ADOPTABLE DOGS 

Last Updated January 8, 2020

 

YOU MUST BE AN ISR APPROVED ADOPTER TO REQUEST AND RECEIVE FURTHER INFORMATION ON OUR GSP'S. THE PROCESS WILL INCLUDE AN APPLICATION REVIEW, VET CHECK, AND HOME VISIT.  

PLEASE UNDERSTAND THERE MAY BE APPROVED ADOPTERS AT DIFFERENT STAGES OF THE ADOPTION PROCESS.  THERE MAY BE APPLICANTS AHEAD OF APPLICANTS WHO ARE STILL IN THE APPLICATION REVIEW PROCESS, OR THOSE WHO ARE IN THE HOME VISIT STAGES. 

EXPRESSING AN INTEREST IN A PARTICULAR DOG ON AN APPLICATION DOES NOT GUARANTEE THAT PARTICULAR GSP WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE TIME OF AN APPROVAL, OR THAT THE NEEDS OF THAT GSP MAY BE A MATCH TO AN APPLICANT'S PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES.

BECOMING AN ISR APPROVED ADOPTER OFFERS YOU THE BEST OPPORTUNITY TO BE IN OUR NETWORK FOR A GSP THAT WILL MAKE A GREAT MATCH AND NEW FAMILY MEMBER FOR YOU.  TO START THE APPLICATION PROCESS, PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS FOUND ON THIS PAGE.  

 

GUNNAR (FOSTERED IN ILLINOIS) **AVAILABLE**

 

More about Gunnar

PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Gunnar will require a fenced yard with room to run.  Very good with children and all people.  NOT always good with other dogs so will be best to have a home where he is the only dog in the home and like most GSP's with a high prey drive, he should not be placed in a home with cats either.

GUNNAR’S STORY:

Gunnar is a 10-year YOUNG GSP and behaves much more like a GSP puppy rather than a senior.  He loves to run around in the yard where he can “let it all hang out”!  Gunnar came to ISR from a situation where he was confined to a small outdoor kennel and chained up all the time. He had never lived inside a home and his confinement didn’t provide space for him to freely move around to get the exercise he now craves with his fosters. As you can see from this video, Gunnar absolutely LOVES his newfound freedom to run around in the fenced yard. His foster dad says this is one of Gunnar’s favorite pastimes!

Gunnar adores people and shows off the true definition of the GSP “wiggle butt” when he’s with them.  As he greets people, his little tail and entire back end wiggle frantically and it’s so endearing to see how happy he is!  He wiggles so hard it’s a wonder he can keep his balance! surprise  Check his wiggle butt out in this video!  This boy was a favorite at the Vet's office when he stayed with them for a bit after he was first rescued.  They adored his personality and frequently let him "hang out" in the front office with them.  He was also a favorite at one of our affiliate training facilities where he received some specialized training and socialization skills, including working with a young boy who's about 8 years old.  Gunnar was an A+ student in all areas!

While Gunnar adores people of all ages (children, too) he’s not consistently good and accepting of other dogs; therefore, he’ll need to be in a home where he’s the only dog.  He also barks at other dogs if they walk by the fence when he’s in the yard.

As we mentioned, Gunnar is approximately 10 years young, but has the energy level of a much, much younger dog.  His foster dad takes Gunnar on 2 neighborhood walks a day and Gunnar also gets to run in the back yard several times during the day.  Gunnar is a big, strong dog and his new family will need owners who can meet his physical demands during walks and at other playtimes.  He loves to play fetch with tennis balls and to zoom around the yard in typical GSP “zoomie” fashion.  Here’s that video again in case you missed it the first time…proof positive of his “zoominess”! LOL!

Gunnar is truly a people dog and is happiest when he’s with them.  He’s so receptive of people interactions and absolutely melts when he’s being petted and loved. He has a favorite chair where he’ll curl up and nap when it’s time to wind down and get some R & R with his family.  He much prefers this spot over his crate.  His foster family is working on getting Gunnar more acclimated to being inside his crate, but Gunnar isn’t too thrilled with this option, so it’s still a work in progress.  His foster family has also worked on some basic commands with Gunnar and he knows, “sit”, “come”, “Gunnar no”, and “uh-oh”.  They’re also training Gunnar to “stay” when his crate door is opened and to actually release the ball when playing fetch.  Gunnar is very sensitive to scolding and the word “no”.  If he’s scolded his entire demeanor changes.  His ears lay down and his big sweet eyes actually seem to say, “I’m sorry”.  It’s apparent he doesn’t want to displease people.

Gunnar is very food motivated; training with treats has proven to be a good tool for his fosters.  But, because Gunnar is very food motivated, he’s also an exuberant counter surfer, and in this case, we include trash receptacles and any other area where food may be within his reach.  

In many ways Gunnar has just now, at this later stage in his life, been given the freedom to greet and explore his world the way he should have been able to as a puppy/youngster.  Somewhat of a Curious George character in GSP form.  Undoubtedly, because he was confined for much of his lifetime, his puppy tendencies for exploration can be just a tad troublesome if he isn’t supervised during his explorations.  Gunnar wants to touch, grab, and yes…sometimes chew people items that are within his reach.  His foster dad has found this true with tissue boxes, grocery bags, throw pillows, hats, scarves, socks, etc.  Obviously, this late “puppy stage” isn’t usually expected in a 10-year-old, but Gunnar is exploring the inside of a house (and outside of confinement) for the first time in his life and he’s making the most of it.  wink  Moral: You may want to keep cherished items out of his reach until he learns not everything within his reach is a Gunnar toy!

Gunnar’s foster family loves this sweet “diamond in the rough” boy.  They have so many kind things to say about him as seen from their following comments. “Gunnar is a very happy dog. Very friendly, affectionate, and wants to please.  He loves praise and hates being scolded.  He’ll look at you with those big eyes and melt your heart. Gunnar has a blanket and we use it for nights to cover his recliner and a spot on the couch. He’s earned a soft warm spot to rest, nap and sleep. His tail wagging will shake his whole rear end!”  Gunnar’s foster day also mentioned how amazed he is that Gunnar still has so much love to give, considering the life he lived prior to coming to ISR.

Gunnar deserves a warm, loving family.  A family that will be patient and understanding as he continues to explore his new freedoms as an inside pet.  We know Gunnar’s new family is just around the corner and hope it might be you.  If you're interested in this sweet boy or any of our dogs, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

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

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casper (FOSTERED IN michigan) **AVAILABLE**

More about Casper

PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Casper is looking for a quieter, more relaxed family. A fully fenced yard is required for safe containment and exercise.  Best with older children who know how to interact with pets; not advisable to be with elderly people because of his tendency to bolt when frightened. Great with other dogs AND cats.

CASPER’S STORY:

Casper is a male GSP with beautiful markings, adorable floppy ears, a long tail, and soulful eyes.  He weighs about 55 pounds and is approximately 3-4 years old.  Before being rescued by ISR, Casper lived in a very sad hoarding situation. Now Casper has a foster family to show him what it’s like to experience unconditional love, adequate food and water, clean living conditions, and the freedom to roam and explore the areas where he lives – inside and outside.

Casper lives with a cat and has managed to stay clear of her; when she hisses at him, he looks at her and then turns and walks the other way.  Smart boy! wink  Casper also LOVES living with his two furry foster brothers, Zak and Bentley.  In general, his prey-drive is dependent on what the other dogs are doing.  If the other dogs chase a squirrel, Casper’s ready, willing, and able to join in on the fun, but has yet to initiate the chase himself.  He leaves the “heavy duty” chasing to his siblings. Playing in the backyard with his fur brothers is one of his favorite pastimes. They chase and “body-check” one another.  With each body check you’ll see brown and white fur balls rolling through the yard! smiley He doesn’t chase balls and toys, but he shows an interest in them when his brothers play with them. He’s recently shown a keen interest in stuffed plush toys and loves to chew on bones/antlers and Kongs.  

Casper is extremely wary and cautious of new noises, quick movements, and “out of the ordinary” situations; he tends to bolt when these happen.  He has been around older children, a12-year-old boy who is good with dogs, however Casper didn’t engage with the boy.  Casper chose to stay away from him and “play it safe”.  We’re unsure why Casper has such reactions to different situations; however, he’s improving each day with these behaviors as he gains more confidence with the help of his foster family.  Additionally, we’re recommending Casper not be homed with an elderly person who may have balance issues.  Casper isn’t cautious about where he runs when he becomes scared and may accidentally injure an elderly person if he runs into them.

Casper isn’t a high energy dog, but he isn’t a low energy boy either.  He can run around all day playing with his fur brothers but is happy to settle in and rest alongside his people and his fur brothers on the couch.  Like most GSPs, he loves people and often choses to stay by them when he’s not playing. He’s crate-trained and sometimes it was a problem to get him out of his “safe place”, but he’s better now and will usually come out when asked.

Even though Casper loves being outside and exploring the backyard, getting him to relax on leash walks is taking some time. Casper is very skittish and wary of noises, quick movements, and just about anything he sees when he’s outside of the yard; a firm grip on the leash is necessary when walking with him.  Casper is also skittish when entering building doorways or car doors.  His foster mom thinks he just hasn’t had the time or freedom to experience the world and learn it isn’t as scary as he thinks it is.  Casper’s veterinarian is trying a round of antianxiety medication to determine if it will help Casper short term while he adjusts to living in a new environment.

Casper hasn’t exhibited any signs of food and toy aggression with either his fur brothers or his foster family.  You can tell he’s happy when it’s chow time.  He gets that typical GSP excitement and his eyes light up…all signs that indicate if he could talk, he’d be saying, “bring it on!”  Casper is very gentle when accepting treats.  He’s learning the “sit” and “come here” commands, but because he’s not treat-motivated it’s been harder to have understand what’s wanted.  His foster offered this information about his training: “He loves his meals and treats but doesn’t seem to understand he gets a treat if he does what is expected of him when given a command.  We’re still working on this. While he loves getting treats, he’s not food motivated to learn new things”.

As with most of our rescues, we strongly encourage his new family attend professional dog training classes with him.  These classes offer an abundance of advantages to a family adopting a rescue dog, especially one like Casper.  Training classes may not be advisable immediately, but perhaps after Casper has had time to adjust and TRUST his new family members. 

Occasionally in our stories we like to give you a short meaning of the dog’s name and how it may tie into their personality.  While most people associate Casper with that cute little cartoon ghost there are other noteworthy comparisons to made with this name. The name Casper is of a Scandinavian, Persian origin and means “treasurer” or “master of the treasure.”   Casper was the name of one of the Three Magi who brought many treasures to the infant Jesus.

We think our Casper will bring many “treasures” to his new family, too; unconditional love, loyalty, companionship, and happiness just to name a few. Since nobody knows our rescue dogs better than their foster families, we’d like to add some words from Casper’s foster mom.

“Casper has very soulful eyes that he uses to stare at me. He’s adorable all over and is so cute when he yawns, body shakes, and lets go of tension! He likes getting pets, especially “rump scratches!”

Casper is a pretty chill and an easy-going guy. When he is on the leash he stays just to the side and behind me, which is good. He has never showed a tooth or growled at me. Even when I’m half in his kennel trying to get him to come out!

Casper is a very sweet and skittish young dog. He has amazing potential we see in small sections of time. Some days he wakes up with a wagging tail and is eager to come out of his kennel and go right outside to play with his foster brother, Zak. An ISR Alum. Other mornings he has to be gently coerced outside with a leash and the promise of treats.”

Lastly, more advice from his foster mom. “Casper requires a very steady, patient, soft, and kind hand to guide him.”  If this describes you and your family and you’d like to know more about Casper, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

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

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WILLOW MAE (FOSTERED IN ILLNOIS) **AVAILABLE**

More about Willow Mae

PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS: 

Willow Mae is bit rambunctious and will need a family with a ton of patience to raise a puppy.  Must have a fully fenced yard; a fence higher than standard chain link and one she can’t climb.  Great with other dogs (see picture above), not sure about cats.  Good with children but recommend children old enough to withstand puppy jumps and puppy play.

WILLOW MAE'S STORY:

Willow Mae is around 15 months old and is a beautiful, long-legged little girl weighing about 45 pounds.  At 15 months she’s still considered a puppy and a GSP puppy tends to take puppy hood to a whole other level.  Rambunctious, happy, full of energy, sweet, loving, excitable, and learns very, very quickly.

Willow Mae gets along well with her 2 fur brothers (Brittany Spaniel and pocket pointer) and enjoys romping and playing with them.  She also loves to play with the neighbor’s little dogs.  Apparently, she’s not picky and if a dog is willing to play with her then it’s game on!  We’re not sure if she’s good with cats, but she does show prey drive with the wildlife in her area.  She’s been able to experience turkeys, deer, fox, squirrels, rabbits, etc. and exhibits the classic stalking/pointing traits of a GSP.

Willow Mae’s preferred toy of choice is anything that involves playing with humans or her fur brothers.  She’s extremely social and doesn’t miss an opportunity to “mix it up” by grabbing a toy and trying her hardest to get the party started.  She often offers her toys to her fur brothers to let them know naptime is over and it’s time to play.  She doesn’t seem to have a favorite toy, but squeaky toys don’t last long at all.  If allowed to play with them for even a short while you’re likely to find squeaky toy guts strewn everywhere.  Willow Mae also loves to start a came of fetch by dropping a toy in her foster mom’s lap and then retrieving it when she throws it.

Because Willow Mae is somewhat of a “bulldozer” and a jumper we believe she’ll do best with children who are about 7 years of age and older; not because she’ll intentionally hurt them, but with her puppy tendencies there’s definitely a chance play time could end up with a unintended human casualty.  Of course, as she grows out of her puppyhood some of those tendencies will subside, but her personality is one of such energy and sweetness it’s likely she’ll always be, shall we say, exuberant?

Being a GSP means Willow Mae learns quickly.  In just the few weeks she’s been with her foster family she’s learned so many commands!  She responds to, “sit, drop, come, lay, stop and let go.”  Willow Mae is also crate trained and will take her afternoon nap there but prefers to be with her people if they’re home.  She hasn’t shown any signs of aggression with food or toys but if you’re not vigilant, she doesn’t waste any time in gobbling up her fur brothers’ food, too.  She’s not truly food motivated and once her belly is full, she doesn’t look for ways to work for extra food and/or treats.

As with all puppies, Willow Mae is HIGH ENERGY and requires a considerable amount of exercise to keep her out of mischief.  Her fosters take her and her fur brothers on an hour outing (run and walk) in the morning and one in late afternoon.  She’s very good on a leash and is well-mannered walking with her fur brothers.

Willow Mae’s foster mom says she is “young and silly, loves her people, her fur brothers, and anybody else she meets.  She’s friendly and lovable to everyone she meets, including other dogs.”

While Willow Mae already knows several commands, we still recommend she attend obedience training to reinforce the knowledge she already has and to help her bond with her new forever family.  The benefits of dog training classes are well documented and help both owners and their new pet the opportunity to learn about one another.  Better control, stronger bonds, additional stimulation, and even the possibility of saving your pet’s life are all part of what dog training classes can offer.  Even a well-behaved, disciplined dog could bolt into a dangerous life-threatening situation if frightened.

Please understand that Willow Mae is a YOUNG silly, quirky, loveable little girl and will require a lot of patience, understanding, and supervision to help her adjust to her new forever family and learn all the ins and outs of fitting in with them.  Because she is an active, YOUNG dog, she’ll do well with an active family that will enjoy taking her with them on their outings and adventures!  We continue to describe Willow Mae as “a YOUNG puppy” because it’s very important to understand she has a while to go before she’ll be considered a mature GSP adult and during that time there are a number of puppy adventures and puppy mischief that may lie ahead for her and her forever family. 

One thing we’d like to emphasize in our story about Willow Mae is that she’s not only a jumper but she’s also a climber.  She’s kind of our own little “super girl…able to leap (or climb) fences in a single bound…or with a few steps” LOL!  Apparently, she’ll even attempt to climb trees if she finds something worth climbing for.  For this reason, it will be essential for her to have an area where she can play and romp, but an area where she can’t escape from…such as a tall privacy fenced area or something similar.  A normal height chain link fence won’t provide the barrier she’ll require.

Willow Mae’s foster mom sent some very sweet words for this girl and we’d like to share them with you. “I can’t begin to tell you how sweet this nugget is!  From the get-go she fit right in.  Willow Mae is young, full of energy, and as loveable as can be!  She is an “in your face” girl but loves quiet mornings, a full hour morning outing, and a quick afternoon walk-about. She loves everybody she meets!”

From the wonderful information her foster mom sent us we’re pretty sure it’s going to be a struggle for her foster family to see Willow Mae leave them, but we’re also sure that her forever family is reading this right now.  Is that you?  If it is and you have an active family and also a lot of patience and love to give our little Willow Mae, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

  • Willow Mae is up to date with routine shots and is house trained.
  • Willow Mae is altered.

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KHLOE (FOSTERED IN ILLNOIS) **AVAILABLE**

More about Khloe

PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Khloe is GREAT with children and other dogs but she is NOT good with cats due to her high prey drive.  She can jump a 4ft. chain link fence so alternative fencing/options are required:  6 ft. fences or Invisible Fence. She befriends any child or person she meets; very happy when meeting children.  Children at least 5 and over are recommended.

KHLOE’S STORY:

Khloe is approximately 6 ½ years old, LOVES to cuddle, and is as sweet as sweet can be.  She’s not a large GSP and she’s beautifully marked with liver on her predominantly white body.  Khloe is great with children; however, we think she’d truly love being an only “pet child” so she could get all the attention; the more, the better for this sweetheart.

While she is fine living with other dogs (3 other dogs in her foster home), she loves to be the center of attention because she adores people.  Khloe is initially shy and warms up over time. While in foster care, little Khloe has evolved into a playful little cuddler. Khloe has started to play with her GSP foster sister, and they make the cutest picture when they cuddle together during their down times. Khloe will befriend any child or adult she meets; though, we’ve noticed she actually seems to “glow” when she meets children.

As you can see from her pictures, she loves tennis balls and cuddling with children and/or adults.  It doesn’t take too much to entertain her, either, because she’s found a unique way to entertain herself if she can’t find a playmate.  She has a silly way of throwing the tennis ball for herself so she can run after it.  She simply spins around to toss her ball and then off she goes after it.  Obviously, she believes the saying, “where there’s a will there’s a way!” and she’s certainly found a way. smiley

Khloe has the typical GSP prey drive and is very happy to while away her day sitting by a window and watching for intruders…you know what we mean… those little critters that may pose a threat to her people should they decide to mosey into her domain. smiley  She will also go on the hunt when she’s out and about in the yard or on leash walks.    Khloe likes other outdoor activities, there’s not much she can’t adapt to as far as exercising goes.  Khloe recently showed us how much she enjoys the water.  Check out her swimming skills by watching this video.  She enjoys being active so having an active family will be a big plus for our little cuddler.

Khloe has learned some basic commands and is  crate-trained.  She knows; sit, down, stay, and the give paw commands.  Khloe is afraid of storms, fireworks, and loud noises but she has created her own way to get through the worst of these moments.  She looks for her people and cuddles under a blanket when the noise gets to be too much for her.  On the bright side, though, Khloe put up with two weeks of very noisy remodeling in her foster home with the continued sounds of nail guns, hammering, drilling, etc.  During this time, she displayed a bit of nervousness/anxiety, but it was manageable, and she quickly got over these tendencies with continued exposure to the various sounds.

If you’ve noticed we’ve used the word “cuddler” quite a bit during our description of Khloe, it’s hasn’t been by accident.  She’s one of the top cuddlers we’ve rescued over the years.  That trait along with her sweet disposition and her eagerness to be with her people…especially children…make our little Khloe a special girl that will adapt well with the right family.  An active family with the patience to allow Khloe to learn to trust you and overcome her shyness…to show you what a happy little cuddler she really is.  

If you're interested in this sweet girl or any of our dogs, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

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

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BAILY (FOSTERED IN ILLNOIS) **AVAILABLE**

More about Baily

PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Baily is an all-around easy keeper with high prey-drive.  Good with other dogs of medium or larger size; she might view smaller dogs as prey.  Not good with cats, but good with kids and people.  Preference wiil be given to a home with a fenced yard for her to run and “hunt”.

BAILY’S STORY:

Baily is an 8-year-old black ticked female GSP weighing approximately 65 pounds.  She has a beautiful shiny coat and a shining personality to match.

Baily is an easy keeper, laid back, and loving!  She LOVES her people, unless there’s a chipmunk or some other creature around.  Then she’s off to the races…or should we say…off to the hunt, a very high prey drive. When she’s in the yard she’s constantly checking the perimeter and stalking around hoping to make a surprise attack on some unsuspecting animal.  Luckily, at least for the prey, Baily isn’t as fast as she probably once was, so more often than not, it’s just a fun game for Baily.  But not so much for the chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits and cats!  By the way, Bailey isn’t cat friendly.

Baily is a dignified “middle-aged” GSP, but don’t let her age fool you, and don’t be fooled by the writer using “dignified” in this sentence.  Dignified doesn’t mean prim and genteel.  As a matter of fact, she still acts much younger than her age and her energy level is indicative of a younger dog.  She still has plenty of energy and will make anybody who likes a bit of activity a great exercise partner.  She loves having a fenced backyard where she can run.  Leash walks are exciting for her, too, but be sure to hold on firmly when you’re out and about.  She’s a strong girl and if she sees anything that resembles prey, she may bolt and take you along for a bit of jog that you weren’t expecting. wink

Baily is very healthy because she came from a very loving background and only ended up with ISR because her former owner died suddenly, leaving Bailey orphaned.  sad  However, from all accounts, Baily’s former owner loved her VERY much and treated her affectionately, kindly, and with great respect.  He adored her as does her foster mom.  Her previous kind and loving treatment shows in her personality.  She absolutely LOVES being with people and is gentle with children.  She’s truly and angel with an extremely sweet disposition and personality.

Baily loves to run in the yard, but she doesn’t show much interest in dog toys or playing fetch.  She’s a typical Velcro GSP and if she isn’t running in the yard, she’s often found shadowing her foster mom.  Baily is crate-trained and has never attempted to grab or destroy anything in the house that isn’t hers.  When her fosters must leave the house without Baily, she shows no separation anxiety.  When they return, they typically find her sitting by the window waiting for them.  Her favorite resting place is on the couch next to her people.

Baily came to us with some understanding of basic commands and already knows, “sit”, “no”, and “off”.  Full disclaimer here…Baily doesn’t always seem to understand the concept of “off”.  Or maybe she just doesn’t want to understand because she’s just too excited to see her people and just can’t help herself!  Her foster mom has been working on making Baily stay off when she’s told and since Bailey is very food motivated, we’re pretty sure her foster mom will have Bailey getting 100% of her “offs” very soon now.

Baily is such a sweetheart and her foster mom has totally enjoyed having her and watching her as she adapts to this newest “chapter” of Baily’s Book on Lifesmiley  Even though her foster mom loves having Baily, she can’t keep Baily permanently and is hoping someone reading this story realizes Bailey is meant to be their new treasure and will contact us.  We’d love nothing more than to find the right family for Baily.  A family that will give her all the love and adoration she deserves…the great life she deserves while exploring new adventures she can add as new “chapters” to her book.

If you're interested in this sweet girl or any of our dogs, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

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

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ROSEANNE (FOSTERED IN indiana) ***AVAILABLE***

More about Roseanne (Rosie)

PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Roseanne, a.k.a. Rosie, is currently a very timid dog and will require gentleness and a lot of patience!  A year-old GSP puppy who needs training and plenty of exercise.  Is currently a “runner” if the door is open and can jump a 4 ft. chain link fence.  Fenced yard higher than 5 ft. is required. Will need total supervision until fully trained to stay in yard and within fenced area.  Gets along well with other dogs after initial introductions and also gets along GREAT with CATS!  You can see a picture of her with her kitty friend above.  An active family with previous GSP experience would be ideal.

ROSEANNE’S STORY:

Roseanne, a.k.a. Rosie is about 1 1/2 years old.  She’s a smaller GSP at 38.2 lbs., but is every bit a busy, active GSP puppy with all the tendencies puppies exhibit.

Rosie gets along well with other dogs, but the larger the dog, the more intimidated and submissive she becomes.  She seems to be adjusting quite well with her foster brother, Chief, as you can see above.  She's trying her hardest to get him to play with her but he seems pretty disinterested!  Rosie is great with cats (as seen above).  She also exhibits a high prey-drive in the yard and on walks.  She happily chases all types of Mother Nature’s smaller living “Rosie toys” when she happens upon them on her outings.  Among her favorite are squirrels, chipmunks, birds, rabbits, gnats, flies, and lightning bugs.  Hmmm, I guess that means anything and everything she finds in her space.  LOL!

Because of Rosie’s timid nature, she naturally reacts in a scared, withdrawn manner when she’s around loud noises and if she’s being corrected with a too loud voice.  Her foster mom even says, “it breaks my heart if I have to raise my voice too loudly to correct Rosie because she just drops whatever she had (that she shouldn’t have) and sulks away with her tail between her legs and finds a place to lie down.” ?At this time, we assume Rosie will react this way if placed in a home with a lot of noise and smaller, loud children; however, we also believe she wouldn’t hurt any children if she’s adopted by a family who has younger kids.  Older children who understand not to run and yell at her would probably be ideal.

Rosie is crate-trained; she’s not thrilled about her crate but will go in if prodded.  Rosie isn’t food motivated, so training her to go inside a crate has been a little bit more of a challenge, but she’s catching on quickly.  And since food motivation isn’t a thing for Rosie, it’s also more of a challenge to train her in basic dog obedience.  No food drive and submissiveness to loud voices = bigger challenges right now when working with Rosie. 

But wait… please don’t be misled by our little Rosie’s story so far!  Rosie is absolutely worth every ounce of energy and love you can shower her with.  You see, even though Rosie has some naughtier puppy tendencies her foster mom has nothing but praise and loving words for Rosie’s true personality.  Rosie’s foster mom says this about Rosie’s personality: “Rosie is so sweet and extremely loving.  She loves to be held and petted while on my lap and is a great snuggler. She doesn’t bark or whine and is calm and quiet for the most part.  And a big plus is she doesn’t counter surf or get in the garbage!”

Rosie is beginning to understand how much fun dog toys and chew toys can be.  She didn’t really know what to do with them when she first arrived, but she’s learned to love her squeaky toys and will toss them and run after them when she’s playing on her own.  As Rosie becomes more confident and secure in her foster home with her foster family, she’s quickly showing signs of being happier and more energetic.  True puppy energy, which of course, brings along puppy “naughtiness”.  If you don’t watch her, just like all puppies, she thinks everything within her reach is a “Rosie toy.”  Items such as shoes, socks, clothes, jackets, and wallets.  Uh-oh.  Hope that wallet was a “just before payday” wallet…pretty empty! smiley

Rosie and her new family will benefit significantly by attending obedience classes together.  Because she isn’t food motivated and is overly sensitive with raised voices and loud noises, her foster family hasn’t spent a lot of time training her yet.  A professional/knowledgeable trainer who understands dogs with a timid and withdrawn personality will be of great benefit to Rosie and her family.  Attending classes, along with additional “homework” outside of class, is also a wonderful way to bond with Rosie and provide her the opportunity to trust her new family.  Oftentimes, puppies and dogs enjoy being a “dog with a mission”, meaning they truly like having mental tasks to undertake, too.  Mental exercises along with an adequate amount of physical exercise (a lot for a puppy like Rosie), will help her new family mold a well-adjusted and happy little Rosie!

Rosie is used to walking on a leash…or should we say running?  Her foster family currently keeps her on a 30’ lead while on walks so she can run while they trot.  Wow…trotting…now that’s commitment by our wonderful, energetic fosters!  LOL!  Obviously, an active family that enjoys running and/or hiking will be a perfect match for Rosie’s energy level.  However, since she is currently a flight risk, having her on a secured lead is currently the best way for Rosie to get running exercise…which she LOVES!

We’re not sure if Rosie’s timid nature is from previous abuse or if this is naturally her personality, but we’re optimistic when she finds her forever home with her very own loving family, she’ll come out of her shell and show more of the puppy happiness she should be enjoying at this time in her life.

We’d like to close with some final thoughts from Rosie’s foster mom.  She has so many good things to say about Rosie, we want to be sure we share most of them with you.  “Rosie is truly an all-around good dog…completely house-broken and crate-trained.  If she has a chew bone, she finds a place where she can quietly chew away and relax.  If we play fetch with her, she’ll run and get the toy it, toss it, and bring it back to us…even though we haven’t really asked her to fetch yet because of her submissiveness.  We just let her play the Rosie way.” smiley

By now, we hope you see Rosie in the same way we do.  A loving, sweet but timid, “total package” puppy who’s a little rough around the edges…a diamond in the rough.  We want everything to be coming up roses for our little Rosie and hope your home will provide that rose garden for her.  She’s absolutely worth it!  If you're interested in this sweet girl, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

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

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