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GCGSR Adopted Dogs of 2020

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

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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

View our Adopted Dogs of 2019!

Changing lives, one dog at a time.




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Adopted 12/2020

Neymar

Neymar is a 1 year old boy who came from a local shelter so nothing is known of his background. Neymar is a happy and energetic boy who can be quite vocal when excited or playful. He is always excited to meet other dogs and would love to have another active canine companion that wants to play play play. He currently lives with a six year old female shepherd who he adores but he would certainly like it if she played with him more often.

Neymar is housebroken with the use of a doggie door and has nice manners in the house. He knows his basic commands and enjoys any and all outings his people are willing to take him on. Neymar can be a little excited when he first heads out on an adventure or walk but will quickly settle in and can walk nicely on a leash after the initial excitement dissipates. He plays nicely and respectfully with other dogs. Due to the current pandemic he has not had much time around big groups of dogs, like at an adoption day, so he can be a little loud and overly excited when he sees a new group of four legged friends. He sleeps nicely in a crate or on a fluffy dog bed at night but he would happily snuggle up with his human if allowed.

Neymar has not been around kids and/or cats and other small critters since he has been with us. Given his exuberance, he might be a little much for smaller children.

Neymar would do best in an active home with another playful dog and people that are willing to include him in their activities and adventures.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added November 2020

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Adopted 12/2020

Rayla

Rayla is a lovely 2 yo Black female Shepherd weighing approximately 65 lbs. She was a found stray, so her previous life remains a mystery. On initial encounters, she may appear timid and cautious, and may gently retreat from new situations. This is rapidly overcome, however, when her keen curiosity takes over. This girl is unanimously described as Sweet and will no doubt seek your affection and approval within no time as she bonds quickly with humans.

Rayla recently lived in a household with a senior male, a playful young pug, and a confident cat whom she completely ignored. They all shared their space with mutual respect and bouts of cooperative play, and found their constant human company very satisfying. She currently is being fostered with another large female Shepherd and they get along fine, although Rayla has not engaged the other dog to play yet.

While she enjoyed her routine of daily walks, this alone did not satisfy her high energy needs. True to the finest qualities of her breed, this gal craves dedicated physical exertion. She will therefore do well in a home where she can engage in regular exercise, such as outdoor hikes, runs, extended walks, or energetic fun games. Challenging mental activities, such as Tracking or Agility, will also fulfill her uniquely keen intellect! Currently in her foster home, she goes for a 1 hour walk plus a 10 minute bike ride and she is pooped for the day. With this lifestyle, this gal settles into the household with impressive manners. In fact, she is known to retreat into her crate in the evenings on her own where she will sleep quietly through the night. Rayla corrects well with her willingness to please, and is house broken. She is also a good alarm barker.

Emotionally, Rayla is making progress as she adapts to the life of the modern world. Car rides at times are over- stimulating for her, but she quickly learns that laying quietly is a fun way to travel. Nighttime walks are an enjoyable outing, however she can occasionally become unexpectedly startled in the dark. She finds comfort in her crate while her humans are away and is learning that when they leave, they will soon return. Consistent emotional boundaries and firm guidance from her humans will allow her to develop the confidence to enjoy all that life has to offer.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Updated November 2020

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Adopted 12/05/2020

Hunter

Hunter is a 3 year old black and tan male, weighing 73 lbs. He was a stray from a local shelter, so nothing is known of his past. He was missing hair all over his body and had wounds and scars to his legs when we first got him. He may be allergic to fleas. Now that he's healed and hair is grown in, we can see what a handsome boy he is.

He is living with a female German Shepherd and a female medium sized dachshund and does well. Hunter is housebroken and crate trained.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added October 2020

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Adopted - Foster Failure - 11/18/2020

Dozer

Dozer is a 6-7 year old male weighing approximately 80 pounds. He was a stray so we do not know much about him.

Dozer is housebroken and has good house manners. He gets along with all the dogs in his foster home big and small.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Adopted 11/09/2020

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Ida

Ida is an 8 yo, mostly tan senior female weighing approximately 75 lbs. She was found as a stray, so we do not know much about her. Upon arrival to our group, she was understandably confused and "lost", searching for her former life. Within a short period, however, she has calmed down to enjoy the company of many fellow dogs and adult humans in the home environment.

Ida is housebroken and has good house manners. She is rather anxious at times, but will slowly warm up to you with her gentle soul. While she is 'low energy', she is eager to go on walks and join you on car rides. It is apparent that nothing pleases her more than to be by your side. However, this girl needs time to adjust to those moments where she is left alone.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added April 2020

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Adopted 11/14/2020

Marchella

Marchella is a five-year-old black and tan female weighing in at approximately 65 pounds. She came from a local shelter, as a stray, so there is nothing known about her background. She is a sweet, happy girl that likes to be with her human.

Marchella is housebroken and sleeps in a crate at night. She sometimes tries to get on the couch with you, but corrects easily. She is learning the sit, leave it and wait commands.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added October 2020

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Adopted 11/13/2020

Stretch

Stretch is a friendly black and tan male two-year-old, who weighs approximately 90 pounds. He was surrendered to a local shelter so nothing is known of his past.

He is the normal height for a large German Shepherd, just quite long. Hence the name Stretch. His ears have fly-strike (the tips have been bitten) which means he was outside a lot in his past life. He was housebroken when he came to us though, with nice house manners. He is quite tall, so while you are in a rocking chair he can look you in the eye. Luckily he hardly ever licks you.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added October 2020

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Adopted 12/05/2020

Douglas

Douglas is a 1 year old black and tan male. He was a stray from a local shelter so nothing is known of his past.

He is living with a female lab and does well. Douglas loves to play ball. He walks well on a leash. He loves his humans and settles nicely in the house.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added November 2020

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Adopted 11/29/2020

Enya

Enya joined the GCGSR family in September of 2020. She was pulled from a Central Valley shelter as an unclaimed stray and little is known about her background. Enya is red and black, weights roughly 55 lbs, and is estimated to be around 4 years old.

She is a very loving girl that would love nothing other to have her ears scratched. Enya is crate trained and is very well mannered in a kennel. She is currently being fostered with 3 large German Shepherds, a Malamute mix, and 2 cats. Enya was a quick introduction to the pack and has ignored the cats from day 1. She is a medium energy girl and loves going on walks around the block or through the mountainous hills.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added October 2020

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Adopted 11/1/2020

Alec

Alec is an adorable, black and tan 4-5 year old male German Shepherd, weighing 60 pounds. He was a stray from a local shelter so nothing is known of his past. Alec came to us very skinny and with a lot of fur missing on his tail and back end. The shelter veterinarian said he is either allergic to fleas or he has a food allergy. He is on specific food now for dogs with food allergies to define the issue. In a few months when all his fur comes in he will be looking quite dapper.

He bonds fast with his human and greets people nicely. He knows some basic commands and is house trained, but he does like to sneak some counter surfing in. He also likes car rides and squeaky balls.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added August 2020

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Adopted 10/23/2020

Rizzo

Rizzo is an adorable 35 pound nugget of pure sweetness. She came to us from a local area shelter, so her background is unknown aside from the fact that she appears to have been hit by a car. It was determined that the best course of action for Rizzo was amputation of her left rear leg.

Rizzo had already mastered walking on 3 legs before she even had her surgery. She is now healing nicely and is almost back to 100% -Well...75% anyway!

She was aged at approximately 10 months old, but with her small stature, she is likely done growing.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added September 2020

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Adopted 10/21/2020

Zeke

Zeke was pulled from a local shelter and is a new addition to the GCGSR family. He came in as a stray and very little is known about him at this time. He is approximately 4 years old, weighs roughly 80 lbs and appears to be a Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd mix. Zeke is very sweet, affectionate, and will do anything to please his owner. He loves running in the back yard with his GSD foster brothers and sisters, but is also content doing his own thing. Zeke walks well around the neighborhood on a loose leash. He does not react to barking dogs at fences nor to the horses, goats, and chickens we pass on our morning walks. He does perk up to attention when deer and squirrels run across the road.

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

Added September 2020

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Adopted 10/8/2020

Gina

Gina is a small female (around 50 lbs) and is just under a year old. She came into a shelter as a stray with superficial injuries and wearing a cone, but no owner claimed her.

This cutie is a playful, friendly girl. She greets people politely on leash and loves her walks. She is treat motivated and is quick to catch on to new obedience lessons.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added August 2020

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Adopted 09/15/2020

Bindi

Bindi is an adorably sweet 5 month old white and blonde female weighing about 55 lbs and growing. She was found by a Good Samaritan, who tried for two months to find the owner with no luck, so surrendered her to us. Common in large breed dogs, she has pan osteitis aka growing pains in a rear leg but no serious problems. This is easily resolved with anti-inflammatories, pain meds and rest.

Bindi is in a foster home with a 3 year old large male German Shepherd, a 6 year old female German Shepherd and a 13 year old male German Shepherd and is good with all of them. If she is uncertain of their approach with her, she submits by rolling on her back. She had previously been kept as an outside only dog, but she prefers the cool house, comfy beds and to be by her human.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added August 2020

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Adopted 09/12/2020

Maui

Maui was pulled from a local shelter as a stray so nothing is known of her past. If she could be described in three words they would be loving, loyal, and companion.

Maui is a beautiful spayed 2-year female black and tan German Shepherd. She had a few sores on her back-right leg that have healed up nicely. Maui was a quick introduction to the large breed family of pups (2 male / 1 female) and a 6 month old Catahoula puppy in her foster home. She is respectful of dog savvy cats. She loves going on car rides and does not get sick on the winding roads.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added August 2020

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Adopted 09/04/2020

Cam

Cam is a very handsome black and tan male who is approximately 1 year old.

He was dumped out in the country and a Good Samaritan took him in and tried to locate the owner. After the mandatory hold time, no owner has come forward and they were able to surrender him to us. He is now part of the GCGSR family.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added July 2020

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Adopted 08/31/2020

Leam

Leam is a gorgeous 3 year old male German Shepherd that weighs approximately 90 pounds. He is from a local area shelter, so little is known of his background.

He has nice house manners, is house and crate trained and knows most of the basic commands. He is trained to sit and stay before going through the front door and before eating until you give the ok. He has medium energy with a good appetite and is a good alarm barker but only when it's warranted.

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

Added July 2020

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Adopted 08/29/2020

Sinead

Sinead (pronounced sha-nayd, like the bald singer Sinead O'connor) is a red and black cute female, underweight at about 52 lbs. and almost two years old. She was a stray from a local shelter, so nothing is known of her background.

She was extremely underweight and missing a lot of her fur when she first came to us. She has had at least one litter of puppies. Once her hair fully returns (will likely have a plush coat) and she gets to a healthy weight, she will be stunning. Despite her rough start, she has the sweetest disposition and is a happy girl.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added July 2020

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Adopted 8/20/2020

Hank

Hank is an approximately 2 1/2 year old male with a traditional black and tan coloring. He is a solid boy weighing in around 90 pounds. Hank was surrendered to our group by his previous owner when they moved and couldn't take him with them.

Hank is housebroken with the use of a dog door and generally has nice house manners. Overall, Hank has a moderate energy level especially indoors. He can get a little excited and pull when first getting started on a walk but he settles in pretty quickly and easily.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added June 2020

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Adopted 08/06/2020

Celine

Celine is a 2 to 3 year old Shepherd mix. Given her slim, long legs, and trim figure, she may have some Greyhound in her genetics. Celine was orginally adopted from us as a puppy, but due to job changes in her home, previous owners could not be home very much. Celine grew up going to the local dog park where she loved running around and playing with the other dogs.

Celine is house and crate trained, has good leash manners, and is overall a very easy keeper.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added July 2020

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Adopted 08/06/2020

Skyla

Skyla is a 6 year old female. She came to us when her owner passed away. She's a big girl at 95 lbs and needs to lose around 15 lbs to be at a good weight.

Skyla is a low-energy girl that enjoys hanging out with her people. She walks beautifully on leash and knows basic obedience commands in German. She gets along great with other dogs and with cats.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added June 2020

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Adopted 08/02/2020

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Miela

Miela (My Ella) is a cute and happy female Belgian Malinois (mostly) who is a very young 10.5 years old. Through no fault of her own, Miela was returned to us when her family could no longer keep her.

She is an extremely well-mannered little girl who her foster dad just loves. Miela will engage in play with other playful dogs and her foster dad, and has gotten along with all the dogs, large and small, that she's met. However, she does not like the energy of the 3-4 month old puppy that comes to visit and will go to her crate to be safe from the puppy monster.

Miela walks perfectly on lead, knows basic obedience commands, sits and waits to be fed, is crate and potty trained and is fantastic in the car.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added April 2020

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Adopted 08/01/2020

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Lara A.

Lara A is a black and tan senior female approximately 8 years old and weighs 76 lbs. She was adopted just over a year ago and returned when her prior owner decided to move to a new location and he couldn't take her with him. Lara has had repeated hot spots and has been on medications to try to help her. We've also started her on a limited ingredient dog food to see if it could be a food allergy.

Her current foster says she's a great, calm dog. She gets a little frisky in the morning and again in the afternoon. She gets walked 1-2 miles twice a day.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added May 2020

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Adopted 07/31/2020

Mikey Mike

Mikey Mike is a year old all black male weighing 65-70 lbs. He was a stray from a local shelter, so we have no background information on him. He was brought to the shelter in February with a broken right femur. He was lucky to be accepted for surgery at UC Davis and his leg was repaired on 3/11/2020. Despite his injured leg, Mikey Mike can be very bouncy and loves to play.

He's a lovable boy who enjoys hanging out with the other dogs, sometimes more than his people. He really seems to enjoy cats and tries (gently) to play with them. He tends to get very antsy when he's hungry.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added April 2020

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Adopted 07/28/2020

Joel

Joel is a sweet one year-old black and tan male, weighing approximately 75 pounds. He is a stray from a local animal shelter so nothing is known of his past. He bonds quickly with his human and has nice house manners. He knows some basic commands, including the "go potty" command and is crate trained. He heals nicely on walks, only needing soft corrections when critters are near. He corrects easily since he wants to please his human. He is very affectionate and enjoys being pet and getting attention. He likes to follow his human around and lay at your feet.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added June 2020

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Adopted 07/22/2020

Stetson

Stetson is a handsome, 10-12 month old youngster. His black and tan fluffy, long coat makes him appear larger than his 70 lbs. He was a stray from a partner shelter, so we know nothing of his background.

This happy-go-lucky boy is still very much a pup at heart. He likes to turn everyday activities into a game and loves any interaction with his human, whether it be playing a game of fetch, playing with a stuffed toy, or just chilling at his foster mom's feet. He occasionally tries to play with objects he finds interesting, but will easily re-direct when told 'no' and given an appropriate toy.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added April 2020

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Adopted 07/18/2020

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Kessi Ann

Kessi Ann is an intelligent, loving, black and tan female, approximately 7 yrs old and weighs 68 lbs. She was originally a breeding dog, however not much more is known about her past. She was brought to us by a good Samaritan who rescued her from the breeder.

Kessi has had good house manners in her foster home and is fully housebroken and knows how to use a dog door. She absolutely loves to go on walks and short hikes (~5 miles) and is a joy to walk with. She mostly keeps to herself while on the leash unless given the opportunity to sniff other dogs or humans, though she sometimes gives a bit of a pull towards small dogs, cats, and squirrels to investigate.

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

Added January 2020

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Adopted 07/17/2020

Diana

Diana is a beautiful 4 yo black and tan female whose mission is to connect with every human she can greet. A stray from a local shelter, we have no history on her except for evidence of having had puppies in the past. Diana rapidly adapted to her foster home environment. In a short time, she has learned to enjoy her dog beds and stay off the house furniture, although she will do her best to sneak accessible yummies off the counter if you're not watching! Food is a source of major joy, and she will benefit from supervision to refrain from thinking all meal prep is for her.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added June 2020

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Adopted 07/16/2020

Merlot

Merlot is a tall, handsome 18 month old male weighing 88.6 pounds, and could use to put on a few more pounds. His ears never stood up, so he has those cute floppy puppy ears. He was initially adopted from our rescue at 4 months old. His owner surrendered him back to us due to her medical limitations, to ensure he gets the proper care and exercise he needs.

Merlot loves to go on walks and being with his people-he shadows his foster mom around the house and yard. He heels well on walks and is working toward ignoring other dogs (starts to pull a bit but corrects fairly easily). Counter surfing seems fun to him, but we are working on that bad habit. He lived with cats and an older female shepherd and likes to play with other dogs. He does know how to fetch, but has not yet shown that much interest for more than several minutes at a time. He very much wants to please, wants to learn, and loves treats.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added April 2020

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Adopted 07/11/2020

Jennings

Jennings is a handsome, sweet one year old black and tan male who was surrendered to a shelter along with several of his litter mates. Although this sturdy boy weighs in at around 80 lbs, he still may have a bit of growing to do.

Jennings is overcoming his lack of socialization and seems to be loving his life as a house dog! He uses a doggie door to go outside and sleeps nicely next to his foster mom's bed. He initially was afraid of the crate, but now that he's familiar with his surroundings, he may be more accepting of being crated. While now accustomed to the sights, smells, and sounds of home, he is still a bit uncertain when meeting new people and takes a bit of time to warm up.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added May 2020

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Adopted 07/06/2020

Terex

Terex is a striking black and tan male German Shepherd approximately 2 - 3 years old. He is an unclaimed stray from a Modesto area shelter, so nothing is known of his background.

He loves to go for rides in the car. He is house broken. Terex occasionally pulls on the leash when excited, but corrects easily.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added January 2020

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Adopted 06/28/2020

Shocon

Shocon was a stray from a local shelter so not much is known of his background. He has a lovely black and tan coat, and the most spectacular auburn eyes. He has a large frame weighing just less than 100 lbs. He is in good physical condition and at his ideal weight.

Shocon has excellent leash manners, and makes daily walks enjoyable. He is very attentive to his human, and not easily distracted by other animals.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added October 2019

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Adopted 06/14/2020

Kojax

Kojax is a handsome 1.5 year old black and tan German Shepherd weighing about 62 pounds. He was an unclaimed stray from a local shelter so nothing is known of his past except he had a fractured right leg from being hit by a car. After healing in the shelter for two months, his leg appears to not be causing him problems.

He knows his basic commands and is house trained with access to the backyard. He heals well on a leash, only needing redirection when other dogs are around. He currently walks around 5 miles a day with no problems. He sleeps very quietly in a crate at night in the same room as his foster mom.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added April 2020

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Adopted 06/14/2020

Merc

Merc is a stout 80 pound 12- 18 month old boy. He was pulled from a local shelter after a month when he was not re-claimed or adopted. He was picked up by authorities after evading Animal Control officers for a couple hours by jumping fences through several backyards. Merc is an energetic athletic boy who can be a bit mouthy when excited or protesting. He will pull if given the chance, so a correction collar such as a prong collar is needed when walking him. He is very amenable to corrections, and is eager to learn, but does need a handler who is clear with expectations. He sleeps quietly in a crate all night in his fosters bedroom, and settles nicely in the house after a walk to burn off his energy. He rides nicely in a vehicle, easily jumping in and out.

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

Added September 2019

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Adopted 06/12/2020

Brendan

Brendan is a happy 3-4 year old long-coated male. He was an unclaimed stray from the Merced shelter, so nothing is known of his background.

Brendan has a medium energy level but can be excited upon greeting. Since coming to us, he has learned to sit for attention and to walk on a leash. He loves everyone he sees, and when introduced on leash he greets politely. He gets along with other dogs. He has been introduced to cats and did well.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added April 2020

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Adopted 06/05/2020

Klondike

Klondike is a stocky, cream colored male. He is about 5 years old, and weights about 85lbs. He was a stray at a local shelter, so nothing is known of his background.

Klondike is a low energy boy. He has good house manners. He gets along great with cats. He prefers other dogs that are mild-mannered and not playful. He would be fine as an only dog.

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

Added April 2020

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Adopted 06/04/2020

Sargento

Sargento is a handsome 2 yo black and tan male weighing 87 lbs. He was relinquished by his previous owner because he was not able to provide Sargento the attention he deserves. Most of his life has been limited to the backyard with minimal exposure to the world of humans. Despite this, he is adapting in his new foster home well and appreciating the comforts of the indoor life.

This boy truly enjoys meeting all humans with calm demeanor. Once he knows you are his buddy, watch out! He will burst in exuberant joy when he reunites with you even after an overnight slumber! He can be very bouncy at times, so he will do best in a home without small children. While Sargento's eager affection can be extremely fun and endearing, he will benefit from boundaries to allow him to gain calm and self-confidence.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added May 2020

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Adopted 05/30/2020

Elki

Elki is a small, one-year old female mix. She has a beautiful sable coat. She was found by a Good Samaritan who kept her for the stray hold. She looks like a wild girl, but nothing is further from the truth.

Elki is sweet to everyone she meets. She sits politely for greeting, but will gently rest her feet on you to let you know she still wants more attention. She has a medium energy level. She settles down nicely in the house and prefers to snuggle with people on the couch instead of lie on a dog bed.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added April 2020

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Adopted 05/30/2020

Tantor

Tantor is approximately 4 years old with black and tan coloring. He came to us from a local shelter so nothing is known about his background.

Tantor has learned basic commands, has nice house manners, walks well on a leash and is housebroken with the use of a doggy door. While Tantor has learned to sleep in a crate at night with his foster mom in the room, he can not be crated and left alone. If his people need to leave the house, he does better left in a secure yard with a playmate.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added April 2020

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Adopted 05/23/2020

Shirley

Shirley is a 4 month old black and tan female weighing almost 30 lbs. She was an owner surrender who in her previous home was kept outside all the time with the other resident dogs.

Shirley came to us very shy and shut down, but is now very lively and energetic. She enjoys playing around the house and dive bombs into the dog beds. She can startle easily, which will cause little accidents, but all-in-all, she is house broken.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added February 2020

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Adopted 05/20/2020

Fern

Fern is an adorable, approximately 8 month old female pup who found herself at a local area shelter along with her litter mates. The entire litter was extremely under socialized, but her rough start in life could not keep this girl's sweetness from shining through.

While she is now completely at ease in her foster home, she is still getting used to the big world around her. She is a bit hesitant in new situations and meeting new people, but warms very quickly. Once at ease with people, Fern is extremely affectionate.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added February 2020

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Adopted 05/16/2020

Quentin

Quentin is a 3 year old black and tan boy that was owned surrendered to us when they could no longer care for him. Quentin is quite tall and currently weighs about 80 pounds but needs to gain at least another 10-15 pounds.

This young boy is very affectionate and happy to greet people and other dogs alike. He can tend to be a little mouthy when excited but corrects well.

Quentin is housebroken with the use of a dog door and overall has nice house manners. He will often find a nice dog bed to lie down on around the house, preferably near his people. He sits before eating but often has to be reminded to wait until told he can have his food.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added January 2020

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Adopted 05/10/2020

Haley

Haley is a pretty two year old black and tan female weighing 75 lbs. She was a stray from a local shelter, so we have no background information on her.

She is an affectionate, friendly and very playful girl. She is getting along with another German Shepherd and a small terrier type dog in her foster home. She does exert her dominance over the small dog, so she requires supervision when they are together. She is still in need of lots of chew toys and is learning not to counter surf.

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

Added January 2020

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Adopted 05/08/2020

Jaxton

Jaxton, aka Jax, is a 2 year old, 85 lb Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd mix that came to us from a local shelter. Jaxton was originally surrendered by his previous owners because he was barking "too much" in the backyard. After sitting on the adoption floor and being over looked for a month, he was pulled by rescue.

Jaxton is being fostered on a 40 acre ranch with 3 other large breed working dogs. Jaxton tested well with other dogs at the shelter and has been fine with his foster siblings. Jaxton likes the constant company of his foster mom and has a strong willingness to please. While doing yard work or just walking around the property, he always stays in sight of his humans and checks in often.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added April 2020

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Adopted 05/05/2020

Bella Dee

Bella Dee is a 6 month old female. She was surrendered by her owner, along with her sister Lady Dee, when he had to quickly relocate for a job.

Bella Dee was primarily an outside dog. She is nervous about new things, dogs, and people. Once comfortable, she loves belly scratches and playing with other dogs. She is curious about cats, but has no prey drive.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added December 2019

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Adopted 05/05/2020

Mabelline

Mabelline is a small 18-month-old female, with cute feathering on her legs, tail, and around her face. She was an unclaimed stray, so nothing is known of her background.

This sweetie has a moderate energy level and loves people. She follows her foster mom from room to room. She sleeps quietly in a crate when she knows her person is sleeping nearby. She can be trusted to be outside alone, but she wants back in as soon as someone is home. She loves her walks and exploring the neighborhood.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added February 2020

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Adopted 05/01/2020

Coy

Coy is a handsome black and tan, three-year-old male German Shepherd with a dash of white on his chest. He weighs 65 pounds but can stand to put on a little weight. He was a stray from a local shelter so nothing is known of his past.

Coy is currently very nervous and hides a lot. It takes awhile for him to feel comfortable with new people, places and cars. He does bark however when someone is on your doorstep. So far he has shown low energy.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added January 2020

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Adopted 04/29/2020

Rumble

Rumble is a black and brown, two year old male German Shepherd weighing approximately 65 pounds. He was left in an abandoned car and the owner of the car never claimed him from a local shelter, so we have no background information on him.

Rumble rides well in the car, easily jumping into an SUV, excited to go on trips. He heals nicely, nuzzling your hand along the way. He meets other people and animals easily on walks. When people come over, he is sometimes shy to get to know them.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added March 2020

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Adopted 04/18/2020

Trinity Lynn

Trinity Lynn is a cute black and tan 9 month old female who weighs about 50 lbs. She was a stray from a local shelter so we have no background information on her.

This girl is housebroken and uses a doggy door. She knows the sit command and is pretty good with the "leave it" command. She is learning house manners but is having a tough time with the off command, will jump on people in excitement and is still very mouthy. For these reasons, she should not go into a home with young children or with people unstable on their feet.

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

Added December 2019

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Adopted 04/03/2020

Bronston

Bronston is a handsome two-year-old black and silver German shepherd who is approximately 70 pounds. He is a stray from a local shelter so nothing is known of his background.

He is very affectionate. He likes to play ball and to be brushed but mostly he likes to be pet. He is house trained and knows how to use a flip screen to go outside. He behaves nicely inside, not chewing on your belongings. He heals on walks well, only needing corrections when he wants to visit other people or dogs.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added February 2020

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Adopted 03/14/2020

Boson

Boson (Boe-Zawn) is a sleek handsome black and tan male, approximately 3 yrs old. He currently weighs 63 lbs but can use a bit more muscle mass. As a stray, we know little about his past although it is apparent he has had some training. He readily sits and poses in the down position upon command, and has very good recall. He is very motivated by food and will wait patiently for his treats with lovely gentle manners.

Initially timid in nature, Boson has slowly learned to appreciate the company of all humans. In fact, he will "hang out" with the human pack and show little interest in walking away. On occasion, he gets frisky and tries to hop on your lap, but he is learning appropriate boundaries. When he is happy, he becomes a bit mouthy and responds to replacement toys. He eagerly goes on car rides where he enjoys his nose out the window. Bo will eagerly sit while you leash him for his daily walks.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Updated January 2020; Added November 2019

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Adopted 03/03/2020

Carly Rae

Carly Rae is a beautiful 5 year old, black and red female, who was a stray found by a good samaritan in the Modesto area, who had suffered severe injuries to her fromt right leg. Even after under going an amputation of her leg she is an exceptional girl! This is one resilient girl, has adapted very quickly to becoming a tripod and is very happy on three legs. At 50 lb Carly Rae is on the smaller size. Maintaining a healthy weight is beneficial for her and should include a high-quality protein diet.

Currently, Carly Rae is living with large males/female German Shepherds. She always gives each dog kisses, plays tug, and will join in a game of chase. Sometimes she will get really excited and pick up a shoe but will release it on command.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added January 2020

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Adopted 02/15/2020

Ghostbuster

Ghostbuster is a white male, around 5 years old. He currently weighs 77, but needs to gain a little weight. He was an unclaimed stray, so nothing is known of his history.

Ghostbuster has a medium energy level. He gets along with other dogs and loves people. He does not like cats.

Ghostbuster is working on leash manners, and with his size needs someone that will continue working with him.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added November 2019

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Adopted 02/07/2020

Lady Dee

Lady Dee is a 6 month old female. She was surrendered by her owner, along with her sister Bella Dee, when he had to quickly relocate for a job.

Lady Dee was primarily an outside dog. She is nervous about new things, dogs, and people. Once comfortable, she loves laying at your feet and playing with other dogs. She ignores the cats in her foster home.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added December 2019

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Adopted 01/25/2020

Destiny

Destiny is a 71 lb, approximately two year old black and tan adorable, submissive female with floppy ears. She was rescued from a local shelter by Labs 2 Love Rescue when they were looking for labs, but also have a soft spot for German Shepherds.

This girl loves to play with other dogs, acts like a big puppy, and is currently being fostered with other Labrador retrievers. She is good at the vet's office, meeting people and loves to play ball. She is also housebroken, crate trained but can be trusted to sleep on a dog bed at night.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added December 2019

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Adopted 01/25/2020

Modric

Modric is a stunning, dark sable, adult male who is on the smaller side weighing about 60 lbs. He was surrendered when his owner could no longer care for him. We believe he sired both Luis and Clark, two other boys that made their way to us. It is our understanding that Modric was an outside only dog, but he has quickly discovered there is no better place than inside with his people. He loves to settle in on a nice soft bed, preferably near his human, when hanging out inside. He prefers to be wherever the people are inside, but watch out for your shoes; after spending most of his life outside he hasn't quite learned that shoes aren't for chewing.

Modric is housebroken with the use of a doggie door. He easily settles into a crate and is happy to sleep quietly for the night in a crate next to his foster mom's bed.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added September 2019

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Adopted 01/25/2020

Pacino

Pacino is an almost 7 year old handsome sable-colored male, weighing 89 pounds. He was originally a stray, so nothing is known of his original start in life. Based on some of his behaviors, ie, teeth chattering when excited, he may have a touch of malinois in him for good measure. He has been in our rescue for 9 months and all of his fosters love him.

He is housebroken, uses a dog door, and will go into a crate. He gets along best with other female adult dogs, but can be a bit pushy for other male dogs. He loves going on walks, but can pull hard if excited about something. If given a good corrections, he settles back down. He is also great in the car. Pacino tries to push boundaries when it comes to some behaviors, ie, counter surfing and sneaking on the couch when he thinks no one will notice.

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

Updated bio - August, 2019; Added December 2018

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Adopted 01/18/2020

Flynn

Flynn is an exuberant, lively boy that is about a year old. This handsome black and tan boy is from the local shelter, and although not much is known about his background, he seems to connect well with people, is eager to please, listens well, and responds to light corrections. Flynn walks well on leash, rides well in the car, is housebroken and sleeps in a crate at night.

His enthusiasm and mouthiness require someone that can commit to learn what it best takes to manage him so that he can learn his role as a dog and family member. Initially, redirecting Flynn's busyness of picking up and moving items on the floor of the house and garage to a rope toy or a Kong helped him learn what is on and off limits, although now he knows and his foster family simply has him drop items that are not his. Currently, the foster family is teaching him to put away his dog dish when he is finished with a meal instead of tossing it.

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

Added November 2019

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Adopted 01/18/2020

Judah

Judah is a very handsome 5 to 6-year-old, all white long coat male weighing about 70 lbs. He was surrendered to a shelter along with Spark, Havanna and another male when the original owner lost his home. Judah is possibly the sire of the other three white dogs. The previous owner indicates Judah had been an outdoor only dog.

He is one very, very sweet and nice boy! He walks well on a leash, is crate trained (he really doesn't like it) and learned the use of the doggy door within minutes of showing him where it was. As with the others that were surrendered with him, Judah craves human attention but is not obnoxious about it. He has learned that indoor living is the best and has learned to have impeccable house manners. Also, Judah loves to swim and fetch sticks and balls thrown in the lake.

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

Added July 2019

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Adopted 01/18/2020

Pango

Pango is an all black male puppy born 4/24/19 (making him almost 7 months now), who is full of energy. He was an owner surrender and may have ended up in a shelter if we hadn't stepped in to help.

He loves to be your shadow and follows you wherever you will let him be. He's very affectionate and enjoys being around his humans. This smart boy is already housebroken.

He has done well with the cats in his foster home. As long as the cats are dog savvy and his potential new family will teach him how to respect the cats, he should do fine. Small critters are unknown.

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

Added November 2019

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Adopted 01/18/2020

Sargent Pepper

Sargeant Pepper is a handsome four-year-old (birthdate 12.31.15) sable male who weighs 72 pounds, but can stand to put on a few pounds and build muscle mass. This big boy is sensitive and easily correctable. He was surrendered when his prior owner could no longer care for him. He has been diagnosed with atypical pannus, an immune mediated disease in which his third eyelids are inflarmed, but the cornea and conjunctiva are not affected. He will still require daily prescription eye medication for life.

Sargeant heals nicely on a leash and meets strangers well while on walks. He knows some basic commands and is working on others. He is learning to wait before eating and wait at the front door when it is open, until being allowed to proceed. He isn't very food motivated unless the treats are super yummy.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added December 2019

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Adopted 01/18/2020

Spark

Spark is a beautiful two year old, all white female long coat weighing about 65 lbs. She was surrendered to a shelter along with her sister Havana and possible sire Judah when the original owner lost his home. The previous owner indicated Spark had been an outdoor only dog. It is obvious that Spark has had at least one litter of puppies in the past.

This is one sweet girl who walks well on a leash and craves human attention. She appears housebroken as long as she's not left alone inside without human companionship or a means to get outside for long periods of time. She is learning house manners and the sit command. Spark is not food motivated, so praise and affection work best in teaching her new things.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added September 2019

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Adopted 01/11/2020

Taffy

Taffy is an approximately 14 week old, black and tan female. She was an owner surrender along with her sisters, Hershey, Snickers and Twix (the Halloween Candy Litter) and came from living in the country outdoors among cattle and other farm animals. Her mom was a nice looking German Shepherd, but the sire is unknown. Taffy is the last of the four girls to find a home.

She loves to cuddle and chase after her toys. She is an excitable little girl and will pee when she meets new people but is getting better. She wants to play with the two dogs in her foster home, a large female German Shepherd and medium sized terrier.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added November 2019

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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, 2018 & 2019)!

Happy Tails (Adopted Dogs) of 2019!

Happy Tails (Adopted Dogs) of 2018!

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)