-12-07) spayed female GSD who is sweet, family oriented and protective. Tessa is fine meeting strangers on neutral ground, but at home she needs to have a formal introduction--usually involving treats. Tessa was raised with very young children and did fine with them, but now that she's 10 yrs old she would probably be better matched with older kids who are mature enough to respect Tessa's personal space.

Tessa is fine with other dogs, both large and small, and does well at dog parks. (Click here for a short video of Tessa on leash encountering two other dogs at a park.) Tessa has always been an only dog, however, and has never met a dog on her own turf. However, since her new home will not be her own turf at first, I don't foresee any problems with Tessa in a home w/ another dog.

Tessa has never been around cats, so we will only consider homes without cats for her.

Tessa is fully housetrained and remains inside during the day when her present owner is away at work. She sleeps on a dog bed in her owner's bedroom.

Tessa is good on leash and does not get overly excited when she sees other dogs--maybe a slight pull on the leash, but she immediately responds to verbal correction. She never received formal obedience training, but is responsive to multiple commands.

Tessa loves to play catch, to swim, and to go for car rides.

Tessa is reportedly in good health, but her owner Michelle states that she walks slowly, has more or less become a couch potato, and needs a ramp to get in the car. Michelle also states that Tessa weighs approx 110 lbs--which is WAY overweight and likely accounts for Tessa's lack of vitality. I have seen this with many, many German Shepherds--especially the old ones. If Tessa weighed about 80 lbs, she would be a completely different dog. Imagine walking around all day with a 30-lb backpack! Whoever adopts Tessa must be serious about reducing Tessa's weight considerably--and to not give in to those begging eyes! 

Michelle purchased Tessa from a breeder in Illinois when she was a young pup. She is going through a divorce after ten years, and has been unable to find affordable rental housing suitable for her and her two kids that will accept Tessa. Michelle will likely have to be out of her house by early November.

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

Tessa is located in Sparks, NV.  Her adoption fee is $110.

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OK with Cats!
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 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.

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Adopted 1-23-18!

"Mimi" is a beautiful, approx 65-lb, 2-yo (born Aug 2015) spayed female GSD who is affectionate, energetic and playful. Mimi is very loving and enjoys cuddling. She is friendly with strangers and great with young children. Mimi was previously in a house with a 2-yo boy who she let crawl all over him without putting up a fuss!

Mimi is good with other dogs and very playful. (Click here for a video of her playing with her former canine partner "Bruno.") However, I don't know how she is with small dogs. Mimi is somewhat of an alpha female, and showed people-possessive behavior towards a young male GSD mix in a previous foster home. (She would get snarky if the young dog approached her when she was receiving attention.) If Mimi is to go to a home with another dog, I'd prefer her matched with a confident male.

Mimi is not good with cats.

Mimi is housetrained and very well behaved when left inside the house. She knows what her toys are and what she's not to play with, and does not counter surf. Mimi is very obedient--she stops a behavior immediately when you tell her to stop and she quickly goes to a place you direct her.

Mimi loves to run, and is a good jogging partner. She loves to fetch and play with squeaky toys. Above all, Mimi loves to bite water streaming from a hose. If you have plastic sprinklers, you'll probably want to keep Mimi inside when they come on or she'll likely damage them when.

Mimi loves going for car rides and is a good passenger.

Mimi is very healthy but is does have one minor medical condition that she's being treated for called exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI). EPI is the inability of the pancreas to manufacture and secrete the necessary enzymes required by the body to digest food and absorb nutrients, causing loose stools and weight loss. EPI is readily treated by supplying the missing pancreatic enzymes in the form of a powder, called pancreatin. The powder is added to a dog's food (grain free), moistened, and allowed to activate for about 20 minutes. That's it!

Mimi only requires approx 1 tsp of pancreatin per day to fully manage her EPI. The cost of Mimi's daily pancreatin, when ordered at the 1 kg size and 8X strength from the renowned Website, is approx $0.50/day. She has been receiving pancreatin since April 2017, when she tested positive for EPI.

Mimi's former owner Sheila found her at about four months old in Dec 2015 eating from a dumpster behind a restaurant. Sheila adopted her and brought her UTD on vaccinations. She and her family became very attached to Mimi, but in May of 2017 Sheila's landlord bound out about Mimi and told her she couldn't keep her any longer. GSRSV took Mimi in on 5-16-17. A man in Sacramento adopted Mimi on 9-3-17, but had to return her to GSRSV on 12-19-17 due to his 2-yo son's sever allergies to her.

Mimi is now in a foster home in Antelope. Her adoption fee is $260, which includes a 2-wk supply of pancreatin.

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Adopted 1-16-18!

"Wendell" is an approx 4-yo, 70-lb neutered male GSD mix with a calm, sweet demeanor. Wendell is very affectionate and likes to be wherever his people are. He loves to cuddle, and if not allowed on the couch he'll nuzzle his head under your arms. Wendell is very friendly with everyone he meets; he's a people-dog, for sure! He still occasionally greets people by very gently standing and putting his paws on their chest, but this behavior is becoming less frequent.

No worries about overly-protective behavior with Wendell;  if you're looking for a good watchdog, keep looking! Wendell is good with young kids and presently lives with a 7-yr old girl (Rayne). Click here for a very cute video of Wendell playing with a "flirt pole" handled by Rayne's friend Abby.

Wendell has proven himself to be good with other dogs for the most part, but every now and then he gets into it with another dog for some reason. When Wendell came to stay at my place on Dec 9, he was initially very defensive of his personal space and would growl any time a dog got too close. However, within a few days that behavior disappeared altogether. It was obvious to me that Wendell had not received much socialization w/ other dogs previously, and his improvement over such a short time has been amazing. He's now living peacefully (for the most part) with two large female dogs in a foster home. (Click here for a picture of Wendell and his canine housemates.)

Wendell is housetrained for the most part; it's been a learning experience for him as he was clearly an outdoor dog previously. While Wendell was at my house (which has a dog door) for a week, he never had an accident inside. However, at his foster home he's had some accidents when left inside uncrated. His foster mom keeps him in a crate at night, as he can pace restlessly if left loose.

Wendell has exhibited some separation anxiety when left inside alone, so he would best be kept outdoors or inside in a crate when his people are gone--at least until he's comfortable in his new home.

Wendell walks well on a leash and rides great in a car--very calm, even for long distances. He rode with his head in my lap all the way from south Sacramento the first time he was in my truck. 

GSRSV rescued Wendell from the Stanislaus County Shelter on 12-9-17 just a day before he was going to be put down. He's been in a foster home in Oakdale since 12-15-17. Wendell's adoption fee is $160.

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Adopted 1-14-18!

"Kaiser" is an approx 75 lb, 2.5  year old neutered male GSD who is very easy going, affectionate and sweet. He has a gorgeous, plush black and tan/red coat—it looks like a longcoat, but unlike a true longcoat Kaiser has an undercoat like traditional-coated GSDs. Kaiser is trusting and will let you examine him in any way. (Click here for a short video of Martin of Martin's NorCal Dog Training picking up Kaiser upon meeting him for the first time.)

Kaiser is great with people.  He just wants to be with his family and to hang out. He is appropriately protective of the home and will bark at new people that come into the home, but will warm up to them once he knows they are friends. He is good with strangers he meets while out on walks.  Kaiser has been around children (ages 10, 8 and 5) and was very good with him. He takes treats very gently from hand.

Kaiser is good with other dogs but is very sensitive to any behavior that he perceives as aggression—then he gets somewhat defensive. He would do well with a non-alpha dog or as an only dog--if not left alone for long periods of time. He gets along fine with the female GSD that he lives with in his foster home.

Kaiser was great with a few dog-savvy cats in a couple of situations—one in a home and one at a pet food store. He does show interest in chasing cats that run away from him during his walks. He would likely do fine with dog-savvy cats that don’t run away.

Kaiser has a bit of separation anxiety--if left in the backyard alone for long periods of time he will bark or howl and can be a bit destructive. This behavior will likely get better as he gets used to his new living situation—this profile was written only two weeks after he arrived at his foster home. He does not exhibit separation anxiety when left in the backyard with his foster brother and sister, so a home with another dog would be best for him.

Kaiser is housetrained and waits by the door when he has to relieve himself.  He likes to get up on furniture when you aren’t looking, but he is polite in the house otherwise and settles down appropriately. Kaiser is making progress with his house manners in his foster home and responds well to correction. He is food-motivated and has taken to crate training well in his foster home.

Kaiser is still learning how to walk without pulling. Also, he is very reactive toward other dogs when on leash. It's likely that his reactiveness is an eagerness to meet other dogs, as pictured in the video here where Martin of Martin's Norcal Dog Training introduces Kaiser to a female dog. Nonetheless, he will need a strong,  experienced owner to help him overcome his on-leash reactiveness.

Kaiser loves car rides and is a great passenger.

Kaiser needs a person or family that is willing to continue helping him develop good house manners and has the time to train him in basic obedience commands (sit, stay, etc). His adopter’s efforts will be rewarded with unconditional love and devotion.

The parents of Kaiser's original owner took him in from their daughter when she moved to an apartment that didn't allow large dogs. The parents didn't have time or space for Kaiser, so GSRSV took him in from them on 12-8-17.

Kaiser is presently in a foster home in Carmichael. His adoption fee is $260.

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Adopted 1-13-18!

"Juneau" is an 8-yo (born 5-1-09)neutered male White GSD with a wonderful, easy-going temperament. Juneau is very affectionate and quite people-oriented. Though Juneau is great with people, he is protective of his own territory and will charge and bark at strangers outside of the house if they are not accompanied by his own people.

Juneau is great with young children, having formerly lived with a 5-yo boy and a 2-yo girl. He was even tolerant of the 2-yo swinging sticks at him! He loves to be petted and scratched.

Juneau is great with other dogs and somewhat on the submissive side. He was a regular dog park visitor in both of his last two homes but has never been particularly playful w/ other dogs--he much prefers people.

Juneau is also great with cats. He grew up w/ a cat in his original home and co-existed well with two cats in his previous home.

Juneau is very well-behaved both inside and outside the house. He is fully housetrained and never had an accident inside in either his previous home or at GSRSV's rescue ranch (where he presently resides). Juneau walks well on leash and has good recall off-leash.

Juneau loves to go for rides in a car and is a calm passenger--at least until nearing a familiar destination, then he gets typically excited.

Juneau loves to play with balls and was developing into quite a good retriever in his previous home. He also enjoys splashing around in water. 

Juneau was raised by a family from the time he was 11 wks old. In 2016, increases in their work schedules reduced the time they had to spend with Juneau, so they sought GSRSV's assistance in rehoming him. A family in Portola Valley adopted Juneau in June 2016. Juneau immediately captured their hearts, but they live in an "HOA community" that forbid fences. While Juneau would respect the 3-ft railing around their deck, there was nothing to stop him from running up to and barking at people when he was off the deck unless he was on-leash. Fearing a "situation" and not wanting to confine Juneau to a kennel, his last adopters sadly decided to return him to GSRSV in November 2016. 

Juneau's adoption fee is $160.

Posted 11-28-17