Last Updated February 22, 2020







More about Sunshine


Sunshine is a senior 10-year-old female.  Will do well with older children who will be careful with her due to her limitations.  She hasn’t been observed around cats but coexists peacefully with her GSP foster sister.  Doesn’t require a lot of exercise.  Will require a single-story home with very limited, or no stairs, and preferably carpeting in her living area.


Sunshine is a senior female GSP at 10-years-old.  She doesn’t require a lot of exercise, other than a casual short walk with a leash.  She’s been diagnosed with spinal arthritis which limits her abilities to run and play with other dogs and/or children. 

Sunshine currently lives in a home with another GSP (Kona) and seems very content to peacefully lie by Kona for nap time or sit and watch as Kona plays and goes about her other daily comings and goings.  Sunshine is low-key and can’t participate in many activities, but her personality exemplifies her name…she’s sweet, loving, happy, and truly a “ray of sunshine”.

Sunshine doesn’t participate in normal doggy play or seem very keen in what the backyard critters are up to.  She’s indifferent toward the critters, goes about her business, and doesn’t even pretend at trying to scare the little varmints out of her yard.  However, even though Sunshine is indifferent to critters, she’s not indifferent to where she wants to lie down for a nap.  She is quick to show Kona her displeasure when Kona ends up with the primo “special” doggy spot on the sofa.  She’ animated and vocal about her dissatisfaction.  Check her out in this video as she tries to get Kona to get up and move out of the spot she also covets.  Sunshine doesn’t always win, but she is persistent. LOL! smiley

Sunshine will be a good match for a family who leads a calm, quiet lifestyle and isn’t looking for a GSP to exercise with on a daily basis.  She will also do well in a home with older children who aren’t rambunctious and are cautious around her, so they don’t knock her off-balance.  But please don’t think Sunshine is a lump on a log, because that’s not an accurate portrayal of our special elderly lady.  She loves to follow her people around and very much enjoys the normal loving and petting her people extend to her.  Not to mention the treats that come her way from her generous humans.  Oddly, when she first arrived at her foster home, she didn’t show much interest in food, but as she became more comfortable in her new loving surroundings, she quickly decided food and treats are A-OK!

Sunshine doesn’t show evidence of knowing normal dog commands, but her foster dad is working diligently to get her to know and understand her name and to come when called.  Her foster dad doesn’t believe it’s critical for Sunshine to learn other commands since she has mobility issues which will hinder her ability to sit and assume postures that may cause her pain.  He also mentioned her lack of knowing obedience commands doesn’t present issues because she doesn’t run or jump, making her a very low flight risk.

Sunshine is a bit of a work in progress with house-training, mostly because she isn’t fond of bad (cold/rain) weather; however, she knows she needs to go outside to eliminate.  She’s also crate-trained but would rather be with her people, or at least on that comfy, special spot on the sofa.

Sunshine is very affectionate toward people and craves the love/contact they can give her in return.  She’s a typical Velcro GSP; however, she tires quickly and oftentimes will find a comfy spot to nap within eyesight of her people. 

Yes…Sunshine is a senior GSP with some physical limitations, but please don’t let that deter you from checking her out if she ““piques”” your interest.  She’s very sweet and we truly want to place her in a loving home with an understanding family who will be more than happy to see her through her “golden years.”  She deserves her last years to be some of her best years.

If you would like to open your home to our “little ray of Sunshine”, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

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

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More about Gunnar


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 is a 10-year GSP but behaves much more like a youngster 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 craves. 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 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 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 will bark 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 run around the yard in typical GSP “zoomie” fashion. 

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 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.  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


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 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.   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 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. 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 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.   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.

“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 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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More about Willow Mae


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 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 other dogs.  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 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 it’s likely she’ll always be exuberant.

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.

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”!  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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More about Khloe


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 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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More about Roseanne (Rosie)


Roseanne, a.k.a. Rosie, is a 1 1/2 year old GSP on the smaller size at 38 lbs. She is very agile and can jump a 4 ft. chain link fence.  Fenced yard with at least a 6 ft.high privacy fence is required. She wiill need total supervision until fully trained to stay in yard within the fenced area to make sure she can't jump over or dig under the fence.  Gets along well with other dogs and gets along GREAT with CATS!  An active family with previous GSP experience would be ideal for Rosie.


Rosie gets along well with other dogs, dogs of all sizes.  She is submissive when she first meets them but quickly warms up and wants to play.   She gets along quite well with her GSP foster brother.   When he doesn't want to play she will happily amuse herself in her yard by chasing  squirrels, chipmunks, birds, rabbits, flies, snowflakes, leaves, anything that blows in the wind or runs in the grass.

 Rosie is timid by 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.  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. She would do best with a training method that uses rewards and soft encouraging tones.

Rosie is crate-trained and will readily go into her crate if she is asked to especially if she knows a treat filled kong is waiting for her.  Her foster family uses treats to train her and it seems to be working.  Rosie needs to be supervised when someone opens a door to the outside.  When she first came to her foster home she ran out the front door and was lost for a short time.  Now she is made to wait when someone goes to the door.  She stops and stays if her foster mom says "no" or "uhuh, Rosie".

Rosie’s foster mom says this about Rosie’s personality: “Rosie is timid when she meets a new person but once she is comfortable she is a doll, 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 and her new family will benefit significantly by attending obedience classes together.   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. 

Rosie is working on her leash manners and has really improved.  An active family that enjoys running and/or hiking will be a perfect match for Rosie’s energy level.   As we recommend for all of our dogs, having her on a secured lead is extremely important to keep her safe, especially when a sudden loud noise could make her bolt.

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.  We love to 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.   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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More about Tuki - PUPPY


Tuki is a 9-month-old male puppy and will require a fenced yard with room to run.  Very good with the other GSP in his foster home.  Due to his high prey drive he is not recommended to go to a home with cats. Due to his “puppy-ness,” best in a home without small, toddler-aged children.


If you think you’re looking at the most adorable puppy ever, you may be correct.  Tuki is a 9-month-old male GSP who has recently been neutered.  Tuki has only been with his foster family for a couple of weeks so they’re still learning about this sweet guy.  He weighs about 45 pounds and is still growing and gaining weight.  You can see from the pictures he’s already almost as big as his 8-year old foster sister, Ruby.

Tuki is very intrigued with and seems to adore his GSP foster sister.  He loves to engage her in play and sweet Ruby is happy to oblige…most of the time. smiley  They engage in normal puppy/dog play behaviors by “slapping” at one another, giving off low, playful growls, and rummaging through their toy basket to find the “just right” toy.  Tuki has also developed his own special trick when playing.  His foster mom calls it Tuki playing “land shark”.  Tuki flops down on his side and waits for Ruby to come and investigate.  When she’s just close enough…Wham!  There it is…the “land shark” attack.  blush  Tuki jumps up and it’s game on again.  Here's a short video of Ruby and Tuki at play. 

Tuki is every bit a puppy with normal puppy tendencies:  energy, playfulness, curiosity, intelligence, and an eagerness to please.  He’s crate-trained and doesn’t display any anxiety when he needs to be crated.  He’s quickly learning commands and already knows several, including sit, here, off, give, and no.  His fosters are working on “down” and “stay” and hope to have them perfected soon.  For training purposes, his foster uses treats, praise, and tennis balls.  His food motivation seems to be increasing with his treat training.  Here's a video of Tuki learning to catch a treat that's thrown for him.  Even though Tuki is learning commands quickly, we strongly recommend he be enrolled in doggy behavior classes when he is adopted.  These classes offer an abundance of advantages to a family adopting a puppy that is also a rescued dog. 

Tuki loves, loves, LOVES his tennis balls.  They are his favorite toy and his foster mom says he’d probably fetch for hours if she could keep up with him.  However, because he’s recently been neutered, up to now his exercise has been limited.  Which has been a blessing for his foster mom and her throwing arm.  wink  Tuki also likes stuffed toys but apparently not as much as tennis balls because he quickly destroys the little stuffed critters.

Living with Ruby has been very beneficial for Tuki.  He observes what she does and takes his cues from her.  This has made him much easier to train and Ruby is a very good teacher.  Ruby and Tuki share a toy basket and constantly pull toys out to scatter all over the place.  And, just like kids, if Ruby picks a toy to play with, little Tuki thinks it should be his.  Tuki has never tried to forcefully take a toy from Ruby because being the gracious older mentor, Ruby allows him to have it.

Tuki hasn’t displayed any aggressive tendencies with his food or toys.  Him and Ruby are fed separately and haven’t tried to take each other’s food or treats.  Tuki is very interested in people food, however, even though he doesn’t get to sample the tasty morsels.  But that doesn’t keep him from staring with those big puppy eyes pleading for a bite…just a little bite…pleeeeeeease!  Check out the picture of Ruby showing little Tuki how it’s done.  Tuki’s foster mom’s caption for the photo was, “"Just keep staring at them Tuki. The humans will eventually do what you want. The force is strong with you."  And by the way…the humans won this particular standoff.  Little Tuki is also pretty interested in the goodies on the counter, the tidbits that come from the microwave and refrigerator, and is curious as to why all that great smelling chow on the dishes going into the dishwasher aren’t there when they come out. smiley

Tuki is still learning correct leash behavior.  It’s been a work in progress because of his exercise limitations and the ice and snow.  And, like many puppies, Tuki has the trademark behavior of jumping up on his people (No, No, Tuki) to show them how much he loves them…another work in progress, but he’s making strides!

Tuki is a BIG cuddler and in typical GSP fashion wants to lay next to you, or better yet, on you!  When it’s time for a little R & R you’ll find him close to his people and/or Ruby.  Tuki is very much a Velcro GSP.

Tuki’s forever family will need the patience and understanding required to raise a puppy.  Additionally, his new family shouldn’t have small children of toddler age, due to Tuki’s rough play and jumping.  His foster mom sent these suggestions for selecting Tuki’s new family: “Tuki will need a yard to explore and room to exercise.  Since he's young he'll need to keep working on commands and manners, but he’s very smart and a quick learner!  Tuki loves to be snuggled so a family that's OK with him being on the furniture and in their laps will be a bonus. He'll need his people to invest time in exercising him and working with him to make sure he grows up to be a good family member. Tuki enjoys having another dog to play with and learn from, but another dog isn’t necessary as long as his new family gives Tuki the attention and exercise he’ll require.”

Do you want to add Tuki to your family?  If so please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

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

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