More about George


George is male GSP, about 9 years old, and ready for adoption. He exhibits some prey drive so we're not sure how he would do with cats. 

Updates on George!  George appears to be quite the “pontoon pup”!  He’s taken several trips to float around on the water with his foster family, and as you can tell by his new picture (taken on the boat), he enjoys his “fun in the sun!”  George has discovered soaking up the rays and lazing around on the boat is very relaxing…lucky boy!  

George is doing much better now when strangers approach him.  He may bark just a bit, but once they start petting him, he’ll stand quietly and enjoys the pets and loving that follow. He loves walking, and a fast walker will find George the perfect companion walker.  Jogging may not be in the picture, but a fast walker will fit the bill.

In closing out our update on George, his foster mom says, “if you don’t want him in your bed, you better shut your door or you'll find him nesting under your covers.  If you can’t find him, look for the bump under the covers on your bed.!”  We thought posting a picture (above, second from left) of the “bump” (George) on the bed would be a better way to show you how much George likes to “nest.”  wink


George is about 9 years old but still has plenty of energy to keep him on the go and interested in everything going on around him.  He came to ISR after he was found as a stray.  During his time with ISR, he received the food and medical attention he deserved to get him back to good health. 

We gave this boy the name of George, but not for any reason, other than he seemed like a George.  Since there are so many important/famous men by the name of George, you can decide which George matches the personality and good looks of our sweet, handsome George.  So many to pick from, too!  Let’s see…there’s George Washington, George Clooney (my personal favorite), George Bush (you pick which one), George Harrison of Beatle fame, George Michael (singer), George Carlin (comedian), George Takei (Star Trek), George Foreman (boxer and grill guru), George Burns (wonderful comedian), Boy George (singer) etc.  This list of famous Georges goes on and on.  You can decide which George you want to associate with him when you adopt him…which is exactly what we think you’ll want to do after you read more about him.

George is a white, liver spotted, medium-sized GSP with a long, natural tail. He gets along great with the other GSP living in his foster home. He’s content just to follow his buddy around and keep an eye on things in the yard.  He loves squeaky stuffed animals and doggy toys. Sometimes he’ll play keep away with you if you try to get one his adopted “babies” – all in good fun of course.  He doesn’t exhibit any aggressive tendencies with humans or animals in any situation.

George is prey-driven and will hurriedly check out the fence line for any sign or scent of something he can chase.  He loves being on the move in the yard!  When he’s first let out in the yard to get a bit of exercise and do his business, he runs full speed briefly, and then slows down to enjoy his time sniffing for intruders.  Click here to check him out his backyard.

We’re not sure how George will be with children or cats.  When he is greeted by strangers, he’s very apprehensive and will back away and bark until he becomes more acquainted and comfortable with them.  If he were to be homed with a family that has children, George would need to be given time and space to allow a slow “getting to know you” period of time to ensure his comfort in a new setting.  George will also need to be in a family that has someone home with him more time than they are away from him.  When entering rescue, George experienced some separation anxiety which has markedly improved over time. He is crate-trained and accepts going into a crate with no problem.  

George loves his food and feeding time.  He loves his food so much that he’s quite the gobbler.  He’s recently been eating out of a cupcake/muffin tin with a little food in each cupcake holder.  This has helped slow down his eating and he doesn’t seem to mind taking the extra time to get each bit of food.  

George has the cutest tendency to carry things around with him.  The first thing he chooses to do when he’s released from his crate is to find something to carry around with him.  A shoe, squeaky toy, socks, food bowl, etc.  He’s not particular, just whatever’s closest that he can put in his mouth for a while. 

Even though George was a stray for a while, he seems to be a fast learner and already knows commands, such as, sit, come, and fetch.  His foster family has been working on helping him understand and learn what’s not acceptable in a home. 

George is a great big cuddler and likes to spend his “down time” relaxing under the covers, all sprawled out somewhere…sofas and chairs are prime real estate!  He also likes his fair share of loving and attention from his people – and sometimes more than his fair share.  He thinks nothing of scooting (better known as “pushing”) in front of his doggy brother to get ALL the pets and rubs.

Recently his foster mom sent us this update on George.  “George really likes to play, so his new family should make sure they’ll have the time to play with him.  He’s a real good boy, just a lover, with a long deadly tail!”  Maybe that’s why GSPs so often have their tails docked as puppies?  To protect their loved ones and their valuables?  Wink! Wink!  Of course, we know it’s not, but if you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a happy, wriggling GSP with a long tail, you know what we mean. smiley

We’re at the end of our story for George, and by now you’re probably ready to check this guy out.  If so, let us know and we’ll be happy to set something up.

  • George is up to date with routine shots and is already house trained.
  • George is altered.

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Walter is “mature” GSP and requires a family who’s willing to give him all the love and security he deserves.  He should have a fenced yard and a plan for appropriate exercise to keep him from being bored.  Great with other dogs, but unsure how he’ll be with cats.  Should be in a home with older (non-toddler) children.


Walter is a sweet, older gentleman GSP with classic GSP markings and the sweetest face we’ve ever seen.  Just look at that gentlemanly smile and the distinguished markings he has.  It just warms our hearts when we look into his soulful eyes, and when he gives us that grateful smile that lights up his face.

Walter is approximately 9 or 10 years old, but still has the typical GSP urge to explore and get some good sniffs.  He wasted no time at all doing just that when he arrived at his new foster home.  Out he went into the yard sniffing everywhere and exploring every nook and cranny.  We’ve included a couple of good videos showing him on his adventures.  He was so intent on sniffing and picking up scents, that he totally ignored the squeaky toy his new fosters were trying to entice him with.  Video 1 and Video 2.

Walter is fantastic with other dogs and graciously tolerates the play of dogs we consider “youngsters”.  He’s patient, will engage in play with the younger dogs, and even allows them to take his toys from him…what a true gentleman.  He acts unfazed by the rude behavior of the youngsters and finds something else to play with, or some other activity to occupy him, like exploring.

He hasn’t shown any interest or prey-drive with squirrels and other backyard animals, and even though there aren’t any children in his foster home, we believe he’d be great with older children (non-toddlers) who would be gentle and loving with him.  But his lack of interest in prey animals doesn’t mean he doesn’t have any energy.  On the contrary, even though he’s a bit older than the youngsters he’s with, and is a medium energy GSP, he still requires ample exercise to keep him out of “trouble” and not bored.  He’ll chew and look for other inappropriate things to do if he doesn’t have an outlet for his energy.

Walter is crate-trained and willingly goes into his crate when asked.  He doesn’t exhibit any separation anxiety, nor does he have any food or toy aggression toward humans or other dogs. His fosters mentioned he may bark a little bit when he initially goes into his kennel, but quiets down quickly and seems to enjoy listening to the radio while he’s crated. 

Walter needs some basic obedience/training and can become impatient when he must wait for his food or treats…he’s very food motivated.  And be sure to keep things put away that you don’t want him to have, because he things everything within his reach is a toy put there just for him.

Walter is “like a bull in a china shop” according to his fosters.  “He’s not very graceful (rolls off the couch a lot…ouch!...but kind of comical). His fosters are of the belief Walter wasn’t an indoors dog before coming to them because he doesn’t understand what “indoor” boundaries are; meaning he’s learning new tricks later in his life…but, the key being that he IS learning.  He doesn’t know that power cords aren’t toys and could hurt him (boundary #1 lesson – no injuries) and human property isn’t his property.  To help him understand new rules, we believe time in an obedience/behavior class will help him immensely.  Not only will the lessons help him, but classes will also provide a means and way for his new family to bond with him, and help teach him the basic commands he needs to be the best and happiest companion he can be.

He has the cutest tendency to chatter his teeth when he’s excited about something, and his little “nubbin” tail goes constantly.  Walter has fallen in love with his treat filled toys and if he doesn’t have a toy to call his own, he goes off to find something.  When relaxing, you’ll find him wherever his people are.  In typical GSP fashion, he’s a Velcro dog and loves to get all the human affection he can.  His foster mom says he’s best described as “the happiest dog in the world with a heart full of love to give!  He’s a bit like a 9 or 10-year old puppy.”  She added, “he has the softest fur I’ve ever felt on a GSP, more like bunny fur.”     

Walter’s story and his personality reminds of a famous actor named Walter Brennan.  Remember him, or am I really dating myself?  He was the affable fella who played Stumpy in the 1959 John Wayne movie called Rio Bravo.  Wow…I am dating myself I guess.  Walter Brennan played the role of an older man who walked with a limp (not that our Walter has a limp), who did everything that was asked of him to get the job done and save the day!  Everybody loved Walter Brennan in his movies – always playing an older guy with tons of energy and lovability!  Just like our Walter!

The only thing our Walter requires in a new family is that his new family understands the GSP breed and recognizes that even an older GSP needs appropriate exercise, but will be cautious, willing, and patient with him and his aging bones and joints. smiley But, as was mentioned earlier, don’t let his age fool you.  He has plenty of energy left in him to make his life interesting, and yours!  Oh, and one more thing about Walter from his foster.  She says Walter must have a family willing to give him “lots of love and attention”, which by what we hear about this guy, won’t be hard at all.

If you’re interested in our Walter, please contact us for more information.  We’ll be happy to update you.

  • Walter is up to date with routine shots and is already house trained.
  • Walter is altered.

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More about Drew


Drew is an average-sized male GSP, approximately 4-5 years old, good with older children (fosters have a 14-year-old), and good with other dogs.  Unsure how he’ll interact with cats.  He is a high energy GSP and will require a lot of exercise and outside activities. Drew will probably do best in a home with a single person or a couple who has ample time to meet his exercise needs.  As with all our rescues, we prefer Drew have a fenced yard.   


Drew is a strikingly handsome, mostly liver GSP with some ticking.  He is approximately 4 or 5 years old, and weighs about 55 pounds.  He’s a high energy GSP and will require lots of exercise to keep him happy and healthy!

Drew is currently fostered with a family who has a 14-year old daughter and he enjoys her company; however, due to his energy level, we’d recommend he not be placed in a home with younger, toddler children because he may inadvertently knock them over and hurt them if he’s playing.

Speaking of high energy, our Drew is a “ball” of energy.  That statement is a pun on words (and maybe an understatement) because we’ve been told Drew LOVES, LOVES, LOVES his ball.  He’ll go non-stop if he isn’t stopped and his ball is the object he fixates on.  While fetch is his game of choice, he hasn’t quite figured out if he wants to chase after the ball again, he must give it up to the person willing to throw it for him.  Luckily, his fosters figured out if they distract him with another ball, he’ll drop the one in his mouth to go after the other.  This is commonly known as GSP Training 101…train your people.  LOL!

Well, we know Drew loves his ball, but what doesn’t he like?  Check him out in this video and you’ll see he isn’t fond of ghosts!  34 seconds to effectively tear open a stuffed ghost and about 54 seconds to total annihilation.  Yikes!  Looks like soft toys are out for this guy, and indestructible Kongs and hard bones will be best.

Drew doesn’t currently live in a home where there’s a cat, so we’re unsure how he’d behave with one if given the opportunity.  Drew is prey-driven and will tenaciously search out field mice and give the bunnies a run for their money, too!  If he isn’t supervised, when he finds a mouse that has burrowed, or catches the scent of another varmint underground, he’ll dig away trying to reach the source of his frustration.

His foster home has another male GSP (Cash) and they co-exist wonderfully.  They have learned to play and entertain one another, and we believe Drew has enjoyed playing with another dog.  Drew will probably be fine as an only “dog child”, but if there’s another dog in his family, we think he’d be acceptable with that situation, too.

Drew is your typical Velcro GSP and bonded very quickly with his foster family.  If he’s outside, he prefers his people be with him, and if you’re inside, he wants to be where he can see you or be with you. 

Drew has NOT shown any signs of aggression toward people around his food or toys; however, his fosters feed Drew in his crate to ensure there aren't any food aggressions toward their dog while he transitions to his foster home.  Drew also growled slightly (when he first arrived to his foster home, but not recently) if their dog tried to take Drew’s ball from him; however, if their dog has the ball first, Drew becomes quite playful as he tries to get it away from him.  The issue only seemed to happen when Drew had the ball first.

Drew is crate-trained and willingly goes to his crate when asked and quickly picked up knowing and responding to his new name.  He needs work with basic commands and obedience, therefore, we believe he’d benefit greatly from obedience/behavior training classes.  The benefits of this type of training are many…bonding, instruction, understanding, body language, etc.  Attending these classes offers a wonderful opportunity for Drew and his forever family to learn how to communicate and understand one another.  The outcomes of such instruction are many and the bonding between dog and family that occurs as a result is well worth the time. 

Drew does well on leash walks and enjoys the time out and about with his people.  With the energy Drew has, and he has TONS of energy, he’d likely be a good match for a family that enjoys a lot of exercise and outdoor activities where he could be included; hiking, camping, jogging, cycling, swimming, etc.  His foster mom says if you can get Drew to sit long enough for petting and cuddling, he becomes a real “pussy cat”.  She told us, “He just needs someone to slow him down for a minute and pull him close. He wants nothing more than to be petted and hugged, he just needs to surrender to it.  Drew is so sweet, and his eyes are so expressive and happy.”

Drew is more than ready for his new family and will do super with an active family who will make sure he has tons of exercise.  If children are a part of your family, they should be older.  Exercise, love, hugs, petting, and patience are all this boy needs to make him the perfect GSP for the perfect family.  Please contact us if you’re ready for Drew, because he’s ready for you, too.

  • Drew is up to date with routine shots and is already house trained.
  • Drew is altered.

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More about Pippy


Pippy is an averaged sized female GSP, approximately 6 years old, great with children, will ignore cats if supervised, but will do best in a home where she’s an only dog.  As with all our rescues, we prefer Pippy have a fenced yard.   


Pippy is a very sweet, pretty, white and liver GSP.  She’s about 6 years old and has a medium to low energy level; very unusual for a GSP, yet very welcoming for some families who wish to adopt a GSP, but who may not want the exuberance typical of the breed. smiley

Pippy currently lives in a foster home with two children ages 2 and 5 and she loves the attention she gets from them.  She’s very gentle with the children and genuinely seems to relish the affection they show her.  Her foster mom had favorable comments about how Pippy interacts with the children, and said this: “She (Pippy) absolutely loves the kids. She sits patiently while the kids pet her and doesn't move until they are done, even the two-year old. She’s extremely gentle with them.” 

Pippy isn’t the greatest, however, when it comes to getting along with other dogs.  She leans toward being an alpha dog with alpha dog tendencies and, in our opinion, doesn’t always “play well with others” of the canine persuasion.  As far as getting along with cats, her foster mom says she will fixate on them, but will break the fixation if supervised and told to “leave it”.  She's been in the same room as the cats and quietly watches them, but supervision is recommended.  For these reasons, we believe Pippy will do better in a home where she’ll be the only fur baby in the family; however, children in the home should be a great match for Pippy.

She doesn’t show any aggressive behaviors/tendencies toward humans when she’s around her food, toys, or anything else.  She’s pretty laid back and very easy to please.  She’s happy to lay on a cushion by her people, or just stand next to her person, letting them know she’s ready for all the pets and hugs they’re willing to give.  One thing’s for sure…Pippy loves to be loved!  She has no problem letting you know she’s near you and waiting for her share of attention.  She’s quickly figured out that if she uses her nose to nudge you or lift your arm, she’s quickly rewarded with a lingering pet or rub of the ears.

Pippy doesn’t require a lot of exercise, but she does look forward to her long walks around the neighborhood and/or park.  She’s extremely good on a leash and doesn’t pull much, if at all.  Pippy is prey-driven and loves to track squirrels and chipmunks in the yard.  As mentioned above, she’ll fixate on cats in the house and she'll also do it if she sees them during her walks, so we’re not convinced a home with a cat will be a good match for Pippy.  She may mistake a cat for an oversized squirrel…not a good scenario!

Pippy doesn’t understand what to do with a ball if you throw it and try to initiate a game of fetch, but she’s all in for the chase when it’s flying across the yard.  She also loves her doggy toys, but it’s best if her toys are made of “indestructible” materials.  Her fosters have discovered that toys made of soft, chewable materials don’t last very long with Pippy.  Pippy seems very trainable (what GSP isn’t?) and with a little bit of time and patience, she’d probably be very easily trained to learn how to fetch a ball.  She already knows the sit, shake, and leave it commands, and her fosters are working with her on come and down.  She loves treats, which make training a little easier for everybody.   As a matter of fact, click here to watch a short video of Pippy sitting for a treat and then, when her foster mom encourages her to stand up like a bear, she does just that.  LOL!  Silly girl!

Pippy is outgoing with strangers and allows them to pet her when she meets them on walks or at the Vet’s office.  She seems quite content to be with people and doesn’t seem to yearn for much more than the affection a human can give her.

One of the hardest things for Pippy was adjusting to being left alone when her foster family leaves; however, with a little more time and patience, Pippy now readily goes into her crate during the day for a quick nap, and she sleeps in a crate all night without causing any disturbances. 

Pippy is a gentle, loving, little girl and her fosters have many wonderful things to say about her.  Since coming into ISR rescue, Pippy has lived in 2 foster homes, and both foster families have been very impressed with what a sweet personality this little girl has.  Here are some of remarks our fosters have given us about Pippy: “Pippy is a really sweet dog who is happy being around people; easy to care for and easy to love. She’s an amazing girl!  She seems very trainable and reacts quickly to comply if she’s reprimanded for anything.  Pippy is one of the sweetest GSP’s we’ve had.  She really is a great dog and loves nothing more than to cuddle on the couch with her human.”

Our little Pippy is anxiously awaiting a new family to love and care for her and we hope you’re that family.  Please contact us to find out more about this loving little girl.

  • Pippy is up to date with routine shots and is already house trained.
  • Pippy is altered.

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More about Dyno


Dyno is about 8 years old, GREAT with children, and will need a fenced yard.  Not known if he is good with cats; however, he is prey-driven.


Dyno is a handsome, medium-sized, 8-year old male GSP that is white with liver spots and ticking.  We believe he was an outside dog until he was placed into ISR foster care, but he is adapting quickly to being and inside dog…and loving every minute of it!

Dyno currently lives with two younger children (3-yr. old and 6-yr. old boys) and his foster parents say Dyno is absolutely FANTASTIC with the boys and loves being with them.  He likes playing with other dogs, too, but because he was heartworm positive when he arrived to ISR, he hasn’t had a lot of actual play time and social interaction with his dog siblings.  Now that he’s over his heartworm treatment, and completely cured, it’s time for Dyno to join the rest of his “pack” – people and fur kids alike and learn what it’s like to be a true GSP in all ways. 

Since Dyno already has all the great GSP genes that make him one of the best dogs ever created, his foster family is starting on the basics with him.  First up…basic obedience commands.  Dyno’s very treat motivated, so his training thus far has been easy and he should know the basic commands very, very soon.  Second up…leash walking.  This part of his training has been easy peasy.  As a matter of fact, Dyno is so well-behaved on a leash that he’s most often walked by the family’s 6-year old son!  Third up…learning that not all people are going to be mean to him.  Dyno’s foster family has learned he responds much, much better to positive, calm, quiet reinforcement over negative, loud, aggressive corrections.  But then, what dog wouldn’t?  He’s a sensitive soul who wants to know he’s loved, regardless of what mistake he may make.

Now that Dyno can run and play like a normal dog (heartworm treatment is very restrictive), he’s beginning to enjoy the everyday joys of being a real GSP.  He’s very prey-driven and has a keen interest in backyard critters ambling along in his territory.  In other words, “En garde ye dastardly squirrels, rabbits, birds, and other assorted vermin.”   Dyno’s backyard is not your safe haven. LOL! laugh 

Because Dyno was likely an outside kenneled dog and hasn’t experienced a lot of human interaction and training, we believe he’d benefit greatly from obedience/behavior training classes.  The benefits of this type of training are many…bonding, instruction, understanding, body language, etc.  Attending these classes offers a wonderful opportunity for Dyno and his forever family to learn how to communicate and understand one another. 

Dyno is crate-trained and doesn’t experience separation anxiety; however, he’s afraid of thunder, and, therefore, he may also be afraid of fireworks.  With this in mind, his new family may want to learn how to work with a dog trying to cope in these situations.  A considerable amount of research is now available on this topic and there are multiple methods used to desensitize a dog with fears of loud noises.  It’s very likely Dyno’s new Veterinarian will have suggestions on how to help his new family tackle this problem.  Additionally, many animal behaviorists and trainers can offer advice on this topic.

Overall, Dyno is a very mellow guy with a big heart who wants a family to love him.  His foster mom has many kind and loving things to say about him, too.  She says, “Dyno is a diamond in the rough.  He’s VERY sweet, loving, and loves to cuddle.  When he’s excited, his teeth will chatter. LOL!  He loves to snuggle with his people when relaxing and he loves to play with soft toys.  He’s just a happy, quiet, sweet boy.  He doesn’t bark, he loves people, and he’s relatively calm.  He really deserves a patient family willing to work with and care for him.  And…he has the softest ears…I just want to pet them forever!”

So, are you interested in this diamond in the rough with the softest ears ever?  heart We hope so, because Dyno is ready for you, too!  Please contact us to learn more about Dyno.

  • Dyno is up to date with routine shots and is already house trained.
  • Dyno is altered.

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MEET  kai  (fostered in michigan)   ***ADOPTION PENDING***

More about Kai


Kai is a young male GSP between the age of 1 and 2 years old.  He is good with other dogs, but will do best if not placed in a home with an existing dominant (alpha) male dog.  He is not good with cats and other small prey-type animals.  Being on the young side, Kai will need a fenced yard with room to explore, and plenty of exercise.


Kai is a gorgeous male GSP with classic liver spots and a mostly white coat.  His liver color is so dark it almost appears to be black until you see him in the bright sunshine.  He’s a pretty tall GSP and currently weighs about 55 pounds.  He needs to gain a few more pounds before he reaches his ideal weight of between 62 and 65 pounds.  He’s a young boy (between 1 and 2 years of age), loves to play with other dogs, and has a medium energy level.  He appears to have more alpha traits and should not be homed with another dominant male dog; however, he is NOT aggressive.  He’s very good about sharing his toys and shows no food aggression either. 

Kai is currently homed with 2 other dogs and really enjoys the time spent playing with them.  One of his playmates is a 12 year-old female GSP (the alpha of the group) and the other is a 6 year-old GSP/Pit mix.  He particularly enjoys playing with the 6 year old, but sometimes playtime can get a bit “snarly”, possibly because they’re both males or even because of their exuberance during playtime.  For whatever reason, the play never turns aggressive and they do enjoy each other’s antics.  His other favorite pastime is going for runs and/or walks, which he definitely needs at least a couple of times a day.  Younger dogs, especially GSPs, are “exercise needy” and will always behave better if their exercise needs are met in order to expend their energy.

Kai is prey-driven and will not be a good fit with other small prey-type animals such as cats, rodents, or birds in the same household.  He’s been with teenagers, but not young children.  He does wonderfully with the older kids and we believe he’ll also be a good match with younger children, too, if he’s monitored so he doesn’t accidentally knock them over if he’s excited and in play mode.

His foster family is teaching him to fetch and retrieve a ball and a frisbee.  Kai loves the chasing and getting the toy part of this exercise, but he hasn’t completely mastered the part where he must give the toy up if he wants it thrown again…but he’s learning.  He seems to be picking up basic commands very quickly and has already learned shake, come, sit, whoa, and stay!  What a smart boy he is!  There’s something about GSPs that make them smart as all get out and just as loveable and loyal as you’ll ever find…with Kai being no exception here.  Leash walking is still a work in progress but improvements are made each time he goes out.  If his fosters get tired of playing fetch and/or teaching him doggy manners, or if the other dogs are tired of play and Kai still isn’t ready to settle in, he seems very happy to entertain himself for long periods of time if he he’s given some type of doggy chew (toy or rawhide).  Kai is crate-trained, but as with all dogs, especially GSPs, he prefers to be with his family and participating in family time events.

Kai’s foster family has quickly become Kai’s biggest fans.   His foster mom sent along several loving words for his story here.  Here’s what she had to say.  “Kai is a beautiful, tall boy who is white and liver. His brown is so dark it looks black until the sun shines on his smooth, baby soft, sleek coat. He has the beautiful caramel eye color many GSPs have.  Kai has a beautiful show-like trot and he drops a perfect point, standing stock still when he gets a sniff of an old bird hangout. Kai is a very happy boy that loves attention and praise, and is occasionally a snuggler. He likes to have his people within eyesight, but doesn’t necessarily have to touch them at all times. He loves to be next to us on the couch and will nap with his head on our leg.”

Kai is a very special GSP waiting for a very special family to love him as much as he’ll love you.  If you’re interested in this sweet boy, please contact us and we’ll be happy to give you more information.

  • Kai is up to date with routine shots and is already house trained.
  • Kai is altered.

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More about Gunne


Gunne (pronounced Gunnie and sometimes called Gunner) is an 11-month old GSP puppy.  As a puppy newly in rescue, he will undoubtedly need a family with prior or current German Shorthaired Pointer experience, and a fenced yard with plenty of room for exercise.  You will be adopting a highenergy puppy.  While Gunne is sweet, adorable, and loving, he’s still very much a puppy…a GSP puppy…playful, energetic, happy, a tad stubborn, still learning how to interact with humans and other dogs, and into everything.  He needs a family with an abundance of patience and time to provide him with all the exercise AND obedience/behavioral training he requires to keep him engaged and out of trouble.  A family without small children (toddlers) will probably be best for Gunne because he’s full of energy and on the go, which may cause him to accidentally hurt small children by running into them and knocking them over.  Gunne will be well-suited and very happy as a brother to another dog sibling with a like type energy level, or as only pet; however, pairing him with another active dog will help him use his energy in a positive way.

Before we tell you too much about Gunne, we’d like to cover what adopting a puppy entails.  Prior to making the decision to adopt a GSP puppy, or a puppy of any breed, you must give serious consideration to the requirements of what is needed to raise a puppy…short-term and long-term.  Simply stated, raising a puppy involves a LOT of commitment.

Remember the Cliff Note study guides used in high school?  If so, you’ll understand what we mean when we say the following points are presented in Cliff Note style, highlighting only a couple of facts you’ll need to understand about owning and raising a puppy, namely our Gunne.

1.    Time CommitmentHigh.  Puppies demand a great deal of your undivided attention.

2.    Training NeedsExtensive and time-consuming.

3.    Cost of Care: High. Because you’re adopting a puppy, you’ll have his entire lifetime of caring for him.  Yearly Veterinarian check-ups and vaccinations, licensing fees, food, dog toys, crates, beds, misc. supplies, training sessions, etc.

4.    A Fit for All Families:  Not always.  Puppies tend to play rough and can accidentally hurt small children (babies, toddlers, under the age of 5).  Also, puppies are still growing and can be easily hurt by rough housing with young children.

5.    Love Factor:  High.  You get to soak up their love for many years!


Gunne is an 11-month old, almost solid liver GSP puppy.  He will probably be a 65-pound dog when he’s full grown and muscled up, but he currently weighs about 55 pounds.  We fully expect he’ll be adding more weight and muscle soon. 

Gunne is adapting well to his foster family and has been with other GSPs.  He hasn’t totally figured out how to socially interact and play with other doggy playmates yet, but with more time around other dogs, we’re sure he’ll figure out the “dos and don’ts” of doggy behaviors and etiquette.  We’re not sure how Gunne will interact with cats because he hasn’t been exposed to one with his foster family, so we would advise caution if he is to be homed with one.

Gunne is very prey-driven, loves watching birds, and has a pretty high energy level…after all, this beautiful boy is still a puppy and has all the energy and curiosity of a puppy.  He’s good around children, but since he’s a puppy, it’s advisable he not be homed with small children (under the age of 5), but only because of his energy level and the possibility of accidentally running into a small child.  Gunne loves playing with other dogs, in his puppy ways, and has not shown any type of aggression toward people or dogs.

Gunne LOVES to play fetch with a tennis ball (he LOVES balls!) and is good about returning them, loves his walks, and really loves to run around.  He’s pretty good on walks; however, leash walking is an area his foster family is working on with him.  He gets excited when he meets new people and will sometimes jump up if allowed, but his foster parents tell us he’s getting better all the time and not jumping much now.  Gunne’s also learning basic obedience commands and seems eager to learn and is extremely smart, too!  He’s already learned sit, come, and lay down.  Crate-training is a work in progress, but as with most GSPs, Gunne is smart (hmmm…think we’ve said that already) and quick to pick up on what his people are asking of him.  Gunne is a very social dog and much prefers to be with people and/or other dogs, as opposed to being left alone.

Have we mentioned yet that this guy is full of personality and sheer happiness?  Well, he is!  He has the cutest, long tongue he’ll use to give you big sloppy kisses and wake you up to let him out.  But then, a great big sloppy, loving kiss is much better than having an accident in the house at night…right?  You betcha!  He’s also learned to entertain himself with all kinds of dog toys and balls.  The balls seem to be his favorite and he’ll entertain himself for quite a while if you get tired of throwing it for him.  But if you give him chewable toys, you’ll need to be watchful so he doesn’t massacre them and chew them up completely and swallow the pieces.  He’d probably do this in no time flat if he isn’t monitored.

His exuberance and high energy show up at feeding time, too.  He’s able to scarf down a bowl of food in record time, so it’s best to feed him with a “slow bowl”.  Watching him eat prior to the slow bowl method reminds me of describing Superman leaping a tall building in a single bound, only substituting Gunne eating a bowl of food in a single mouthful!  cheeky

Our Gunne is 100% puppy, folks, and would really love to have a family that has all the energy and time to show him what it’s like to be with a loving family to show him all the great things in live. He’s young, very teachable, and VERY smart, which means he could probably learn how to enjoy all the activities an active family participates in…running, jogging, biking, swimming, hiking, etc.  He’s so full of curiosity and so ready to learn how to be a member of the right family.  A great big heart to share with the right people.  It would also be wonderful if Gunne has a new home where there’s another doggy playmate with the same energy level to help him work off his energy. 

You may have noticed the scar on Gunne’s front, left leg in his pictures.  If so, no worries.  He got off to kind of a rough start in his young life and before he came to ISR.  He was hit by a car and broke his leg, but it was repaired and is completely healed.  It doesn’t seem to bother him at all.  You’ll see what we mean if you get the chance to meet this boy. wink

Like most dogs heading for a new home and environment, it’s advisable for his new family to take the time to attend behavior/obedience classes with Gunne, especially since he’s so young and hasn’t really had the training needed to help him understand basic commands.  The benefits of this type of training are many…bonding, instruction, understanding, etc.  Gunne is learning basic commands with his foster family, but will need additional training before he consistently understands and responds appropriately to them.  He’ll also benefit with daily leash walks to help him understand how to behave appropriately while on leash so all involved will be able to enjoy the activity each time you head out.

Gunne’s foster parents says this about him; “Gunne is the most handsome boy and will steal your heart.  Because he’s still a puppy, he can test your patience and be stubborn at times, but he is very treat motivated and easy to train.  I think he will be an absolutely AWESOME pet.”  His fosters mentioned time and again how quickly Gunne learns things.  He’s very smart and very respectful of what is not his; he won't get on furniture/beds unless invited by actually pulling him up, and he hasn't chewed on shoes or clothes.  Being extremely food motivated helps a lot with his training.  For a young dog who had a rough start, he displays an unusual knowledge of “manners” in several ways, such as: 1) he waits patiently at the door while you put his leash on; 2) he’ll wait at the door and allow you to walk through first without rushing through the door/gate; and, 3) he doesn’t counter surf, even though he’s probably tall enough to do so.

In summary, Gunne is a very loving, sweet GSP.  He’s become quite the snuggler since he’s learned his foster family loves him as much as he loves them.  Gunne has great potential to make the right family very, very happy.  As a puppy he’ll require special care and a very devoted and dedicated family.  Adopting and raising a GSP puppy like Gunne is not easy, and if you can’t fully commit the time and attention necessary to lovingly raise Gunne from this time in his puppyhood to an adult GSP member of your family, then perhaps one of our other adult GSPs will be a more appropriate fit for you and your family.  However, if after reading this, you decide you still wish to consider adopting Gunne, then Congratulations!  We’d love to hear from you and tell you more about this bundle of energy and love!

  • Gunne is up to date with routine shots and is already house trained.
  • Gunne is altered.

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More about Nelson


Nelson is between 6 and 8 years old and once he’s settled in, doesn’t seerm to require a lot of entertainment to keep him exercised, which makes him a medium-level energy GSP.  Good with children, but unsure about having a cat in his home.  We recommend a fenced yard for Nelson and he’ll do well with another dog or two who will welcome a playmate.


Nelson came to us from a shelter, but he has certainly adapted quickly to his new environment with his foster family.  He’s a happy, contented GSP that loves playing with his GSP foster siblings.  As you can see from his pictures, Nelson is a handsome mostly liver-colored GSP with a patch of liver/white spotting on his chest.  He currently weighs about 65 pounds, but is on the lean side right now and will do well to gain a few pounds.  He’ll probably average around 70-75 pounds at his best.

Nelson doesn’t mind not being the alpha male, and gets along extremely well with the other dogs in his foster home.  When the alpha-male GSP he lives with decides he doesn’t want to play anymore, or doesn’t want Nelson in his space, he’ll growl and Nelson just walks away, unfazed by the grumpiness of his GSP playmate. LOL! 

We’re unsure if Nelson adapts to having a cat in his space; however, on a recent visit to the Vet’s office, he didn’t seem bothered by the cat that was also waiting for his turn with the Doc.  He hasn’t shown an extreme prey drive with animals in the yard, but does like to point squirrels while peeking out the window of the house.

Nelson doesn’t show any type of aggression toward anything that moves, or doesn’t move.  He’s been great with children (ages 5-9) and loves playing with the other dogs in his foster home.  He willingly shares toys and isn’t food aggressive.  He’s already crate-trained and seems to enjoy the familiarity and security of being in his crate.  When he’s tired and ready for a nap, he’ll wonder off to his crate and happily lie down inside for a quick siesta.

Nelson doesn’t know many commands yet, but he does know and obeys “sit”.  He’s very good in the house and doesn’t exhibit any anxiety/separation issues when he’s left.  His foster family says he has a great personality and LOVES to cuddle.  As a matter of fact, Nelson seems to prefer cuddling to other activities.  This will make him an ideal GSP for the family that wants a dog nearby…a definite part of the family most of the time.  One thing you’ll get plenty of from Nelson is his willingness to help his people relax with lots of doggie cuddles and snuggles. heart

Nelson is on the tall side and can easily put his head on a kitchen counter if allowed.  While he hasn’t taken anything from the counter yet (known to most GSP owners as counter-surfing) his fosters do keep a close eye on him if Nelson decides he’s interested in taking a quick “peek and sniff” of any items sitting there.

Nelson has a few scars and callouses on his body, and needs to put on a few pounds, but his overall gentle, loving personality comes shining through every minute he’s awake.  We believe he may have been an “outside” dog most of his days, but it's obvious how much he loves being inside and with people.  He tends to gobble his food and his fosters have found if they feed him with a “Slow Bowl” it helps slow him down during feeding times.  His fosters think poor Nelson believes the food he’s eating then and there may be his last, which is probably while he gobbles everything he can while it’s in front of him.

Nelson’s foster mom has quickly fallen head over heels for him and has promised this gentle soul he’ll go to a loving home where he’ll be snuggled and loved for the rest of his days.  She believes Nelson will do great with another dog or two because he follows her other dogs around and often tries to engage them in play.  While he loves the other dogs, it’s obvious to his foster mom, however, that Nelson’s true desire is to be with people who care for him and love him. 

In the words of his foster mom; “Nelson is such a gentle and affectionate boy. He really does like to be loved on all the time…he seems like he’s starved for affection.”

Nelson (and his foster mom...wink, wink) are in the market for a family that will truly love and cherish his giving, gentle, and affectionate nature.  It will be wonderful if Nelson goes to a forever home where there’s one or two other dogs, but being an only dog will be fine, too.  However, Nelson really needs a family that truly understands what gifts this boy is bringing to them…love, loyalty, love, acceptance, and love.  Oh wait, we’ve said love already…several times.  Guess that means it can’t be said enough of this GSP.  So, if you’re that family and want to hear more about Nelson, or even meet this gentleman GSP, please contact us.  We’d love to hear from you.  And, if you’d like to see a short video of Nelson running in the yard, click here.

  • Nelson is up to date with routine shots and is already house trained.
  • Nelson is altered.

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More about Elly


Elly is a 3 year-old GSP with medium-high level energy who will need an owner with previous GSP (or similar breed) experience.  She will do well in a home where someone is home with her a good majority of the time.  An active family and fenced yard will be wonderful.  Good with older children and other dogs, but is not good with cats.


UPDATE:  Elly's foster mom recently (Sept. 26th) sent us an update on this sweet girl.  She said that Elly has made a lot of progress in her foster home, especially in how much she interacts with the other dogs.  In her foster mom's words: " She is getting along wonderfully with my dogs.  Elly now shows a lot of interest in them and actively initiates play.  In fact, her new theme song is Girls Just Want to Have Fun!  She flirts, she teases, she chases, wrestles, steals toys, lets her toys be stolen, and pesters the older dogs in my home into playing with her, too!:"  Sounds like this little girl is definitely ready for her new forever home! And...we have some videos to share!  Click on the links to watch.  Video 1  Video 2


Elly is a 3 year-old GSP that is almost all black with just a bit of white on her chest, and weighs in at a petite 40-45 pounds.  She has a lot of energy and will require quite a bit of activity to keep her exercised and happy.  She is very prey-driven and may try to attack small animals, including cats and other types of indoor animals (bunnies, hamsters, etc.). 

Elly enjoys playing with all the other dogs in her foster home and loves to run, chase, wrestle and play “who has the stick.”  She’ll play games of fetch with sticks and balls and isn’t aggressive or possessive of her toys.  She hasn’t shown food aggression with other dogs or to people, and willingly takes treats among a group of other dogs without growling or worrying that they may take it from her.  She currently eats her meals in her crate (due to the number of other dogs in her foster home) and doesn’t focus on other dogs watching/staring at her while she casually dines in her “private restaurant” atmosphere.

Elly loves being active and is constantly on the go playing with the other dogs or playing fetch with her people.  She’ll retrieve a tennis ball, but will quickly lose interest in the game if her person loses interest and goes on to something else.  If she isn’t wrestling with the other dogs, she’s on her own pretending to be Sherlock Holmes while investigating all the nooks and crannies in the yard.  Oh, and she loves to stalk and chase pigeons if they light too close.  She settles in well for leash walks, is very well-behaved at these times, and really LOVES going out for a stroll or two during the day.  With appropriate training, Elly will also do great with an active family that wants to include her in their hiking, biking, swimming, and/or camping activities.

Elly loves spending time with people and other dogs, so if she’s left alone for extended periods of time she does experience a pretty high level of separation anxiety; therefore, it’s probably best if Elly is adopted by a family where somebody will be with her during most of her day so she’s not spending endless hours in a crate or alone in her home.  She can be a bit of an escape artist…think Houdini here…if left in a regular crate that isn’t equipped with extra latches/locks.  Elly readily goes into her crate without issues and will also ride in a crate when in a car, but her separation issues seem to kick in when she can no longer see her people.  Obviously, her separation anxiety may be an issue because she was taken from her past home/family, left at a shelter, and is once again in a new environment.  Of course, over time and as she becomes fully adjusted to her new forever family and environment, Elly’s separation issues may get better and not be an ongoing problem at all.

As we’ve mentioned, Elly loves her people, and because she’s very happy to see them, she has a tendency to jump on them as her way of a greeting.  She just gets so excited!  While this enthusiasm is very cute, it’s also very easy for Elly to hurt someone by allowing this behavior.  Her foster family is working to correct this behavior and believe she’s making good progress.  Like most GSPs, Elly’s a smart little cookie and wants to make her people happy, so she’s eager to do what’s needed to receive the praise and treat after doing something properly.  Likewise, Elly’s nose is in overdrive all the time and the counter top is a great location to get some pretty good sniffs.  Yep…she can be just a bit of a counter surfer, even though she hasn’t actually taken anything from the counter when she finds it, but it may be best to make sure goodies are put away and out of reach. smiley

Whew!  Sure seems like we’ve said an awful lot about this sweet girl without touching on all the really, really good stuff yet.  So it’s time to let you in on all the other wonderful things that makes our Elly a real treasure.

First…Elly’s as sweet as they come.  She LOVES people and loves being petted by them while lying at their feet.  A bit of a Velcro dog, like most GSPs, but we don’t think this is a bad thing.  After all, what’s more relaxing than calmly petting your beloved canine during one of your favorite TV shows, listening to music, reading a book, sitting by the fire, sitting in a lawn chair on your deck or patio, or doing whatever it is that relaxes you?

Second, Elly already knows many basic commands and seems very eager to learn and make people happy.  She already knows sit, come, down, fetch, and give.  Not much more to work on in this area, that’s for sure.

Third, Elly is well-behaved in almost all situations.  She’s great at the Vet’s office for her exams and blood work, is easy to bathe (maybe “tolerates bath” would be a better phrase…Wink Wink wink), will let you trim her nails, loves to play with other dogs her size, and will entertain herself with a Kong…as long as it’s filled with treats. LOL!

Fourth, the meaning of her name is “bright shining one” and that couldn’t be more accurate.  Elly’s personality truly reflects her name.  Just look at her sweet face and bright eyes.  As a matter of fact, Elly has become a favorite girl’s name over the last couple of years and has been used as the name of some very endearing characters in recent family movies.  Two come to mind:  Elly (Ellie) in the movie UP (Carl’s childhood sweetheart and wife) and also Elly (Ellie) as the wooly mammoth in the movie, Ice Age: The Meltdown.

All in all, we think Elly is the perfect name for this little bundle of energy – our own little “bright shining one.”

Elly is ready for her new forever home and family.  If your family is active and loving, and one that would love to nurture our Elly, then she may be the perfect addition to your home.  She has so much to offer to the right family.  Please contact us for more information about this girl.  We’ll be happy to fill you in.

  • Elly is up to date with routine shots and is already house trained.
  • Elly is altered.

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FACT:  Heartworm disease, if detected early enough and treated correctly, is curable.

ISR does not refuse to rescue a dog because it is heartworm positive.  We accept these dogs because we know heartworm disease can be cured; however, it can be costly and the process to cure a dog of this disease can be grueling for the dog and their caretaker.  Appropriate and correct treatment for a heartworm positive dog can easily cost up to $1,000, but this expense does not prevent us from making every attempt to cure these deserving orphans and place them in their forever homes.  

All of our GSP orphans have faced countless difficulties throughout their journey to us, but heartworm positive dogs have faced even greater hardships because they have lived with this disease and fought the hard battle to beat it.  And beat it they will AND have!

Meet Pepper and Jessie.

These 2 GSPs were heartworm positive dogs.  They were successfully treated by ISR, adopted, and are now living happy, active lives.  Read more about Pepper and Jessie on our News and Events page.

ISR allows approved adopters to adopt a heartworm positive dog; however, this can only happen if the adopters agree to follow the treatment protocol and continue to take their new GSP family member to the partner vet where he/she is currently being treated.  We are featuring these heartworms dogs as adoptable because we believe that with the right family and continued treatment, they're ready for their forever home and are definitely worthy of your consideration.

Dogs cured of heartworm disease can live happy, high quality lives.  Heartworm disease has become very common in the United States, so we are in need of caring adopters like you that are willing to open their home to a dog that is heartworm positive.  We believe our heartworm dogs - cured, as well as being cured - have as much to offer their new adopters as any of our GSPs, and also deserve a chance at a new life.  

If you're unable to consider adopting any of our orphans at this time, but wish to support our efforts, please click the DONATE Paw found on each page of our site. Thank you for your consideration and assistance.


Our Orphans Have Found Angels in Their Lives!  ISR wishes to thank our special friends who have donated to our orphans recently.  Your gifts make our work possible. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which makes your donation tax deductible. If you would like to join our efforts, please click on the Donate Paw on any page on our site.  Many, many thanks to the following donors!

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