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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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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 August 20, 2017.

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 08/20/17.

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"Eevee" is a stunning 13-mos old female Anatolian Shepherd mix who is very sweet, submissive and playful. She is a good watchdog, however--true to her Anatolian lineage. Her "breeders" claim that both parents were purebred Anatolian Shepherds, but Eevee does not have the stocky build of a purebred Anatolian, and her coat (Blue Merle) is suggestive of an Australian Shepherd.  Eevee weighs approx 60 lbs, and likely won't be much more than 80 lbs fully grown (much less than a purebred Anatolian).

Eevee is friendly with most everyone she meets, though she was timid of me after I had to yell at a couple of my dogs for excessive barking when Eevee arrived, which was making her nervous. She is reportedly fine with visitors to her home. She is great with children, and has been socialized w/ one of her owner's 6-yo niece as well as other slightly older kids.

Eevee is great with other dogs, and is a regular dog park visitor. Though she was timid of my small group of dogs at first, within about 20 minutes she was running around with them. Click here for a video of Eevee walking around the pond at GSRSV's rescue ranch with a few other dogs.

Eevee is an unknown with cats, so I will only consider a home without cats for her. (If I had more time to place her, I would consider a home with cats given her gentle nature.)

Eevee is housetrained, but does spend her days outside. Her owners bring her in at night, because she will alarm-bark at the slightest sounds outside. She sleeps uncrated and is fine inside throughout the night.

Eevee has not had any formal obedience training, but does obey simple commands such as "sit"--as long as their is a treat as incentive! She walks well on leash and is a good passenger in a vehicle.

Eevee received all three of her distemper/parvo "puppy shots" (documentation provided), as well as rabies vaccination and deworming. She has yet to be spayed, but her adoption fee of $210 will include her spay pre-paid at Venetian Pet Hospital in Stockton, or $110 reimbursement--whichever the adopter chooses.

Eevee's owners purchased her from a private party when she was eight weeks old. Though they love her, they did not realize the time commitment for such a large, active dog when they purchased her as a puppy, and don't have enough time to spend with her.

GSRSV took Eevee in on 8-17-17. Eevee is scheduled to be spayed on Wed, August 23.

Posted 8-14-17; updated 8-19-17

Puppies! One Male, One Female, Both Born June 22, 2017

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The two purebred GSD puppies pictured above are now available for adoption. They are the offspring of "Ziggy", the approx 1-yo female GSD pictured at left w/ her pups. The pups were born on June 22.

Jim & Mary Wallace, former GSRSV adopters in Benicia, adopted Ziggy on May 11 after she was abandoned at a dog park in Vallejo. An animal lover brought the dog home and networked her through social media; the Wallaces ended up taking her in, not knowing that she was pregnant!

The Wallaces have asked GSRSV to find good homes for the two puppies, who they have not named in an effort to avoid becoming too attached to them.

There's not much to say about the pups except that they are 8 weeks old as of August 16, healthy, playful, and adorable.

The adoption fee for each of the puppies is $360, which will include their spay or neuter surgeries at Venetian Pet Hospital in Stockton once the pups are at least 6 months old. If the adopters of the pups choose to have them spayed or neutered at a different veterinary facility, I will reimburse the adopters the amount if would cost me to have them altered at Venetian Pet Hospital. The spay or neuter surgeries can be deferred until the pups are one year old, but no longer! I will also be requiring a $300 refundable deposit to ensure that the adopters do in fact have the pups spayed or neutered.

There will likely be a LOT of interest in these pups, so I will only be accepting inquiries about them for one week. After that, I will select two of the prospective adopters to meet, and hopefully adopt the pups.

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"Apollo C" is a 7-yo (in Feb 2017) neutered male White Germans Shepherd who is very playful, affectionate and protective. Apollo weighs about 110 lbs, which is about 15-20 lbs overweight. 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. He is OK with very young children and lives with a 2-yo and an 11-mos old baby, but he's toy-obsessed and will grab toys or balls from the kids hands--the primary reason that he is up for adoption.

Apollo is fine with other dogs when off-leash, and does well with the 8-9 yo male Great Dane he lives with. However, when Apollo sees other dogs while walking on leash, he gets extremely agitated: barking, lunging and snapping. If he's far enough away from other dogs he does not exhibit the reactive behavior at all. He "fence fights" with the neighbor's dog, and again gets worked up into a snapping fit.

On the other hand, Apollo is absolutely fine with other dogs in an off-leash setting such as GSRSV's rescue ranch. GSRSV is presently boarding Apollo (until Jan. 4), and he has shown no aggression whatsoever towards the dogs here. In fact, he's not particularly interested in other dogs--again, Apollo is very people-oriented, which is the motivation behind his reactive on-leash behavior: he is in protection mode.

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

Apollo is fully housetrained and used to be indoors primarily. 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. Though it helped, walking Apollo is still a challenge. Consequently, Apollo's owners rarely walk him now, which explains why he's so overweight. Apollo walks OK when he does not see another dog or a person. 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 loves to play fetch, and is good about returning the ball or other object to you and dropping it. Apollo also loves anything water, and is 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 are very attached to him, but they know it's not fair keeping him outside and rarely walking him. They are seeking a new home for Apollo in which his people are willing to avoid other dogs when walking him (again, he does OK at a distance). Apollo would do great in a rural setting where he can be walked safely off-leash, or a fenced property with acreage in which Apollo can be exercised without concern of encountering other dogs or people. A home without young children will be best due to Apollo's toy-grabbing tendency.

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

Apollo is located in Granite Bay. His 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 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.

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

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"Bailey" is a 2¾-yo, 72-lb spayed female GSD who is loving, obedient and full of personality. Bailey is a little timid of strangers, but once she warms up to them is just fine.  (It took Bailey about 20 minutes to warm up to me.) She alarm-barks appropriately but is not overly protective. She is fine with young children. She presently lives w/ an 11-yo girl.

Bailey is fine with other dogs when she's off leash. She's good with little dogs--she presently lives with a 3-yo, 15-lb Poodle mix who she gets along well with, though she does bully him in a gentle manner for food and toys. (Click here for a short video of Bailey and "Twinkie.") Bailey is a regular dog park visitor and does well there. She was fine w/ the several dogs she met at GSRSV's rescue ranch, though not playful with any of them. (Click here for video.) Bailey was initially quite barky towards any of the GSRSV dogs who approached her owner Ava. She was never aggressive and never snapped, but was quite vocal. She eventually became comfortable with all the GSRSV dogs and even let one of them jump onto the lap of her owner without getting upset.

Bailey lives with three cats and can be trusted with all of them. She does like to chase and nibble on them in a playful manner, but if they object she simply leaves them alone. We are open to a home with dog-tolerant cats for Bailey.

Bailey is housetrained and very trustworthy inside. She is presently left inside on weekdays (with Twinkie and the cats) for approx 10 hrs/day.

Bailey has gone through two basic obedience courses at Petco with Naomi, the 11-yo daughter, and is quick to obey commands. She has good leash manners overall, though she is reactive towards other dogs when on leash. She has good recall off-leash.

Bailey likes to play fetch and to steal toys from Twinkie!

Bailey's owner Ava purchased her from a private party when she was nine months old. Bailey is very much a part of Ava's family, but recently Bailey jumped over the little fence in their front yard and went after a dog that was going by on-leash. She never did anything to the dog, but in the melee that ensued she accidentally bit the owner of the other dog (though not badly). He is now pressuring Ava to surrender Bailey to the shelter, which she simply won't do. To appease the owner of the other dog, they are seeking a new home for Bailey.

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

Bailey is located in San Francisco. Her adoption fee is $260.

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"Grizzly" is a large, handsome 1¾-yo (born 10-6-15) neutered male GSD who is very devoted, protective, and obedient. Grizzly is very attached to his 19-yo owner Tony, who lives with his parents. He is also fine with Tony's friends who are familiar to him, with Tonys' dad Joe, and with Tony's sister.

Grizzly has been somewhat insecure since he was a puppy, showing fear of other dogs and strangers as early as a week after he was brought home from a breeder. As he has grown older, his insecurity has manifested itself as aggression at times. He has become very protective of his territory, and has charged at a few people inside the house. Joe's wife has a fear of dogs and Grizzly has reacted to that and bit her one night when she caught him off guard.

Grizzly takes a long time to develop trust of new people, but once he does, he's very affectionate. Grizzly was brought to a board & train facility in Hollister for a week in May, and it took him 3-4 days to warm up to the female trainer there. Once he did warm up, though, he was reportedly like "a lap dog." The trainer felt that Grizzly needs an adopter who is willing to spend a lot of time with him, emphasizing positive reinforcement. I agree.

Grizzly lives with an 8-yo female Beagle mix and is fine with her. It is new dogs that he has issues with. Grizzly did charge aggressively towards some of the GSRSV dogs at my rescue ranch, but each time retreated immediately upon my voice correction. Tony was not vocally rebuking Grizzly, which is likely the primary reason that Grizzly has developed poor social skills w/ other dogs. There were never any fights nor did Grizzly even bite any of the dogs. Eventually, Grizzly became accustomed to the other dogs and no longer charged at them. In fact, he became quite comfortable with the other dogs and allowed them to approach Tony's dad Joe with no problem while I sat across from him. (Tony remained in the car, as Grizzly is much more protective of Tony than he is of Joe.)

In my opinion, Grizzly's aggressiveness towards strange dogs is primarily fear-based, and could be overcome with a combination of regular socialization and a firm, in-control owner. Grizzly is actually not very reactive towards other dogs when he's being walked on leash, though Joe does put Grizzly into a "down/stay" when other dogs are visible in order to ensure that Grizzly does not get worked up.

Grizzly is housetrained and well behaved inside. He rides great in the car. He walks well on leash and is quick to obey commands.

Grizzly is definitely a "project dog", and at that, one that only a person with considerable GSD experience should consider taking on. He is worth it, though. If you saw the devotion Grizzly shows towards Tony, you would understand that Grizzly's capacity for love is what he is truly about.

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

Grizzly is located in Clayton, near Concord His adoption fee is $260.

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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.

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"Mack" is a huge (110 lbs as of 5-8-17), 10-yo (born 4-4-07) neutered male GSD who is friendly, mellow and very well-trained. Both of Mack's parents are AKC registered as well as OFA-certified for hips (which means that the hips of both of Mack's parents were x-rayed and determined to be sound). 

Mack is truly a gentle giant. He is friendly with people of all ages, and was the pal of a now 6-yo girl from the time she was born. He also loves to play with his owner's 17-yo son.

Mack is fine with other dogs, though he is not particularly interested in playing with them; he's much more interested in playing with people. (Click here for a video of Mack interacting w/ several other GSDs at GSRSV's Rescue Ranch.) He is non-reactive towards other dogs when on walks and when in a vehicle. Mack is simply a self-assured, easy-going dog who has nothing to prove.

Mack is NOT good with cats, so we will only consider a home without cats for him. However, Mack IS good with all livestock, including chickens.

Mack is a house dog and routinely stays inside by himself with no problems for up to eight hours.

Mack is exceptionally well-trained. He is great on leash-- he heels w/out command and does not pull when he sees other dogs. He is a great passenger in a car. Mack responds well to both verbal and hand commands. (See Mack obeying his owner's commands at end of the video.)

Mack loves to play fetch and to swim.

Mack's owner Rich raised him from a puppy and trained him well. Rich is very bonded to Mack, but a bitter divorce recently forced him to take Mack into his apartment where he's not allowed to have a large dog. The situation is stressful, and we would welcome a foster home for Mack as well as adoption inquiries.

Rich's spouse kept Mack for the past six months, during which he received little exercise and too much food;  consequently Mack is about 15 lbs overweight. We are seeking a home for Mack where he will not only be provided with lots of attention but lots of exercise to help him get down to a healthy weight. Mack is clearly waddling (see video) due to his excessive weight and likely due to being out of shape; that will improve with time and exercise. His front paws are "pigeon-toed", but Rich tells me that Mack has always been that way.

GSRSV has evaluated Mack and is placing him as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Mack through its adoption program while his owner continues to care for him. Mack's adoption fee is $110.

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"Mimi" is a beautiful 18-mos old female GSD who is very loyal and loving. Mimi is friendly with people in her home, but a little timid outside of the house. She is great with children, including very young kids.

Mimi is good with other dogs, and lives with a male Great Dane/German Shepherd mix who she is good friends with. Mimi did OK w/ the dogs at GSRSV's rescue ranch; she was rather intimidated by the large number of dogs at first, but grew more comfortable as time went on. (Click here for a video of Mimi with the other dogs.)

Mimi is NOT good with cats.

Mimi is well behaved inside the house, but does exhibit some mild separation anxiety (e.g, clawing at blinds) if left inside for more than hour without somebody home. She is fine when left in a crate inside or when left outside. Mimi pulls a little on walks, but not terribly hard. She occasionally jogs with her female caretaker and is a good running partner. Mimi loves to go for car rides and is a good passenger.

Mimi loves to bite the water stream from a hose (click for short video), and also loves to play fetch. Squeaky toys are a favorite. 

Mimi is in good health overall, but does have a relatively common medical condition among GSDs called exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI). EPI occurs when the pancreas does not produce sufficient digestive enzymes. This results in weight loss, poor skin and coat condition, and muscle atrophy in more severe cases.

Treatment for EPI is primarily adding pancreatic enzymes (generally sourced from the pancreas' of pigs) to the affected dog's food.

Mimi was diagnosed w/ EPI on 3-31-17 and has been on a pancreatic enzyme (PE) supplement since early April, which has helped her to gain approx 10 lbs. It is recommended that Mimi continue with the PE indefinitely, though I have personally weaned dogs w/ EPI off PE without any return of the symptoms.

There is an excellent source of high-quality PE online called Enzyme Diane, which sells the supplement at considerably lower cost than vets. I have been ordering PE from Enzyme Diane for years, and can vouch for the product quality and excellent service.

When purchased in the 2.2 lb size from Enzyme Diane, PE (6X strength) only costs $0.40 per teaspoon. The recommended dose for 6X PE is 1/2-1 tsp per cup of food, depending on the severity of the dog's EPI condition. Assuming Mimi eats 3 cups of food/day and receives the maximum dose of PE, the cost of Mimi's PE would be $1.20/day. As she continues to gain weight, the daily dose could be lowered, and the cost would diminish as well.

Mimi's owners found her as an approx 4-mos old pup scrounging for food in a dumpster behind a restaurant. They did not spay Mimi, and she had eleven puppies on January 17. (Note: the high nutritional demand on Mimi of feeding all those puppies is likely what kicked in her EPI; it's quite possible that her EPI condition will eventually dissipate once her body has had time to re-fuel.)

Mimi's owners are very attached to her, but were recently "ratted on" by a neighbor for having two dogs, which is one more than their rental lease allows. Their landlord had given them until the end of May to have Mimi off the property, so they sought GSRSV's assistance in rehoming her.

Mimi is now located in a foster home in Folsom (as of 6-4), and was spayed on 5-17. Her adoption fee is $260.

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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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"Phoenix" is a handsome 6-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 fine with other dogs when I'm present, but I do not trust him around other dogs when I'm away so keep him separate. Furthermore, he 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 brought 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. He is presently at GSRSV's rescue ranch in Pleasant Grove. His adoption fee is $210.

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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 or 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.

Posted 8-7-17

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"Roxy" is a beautiful, approx 60 lb, 2-yo spayed female black GSD who is very affectionate, playful, and energetic.

Roxy loves people and is friendly with strangers right from the start. She's great with children, too--she was fine w/ a 2-yo child hugging her.

From what I've seen, Roxy is great with other dogs. She was wonderful with several other dogs at GSRSV's rescue ranch, never even growling at any of the dogs (though her hackles were up) when they checked her out in the vehicle she arrived in before she got out. She played hard and fair with a young male GSD, and didn't get bent out of shape when he momentarily mounted her. Click here for a video of Roxy running around with the other dogs.

On the other hand, Roxy has gone after a couple of dogs while in two foster homes, one time when she ran out the front door and the other time when she got into a neighbor's yard due to a weak fence. Neither incident caused any serious injuries to the other dogs.

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

Roxy is housetrained and has good indoor manners. She walks well on leash. She is presently receiving basic obedience training at K9 Development, a full-service dog training facility in Tracy where Roxy is currently being boarded. Roxy is a polite passenger in a car, though she probably needs a little more experience riding as she threw up a couple of times on her way from Tracy to GSRSV's rescue ranch (about a 1-hour car ride).

Roxy's owner surrendered her to the Stockton Animal Shelter in January 2016. She may have been adopted and then returned, as she was still at the shelter in November 2016 when Animal Rescue of Tracy rescued her.

Animal Rescue of Tracy (ART) is primarily a cat rescue, and they don't have many foster caretakers who are familiar with or who can handle German Shepherds. Consequently, Roxy's been bounced around a few foster homes with ART. They eventually boarded her at K9 Development in Tracy where she could receive some basic obedience training, and she is still there while ART and now GSRSV seek a new home for her.

GSRSV has  evaluated Roxy and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Roxy through its adoption program while she continues to reside at the K9 Development dog training facility.

Roxy is located in Tracy. Her adoption fee is $260.

Posted 6-25-17

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Sophie" is a 3-4 yo spayed female White GSD mix who is mellow, affectionate and obedient. Sophie is friendly with strangers, though somewhat aloof at first. She is great with children of all ages, including infants. Her owners have had her around their grandkids who range in age from 9 yrs down to 1 yr and she has done well with them all. 

Sophie is fine with other dogs for the most part, though the reason that she is up for adoption is due to a conflict with the other female dog that she lives with. Sophie formerly lived with a Chihuahua and was fine with it. She got along great w/ several dogs she met at GSRSV's rescue ranch when I evaluated her; she is not dominant at all and didn't object when another dog moved in on the ball that her co-owner threw for her. (Click to see video of Sophie playing fetch.)

Sophie is not good with cats.

Sophie is housetrained and well-mannered inside. She responds well to basic commands, as can be seen in the fetch video. Sophie walks well on leash and has good recall off-leash. She enjoys car rides and is a calm passenger.

Sophie loves to play fetch and to bite the water stream from a hose.

Sophie's owners Kathie and Chip adopted her from a private party in mid-July who had to rehome her due to a forced move following a burglary. Kathie & Chip have a female Akbash dog that they wanted to get a playmate for. The two dogs got along fine for the first week but then got into a pretty bad fight, reportedly started by the Akbash. Since then, Kathie & Chip have been keeping Sophie and their other dog separate, not wanting to risk a second fight--which seems imminent now that the two dogs have developed a rivalry of sorts.

Sophie would likely be fine in a house with a male dog, or perhaps a non-territorial female.

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

Sophie is located in Vacaville. Her adoption fee is $210.

Posted 8-12-17

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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 7-9-17!

"Shep" is a large (probably 90-100 lbs), handsome, approx 3-yo neutered male GSD with an exceptionally mellow temperament. Shep is friendly with strangers, and not much of a watchdog as he rarely barks at people who come to visit at his home. He is great with kids, including the 4-yo & 7-yo great grandkids of Shep's caretaker who visit regularly.

Shep is great w/ other dogs, including a little female Pomeranian mix ("Penny") who he currently lives with. Click here to see a video of Shep playing with Penny. Shep did fine with all of the dogs he met at GSRSV's rescue ranch--not particularly playful, but one of the most easy-going dogs I've ever met. Click here to see a short video of Shep walking among the other dogs. Shep would likely do fine in a home with most any dog.

One thing that Shep does not do well with is sheep--he will chase and kill them. In fact, that behavior is the very reason Shep is up for adoption, as his caretaker has a nearby neighbor with sheep. We do not know how Shep is with cats, but because of his proven prey drive we will only consider homes without cats for him.

Shep's caretaker Linda has kept him outside since she found him as a stray in early 2017, so we can't comment on Shep's house manners. However, Shep clearly received obedience training as he responds quickly to basic commands. It's likely that Shep would be perfectly behaved as a house dog.

Shep walks fine on a leash and rides well in the car. He loves water, as illustrated by the picture at top left.

Shep showed up near Linda's rural property in Herald--just northeast of Galt--in early 2017. Shep was likely dumped there, as there have been many other dogs abandoned in the same area over the years. Linda had planned to keep Shep until she found out that he was chasing her neighbor's sheep. Now, she has to keep him tied up and is seeking a new home for him away from livestock.

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

Shep is located in Herald. His adoption fee is $260.

Posted 6-21-17