Buddy was owned by two older handicapped people that lived in a trailer and were not mobile. When he was 5 years old they took him to the SPCA in the hopes to have him re-homed. Nobody even looked at him because he was at least 50 pounds over weight. This picture doesn't show the massive body that he was trying to get around on. He had no training or exercise but he had a sweet personality. We took him in and got him on a diet of high end food and an exercise program. In the beginning, he would walk 50' and had sit to rest. This is how bad his condition was. Between the work we did with him and his adoptive momma's work, he shed well over 40 lbs and was walking medium rated hiking trails. Sadly, Buddy crossed the bridge 2 years after we got to work with him. The saving grace is that he resumed being a normal dog that could run, play and climb mountains. RIP Bud…
Boomer is a guy that is lucky to be alive. He is approximately 4 years old. Neighbours complained for days of a crying dog and when the authorities investigated, they found Boomer stuffed into a very small crate with no food or water and was shoved off to the corner of the yard. He'd been in there for days. The owners surrendered Boomer to the authorities. Upon intake, the staff said he was visibly very scared and had a tucked tail. On day two, Boomer was in the exercise area and a staff member went to grab his leg (why???) and Boomer turned around and tried to nip him. He was then placed on 'rescue only' and was no longer available to the public to adopt. He sat in that jail for 2.5 months with virtually no exercise and the only human contact was at feeding time. He wasn't allowed out if people or dogs were around. He didn't seem to mind if dogs/people walked by his kennel and was more excited to see them than anything else.
Roxy (June 2017)
Roxy is an 8 year old purebred German Shepherd Dog that had been living with children and 2 other dogs. For some reason the owners took her to Baldwin, a very high kill shelter. The other two dogs got to stay at home. Roxy has been described as a very sweet dog that is a little timid but warms up very quickly. She has primarily been around women so she is a bit apprehensive of men at first but within no time, she's nudging your hand for a pat. Roxy had absolutely no rescue interest in her at all which is sad because she is such a great family dog with little to no rehab work to do. Basically a 'dream' dog! She's quite hefty and is packing 30 pounds more than she should be. Besides that and very long nails that need to be dealt with, she's a gem. She will be looking for a home that her new owners want to keep her until the end.
Update: Sept 2017 - Roxy has been adopted and is now back being a part of a family with young children. This girl LOVES young kids and has 100% patience and tolerance. She hit the jackpot.
This gentle giant is a 2 year old bi-cloured GSD that I was able to pull from a very high kill shelter in California. I swear, he's the size of a shetland pony! I had an adopter for him on the island and desperately tried to keep him from being killed. Pet Orphans was able to pull him for me and they graciously had a spot unexpectedly open up and allowed me to have Lobo there for 10 days until I could get him ground transported to Blaine, Wa. He arrived on Valentines Day!!
Update: Lobo, aka Beau is in a beautiful family and is enjoying being an inside dog that is part of a family. He is thriving and doing extremely well!! He's well mannered, calm and loves everyone from babies to 90 year olds!! He's been an off leash dog right from the start. He's not a wanderer and likes to stay by his humans.
Hanzi was a 2.5 year old black GSD that was dumped in a very high kill shelter in Garland Texas. He had endured physical abuse with his previous owners and it was unlikely that he had any training or was allowed in the house. He didn't appear to have been exposed to much of the world as he was scared of everything. When he was dumped, he was petrified and his only defence was to bark loudly to make the scary people go away. The staff in the shelter wanted to euth him so bad and after several failed rescues going in to get him, I offered to take him.
He was fostered in Dallas for 5 months while his foster momma worked hard at getting him ready to be transported. He couldn't crate and he was petrified of men so that eliminated all modes of transport. We had to put him on prozac, trazadone and gabapentin to curb his anxiety about travelling. His foster momma drove him from Dallas to Vancouver Island all by herself.
He's been on the island since June 2015 and I'm happy to report that as of Feb 5, 2016, he is now weaned off all of his meds and is responding beautifully.
I am also over the moon with excitement to report that his foster momma is going to be a foster failure (winner) and is taking him back to be her dog and live out his life with her and her husband. Now I'm planning a trip to take the dog back to them only he's fine to crate and fly now!
Update: June 2016 - I flew Hanzi to Santa Fe, New Mexico and stayed with him while I re-orientated him to his new momma.
Bud (I always called him Little Man)
Bud's rescue was epic and the one I will always be the most proud of. I had an amazing team of people helping me get this dog off a reserve. It was a 3-4 week long nail biter. I'm confident that none of us slept during that time. A lot of Bud's story is on the 'Rescue' tab.
Update: Feb 2017 - Bud's papa suddenly passed away and Bud came back into my rescue. He will remain my dog now as I can't imagine my life without him. He is being 'shared' with folks he knows down the street to help out when I'm at work.
Nope, they're not dogs but they were going to be slaughtered because their owner didn't want them anymore. I had room for them so I brought them home and they eventually got adopted by a lovely couple that needed their land cleared. The goats were pretty happy with their new job!
This amazing German Shepherd dog was abandoned by her owners and left to survive on her own. She was eventually trapped in a large live trap that was baited with a big juicy bone. She was starving and seriously underweight. She had a choke collar on that was obviously too small so the owner rigged it with a coat hanger to extend the length. When she was caught, they had to use a metal cutter to cut the chain off because the coat hanger had dug into her neck and she had a large gash on her throat.
This mush ball of a rottie was used for 5 years in a puppy mill as a breeding dog. She had just finished weaning her last pups and the owners were finished with her so she got dumped. She was still lactating very thin and malnourished. She had endured endless beatings over her short 5 year life span and it showed when she was finally rescued. Happy to report that a year of training turned Angel into an amazing lap dog that gave everyone bum wiggles and rottie kisses.
Sunny (September 2017)
Sunny is a 13 year old German Shepherd Dog that was dumped at the same high kill shelter as Ryder (aka Hugo). Another local rescue eventually pulled her into safety. I had networked so hard to get Sunny and when I had a puller go get her, another rescue pulled her and put her into a boarding facility so that she wouldn't be killed. I contacted the puller and they agreed to do a Rescue to Rescue to let me have her. Sunny is now legally my dog and she should arrive on Vancouver Island on Sept 16/17.
Bear (July 2017)
Bear is a 10 year old bi-coloured German Shepherd Dog that was dumped at San Bernadino shelter when his owner of 10 years passed away. The daughter did not want Bear so he was basically sentenced to death at the shelter. He was infested with fleas and has dermatitis. Since being in the shelter the staff have been trying to get that under control. He's listed as a very sweet dog, good with kids, cats, dogs, house broken and an inside/outside dog. Everybody that meets him falls in love with him. Guide Us Home GSD Rescue is very happy to have been able to spare his life.
Update: Bear was adopted in my local town and his family love him.
This stunner is approximately 4 years old and arrived from Riverside, California on Jan 31, 2016. He was picked up as a stray with his brother and neither dog was claimed by their owner. His brother was adopted and there Jojo sat in the high kill shelter waiting for someone to come take him home. He was placed on the euth list and for a few days we tirelessly networked trying to get this guy out. Each morning we were afraid to see if his picture was still listed as being available. I already had an adopter for him and it was a matter of getting all the pieces together to get him pulled, transported, boarded, neutered/vetted and wait the next bus out of California headed to Blaine, Washington. Jojo didn't have much in the way of learned commands but he's super smart and very, very gentle. He appears to have been an outside dog as he wasn't too comfortable at first being in the house. He warmed up though!
Update: Feb 2017 - Jojo remains a very calm and gentle dog. He is doing very well in his new home with his new human and dog family.
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This big fellow was dumped. No history on him. Sweet and very funny. We can't imagine why anyone would dump him.
March 27, 2015 - Nobel is approx 3 years old , GSD and floppy eared. He is now safe from 3 weeks of being in the high kill shelter, being scared and terrified of the third dog that was put in his kennel to share with him. On the last day of his stay in the shelter, the other dog took a shot at him and did a bit of damage to his muzzle and possibly the inside of his mouth. He's a gentle soul that just wants to be loved. He is a sweetie, non aggressive and gets along with non aggressive dogs. We don't know about cats yet.
Update: 2016 - Nobel was adopted by a woman that has a nice pack of her own. She did lots of work with Nobel and fell in love with him.
Nena (July 2016)
This ole girl was adopted from the Baldwin shelter in California when she was 2. Her owners cared for her for 9 years and then dumped her back at the Baldwin shelter when she was 11. Senior dogs that are surrendered have virtually no chance of getting out of the shelter and they are the first to be euthanized. I managed to save her before they had a chance to kill her. She never deserved an ending of death after being a loyal companion for 9 years. Nena was likely a back yard dog as her social skills aren't that of an inside lap dog. I know that once she experiences what it's like to live in a home and be included into a family, she will love it.
Update: August 2016 - Nena, now known as Nana was adopted by a wonderful lady that lives a few miles from me. Nana is her first dog and it couldn't be a more perfect fit. Nana hit the jackpot when Alison adopted her. She is completely spoiled rotten and lives the life of a queen. She's stone deaf and knows no commands but she's such a lovely dog that it doesn't mater. Nana's story was even was featured in book.
Coming Soon! This is King. He's approximately 8+ years old and he was picked up on a very busy highway in San Pedro, California. He's been in the shelter system for 1.5 months with zero interest in him. He walks funny on his back legs and it was presumed by the shelter that he may have been hit by a car while wandering the highway. The vets found fresh facial wounds but nothing new on the back end. They won't X-Ray him so when he gets out of jail, I'll have him X-Rayed and see what's going on. Watch his video and see the gentle soul that he is.
Ryder - aka Hugo Boss (September 2017)
Ryder is a 10 month old German Shepherd Dog. He was picked up as a stray and was taken to a very high kill shelter. He's clearly been abused in his life and he is so scared and petrified in the shelter system that he has completely shut down. His brain has shut down and he can longer get himself up to standing position or to walk. At this point, he needs to be picked up and taken outside. He hides his face in the corner so he can't see anybody. He will be coming into my rescue once he's well enough to be neutered. He's safe and boarding at the vets office and awaits neutering once his cold is gone.
Maximus (July 2016)
This guy was lovingly cared for and raised with kids and a terrier. The owners moved and the new landlord said no GSD. They took Max to their vet to have euthanized because they didn't want him in the high kill shelter system. The vet refused to kill him as he's cared for Max for the past 4 years so he took Max off their hands. Max lived in a kennel facility at the vet's office for a month before a California friend of mine in rescue pleaded with me to take him and fly him when I flew Nena. The rescue org she was helping covered all the flight costs for Maximus. He's a very tall, thin boy and has a personality of gold. He's so gentle and sweet. He had a potential adopter that wanted to foster Max for a month or so to see if he could get along with their current dog. It was touch and go for awhile until the two dogs really warmed up to each other. They became the best of friends and he was adopted into their family.
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