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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 Furan 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 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 May 20, 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 05/20/18.

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"Bennett" is a large, 1½-yo (born 9-7-16) neutered male GSD who is sweet, playful and very well-socialized. Bennett weighs 95 lbs, is not a pound overweight, and effortlessly leaps into the back of a 4X4 full-size pick-up.

Bennett is friendly with strangers, both on his home turf and away from it. He has done very well with children and though he has yet to be around kids under 7 yrs, I have no doubts he will be good with children of any age.

Bennett is great with other dogs, both large and small. He presently lives with two Boston Terriers and two Chihuahua mixes who he does very well with. He has also spent time with a Yellow Lab. Bennett was awesome with the dogs at GSRSV's rescue ranch right from the start. He just wanted to play and was politely submissive to the one dog (a female) who showed some dominance towards him. I see "dog park" written all over Bennett.

The only cat that Bennett has been around much always runs away from him when he approaches it. Though Bennett doesn't chase after the cat, it's hard to say that Bennett would be OK living with a cat. I will consider a home with a dog-savvy cat for Bennett, but everything else being equal, I would choose a home without cats for him.

Bennett is housetrained but still not fully trustworthy when left inside a house by himself--he'll chew on some items he shouldn't. He is presently kept in a dog run when his people are gone, but otherwise is welcome inside. He is used to sleeping in a crate and takes well to it.

Bennett has not received formal obedience training, but he does obey basic commands such as "sit", "shake" and "lie down." He walks very well on leash and tends to stay right by his person's side. He rides well in a car and enjoys travelling.

Bennett loves to play fetch and is great about dropping the ball upon return. Bennett loves swimming, though he is afraid of swimming pools as he fell in one when he was younger and was traumatized. He couldn't get enough of the pond at GSRSV's rescue ranch, though. (Click here for a video.)

Bennett's curent owner is a young woman who purchased him at six weeks of age in Texas. She now lives with her husband in an apartment and is expecting her first baby in August. Knowing that even now--before she has her baby--she can not give Bennett the time and outdoor activity he deserves, she is seeking a new home for him. Her grandparents took Bennett into their home on Friday, 5-18, and he will remain with them until he is adopted.   

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

Bennett is located in Citrus Heights. His adoption fee is $260.

Posted 5-20-18

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"Margret" is a beautiful, nearly 2-yo spayed female GSD who is very sweet, playful and well-behaved. Margret is affectionate with her people and sleeps on their bed at times. She is friendly with strangers who come to the house but she does alarm bark appropriately. Margret was great with the 8-yr old daughter of the GSRSV volunteer who evaluated her, readily letting her pet and play with her.

Margret gets along fine with other dogs for the most part, but recently began having skirmishes with the 3-yo female Border Collie who was in the home before Margret came along. (It is not unusual for a female GSD at Margret's age to begin having conflict with another female dog who she had previously got along with.) When the GSRSV volunteer evaluated Margret, she brought her 8-yo female GSD Husky and Margret got along fine with her. (Click here for video.) Margret's issue with the Border Collie is not caused by any innate aggression, but rather by her desire to be the "top bitch" in the house. Needless to say, we'll seek a home without another female dog for Margret.

It is unknown how Margret is with cats, so we will only consider a home without cats for her.

Margret is housetrained and calm inside. She often stays inside when her owners are gone.

Margret has received formal obedience training and is a quick learner. Margret has not had much recent experience on leash as her owners have a large property so are able to exercise her without a leash. She rides fine in a vehicle.

Margret enjoys playing fetch and catching a Frisbee. She also likes to bite the water stream from a hose.

Margret's owners Karen and Dean purchased Margret when she was  eight months old. Though Margret is a valued member of their family, her skirmishes with the Border Collie are becoming more frequent and more intense, and to prevent a disaster they are seeking a new home for Margret.

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

Margret is located in Oakdale. Her adoption fee is $260.

Posted 5-17-18

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"Apollo" is an 8-yo (born Feb 2010), 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.

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 his 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 consider 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.

Posted 12-27-16; updated 1-9-18

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"Apollo L" is a handsome, 80-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.

Re-posted 1-21-18

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"Athena" is a beautiful, 65-lb, 3-4 yo spayed female GSD who is playful, energetic and devoted. With her sable coat, Athena appears to be a classic East European working-type GSD, and her energy and prey drive certainly back that up.

Athena is very friendly with people, including strangers. She is great with children and was fine with a 5-yr old child hugging her.

Athena is good with medium and large dogs, and is good buddies with the male GSD she lives with. She was great w/ the several GSDs she met at GSRSV's rescue ranch. (Click here for a video of Athena with those dogs.)  However, Athena is NOT good with small dogs; she will go after them like they are rabbits.

Athena is also not good with cats or livestock.

Athena is housetrained, but spends most of her time outside with her male GSD friend. She has received some basic obedience training and responds to basic commands in German. When it's time for walks, Athena does pull strongly at first, but settles down quickly. She is excitable and will jump up on you out of affection if you're not firm with her.

Athena loves to play fetch and is good about bringing the ball back. She also loves water and to swim.

Athena's owners Glenda & Todd purchased her from a private party in Chico about two years ago. Athena has been a valued member of their family, but they have always had to keep her separate from their little dogs. Recently, Athena was able to get to Glenda's Chihuahua and attacked it (fortunately, the wounds weren't bad). Fearing a similar incident, they've sought GSRSV's assistance in rehoming her.

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

Athena is located in Oakdale. Her adoption fee is $210.

Posted 3-13-18

"Buddy" is a 3½-yo neutered male GSD mix who is well-tempered, affectionate and playful. Buddy is friendly with everyone he meets. He loves attention and to receive belly rubs. He likes being around kids and is gentle with young children, as shown in the 2nd picture from top at left.

Buddy is good with other dogs. He presently lives with two male GSDs (Thor & Roscoe) who he gets along with great. Buddy likes to emulate what Thor and Roscoe do. If they get up and go outside he will follow. When he is with them on thjeir routine romps at the creek he will not run off to the water until one of the others does. (Click here for a video.)

Buddy is not good with cats.

Buddy is housetrained and exceptionally well-behaved inside. He has been inside for up to 12 hours with no accidents!

Buddy walks well on leash and has good recall off-leash. He is very good in crowds and around strangers.

Buddy rides well in a car and gets very excited when it comes time for a trip. He enjoys splashing in water, but I never saw him swim when he was at GSRSV's rescue ranch.

GSRSV rescued Buddy from the Stanislaus County Shelter on March 3, 2017.

Buddy's adoption fee is $210. He is presently in a foster home in Elk Grove.

Posted 4-28-18; updated 5-4-18.

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"Caesar" is a 5-yo neutered male longcoat GSD with an exceptional temperament. Caesar is mellow but playful, friendly but very tuned to his owner, smart but not mischievous.

Caesar is good w/ strangers and allowed me to pet him through the window of the vehicle he arrived in when I evaluated him. He is great with kids of all ages, and is very gentle w/ his owner's 2-yo granddaughter (see bottom picture at left), even when she tosses him a ball.

Caesar is good with other dogs, both large and small--though he is not really one for playing with other dogs; at dog parks, he pretty much just goes his own way or hangs out with his owner. He presently lives with a male Rat Terrier and is fine with him.

Caesar was raised with a cat and was good buddies with it. He does pull on the leash when he sees cats on walks, but it's not your uncontrolled GSD prey drive excitement.

As stated, Caesar is very smart. He obeys basic commands readily. He's figured out how to open the dead bolt on the front door, open inside doors with lever handles, and can even open a sliding glass door. However, Caesar is not an escape artist at all. Caesar is good on leash and has great recall off-leash. His owners routinely take him camping with them and usually leave him off-leash since he stays close to the campsite.

Caesar is very well behaved inside and never chews on anything he shouldn't.  He goes outside as he please via a dog door. Caesar's only "bad" behavior is that he occasionally jumps up on people who he knows in his excitement to see them.

Caesar loves to swim, and will do so on his own for quite awhile.  He loves to play fetch, especially with a Frisbee. (Click here for a video of Caesar fetching tennis balls in the pond at GSRSV's rescue ranch.)

Caesar's owner purchased him from a breeder when he was five months old. Though he is very attached to Caesar, he is seeking a new home for him because his daughter is moving in with him & his wife soon and is expecting her second child--who will require surgery to correct a heart defect not long after birth. Though Caesar would likely be just fine with the baby, the stress over the baby's pending surgery and follow-up care has his wife and daughter worried about the smallest little disruption--such as Caesar waking up the baby by barking. Reluctantly, Woody is seeking a good new home for Caesar.

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

Caesar is located in Roseville. His adoption fee is $210.

Posted 5-11-18

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"Dexter" is a 1-yo neutered male GSD who is loving, playful, and somewhat insecure. Dexter is friendly with all adults he meets, and is great with his family's three children (11, 8 & 5 yrs old). He often sleeps with one of the kids, and loves to cuddle. However, he is fearful of new children--whether inside his home or away from it--and displays aggression towards some.

Dexter is great with the other male GSD he lives with and the two of them play wildly in the back yard. Dexter was good w/ the GSRSV dogs he met after overcoming his initial fearfulness; in fact, he was trying to get a few of the dogs to play with him after about 20 minutes. (Click here for a video of Dexter romping w/ the other dogs.) Dexter still displays aggression towards some strange dogs when he first meets them--it's almost as if he got beat up pretty good when he was younger and is anticipating getting attacked. There's no doubt in my mind that Dexter's behavior is purely fear-based and that with a little more socialization around new dogs he'll be just fine.

Dexter has not been around cats and does like to chase squirrels, so a home without cats is in order for him.

Dexter is housetrained and is very well-behaved inside. He has free access to the outside via a dog-door. He is completely non-destructive in the house and knows to stay away from the dinner table when his people are eating.

Dexter has received basic obedience training and his primary person Megan routinely reinforces his skills. He quickly obeys basic commands and drops toys on command when playing tug-of-war. He is crate-trained and actually enjoys hanging out in his crate--which is where his people usually keep him when youngsters come over.

Dexter loves to play with toys, especially those that squeak and Nylabones.   He likes to play fetch, and will drop the ball upon return if he's the only dog playing. He's not too sure about water yet, but he showed great curiosity over the pond at GSRSV's rescue ranch.

Dexter's people adopted him when he was about 4½ months old. He was born on a ranch in Ventura, CA, and Megan's mom took in one of the pups for her. Dexter has been a wonderful dog with Megan and her family, but their home is very busy with friends of their kids coming by often--which does not blend well with Dexter's fearfulness of new children. Reluctantly, Megan and her family are seeking a new home for Dexter--one in which few or no young children come to visit.

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

Dexter is located in South Land Park. His adoption fee is $260.

Posted 5-12-18

 

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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.

Posted 12-16-17

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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.

Posted 9-26-17

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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 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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"Zorro" is a 3 1/2-yr old (born 10-11-14) neutered male Malamute or Siberian Husky/GSD who is very outgoing, friendly and playful. Zorro loves human attention. He does fine with the 8-yr old girl he lives with, who says he's a "great, fun dog." Zorro gets very mouthy and physical when he gets excited, so he might overwhelm younger children. However, it's likely these rough habits of his can be trained to softer behaviors over time. He does have a soft side to him, as he loves cuddles and kisses!

Zorro gets along well with the two large female dogs he lives with and rough houses with one of them constantly. (Click here for a video.) Zorro spent over a year at GSRSV's rescue ranch, and was always good w/ the other dogs there.

Zorro responds well to basic commands and correction. He is eager to please and lives for praise, so he's highly trainable. However, he does have the some of the stubbornness and lack of focus of Malamutes and Huskies. He is very vocal and barks/howls when excited, concerned, or just feels like talking; this is also typical of the Nordic breeds. 

Zorro is quite playful and athletic, and will do best in a home in which he receives lots of exercise and training reinforcement.

GSRSV took Zorro in on Jan 31, 2016, from a family who adopted Zorro from some friends of theirs but couldn't keep him due to his mouthiness. (Zorro was still quite the puppy at that time.)

Zorro is in a foster home in Oakdale. His adoption fee is $210.

Posted 4-28-18; updated 5-5-18

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Transported by Cara Kinzel's Underdog Railway USA to Blackfoot, Idaho

"Buster" is a an approx 4-yo neutered male GSD/Husky/(other breed?) who is spirited, playful and somewhat goofy. Buster is friendly by nature, but he is clearly wary of men--likely due to some abuse in his background. He will sometimes bark at men (as he did with me at first), but not in an aggressive manner. Buster is clearly food-motivated, and he was more than willing to take a couple of slices of cheese from my hand with no sign of fear. So, I don't think that Buster's fear of men is too deep-set. Nonetheless, he'll need some male trust-building, for sure.

Buster has yet to be around young children, but I saw no signs that he wouldn't be just fine with kids of all ages.

Buster did great with the dogs at GSRSV's rescue ranch and was quite playful. (Click here for a video of Buster taking a short walk with a few of the GSRSV dogs.) His rescuer/caretaker Yvonne has yet to let Buster interact with her other dogs, but that's only because the fence in the yard that she keeps her dogs is just 4-ft high and she doesn't want to risk Buster running off.

Buster is NOT good with cats.

Yvonne has yet to have Buster in her house, so we can't say just yet whether or not he is housetrained. Yvonne is keeping him in a kennel because there are cats on the property that Buster wants to chase. Buster clearly has received some basic obedience training, as he sits and lies down readily on command. He walks fine on a leash and is a good passenger in a vehicle.

Yvonne first saw Buster in mid-March near her farm residence near El Centro Rd in Natomas. Gradually, Buster worked up the courage to come closer to her house and Yvonne began to feed him. Eventually, Yvonne was able to lure him into a place where she was able to contain Buster, and then had Sac County Animal Control come pick him up as she already was at her limit of three dogs.

Yvonne kept track of Buster at the shelter and he did not do well in confinement. Fearing that the shelter may put Buster down, she adopted him after five days with the intent of socializing him and finding him a good home. She sought GSRSV's assistance for the latter.

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

Buster is located in Natomas. His adoption fee is $210.

Posted 4-9-18

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Adopted 4-18-18!

"Bri" is an 11-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.

Posted 2-1-18