More about Chips


Chips will do great in a home with another dog and a fenced back yard for safe play and exercise.  As one of our distinguished senior guys, Chips doesn’t require a lot of exercise, but he’ll need a daily regimen of exercise to keep him healthy and happy just the same.  Unsure if he’s good with cats; will probably do fine with children but has not been with children in his foster home.


“Senior dogs have a way of finding the people that need them and filling an emptiness they didn’t know they had.”

Chips is a 12-year-old (senior) GSP with the sweetest face and a disposition to match.  He weighs about 75 pounds and his foster dad says his energy level is medium-to-low, but Chips will sometimes surprise him with the antics of a younger dog…like running back and forth along the fence line with the neighbor’s dog on the other side.

Chips is already crate-trained and doesn’t experience separation anxiety.  He also knows multiple basic commands, including:  sit, stay, come, and down.  Additional training probably won’t be necessary for this gentleman; however, don’t let that keep you from taking him for additional training if you’d like.  After all, as we often say, German Shorthairs are very smart and are always happy interacting with their owners.  Training is a great bonding exercise and in Chips’ case, we’re certain you’ll be able to teach this old dog some new tricks.  Wink! Wink!

Like many GSPs, Chips fits the definition of a Velcro dog; when you’re sitting and relaxing, Chips will be there with his head in your lap, looking up at you with his big soulful eyes, waiting for the pets, ear rubs, and hugs that he loves so much.  Chips truly loves attention from his people, but he loves feeding time, too.  It’s typical for his foster dad to Chips right next to him like a shadow (interpretation = under foot blush ) when he’s preparing Chips’ food.  And if you're not fast enough putting it down for him, he has no problem letting you know he disapproves of your slow pace.  You'll see what we mean if you watch this video.

If you like to go for walks, Chips will be happy to go with you.  He LOVES to go on walks. 

Chips tugs just a bit on the leash, but not so much that the walk isn’t enjoyable.  Chips relishes being outside and checking out the comings and goings of the neighbors and he’ll occasionally play with a Kong ball, too.  However, this older gentleman GSP is more than happy to seek out the comforts of his favorite pillow when outside play time is over.

Chips’ foster dad isn’t sure if he’s good with children because there aren’t any children in the home, but because Chips’ is a mellow guy, all indications are Chips will be fine with children.  Chips’ foster dad says, “Chips is very sweet, friendly, and loving.” 

Chips has been a “dream” to foster.  He’s very low key and has adapted wonderfully to his new environment.  If you adopt Chips, since he’s a senior gentleman, you’ll have some distinct advantages over adopting a younger GSP.  We think senior dogs are awesome, and Chips is no exception.  As a matter of fact, when we brought Chips into rescue, we knew he’d have to undergo surgery to remove a large tumor on his side.  We also knew it would be a very expensive procedure for ISR to cover; however, we took Chips in and gave him the surgery he needed.  That’s how much we believe in this ole boy!  ISR has rescued many senior dogs and we’re told over and over that adopting a senior dog turns out to be much more rewarding than expected, and we think Chips will prove this point, too.

If you’re still “on the fence” about adopting Chips because he’s considered a senior GSP, then these facts about adopting a senior dog…namely our sweet Chips...may help you decide.  The Iheartdogs Website: ( says it best:

“When it comes to adopting a senior dog, you have the privilege of choosing the fully-formed personality that best fits your lifestyle. There are no growing pains and no surprises; you simply bring home your new best friend.

Senior dogs may bear a few scars – both physical and emotional – but they don’t let their pasts keep them down, no matter how dark they may have been. Dogs have a way of forgiving, forgetting and living in the present. If you give your love to an old dog, you can be sure he will devote the rest of his life to loving you back.

Since they’ve already gotten that wild-youth-phase out of their systems, senior dogs are excellent at performing service tasks like visiting nursing homes and hospitals or participating in reading programs for school children. They are also the perfect BFFs for senior citizens to adopt!

When you gaze into the wise and worldly eyes of a rescued senior dog, you will see an animal who knows they have been saved. They don’t care where you live, what you look like or what you do for a living; they will dedicate the remainder of their lives to thanking you.”

If you think Chips is the perfect GSP to add to your family, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

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

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More about Emmy


Emmy will do best in a home as an only dog.  Loves children, however, if children are in the home, it’s best they be around 10 years old, or older, because her enthusiasm and playfulness may cause unintentional harm to toddlers/babies.


Emmy was estimated at being approximately 6 years-old before coming to ISR, but her foster mom thinks she may be a bit younger based on her appearance and personality.  She’s weighs about 58-60 pounds, and is a gorgeous black and white GSP.

Emmy loves to play with almost any toy.  She can entertain herself if somebody isn’t available to play with her, but she’s also very happy when the opportunity arises where she gets to engage in play with her people, too.  When Emmy first arrived at her foster home, she didn’t understand how to interact with the other dogs in the house.  We’re happy to report Emmy is now beginning to drop a tennis ball and the rope toy by her foster dog sister when she wants to play with her.

We doubt Emmy lived in a home(s) with other dogs since she didn’t know how to interact with other dogs when she arrived at her foster home.  Emmy is very confident and prefers to be the “boss lady” when interacting with her playmates.  At times, due to her lack of experience with the other dogs, Emmy tends to play very rough with them. When the other dogs attempt to correct this rough behavior, Emmy may become defensive.  In other words, if Emmy misinterprets her playmates’ activities and their barking as aggression, she may become defensive vs. playful; however, she’s getting better at understanding and becoming less reactive when the other dogs bark or run past her. Because of Emmy’s lack of experience with other dogs and her defensive tendencies, we believe Emmy will do best in a home where she’s an only dog. 

Emmy loves people and has been exposed to many people of various ages. She’s always enthusiastic when meeting new people and she loves to be petted and cuddled. When it comes to personality, our little Emmy gets an A++++.  She’s as sweet as can be.

Emmy is prey-driven and shifts her energy level into high-gear when she’s outside looking for backyard critters to harass, tease, and stalk.  She’s all about movement and play…even inside the house; however, when that energy has been exhausted and satisfied, you’ll see her convert to a real cuddle bug.  She’ll shift into “cuddle gear,” seeking out the most obliging person in the area…someone who’ll pet her, rub her ears, and cuddle, cuddle, and then cuddle some more. Cuddling is definitely a big-time, A-OK pastime for Emmy.

Emmy is house- and crate-trained. She’s quickly learning house manners and what it takes to be a great indoor pet, including not to jump up on counters.  Until recently she was a definite counter-surfer, but now understands that not everything within her reach belongs to her. She’s also receiving extra training time with basic commands, such as “sit” and “leave it”. The goal is for her to consistently follow the direction/commands given to her, and she’s learning quickly.  She also knows her name and will come when she is called.  As we often say, GSPs are smart, quick learners, and Emmy isn’t an exception to this rule.

When Emmy has a tennis ball, or a rope toy, she’s very energetic in her play.  She gets so excited she’ll intermittently jump…run…jump…twirl…jump…run…twirl, etc.  You probably get the picture. smiley  Playtime with Emmy is a very active time, and for this reason we recommend Emmy be in a home with older children who she won’t accidentally hurt as she plays.  Though Emmy gets along very well with all age groups of children, Emmy’s playtime rituals may be a little “rough” for younger children. 

Emmy’s foster mom finds our little Emmy very endearing and refers to her as a “little doll.”  She also mentioned that, “Emmy looks right at you when you’re talking to her and seems to know what you’re saying to her…so, if you’re looking for a buddy to tell your secrets to, she’s your gal.”  Evidently, Emmy has that instinctive sense of empathy and offers the unconditional love so many dogs, and especially our GSPs, seem to offer to their people.

We like to find unique things to write about our ISR rescues, and when we checked the Urban Dictionary (always good for a few laughs) for the meaning of Emmy, this is what we found:  “very pretty, loves to be around people, makes new friends quickly, gets along with different varieties of people, can always help you with your problems when you have them, and she’s one of the best people (in this case, dogs) you can trust.  She loves animals, especially dogs!” LOL!  Gotta love the Urban Dictionary, especially when their description is such a close match to one of our dogs.

Well, if the Urban Dictionary didn’t sell you on our sweet, little Emmy with their perfect description of her, then we sure hope the rest of her story does.

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

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More about Tobias (Tobi)


Tobias (Tobi) is young male and full of energy.  Will do best in a home with another doggy playmate who can match his energy level.  Fenced yard and a plan for exercise will be important.  Tobias (Tobi) is good with other dogs, good with cats, and older children (no babies or toddlers).  Tobias is completely housebroken with no marking issues.


Tobias (Tobi) is a sweet, playful, energetic 2-year old male.  ISR rescued Tobias believing him to be a GSP mix; however, when he arrived, we realized he probably has little, if any, German Shorthaired-Pointer pedigree in his lineage.  Tobias is likely an Australian Shepherd/Heeler (Australian Cattle Dog) mix, with perhaps a bit of GSP.  Regardless of his breed, when we saw how sweet he was and what a loving personality he has, we knew we’d have no problem finding him a home through our rescue.

Tobi is a smaller dog, about 35-40 pounds and every ounce of him can be full of energy, especially if he has a doggy playmate to keep up with him.  He’s fostered in a home with 2 children, 2 other dogs, and 2 cats.  Even though he’s a high-energy dog, he has never jumped on the children or knocked one of them down; however, because of his breed tendencies, we are recommending he not be placed with a family that has babies and/or toddlers.

We were unsure how Tobi would react to the 2 female cats in the home, but aggression has never been an issue.  He usually ignores them if they walk by, and if he does follow them, it’s merely out of curiosity rather than for any other reason; he’s never tried to chase them.  He appears to know they’re not his playmates and he’s OK with that.  Also, Tobi hasn’t shown any prey drive or aggression toward squirrels or other small critters found in a yard.

Tobi’s favorite playmate is a 5-year old female Heeler mix named Sis.  They love to play and wrestle non-stop.  While they can get rough at times, they don’t hurt one another and have found a happy medium.  Tobi doesn’t play as much with the 8-year old Wirehaired GSP (Izzy) in the foster home, but mostly because the GSP is more reserved…a “genteel lady”.  Tobi is a quick learner and learned his boundaries right away when it came to what the other dogs will tolerate or not tolerate from him.  He accepts their corrections when he oversteps his bounds. 

Tobi’s energy level is medium to high, and he’ll require a lot of exercise, and perhaps even some type of “job” (dog agility?) to do.  Aussies and Heelers are both bred to be working/herding dogs; herding livestock.  Like GSPs, they’re considered to be a high energy breed, extremely intelligent and resourceful.  They’re easily trained and are very curious…not content to sit around for hours on end without activity.  Tobi seems to have all the typical traits common to these breeds, especially his high-energy and vigor; however, his foster mom says even though it seems like Tobi could play all day, he’s also very content taking a nap and sunbathing on the porch for long periods of time, too…especially if Sis deems playtime is over.  In other words, “if Tobi is given the chance to play non-stop, he’ll take it, but if nobody else (dog or human) wants to play, he also enjoys relaxing.”  It’s not at all uncommon to find Sis and Tobi curled up in the same bed for quiet time and rest after play time is over.  All three dogs are on one bed in one of the above pictures.

Tobi hasn’t shown any toy or food aggression with his people or the other dogs.  He doesn’t eat his food near the other dogs in the home, but that’s only because one of the family’s dogs displays some food aggression with new foster dogs; the precaution is for Tobi, not the owner’s dogs.  The family will, however, give all the dogs treats when they’re together and they haven’t experienced any problems with them during that time.

Tobi is crate-trained and seems content to be in the crate if needed.  He hasn’t had any accidents while crated and doesn’t exhibit destructive tendencies to items in the crate (blankets, toys, bowls, etc.).  His foster family is working on all the basic commands with Tobi (sit, down, come, and wait) and his foster mom says he’s learning quickly.  She says he’s an extremely smart little guy, reacts very positively to praise and treats, and is eager to please his people.  Tobi tends to jump up on adults when he wants to be petted, but his fosters are working on curbing that behavior.

Even though Tobi may not be a GSP, he has counter surfed, but in his own way.  Since he’s a bit smaller than a GSP, he can’t exactly stand on his hind legs to counter surf, so he has surfed by jumping on top of the counter to get his prize. LOL!  I (writer of the story) know this isn’t really supposed to be funny at all, and his foster mom and dad are have stopped this behavior, but it just brings a chuckle as I envision this cute little bundle of energy jumping up to check things out.  After all, if our dogs don’t have a little character and a few quirks to keep us interested and enamored of them, we might as well have pet ants or something a little less laughable.  I should also add here that Tobi’s foster mom says he only "counter surfed"a couple of times. smiley

True to his “heeler” moniker, if you get up to do something, you’ll find Tobi heeling right behind you to investigate everything you’re doing.  After all, there might be some fun in it for him, too.  Tobi’s foster mom says, “he’s just a loving, goofy toddler.  He wants to be wrestling with his best dog friend (Sis), snuggled up on your lap, or looking for treats, and he loves human attention…especially pets and rubs.”  She also mentioned that, “even with his ‘craziness’, he’s still one of the most chill dogs I’ve met, and he loves to be outside and just hanging out wherever his family is.”

It will be important that Tobi go to an active family, as Tobi is not a low-energy dog.  As you’ve just read, he can have a higher energy level, and he loves to play.  A family who wants to take Tobi on adventures (hiking, jogging, long walks, swimming, etc.) and has the time to make sure he is exercised and an integral part of their lives. We believe Tobi will do best if matched to a family and home that has another high-energy level dog who loves to play as much as Tobi does.  His new doggy playmate should be able to stand up to a little bit of “rough-housing” and excitement.  He’ll need someone who is patient and willing to work with him on obedience training, and perhaps find him a mental job.  Since Tobi is likely an Aussie/Heeler mix, activity to keep him mentally stimulated, as well as physically active, will be key in making Tobi a happy and non-destructive member of his new family.

In closing, we think his foster mom sums up this little boy perfectly.  “He may not be a German Shorthaired Pointer, but he is one of the best dogs I’ve ever met. He has the biggest heart, and is so funny and playful he is constantly making us laugh.  I think his perfect family will be an active family, with or without children, and a dog who can be his new best playmate.”

Please make sure you complete our online adoption application if you’re interested in any of our rescues.

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

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More about Ames


Ames is a young GSP.  We will be placing him with experienced dog owners.  Ames cannot be placed in a home with other dogs or cats and he must be placed in a home with a physically fenced yard.  He is a work in progress as he does not play well with other dogs, but is super sweet with humans. No young children please.


Ames is a gorgeous, one year old classic GSP liver and white coat and markings.  He currently weighs about 50 pounds and isn’t overly large or too small – he’s just right. wink

His foster family says Ames’ energy level isn’t as high as one would expect for a young dog…more of a medium energy level as opposed to a high level.  Ames is prey driven and will eagerly run through the yard chasing any unsuspecting squirrel that unfortunately drops in “uninvited”.  Ames is quick to let them know they’re not welcome and better be quick to make a hasty departure from his turf.

Ames hasn’t shown any food or toy aggression toward his family and is actually quite the snuggle bug. Do to his current reactions towards other dogs, we will consider a home with older children that are have experience with dogs.  

His foster family says Ames can be a bit rambunctious at times, and, like many GSPs, has Velcro tendencies…he tends to believe every human within his reach is there specifically to bestow upon him the adoration (petting, rubbing, “fussing over”) and attention he wants so much.  He loves to sit on their lap and he does have a little bit of an issue with personal space and boundaries, but in a very sweet, adorable way.  The closer he can be to you, the better he seems to like it.  His foster family is working on some of his personal space problems/issues, especially his passion for face-licking.  This little guy is having a bit of hard time understanding not everybody is as happy to receive his kisses as he is willing to lavish them upon them.  smiley

Ames likes to play outside in the yard and will readily play fetch and tug-of-war.  Outside he truly exhibits the qualities of the young GSP that he is, but when he comes inside and it’s time for him to settle in and become a bit more of a low-key indoor pet, he quickly assumes his new role.  As a matter of fact, he seems to understand that inside rules are quite different than outside rules.  Inside means quiet, ear rubs, pets, human contact, while outside means running, playing, and being on high alert for those pesky squirrels.

Ames doesn’t experience separation anxiety and is crate-trained.  He already knows several commands, including:  sit, stay, come, kennel up, and drop it.  Whew…sure seems like this little guy is already way ahead of many of his peers, and even many of his “elders” in the GSP world.  LOL!  Ames enjoys going for leash walks and visiting the world outside of his back yard, but he does tend to pull a bit on his leash, which is another area his fosters are working on with him.  

If you’re looking for a quiet, bashful GSP, Ames probably won’t fit that bill.  He’s quite the “talker” when he gets excited.  He doesn’t really bark much, but if he gets excited about something (feeding time, treats, etc.) he does have a way of letting you know he’s excited with his cute GSP chatter.  His foster family considers his “talking” to be one of his more endearing qualities and finds themselves responding in kind (talking back to him) to this little quirk.  Ames’ talking quickly brings smiles to their faces and reminds them of how sweet and cute this little guy is…whether he’s trying to get attention, or if he’s just happy about what’s going on at the moment.

Some of Ames’ favorite things include playing fetch, chewing on bones, snuggling with his people, and just chillin’ on the couch.  And let’s not forget about how much he loves getting loved.  That’s probably his #1 favorite thing…just feeling the touch from someone who loves him as much as he loves them.

There are so many positive things about this little guy and we’ve only been able to cover a few in this space.  He’s a unique little boy with a unique name.  Over the last couple of years, using the name Ames for a boy has quickly grown in popularity.  Ames means friend,and that is truly what you’ll be getting if you adopt this GSP.  A friend for life…a friend who will love you as much as you’ll love him.

Please make sure you complete our online adoption application if you’re interested in any of our rescues.

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

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More about George


George is male GSP, about 9 years old and has some health needs that are now managed by medication. ISR will work with an adopter to provide some financial assistance in the cost of his medication. 

George loves walking and would make a perfect companion walker.  


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 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 knows commands, such as, sit, come, and fetch.  

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. 

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

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More about Peony 


Peony is a young, energetic female.  Fenced yard and a plan for exercise.  Peony is great with other dogs, and children, but hates cats


Peony is as sweet as the flower she is named after, and her sweet personality makes her as popular as the flower, too!  Peonies are among the most popular garden plants in many gardens throughout the country.  Her foster mom is very smitten with Peony and feels very lucky to have the opportunity to spend time with this special girl.

As you may notice from her pictures, Peony may not look like a full-bred GSP.  That’s because we’re reasonably sure she isn’t.  We believe she is either a GSP/Chocolate Lab mix, or even a pure-bred Chocolate Lab.  There was some confusion about her breed background when Illinois Shorthair Rescue was contacted to take her in as one of our rescues.  Believing her to be a GSP/mix and based on the very positive information we received about her personality and disposition, ISR was more than happy to grab onto her, feeling we’d have no problem finding a fantastic home for this sweet girl.

Peony is a beautiful solid liver/chocolate colored spayed female who is approximately 4 years old.  She’s playful, energetic, well-behaved, and loves playing with other dogs.  Click here if you'd like to a short video of her playing with her GSP doggy playmate.  Not only are other dogs readily accepted by Peony, but she’s just as charming when she’s with people, too.  She’s a very social girl which is apparent in her mannerisms and demeanor as she plays and spends time with her “pack” …human and dog alike.

She already knows the basic commands of “sit” and “come” and is smart enough to learn new ones with a little time and training.  Peony loves to go on long walks; she pulls slightly while on leash, but not terribly and is very manageable.  She is crate-trained, but like many dogs, she prefers not to be in her crate; her social behaviors and characteristics win the “battle” over the crate.  She much prefers being with her people and/or doggy playmates instead of being crated; however, she doesn’t experience separation anxiety or put up a horrible fuss if she must be crated.

Peony is extremely gentle when taking treats from your hand.  She hasn’t shown any food or toy aggression and she loves playing with Kongs filled with kibble and/or peanut butter.

Her foster mom believes Peony may have been around children in the past because she’s extremely gentle in almost every interaction she has with people.  Because of her gentleness and overall loving personality, we think Peony will probably be a good dog with children, however, since being with ISR, she hasn’t had the opportunity to interact with children.

Peony has a very strong dislike for cats…her foster mom even used the “H” word when describing Peony’s reaction toward cats.  She said, “Peony hates cats…even pictures of cats.” Wow – even pictures.  Now that’s one smart dog.  Not smart because she hates cats, but because she can recognize a cat from a picture. surprise

Peony enjoys car rides and loves looking out the windows as the scenery rolls by.  If you’re planning to take her on a car ride, you’d best be vigilant and quick if you don’t want her sitting right next to you in the passenger front seat.  She thinks that seat is for her if it isn’t occupied.  If she does manage to make it to that spot, she’ll sit there like a human, taking in the scenery, feeling very special and “human-like”.  And, may we add, a very well-behaved passenger, too.

All in all, Peony is a wonderful girl and will make a delightful addition to any family.  Adults, kids, dogs…just not cats. smiley If you’re considering adopting our sweet Peony, maybe these parting words will help you decide.  According to the History and Meaning of Peonies from, “Nothing will lift someone’s spirits or bring a smile to your loved one’s face like a bouquet of peonies.”  Even though our Peony is only one flower, she has the personality and beauty of an entire bouquet!

Please make sure you complete our online adoption application if you’re interested in Peony or any of our rescues.

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

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More about Laurel



Laurel will do great with other dogs and a fenced back yard for safe play and exercise.  She is good with children and has been with children 12 and older.  Unknown if she will be good with cats or if she is prey-driven.


Our girl Laurel is a beautiful and as sweet as they come.  She’s between 2 and 3 years old, weighs about 57 pounds, and is full of energy and personality.  She’s been fostered with a family that has other GSPs in the home and has loved every minute with them.  Together they keep their foster mom entertained and constantly laughing with their playfulness and antics.  Because Laurel is still young, she oftentimes has the playfulness of a pup and puts the other GSPs through their paces, that’s for sure!

Laurel came to ISR as heartworm positive, and immediately started receiving treatment to cure this illness.  She is still heartworm positive and continues to receive treatment; however, she isn’t confined to a kennel or under strict exercise restrictions right now.  Nevertheless, until she receives a clean bill of health from the Vet, it’s recommended she be leash walked and not allowed extended periods of “full out running” just yet. Her treatment is almost complete, and we expect Laurel to receive a clean bill of health (very soon) with no restrictions or lasting health problems related to her heartworm diagnosis and treatment.

Laurel loves, loves, LOVES being with other dogs and people!  She plays well with the dogs and is happy to sleep by them, too.  This tells us she’ll probably do very well in a home with another dog, or dogs; however, we’re unsure how she’d behave with cats and if she is prey-driven.  Having other playful dogs in her forever home will also give her an outlet for the energy that GSPs are known for, with Laurel being no exception to that rule.  A home that allows her an outlet for her energy will be a definite plus, especially since she’s still a very young GSP who will need plenty of exercise.  She’ll need a plan for exercise and activities to will fill her idle time helping to make sure boredom doesn’t become an issue.

Laurel doesn’t show any food or toy aggression with people or the other GSPs in her foster home.  She loves to play with doggie toys and can entertain herself with them if the other dogs no longer want to play with her.  But you may want to keep an eye on “people items” that are lying around within her reach on the floor…shoes, stuffed animals/toys not meant for her, socks, etc.  She hasn’t quite figured out yet that not everything on the floor is meant for her…but she is learning.  Her foster mom says she’s a fast learner and is very eager to please. 

Laurel is crate trained, knows her name, and knows how to sit.  She’s still a work in progress with basic commands and would benefit from a behavior/obedience training program with her new family.  Laurel’s a typical GSP Velcro dog, making her an ideal candidate to spend some quality one-on-one time in obedience classes.  This type of activity/training is beneficial in many ways, not only for the new family, but also for the pet.  Behavior/obedience classes offer distinct opportunities that support bonding between people and their pets and helps them learn proper techniques to use when communicating with their pet in different situations…positive and negative.

Laurel’s foster mom has quickly bonded with this sweet girl.  She says, “She’s an absolute doll!  Great temperament, loves people and other dogs.”  Her foster mom and ISR are hoping for a new family that leads an active lifestyle (maybe with another dog or two) because Laurel would love nothing more than to be with them every minute; hiking, jogging, long walks, playing fetch, etc.  Maybe even some agility classes and training.  The possibilities are endless with her.

Laurel is as sweet as she is pretty, and her name is perfect for her.  While many may associate her name with an ornamental evergreen or even a source of food (herbs), others may think of the laurel wreath.  In ancient Greek times, a laurel wreath was bestowed upon someone as a symbol of highest status, and wreaths of bay laurels were awarded during early Roman games as a symbol of victory.  That’s how we see Laurel…a beautiful symbol of the highest status representing a breed of dog that embodies all we love and appreciate in the German Shorthaired Pointer.  Our own little symbol of victory!  A rescued GSP receiving a chance for a brand-new life and a chance for true happiness…not only for her, but her new family.

If you’re interested in adopting Laurel, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and easiest way for us to confirm your interest and follow up with your request.

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

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More about Peppy



Peppy will do great with another dog or dogs and a fenced back yard for safe play and exercise.  When Peppy was surrendered to ISR we were told she is good with children.  Still unknown if she’s good with cats, but she has displayed some prey-drive with squirrels.


Peppy is a female, large black and white ticked GSP.  She is about 4 years old and weighs approximately 85 pounds.  Peppy has only been with her ISR foster family for a few days, so they’re still learning about her; however, what they do already know about her all points in the right direction.  Peppy is an awesome GSP and will make one lucky family very happy!

When her foster dad told us of his first impressions of Peppy, something he mentioned made us think perhaps her name doesn’t entirely match her level of activity.  As most people interested in German Shorthaired Pointers already know, GSPs are well-known for their high energy level and “Velcro-ness”.  Peppy, on the other hand, is a medium-low energy GSP, the direct opposite of what her name implies. LOL!  No matter, though.  We’re certain not everybody is searching for a high energy level GSP to adopt.  Consequently, if you’re the person and family looking for a more sedate, medium-to-low energy level GSP, then Peppy may be the one you’ve been searching for.

Peppy gets along great with her foster GSP sibling and adapted quickly to becoming a part of her foster family’s “pack”.  She’s very dog friendly and an absolute people lover.  Even though her foster family doesn’t have children, all indications are she'll be a good match for children.  Her foster dad says she has a "sweet and calm demeanor."  When Peppy was surrendered to ISR, we were shown a picture of Peppy interacting with a small child that was part of her former family.

Peppy is great on leash walks and doesn’t pull or tug as you make your way along your path.  Be sure to keep your eyes open as you walk along, however.  Peppy has been known to "spring into action" if the errant squirrel comes into view while you're sauntering along on your walk.  Some prey-drive definitely lurks behind those beautiful quiet brown eyes! 

Like most GSPs, she wants to be with her people (Velcro dog), which causes her a bit of anxiety when she must be left alone; however, it’s very mild in terms of separation anxiety.  She just whines a little and tries to make a quick “escape” with whoever is heading out the door.  She seems to understand she’s going to be left without her people, and she would much rather go with them than be left behind.  She’s currently not crate-trained, but her foster dad is working on that.  We believe she came from a situation where a crate wasn’t used when the owners left her alone. On a bright note, she doesn’t turn destructive when left alone, either.  She willingly goes inside a crate but does whimper when you shut the door.  On the plus side, there’s no naughty chewing or other shenanigans by Peppy when she’s home alone and left uncrated. 

As we’ve already mentioned, she’s very amiable in her play and hasn’t shown any form of aggression; no food or toy aggressions and she is fairly submissive with the other GSP in the foster home.  She knows the “sit” command but will need some help learning the other commands for basic obedience.  That’s where an outside behavior/obedience class will be extremely helpful for Peppy, as well as for her new family.  Given the fact she’s so sweet and wants very much to please her people, she should be an easy trainer with just a little bit of patience and consistency on the part of her new family.

If you’re wondering about Peppy’s favorite thing to do, that's a simple answer.  Cuddle, cuddle, and then cuddle some more.  She adores being close to her people and having them shower her with affection.  But then, don’t we all like to be cuddled and loved?  smiley

Peppy doesn’t seem to require a lot of exercise, but regular exercise is always recommended; it’s an important part of keeping dogs happy and out of trouble that might result due to boredom.  And just because Peppy’s temperament doesn’t put her in line for running marathons anytime soon, that doesn’t mean she doesn’t like to run and play. On the contrary, one of her favorite exercise activities is to play fetch and sprint after toys that are thrown for her.  Who knows, if she does happen to be adopted into a family that is a bit more on the active side, she may fool all of us and show us that a little more exercise is exactly what she’s been longing for.  Long walks, a bit of hiking, dog parks.  Who knows…with the correct training and supervision, anything is possible with a younger dog like Peppy.

We’ll be updating Peppy’s story as we learn more about her; however, her foster dad already knows enough about her to say that, “she’s very affectionate, has a sweet disposition, and is not overly exuberant in her mannerisms.”  She’s a typical Velcro GSP and loves nothing more than being with her human family and her foster GSP sibling.

If you’re looking for that certain GSP that doesn’t need a ton of exercise, but is still considered “peppy,” then our Peppy is for you.  She truly has enough pep in her step to be considered active and very able to participate in family activities yet laid back enough to not drive you bonkers with continual “begging and prodding” to participate in more strenuous exercise-related activities.

If you’re interested in adopting Peppy, please be sure to complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and easiest way to let us know you’re interested in her.

  • Peppy is up to date with routine shots and is already house trained.
  • Peppy 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.  Most often, we will not know a dog is heartworm positive until after he/she is in our rescue.  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 illness is grueling for the dog and their caretaker.  Treatment of a badly infected heartworm dog can cost up to $1,000, but this does not prevent us from making every attempt to cure these deserving dogs 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 more hardships because they have lived with this disease and fought the hard battle to beat it.  And beat it they have!

Meet Pepper and Jesse...

Both of these 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 prohibits the adoption of heartworm positive dogs that have not been treated and cured; however, at times, we may feature them with our adoptable dogs because one day soon, they will be 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 is 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 has had heartworm disease. We believe our cured heartworm dogs 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 this DONATE link for more information.  Thank you for your consideration and assistance.