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Celebrating our Recent Adoptions! All of our dogs have their own pages on our website FOREVER, soon you'll be able to see all of the dogs we've ever adopted.

Be sure to check out our current Testimonials page for owner updates on our adopted dogs. If you'd like to share your Happy Tails success story, send us updates and pictures and we'll post it up to share with the world. Email us at:  webshepherd@gcgsr.org.

Some of our dogs are still in their Foster-to-Adopt homes while making sure it's a good fit for both dogs and people, they are still Adoption Pending.

Our older adoptions are listed here: Happy Tails - Older Adoptions

Our Adopted Dogs of 2017!

Changing lives, one dog at a time.




Bryce Head
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Adopted 4/21/2018

Bryce

Bryce is a 6.5-7 month old, tan and black male. He was surrendered to a Sacramento area shelter because he was considered "too hyper" and the prior owners were not able to control him.

Bryce is living in a foster home with two other German Shepherds and does well with them. He is learning house manners and crate training. He is at an age where he wants to put everything and anything in his mouth, so patience to teach him what is appropriate to chew will be needed. Bryce doesn't like being left alone, and he'd be best in a home with another well-behaved, confident dog as a playmate or where the human is home most of the time to engage him.

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

Added February 2018

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Jiminey Head
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Adopted 4/21/2018

Jiminey

Jiminey is a 5-6 year old black and tan male who weighs about 68 lbs. He was found as a stray by a Good Samaritan who noticed he had an injured leg and took him into a vet clinic. He was given basic treatment and transferred to a local Sacramento area shelter. Both lower bones on Jiminey's front right leg were fractured. GCGSR had surgery done on 1/31/18, which included adding metal plates to stabilize the leg. He will be in a bandaged splint until mid-March, when careful, slow rehab can begin.

He is living easily in a foster home with another adult male German Shepherd and three cats. He tries to engage the dog in play, but has been in a splint and has limited mobility. He ignores the cats.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added March 2018

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Bruno Head
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Adopted 4/7/2018

Bruno

Bruno is a 4 year old black and tan male Shepherd. He was found as a stray in Sacramento County, so nothing is known about his past.

He was originally underweight and not displaying much energy. As his weight catches up, he is becoming more energetic. As with many of our dogs, he will benefit from a structured exercise routine. He is named after the pop star, Bruno Mars, so we are hopeful he'll show some of Bruno's soulful, energetic style.

Bruno is keen and curious and responding well to human partnership. He walks well on a leash, and is becoming eager for his car rides. He is gentle-natured and showing good house manners.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2018

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Amberlee Head
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Adopted 3/25/2018

Amber Lee

This beauty is Amber Lee. She was rescued after being abandoned in a rural community outside of Modesto. It appears that she may have had at least one litter in her lifetime. No other prior background information is known about her.

This delightful 3-4 year old girl is goofy, lovable, gentle and wants nothing more than to be by your side. When invited, she will cuddle on the couch with you or stretch out by your feet and just wants nothing more than to please you. If you let her, she would love to sleep in bed with you. Fair warning though, she does snore but not too loud. Her bark is very deep when she alerts to something wrong and can sound intimidating but only when there is a reason. Otherwise, she is very quiet.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added September 2017

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Ripley Head
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Adopted 3/24/2018

Ripley

Ripley is about a 12 months old, black and tan female with one cute floppy ear. She was a stray from a Sacramento area shelter, so nothing is known of her background.

Ripley is in a foster home with two other smaller dogs. She likes to play but is very also very affectionate. As a young dog, she still likes to bite on anything within reach, so redirecting her to appropriate toys will be needed. She is energetic so lots of exercise will benefit her and help her burn off some of her energy. She is housebroken, crate trained, learning basic commands and does well in the car.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added February 2018

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Dyna Head
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Adopted 3/17/2018

Dyna

Dyna is a petite, approximately 2 year old bi-color German Shepherd mix weighing in at roughly 50 lbs. She has a higher energy level than some GSDs, although not over the top, Dyna will need an active home where she gets daily exercise and has a larger, male dog as a playful companion. Dyna came to us as an owner surrender after Good Samaritans found her on their property and held her for the legal stray hold time. She currently resides with another large, playful male Malinois mix who tires her out with constant play.

This little lady quickly became a volunteer favorite throughout GCGSR. She is incredibly friendly and very social! Her foster has taken her camping, to restaurants, and even to work with him. So ideally, we will be looking for the same type of permanent home, where she is included on family/social outings.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added December 2017

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Smokey Head
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Adopted 3/17/2018

Smokey

Smokey is a handsome, 5-6 year old male who weighs in at 104 lbs. He is almost all black with a smattering of brown on his feet. He came to rescue from a local area shelter so little is known of his background.

For the most part, Smokey is a big, mellow boy. He loves toys of all kinds and has some playful moments, but he is most content hanging out near his human. He is affectionate and will happily accept belly rubs any chance he can!

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2018

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Henry Ford Head
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Adopted 3/10/2018

Henry Ford

Henry is a 3 year old male. He was surrendered to us by an elderly couple who could no longer care for him.

Henry is a handsome boy with a moderate energy level. He is housebroken and has great house manners. He is an easy dog to have around. In his foster home he plays with the playful dog and leaves the grumpy dog alone. He shares toys and is content to relax on a dog bed. He walks great on a leash (the previous owner walked him while in a motorized wheelchair). He only needs a stern "no" for correction. He loves being pet and getting hugs, but isn't demanding.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added February 2018

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Jester A. Head
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Adopted 3/10/2018

Jester A.

Jester A. is a handsome black and tan male weighing about 70 lbs. We estimae his age to be approximately 2.5 - 3 years old. He is an unclaimed stray from a local shelter so nothing is know of his background.

Jester A., aptly named, is a big clown; he is pure joy on four legs.  This pup is very responsive and super quick to learn new behaviors.  Jester is active and can be quite vocal. He will thrive in a home with experienced owners who will give him the training and leadership he needs.

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

Added October 2017

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Jubilee Head
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Adopted 3/10/2018

Jubilee

Jubilee is a very petite 3-4 year old black and red female. She is an unclaimed stray from a local shelter, so nothing is known of her background.

Jubilee is a shy little girl but is learning that the hardwood floors, laundry room and other unfamiliar things/places aren't so scary. She is at a foster home that has 5 resident dogs consisting of all sizes, ages and sexes. She has acted appropriately with all dogs, large and small, that she has met.

She is housebroken and crate trained, and has great house manners.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2018

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Mila Head
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Adoption Pending!

Mila

Mila is a very sweet 2-year-old black and tan girl, who came from a local area shelter, so little is known about her background. She is currently around 78 lbs but she has not been eating well for a while, so we are working on getting her to a more healthy weight of 90-95lbs.

 

She loves being in the house but it appears that Mila has spent most of her life outside so she'll need more reminders about proper indoor manners (don't leave her with your shoes). She also loves sleeping in her crate at night and being next to her people in the day time.

 

Mila is very shy at first but she loves all people big and small. She is still kind of clumsy, so a home with children over the age of 7 would be best for her.

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

Added November 2017

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Lola A. Head
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Adopted 3/8/2018

Lola A.

Lola A. is a lovely black and tan female who is approximately 6 - 8 years old and weighs in at around 75lbs. She was a stray from a local area shelter so little is known of her background.

Lola is about as sweet as a dog can get. She loves to go for rides in the car and makes friends wherever she goes, is crate trained and housebroken, and walks nicely on leash.

She was heartworm positive when rescued and has come through the treatment with flying colors, becoming a favorite patient at the vets office in the process.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added September 2017

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Night Head
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Adopted 3/6/2018

Night

Night is a handsome black male with a little dusting of tan on his legs and toes. He was an unclaimed stray at the shelter so nothing is known of his background.

Night is approximately 18 months old. He gets along great with dog-saavy cats, but does not like to share a home with other dogs. He is an outgoing boy that loves people and getting hugs and belly scratches. While on leash, he met children politely with kisses, but off leash he's a bit too much for small kids.

Typical of that age, he has a puppy brain in a dog body.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added February 2018

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Barue Head
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Adopted 2/24/2018

Barue

Barue is a strong, but mellow 2 year old black and tan male. He weighs 77 pounds and seems to be housebroken. He is from a local area shelter so little is known of his background.

Barue seems to have little in the way of training but has been trying very hard to learn the basics, sit, wait, potty, ok to eat, kennel, move and don't use the cat as a chew toy...

He is currently living with two larger GSD males, one female Golden and a cat. He will play and cuddles with the rest of the pack and gets along well with all but seems to want human company first, and is seemingly quite content to lay at his humans feet and sleep or follow you throughout the house.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2018

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Jolie Head
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Adopted 2/24/2018

Jolie

Jolie is a spunky adorable 3 year old female. She was adopted out from us about 18 months ago and was returned for jumping fences while left out in the yard all day by herself. When Jo left us she was a petite girl weighing in at almost 50lbs, she now weighs almost 70 so could use a little more exercise and a little less food.

Jolie is a very smart girl and learns fast. She walks well on leash, she knows some basic commands sit, bed, and has pretty decent recall. Jolie rides nicely in the car, and will sleep quietly in her crate at night. Jo does have some pretty decent prey drive, so no cats or small furry critters for this girl

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This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2018

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Clapton Head
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Adopted 2/17/2018

Clapton

Clapton is a handsome 5-6 month old light tan and black male. He came as a stray out of a local shelter, so nothing is known about his background. Judging by his looks and high-energy personality, our best guess is that he may be mixed with Belgian Malinois.

He meets other large dogs easily, and will be happiest in a home with another confident, playful dog who can show him the ropes. He is much more reserved when meeting new people and takes a little time to show his sweet, affectionate side. He adapted fairly quickly to his foster home, but will need more socialization to be comfortable outside the home.

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

Added December 2017

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Griff Head
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Adopted 2/17/2018

Griff

Griff is a strong, handsome black and tan male, weighing 90 lbs, and is approximately 4 years old. He was a stray from a Yolo County shelter, so we have no information on his background. Sometime in Griff's past, something created a scar across his muzzle, but it doesn't take away from his ability to take great pictures.

Griff is currently living nicely with one dominant female German Shepherd in his foster home. Griff has high prey drive and does not do well with small dogs, cats, small critters or young energetic pups. When meeting other dogs, slow introductions are best. He would likely do best with another large female or a submissive large male dog or being an only dog.

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

Added February 2017

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Adalene Head
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Adopted 1/27/2018

Adalene

Adalene is a beautiful female with a lush thick coat of mostly black with brown undertones and legs. She was an unclaimed stray from a Sacramento shelter, so nothing is known of her background.

To call this girl a stunner would be an understatement! She has the most loving amber eyes, and soft fuzzy ears that make everyone who meets her want to hug her (which she does not seem to mind). She is on the smaller size, with shorter haunches and narrow hips but is proportionate. She is the perfect size for someone who wants a real GSD in a more compact package. Based on her physical condition, and general demeanor, we estimate her to be approximately 3 years old.

Adalene is an extremely playful little gal. She gets a long great with everyone in her foster home, both canine and human. She has a lot of drive and can sometimes be a little bossy, even to her alpha pack mates.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added December 2017

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Angelina Head
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Adopted 1/27/2018

Angelina

Angelina is a 4 year old black and tan, 80lb hunk of beauty who was a shelter favorite. Originally a stray out of Yolo County, we have no information about her background.

She passed her shelter evaluation with flying colors, but the loud, busy atmosphere was a bit too stressful for her. She meets other dogs easily (both large and small, according to the shelter), but she is a little uncertain at first.

In her current foster home she is one of four German Shepherds and it's a bit overwhelming for her, so she will likely settle in more quickly in a home with a smaller pack.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added December 2017

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Celine Head
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Adopted 1/27/2018

Celine

Celine is a tiny 9 week old black and tan female German Shepherd mix who came from a local shelter with no information about her background. Due to her size, we suspect she might be mixed with a small breed dog.

She spends her days napping and antagonizing her foster sister, Kiya another GCGSR puppy. She is a snuggly, but feisty little girl. She is fearless, climbing her way into the top of the toilet in order to get to her foster dad. She is food driven and has a good nose. When given the chance, Celine will search for kibble hidden under the couch and tucked behind the kitchen table.

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

Added November 2017

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Hazel Head
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Adopted 1/27/2018

Hazel

Hazel is a petite, black and tan (with some white) female female weighing about 50 lbs, who is about 2 years old. She was a stray from a Yolo county shelter, so nothing is known of her background. She takes a little while to warm up to people and new situations, but once she does, she'll happily crawl into your lap for a good rub.

Hazel has a lot of energy and likes to play fetch. She appears crate trained and rides well in the car. She walks well on a leash, but is still learning basic commands and house manners.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added December 2017

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Adopted 1/20/2018

Banff

Banff is about a 1.5 year old long legged male White Shepherd (possibly with some Anatolian Shepherd) with ears that flop to the side weighing 85 lbs. He was found abandoned in a dog park in Yolo County, so not much is known about his past. He tested positive for Heartworm and was started on Heartworm treatments during his stay at the Yolo shelter. Due to kennel stress and the time needed to complete his treatment, he was transferred to us and placed into a quiet foster home where he is expected to complete his treatment in mid-December.

Banff is an affectionate dog who approaches most humans with gentle curiosity and is eager to receive belly rubs whenever possible. He enjoys playing with his toys, often entertaining himself with exuberance. Banff will become intimidated in large groups of strange dogs, although is living well and bonded quickly to the other calm male in his foster home. Introductions in a quiet setting with limited dogs are therefore recommended.

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

Added October 2017

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Bhalu Head
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Adopted 1/20/2018

Bhalu

Bhalu is a black and tan male weighing about 60 lbs, but needs to gain weight. We estimate his age as approximately 3 years. He is a stray from a Sacramento area shelter so nothing is known about his past. He was found extremely underweight with patches of hair loss due to poor nutrition, allergies and lack of proper care. In addition, Bhalu is heartworm positive and will complete his treatment by mid November.

He is gentle and affectionate, and enjoys meeting all dogs and humans. He enjoys car rides, adventures to the lake, and his daily walks. He sleeps in his crate at night and is house broken.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added September 2017

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Adopted 1/20/2018

Cassius

Cassius (Cash) is an 10 - 11 month old black and tan German Shepherd Mix. He is one of 3 puppies who were surrendered to us by a Good Samaritan who took in their pregnant Momma when she was dumped on their property. Cheyenne and Decker have both found homes, and Cash is looking forward to the day when he will have a family of his own as well.

He is housebroken, rides well in a car, and does great on a leash. Cash is a great alarm barker. He is a little shy at first, but once he gets to know you, he loves to give kisses and have his belly rubbed.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added July 2017

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Adopted 1/20/2018

Panther

Panther is an all black 2 year old male German Shepherd, weighing 90 pounds, with a luscious soft fur coat. He was surrendered by his owner's because they could no longer afford to feed him, so very little is known about his background.

This loving boy rides well in the car. He walks nicely on a leash, only getting excited when he sees other dogs that he wants to play with. He is a happy boy, with medium energy, good with other people and dogs. He has nice house manners when you are home with him. He sometimes plays with silly things, which is a good opportunity to remind him of the "leave it" command. He knows a few basic commands, like sit and down (with treats).

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added November 2017

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Adopted 1/20/2018

Taz

Taz is an approximately two years old, black and tan male weighing 66 lbs.  He is an energetic companion dog and has a good appetite. He was surrendered to a Sacramento area shelter, so nothing is known about his past.

 

He is house-trained with the use of a doggy door, and has also been left indoors with the dog door shut and has not had an accident in the house. He heels and walks nicely on a leash, only getting excited when other dogs bark at him. He gets along well with the other German Shepherds of various ages in his foster home, but he can get antsy sometimes when he is out-and-about if there are a lot of other dogs around.  He is a flexible boy; he loves to sleep on the dog bed next to his foster mom, but he will also sleep quietly in a crate.  While he will sleep in a crate, he does not like to be contained in a crate or kennel.

No cats, small dogs, or small critters!!!

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added October 2017

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Autumn Head
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Adopted 1/13/2018

Autumn

Autumn is a 4 year old Black and Red female. She came from a Sacramento area shelter and was originally found as a stray with another male dog but not much is known about her past.

She met other large dogs nicely, but separated and on her own, she displays reserved curiosity and has rapidly learned to trust humans. She came to us with partial hair loss, presumably due to severe flea allergies, and has developed secondary warts along her back. The warts have been recently treated and should resolve in the next few weeks. With continued good nutrition and flea treatment, her coat will continue to fill in nicely.

Autumn is an affectionate girl who quickly learns the intimacy and routine of the home, settling in her beds with calm demeanor.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added December 2017

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Adopted 1/13/2018

Fawkes

Fawkes is a black and tan male, about 10 months, weighing 75 lbs. He was a stray from a Sacramento area shelter, so nothing is known of his background. Fawkes is new to us, so more will be posted as we know him better.

So far, he has proven to be an energetic boy and still has a lot of puppy in him. He is learning house and leash manners, basic commands and being crate trained.

Fawkes enjoys other large dogs, but plays rough and likes to jump, so he may be too much for small dogs and young children.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added December 2017

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Adopted 1/13/2018

Jeff

Jeff (AKA Jeffery) is an amazingly sweet, handsome black and tan male German Shepherd who is a VERY young 10 years old, and weighs approximately 78 pounds. His previous owner surrendered him to a local area shelter, and very little is known of the reason for his surrender or his background.

Jeffery has easily blended into his foster home's pack of resident dogs which consists of 5 dogs that are a mix of ages and sexes, and has acted appropriately with all dogs, large and small, that he has met. While at a pet store, Jeffery met the resident cat and was not fazed by it and basically ignored it, while his foster pack was ready to snack on it. Based on this observation, we believe Jeffery could possibly be ok living with cats.

He is extremely calm, with a great temperament, has moderate energy and has impeccable house manners. After only a few days, he earned the privilege to roam freely in the house with his foster pack.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added July 2017

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Lizzie Rae
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Adopted 1/13/2018

Lizzie Rae

Lizzie Rae is a 10 month old slender girl, who came into rescue as a stray found on the streets. A good Samaritan took her in and when her owner could not be located, she came into rescue. She lives with a small dog and is learning to live with cats.

Lizzie needs continued training on the leash and socialization, but is willing to learn, and is quick to give kisses out, even to strangers.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2018

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Adopted 1/13/2018

Suki

Suki is a 5 year old sable female German Shepherd who weighs 57 pounds. She was an owner surrender who was given up when the previous home could no longer afford her. She lived with other dogs in her previous home and had been kept outside. Her ears have fly strike from her being left outdoors too often, but they are already showing improvement. She has had at least one litter of pups in the past.

In the current foster home, Suki appears house trained, and behaves nicely indoors (with access to the back yard) when you are away. She has nice house manners, not jumping on any furniture. She prefers to be indoors lounging on her dog pillows. She walks nicely on a leash, only needing very soft corrections, and knows basic commands.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added October 2017

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Adopted 1/6/2018

Buster

Buster is a 4.5 year old male black & tan German Shepherd with one floppy ear. He weighs about 89 lbs and is on a diet to lose a few pounds. He was originally adopted from GCGSR at the age of 18 months where he shared his home with another dog. He was recently relinquished because the owner will be moving and is unable to take him along. Despite this change, he has adapted rapidly to his new foster home, sharing his life with another GCGSR foster dog. He doesn't seem interested in playing with the other dog, as he prefers to be by his human.

Buster enjoys the presence and attention of all humans, and is comfortable in the presence of other dogs, both large and small. He will benefit from firm boundaries to prevent attachment to or claiming of his human.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added August 2017

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Adopted 1/6/2018

Esther

Esther is a 9 year old sable female. She came from a Sacramento area shelter and we know little about her history. We were told that she belonged to a homeless person sometime in her past and became a favorite of one of the staff members at the shelter. Esther is a little on the heavy side, so she was fed well wherever she'd been.

This is one sweet, low energy girl. She appears housebroken, walks fairly well on a leash, and ignores the cats in her foster home. She met the other male German Shepherd in the foster home easily. More to follow as we get to know Esther better.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added November 2017

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Happy Tails - Older Adoptions

Looking for a dog that was adopted last month or last year? We now have a page for our dogs that were adopted during each of our years (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017)!

Happy Tails (Adopted Dogs) of 2017!

Happy Tails (Adopted Dogs) of 2016!

Happy Tails (Adopted Dogs) of 2015!

Happy Tails (Adopted Dogs) of 2014!

Happy Tails (Adopted Dogs) of 2013!

Happy Tails (Adopted Dogs) of 2012!

Happy Tails (Adopted Dogs) of 2011!

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GCGSR Dog Rating Levels

Level 1 – Soft & Submissive (full description)

Level 2 – Moderate & Adaptable (full description)

Level 3 – Confident & Challenging (full description)

Level 4 – Competitive & Intense (full description)

Level 5 – Tough & Serious (full description)