ADOPTABLE DOGS 

Last Updated April 1, 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.  

GRIFF (FOSTERED IN MICHIGAN) **AVAILABLE**

More about Griff

PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Good with older children and adults.  Not always good with other dogs so will be best to have a home where he is the only dog in the home and no cats.  Griff is a high energy GSP and will need a fully fenced yard and lots of exercise. He should be placed in a home with someone experienced with GSP's, someone able to continue his training.  He has been working with a professional trainer to redirect his tendencies toward resource guarding. He has made progress but will need to continue with this training in his new home.

GRIFF’S STORY:

Griff is a handsome 5-year-old male with a sweet disposition and lots of love to give to his people.  His previous life was in a home with older children, so he’s used to their energy.

Griff is very loving and at 5 years old he is full of high energy and will require plenty of exercise to keep him calm and happy when it’s time for relaxation.  A big fenced yard would be ideal.  He likes playing with sticks, playing chase with his people, and peanut butter stuffed Kongs.

Griff’s energy level proved to be a bit much for his previous owners and that’s why Illinois Shorthair was lucky enough to rescue this handsome boy.  While his energy level is described as high, his foster mom has noticed a moderate prey drive when he’s in the yard.  He’s pretty quick and may give a rabbit or squirrel a run for their money.  

He already knows several commands including, “come”, “sit”, and “down, and he’s currently working on the “drop” command.  Griff is crate-trained and willingly sleeps in one at night, but if there are activities going on around him, he wants to be part of the fun, too!  He lets you know he wants out to join in the fun by barking and whining. 

Griff is very curious and if you’re not vigilant you may find him trying to scurry away with a bit of something he may find on the counter.  Actually, his foster mom says he likes to “steal things from the counter” when he thinks he can get away with it.  The dickens!blush

Griff is very food motivated.  Griff is what’s called a food/resource guarder.  In other words, he can’t be 100% trusted when approached by people or pets if he’s eating or near his food bowls.  He hasn’t bitten his foster, or anybody to our knowledge, but it is a habit that can be troublesome.  We’re not sure when he developed this bad habit, but Griff and ISR have been working with a professional trainer in an attempt to bring this bad habit to a halt.  For this reason, we don’t think Griff will be a good dog to have in a home with young children or anybody who doesn’t understand and follow the rule to stay away from him at these times.  Griff’s professional trainer told us he’s doing well and making positive strides in this area, but it is something his new family will need to be aware of and continue to support working on with him.

Like all GSPs, Griff is very smart and catches on quickly.  He wants to be with his people and wants to be loved.  Having an ample supply of dog toys around for him to chew will help keep him away from toilet paper, people property, and counter goodies.

Griff’s foster mom totally enjoys the time she spends with him.  She sees him grow in so many ways each day she has him.  He also entertains her with the “Griff Spin”!  He spins around and around and doesn’t ever seem to tire of it!  His foster mom gets dizzy just watching him! LOL!  His foster mom also said, “he’s fun, energetic, a quick learner, and LOVES people.”  Pretty good resume for this guy if you ask us.

Griff will do well in a home with an active family, preferably one with GSP experience.  Lots of running and jogging will be great activities to do with Griff.  No young children or other pets.  Also, a family with the patience and love to follow-through on Griff’s current training to end his resource guarding.  We hope his new forever family is reading his story right now.  If so, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

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

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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 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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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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