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These dogs are in Foster-to-Adopt homes. This gives pros pective adopters 30 days to foster the dog in their own home before finalizing the adoption. We feel that a 30 day trial period is a good start to know whether the dog will be happy in that household and whether the household will be happy with the dog! Dogs will often act more cautiously for the first 2 weeks, so a full month of dealing with the dog during your regular routine is very important.

If you are interested in becoming a regular foster home or in our Foster-to-Adopt program, please read our Fostering Agreement. We actively encourage Foster-To-Adopt!




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Atnas

Atnas is an approximately 3.5 years old black and tan handsome male who was originally adopted in 2019 and returned when his owner could no longer keep him. His name is Santa spelled backwards since he was rescued at Christmas time. He is approximately 20 pounds overweight at 93 pounds now and is used to being free fed at his last home. He is in a foster home now learning to only eat at meal times. He sits nicely for his food and waits until he gets the command to eat. He heals nicely and has nice house manners. He easily jumps into an SUV with enthusiasm and is very well behaved in the car.

Atnas is living with another male and a female German Shepherd and plays well with them. His last owner said he is good in the house while his humans are away. He has medium energy and doesn't beg for food while you are eating. He is good with kids and dog-savvy cats.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Banner

Banner is a Black and Tan male born 3/1/21 and likely mixed with Labrador retriever. He was surrendered with siblings Bean, Blu Boy, Buckee, Hennessy and Tanqueray.

Banner looks over his siblings and wants to do whatever they are doing, always ready to chase the ball or race across the backyard. He's also the best walking on a leash so far.

He's being fostered with three adult dogs Bean, Blu Boy and Buckee who all survived the parvovirus. These four pups are almost housebroken and crate trained.

A home with puppy raising experience that will continue training and socializing would be ideal. Having another well behaved dog would be preferred for Banner's forever home.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Bean

Bean is a Black and Tan female born 3/1/21 and likely mixed with Labrador Retriever. She was surrendered with siblings Banner, Blu Boy, Buckee, Hennessy and Tanqueray.

She's being fostered with two adult dogs, Banner, Blu Boy and Buckee who all survived the parvovirus. This girl is the most curious of the four. At first she was not interested in cuddling but now she runs to her foster humans for love and attention. The four are almost housebroken and crate trained.

A home with puppy raising experience that will continue training and socializing would be ideal. Having another well behaved dog would be preferred.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Blu Boy

Blu Boy is a black male puppy born 3/1/21 and likely mixed with. Labrador Retriever. He was surrendered along with siblings Banner, Bean, Buckee, Hennessy and Tanqueray.

Blu is the big guy of the litter. He proudly struts around showing off his white star against his gorgeous black coat. He is also is getting good at fetching the ball. He's fostered with three adult dogs and Banner, Bean and Buckee who all survived the parvovirus.

These four pups are almost housebroken and crate trained. A home with puppy raising experience that will continue training and socializing would be ideal. Having another well behaved dog would be preferred for Blu's forever home.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Buckee

Buckee is a Black and Tan male born 3/1/21 and likely mixed with Labrador retriever. He was surrendered along with siblings Banner, Bean, Blu Boy, Hennessy and Tanqueray.

Buckee is the tallest and looks like he'd be a great running partner. He is also the one who has cuddled in with his foster humans the most.

He is fostered with three adult dogs, Banner, Bean, and Blu Boy who all survived the parvovirus. These four pups are almost housebroken and crate trained.

A home with puppy raising experience that will continue training and socializing would be ideal. Having another well behaved dog would be preferred.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Updated May 2021

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Champagne

Meet our latest refreshing spirit, Champagne aka Cham. She is a 1 year old white, gray and black female German Shepherd/Husky mix weighing approximately 65 lbs. As her name depicts, she displays soft hues and an effervescence that will bring smiles to any day, rain or shine.

This gal comes with a feminine nature that, at times, appears initially 'uncertain'. When surrounded by multiple dogs, she may vocalize her uncertainty. But with guidance and calm leadership, she rapidly engages in appropriate canine greetings. In her foster home, she enjoys the company of two male Shepherds with whom she plays on a regular basis. In fact, she appears to find pleasure in leading them into her winding game of chase. She knows when she can outwit them with her agile physique and athletic skill. Her cohorts are left perplexed as they appear resigned to her unsuspecting influence. I gently remind them, 'That is what Champagne does'.

Cham has no hesitation to greet any and all humans with her soft velvety coat and welcoming eyes. One 'hello' from an admirer may invite her to jump up for a hug. This is diminishing with gentle corrections; however, caution with young children. She enjoys her daily walks and is learning to walk well on a leash. And just watch her bubbly dance while playing fetch with a ball! It's free fun-filled entertainment for all. Car ride? She's in.

In the home, she is your typical Shepherd female with excellent keen house manners. She'll enjoy any opportunity to relax on her soft bed or indulge in soft pets and words of endearment. She is housebroken and sleeps calmly in her crate at night. This gal will surely make a warm addition to a loving home. She is a reason to celebrate.

Cats and small critters unknown.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Cruella

Cruella is a pretty 5 month old tan female Belgian Malanois who loves to play and be near her humans. She can be somewhat rough while playing with other dogs, but never to the point of hurting.

Cruella is very affectionate who really enjoys crawling into a warm human lap and receiving all the attention she can get. Although she may do okay as an only dog she will thrive with another younger playful pup to keep her intensity on play and not destruction.

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

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Dotty

Dotty is a 3-year-old plush coat. She is a playful girl that loves people and other dogs. She gets along with the dog-saavy cats in her foster home.

She came to us with no manners. She now sleeps in a crate at night and is housebroken. She loves to play in water and is learning not to make a mess in the indoor dog bowl.

She is working on her leash manners and obedience. She works well with a little encoragement and treats.

Dotty is looking for a home with a playful male dog.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Dua

Dua is an adorable 10 month old affectionate sable female weighing only 48 lbs. She is thin and has not been eating well, so she'll look much better after putting on at least 5 lbs. She has a small head and smaller ears and appears to be part husky. She talks to you in a similar fashion as huskies. She was a stray from a local shelter, so we have no history on her.

So far, Dua appears housebroken and has decent house manners (unless something especially yummy is on the counter). She has been friendly to all people and been great with other dogs of varying sizes. She has heard the cat in the foster home and showed no reaction but has not met her up close. She is living in a foster home with a mature female German Shepherd and an adult large male German Shepherd and foster boy Huck who is in our program. She plays very nicely with Huck who is the only playful dog of the three. It took her several days to adjust to her new home and was very whiny the first few days and cried throughout the night in the crate. By day 3, she began calming down and sleeps through the night in a crate and doesn't cry every time the foster mom gets out of her sight. Dua walks nicely on leash but needs training in all other basic commands. She will occasionally find a Nylabone or regular bone left out for the dogs to chew on, but has not been mouthy or shown signs of wanting to chew on everything in front of her like some young dogs do.

A home that will provide Dua with regular exercise and take her obedience training will be needed to provide a forever home for this sweet girl. Another dog would be nice but she may do fine as an only dog too.

Cats and small critters unknown.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Fredo

Fredo is an adorable 3.5 month old male Belgian Malinois mix. He's primarily tan with some black on his face and back. His feet are white with tan spots.

He's being fostered with his brother Vito (a darker tan boy), an adult male German Shepherd and an adult female German Shepherd. He barks at dogs he sees from a distance but is fine meeting them. This pup is very affectionate and tolerant of handling. He's got quite a bit of energy and climbed out of a 3.5' X-pen his first day here. He sleeps through the night in a crate with his brother but is not yet housebroken.< /p>

Continuing his socialization and enrolling in obedience training will make him into a great companion. A home with another playful dog is preferred.

Cats and small critters unknown.

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

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Frijole

Frijole aka Bean is a 1.5 year old male dark sable Malinois that has spent a good portion of his first two years visiting the shelter. Eventually his owners did not reclaim him, leaving him there for over 30 days. Upon evaluation, Beans foster mom realized how special this boy is and how he deserves much more! Bean is currently recovering from a injured foot, which is expected to make a full recovery. He also had a lower canine tooth removed as it was broken to the root.

At the shelter, Bean was in playgroups with other dogs. He took a strong liking to the girls but got along with all other dogs in the play group. Despite Bean's very social personality with other dogs, he will not tolerate being 'picked on' or 'bullied' by other dogs.

Bean loves his people and is also very social with strangers. He would love a home where he could be with his people and accompany them on vacations or even going out to a brewery! When leaving the shelter he said 'hello' to all the shelter staff. Bean's foster mom trains dogs professionally, so he's finally getting some obedience under his belt with things such as leash manners and house manners. He loves attention of any kind, often nudging your hands for pets, leaning into you or going between your legs for head scratches. Bean loads nicely into a crate for down time and sleeps there quietly over night. True to his Malinois nature, he does have typical Malinois energy. However, unlike the standard Malinois, Bean lacks ball and toy drive. He does enjoy working for his kibble. He is a smart boy so having daily mental (and physical) stimulation will be a necessity. Bean is a large dog, who knows his strength and isn't afraid to throw it around when initiating play, so a home with no small children is recommended. Bean needs someone who is experienced and is going to continue his training, socialization and be a strong leader. Bean's final adoption comes with a free training session donated by his foster mom. No cats or small furry critters.

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

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Geri

Geri is a medium sized, white, sweet female approximately 7 years old. She was pulled from a Central Valley shelter, so not much is known about her past. Geri had a few scrapes that have been treated, healed, and the hair is slowing growing back.

She is a very quiet girl that just wants to be loved. It almost feels like she is smiling all the time and her tail is constantly wagging. Geri is house trained and uses the doggy door to go out for potty. She is crate trained and walks well on a leash. Geri sleeps through the night and will either sleep in a crate or relax on a dog bed. She can be left alone inside and out without issue during the day while at work or running errands.

This girl was a quick introduction to our four large breed dogs, both male and female, without incident. She is also respectful of our dog-savvy cats and leaves them alone. Geri sometimes gets a little jealous when others are getting attention. She may give a low growl, corrects quickly, and then waits her turn. With supervision and correction this should diminish over time.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Giblet

Giblet, Gibey for short, is an approximately 8- 10-week-old black and tan male. He was the largest of the litter. The six puppies that came to the Sacramento area are named with a Thanksgiving theme, ie Cranberry, Green Bean, Maize, Maple and Pumpkin. There are two more siblings in the Modesto area, Joy and Bronco. They all came out of a shelter and we have no history on their start in life.

Giblet is playful, energetic, persistent, food-motivated, affectionate (loves to get pet), but does not like to be held---he squirms until he can break free. Giblet is a high energy puppy when awake, but he still sleeps quite a bit. More often than not, Gibey goes to the sliding glass door when he wants to go outside to do his business. Gibey does really well in his crate. He knows he sleeps there, but he hasn’t yet gotten to a point where he can be told to go into his crate. He can put him in the crate when he is calm, and he will just go to sleep, almost through the night. Recently, when running errands, he was put in the crate for an hour without a problem. We are working on his recall, and many times we are successful, but when he is focused, it is difficult to pull his attention away. Lately, if I shake a food bowl, he will come running---did I mention he is very food motivated?

Gibey currently lives with a 10-year-old Havanese girl named Charlee and a 5-year-old GCGSR rescue boy named Ghiaco . Charlee maintains higher ground and doesn’t interact much with Gibey. Ghiaco is a patient but firm older brother, giving correction to Gibey when needed but will play chase with him from time to time. He loves to play with his humans, and he tries so hard to play with Charlee, but she’ll not have it. He loves to play fetch inside the house. He tries very hard to jump up onto the sofa where Charlee is relaxing but can’t quite make it.

Gibey would do well with an active household. Though we have not yet ventured outside, he is constantly roaming around the house, exploring. He also loves to play tug-of-war and fetch. A home with another playful dog or someone home most of the time to keep him out of trouble and socialized is needed for this young boy.

Cats and small critters unknown.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Gitiana

Gitana (in Spanish 'gypsy girl or woman') is a gorgeous young female GSD with a sleek bi-color coat of black and fawn, and distinct silver markings around her ears. She came to us as an owner surrender from a family that was no longer able to keep her we estimate her to be approximately 10-11 months old. Gitana is on the smaller size, but has long legs and an athletic and slender build, weighing in at about 55#.

It took a while for Gitana to figure out the whole idea of housebreaking. But after a few initial accidents, she seems to have figured it out. As long as she's let out regularly she is very good about going outside to do her business. She loves to run around outside with her foster pack, as much as she loves to hang out around them in the house. Despite her diminutive size, she can hold her own in play battles and chase sessions with her larger foster pack mates.

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

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Goose

Goose is a 1 1/2 year old white male Shepherd with a gorgeous long coat. He came to us by way of a local trainer who was working with him through a board and train after his prior owner entered hospice and could no longer care for him. We don't know much about his background.

When Goose first came to us, he was a little unsure of new people and experiences. While this has improved, he may take time to warm up to some humans. Adding a leash or slip lead encourages him to follow along with confidence. He walks nicely on a leash with just the occasional correction needed if he gets a little bit too excited.

Upon arrival into our program, he suffered from persistent loose stools. Multiple treatments have resulted in significant improvement. However, his treatments will continue until we establish an appropriate maintenance regimen. Thus far, this has not affected his ability to gain weight and remain active. Currently, his monthly medications cost approximately $80. We are working with veterinarian to develop a lower overall monthly maintenance plan.

Goose loves to play with other dogs! He will happily play with anyone he can engage. At times his persistence can be overwhelming to some dogs, so supervision is recommended to remind him to maintain respectful boundaries.

Goose is crate trained and sleeps nicely through the night in a crate in his foster mom's room. He is house broken with the use of the doggie door and has nice house manners. He is still a bit of a playful puppy at times and if he isn't getting enough attention, he has been known to grab something from inside that doesn't belong to him in an effort to create a game of chase. Goose may be do okay as an only dog in an active household, but a home where he had another playmate would be ideal to help him burn off any extra mischievous energy.

Goose would make a great addition to a family that is able to provide regular activity and continued training.

Cats and small critters unknown.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Grizzly

Grizzly is a pretty 5-6 year old female with a black and red long coat, and is a perfect weight at 64 pounds. She was surrendered to a local shelter along with siblings from the same household and the dogs had been kept outdoor with little socialization.

Grizzly is housebroken and uses a dog door. She is crate trained. As long as other dogs are along, Grizzly enjoys car rides.

This girl is very aloof and does not seek out people for attention, however she seems to enjoy lying nearby her person whenever she sits down. She can be uncertain in new environments and with new people. She enjoys being with other dogs of all sizes and therefore must go into a home with one or more other dogs. Grizzly has moderate energy and is overall a calm, quiet girl.

Grizzly walks well on leash and seems to enjoy her walks. Her forever home must continue her low impact exercise and should appreciate Grizzly's aloof nature.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Grover

Grover is an approximately 18 month old sable boy that came to us as a stray from a local shelter, so nothing is known of his background. He was extremely underweight after receiving GI surgery at the shelter for a bowel obstruction and is slowly putting weight on, but still has a ways to go. He is up to 60 lbs from less than 50 lbs upon arrival. With so much weight to gain, he is always on the lookout for food. He has learned to sit and wait for his food dish but often has to be reminded if he is hungry enough.

Don't let this skinny frame fool you, he still has plenty of energy to keep everyone busy. Grover's favorite past time includes playing ball as often as possible. He will bring the ball back for more, more, more all hours of the day if his human is willing to play too. Grover isn't good about sharing the ball with other dogs, so it's best to not bring the ball out if another dog is nearby until/unless Grover can learn to share. He is currently living in a house with a male and female German Shepherd and plays really well with them when the balls are put up. Being a puppy he still needs to learn not to put his teeth on people. At his current foster home it isn't a problem because there are firm boundaries and rules.

Grover is a little submissive and is not always outgoing and energetic when he encounters a new experience. However, with a little patience, he will quickly adapt to any new environment and experience. Grover walks well on a leash and is happy to go out on any adventure with his human companion. He sleeps well in a crate at night but once the sun is back up, he is back up and ready to play some more.

Grover will do best as a working dog or in a very active home. Obedience training is strongly recommended so he learns to follow commands and obey social rules. He may do well as an only dog.

Cats and small critters unknown.

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

Updated June 2021

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Hennessy

Hennessy is a black male puppy, likely mixed with Labrador Retriever, whose owner surrendered him along with five siblings, Tanqueray, Bean, Banner, Buckee and Blu Boy. Their birthdate is March 1, 2021.

Hennessy is a very playful pup that is interested exploring his surroundings. At this time he is not potty trained, but for the most part will go to the bathroom on the puppy pee pads. He loves to sleep with a stuffed dog stuffy. When he is not sleeping he is wrestling with his brother Tanq. They are being fostered in a home with other dogs (large and medium sized) and cats. They are curious about both and try to get them to play.

A home with puppy raising experience and with another dog to serve as a role model and keep him company would be ideal.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Updated May 2021

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Howard

Howard is an adorable sable male weighing 25-30 lbs and one of our Aviation Litter puppies born 7/24/21 in our foster care. He went into a home with a toddler but, with his sharp puppy teeth and still jumping, he was too much to have with this young child.

Howard uses a dog door and is completely housebroken. He has learned the sit command and gives his paw to shake hands. He likes to chase toys that are thrown for him but doesn't always bring it back. He likes to play in the water bowl and drinks a lot of water too. He has lots of puppy energy, but then needs to spend a lot of time napping as his body is growing quickly. He is not a fan of being picked up or being restrained by a hug is still an affectionate pup. He loves rolling around on the carpet and playing but he still hasn't learned not to bite when playing so lots of toys to redirect his mouth is a must. His favorite toys are stuffed animals and bears, but not too fond of tennis balls. He has been with small dogs and cats and did well, but does want to chase the cats when they run.

A home with another playful dog would be ideal for Howard. As a puppy, he still has a short attention span and will randomly chase after a leaf or butterfly when outdoors. We wait until the puppies are at least 6 months old before neutering so a longer trial period will be needed as we are required to spay and neuter all of our dogs and puppies before being adopted. During this time, we expect the new family to provide continued training and socialization.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Jettison

Jettison is a large, all black male about four years old who weighs approximately 88 pounds. He was abandoned in front of a local animal shelter in a crate, so nothing is known of his past. The tips of his ears have been bitten by flies, which means he was probably left outside a lot. The tips of his ears are nicely rounded but don't bother him.

He was house trained when he came to us with nice house manners. He was left alone in the house with the adult female German Shepherd when other dogs were taken for a walk and he did great. There are two other other male German Shepherds in the foster home and there's been a bit of grumbling, so at the moment, all four dogs will not be left unsupervised. He's not very fond of going into a crate (possibly because he was left in front of the shelter in one). His foster home is gently working on the crate situation. Jettison has quickly learned to love being inside with his human and other foster dogs. He came to us overweight so he is also on a diet now. He has low to medium energy but that may change just a bit when he loses weight. He likes stuffed animals, rides well in the car and is learning the 'go potty' command. He is currently living in a foster home with 3 German Shepherd's and does very well with them under supervision by the foster mom. He sleeps very quietly all night in his foster's bedroom. He knows some basic commands, heels well and greats humans nicely. He has a very thick coat and he likes to be brushed.

This gentle giant would love to be adopted by a kind, loving human. Obedience training is recommended to help build trust.

Cats and small critters are unknown.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Jonathan

Jonathan, aka Johnny, is a distinguished older black and tan boy with a gray muzzle who came out of a local shelter so we don’t know his history. He is likely about 7-8 years old, but still has the spirit and heart of a youngster. He is living in a foster home with two younger German Shepherds and another older GSD and met all of his four-legged housemates nicely. When the youngsters play, he is right in the mix with this vocal participation and goofy antics.

Living indoors appears to be new to Johnny, but he caught on quickly and adapted to the household routine. He is housebroken with use of a doggie door and sleeps quietly in his crate at night (although, he can also be trusted to sleep uncrated). When his foster mom is at work, he is trusted with access to the house/yard along with the resident dogs (with the kitchen trash can being the only casualty!)

He loves to be in the company of his human, and will find a comfortable spot to nap near his foster mom when she’s working. He is affectionate without being pesky, and he redirects easily with verbal corrections. This fairly mellow older guy is looking for a home to include him in their lifestyle and activities – he’s already shown his foster family that even at his age, he still has a lot to offer! He is currently living in a home with both indoor and outdoor cats, so he may be able to live with dog savvy cats.

Small critters are unknown.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Kyda

Kyda is a 7 year old long haired female. She was an owner surrender who spent all her life in a backyard with three other German Shepherds. As a result, she had no knowledge of indoors or walks outside her yard. She has been picking up the indoor life quite well. She learned the stairs within a few days, and with only one accident, she now appears to be housebroken, with the use of a dog door. She is also learning how to go on walks and she walks calmly next to her human. She will go into a crate, but it is not her favorite thing, however, she does get crated when the family is out and she has been fine. Kyda sleeps in the bedroom with her foster parents.

Kyda is very uncertain of new humans initially, men more than women. She shies away from big arm/hand movements, but when she gets to know you, she is very affectionate. Kyda is a very sweet girl and takes instruction quite well. She will be an easy dog to train. She shares the foster home with another German Shepherd alum of GCGSR and does well with her.

Kyda is currently overweight and is on a weight reduction regime. This includes daily walks and two smaller meals a day. Although she is large, she is a slow, picky eater.

Cats and small critters unknown.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Lucinda

Lucinda (aka Luci) is a beautiful sleek black female. She is about 4 years old and is on the petite side weighing in about 55-60lbs. This sweet girl came to us through a local area shelter so nothing is known about her background.

Luci lives with other large male and female shepherds in her foster home. This girl tries very hard to get one of the other dogs to play with her. She plays rough and is very vocal, so any other dogs in her forever home would need to appreciate her play style, as she can bet very determined to play with them. We think she could be an only dog as well.

Luci is affectionate, and likes to be near her people, and while she is content to lay at your feet in the evenings, she is not a clingy girl. Luci rides nicely in the car, and likes to go on walks. She doesn't seem to have any formal leash training, however she is easy to walk, and is content to walk at your side.

Luci is housebroken and sleeps quietly in her crate at night. She apparently was allowed on furniture and in bed in her past life. She also likes to put her paws up on the kitchen counters to check out what you are doing. She is learning to keep her feet on the floor!

Luci would like a home that will continue her socialization and training.

No cats or small furry critters

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

Updated May 2021

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LuLu Bell

LuLu Bell is a 1 1/2 year old bi-colored female. She has a little something besides Shepherd in her, which gives her an extra-sweet personality. She came to us when when she injured her eye and her owners couldn't afford the surgery to remove it. She is all healed now and doesn't seem to notice the loss.

She does not like cats, but gets along great with other dogs. She walks well on leash and loves walks and car rides. She is well behaved indoors and out. She tolerates sleeping in a crate, but prefers to sleep on a dog bed.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Maize

Maize is an adorable little Black and Tan female puppy who was left at a local shelter with 11 littermates. All pups went into rescue, 8 of them with GCGSR. She is approximately 8-10 weeks old, but appears to be one of the smallest in the litter. Six of the pups came to the Sacramento area and given Thanksgiving themed names-Cranberry, Giblet, Green Bean, Maple, and Pumpkin. Siblings Bronco and Joy are in the Modesto area.

Maize appeared very under-socialized when she first came to us, but very quickly became social with both the dogs and humans in her foster home. She is a normal pup of that age who spends her time playing and napping. She is allowed limited access in the home and while her foster mom is working, she entertains herself with her various toys. She uses her mouth to play, and needs to be re-directed to her toys when she bites fingers or anything else inappropriate. Since she is still learning, her sharp little teeth may be too much for very young children.

She sleeps in the crate all night, only whining the first night. With the door left open, she will also occasionally put herself to bed for a nap, but she has also grown fond of sleeping on a dog bed next to her foster mom's desk. She is working on housebreaking, and she will run outside to do her business if let out. In her foster home, she has also started interacting and playing with the 'big dogs' and is learning that the cats are not willing playmates.

Maize loves following her human and the pitter patter of little feet is a common sound in her foster home. Maize learns quickly and continued socialization and training will make her a wonderful family addition.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Marmaduke

Marmaduke is an approximately 4 yo male Golden German Shepherd weighing about 75 lbs. Found as a stray, we do not have insight into his past. He comes with a pair of delightful ears that will bring a smile to everyone he greets. This endearing feature also happens to fit his overall easy-going nature.

This boy does not exhibit high-drive. In fact, toys and treats are not essential commodities in his daily routine. When encountering new situations, he shows hesitancy but will choose to engage with your calm encouragement and direction. The indoor life was initially strange for him, but he has rapidly become accustomed to all the comforts of his home.

Marmaduke does very well in the company of other dogs, both large and small. As with many dogs, supervision is recommended to prevent too many of his canine companions coming into his personal space until he gets to know them. His absolute joy, no doubt, is your simple company. He has overcome a fence to get to his human only to knock at the front door to join his family. Once in your presence, he will lie down with quiet contentment.

This guy is learning the joys of daily walks and car rides, much like a child discovering an amusement park. He is housebroken with use of a dog door, and calmly enter his crate where he sleeps quietly through the night. Continued engagement and introductions to new experiences will allow Marmaduke to enjoy a future of partnership and discovery.

Cats and small critters unknown.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Updated July 2021

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Nutmeg

Nutmeg is an approximately 2-3 year old black/tan beauty who is a nice medium size at around 65 pounds. She came from an area shelter, so nothing is known of her background, and she even spent a bit of time on their adoption floor waiting for a family of her own. This sweet girl was overlooked at the shelter but has become a House Princess in her foster home and finally has a chance to show off her sweet nature.

She met the other 3 other German Shepherds in her foster home nicely and was not shy about jumping right in when they rough-house and chase each other. She can sometimes get a little competitive for attention but responds to a reminder that she needs to share her humans. While Nutmeg craves attention from her human and is confident in her doggie interactions, she also tends to adopt a submissive posture when given instructions or corrections. Once she realizes she will not be punished inappropriately, she concedes and follows direction, and this behavior is diminishing as she becomes clearer on what is expected of her and her role in the pack. Nutmeg is also living with 3 indoor cats and is respectful of them. Sometimes she appears curious, but a 'leave it' command will redirect her.

She will go into her crate when asked and sleeps quietly all night, and she has also slept on a dog bed next to her foster mom's bed. She uses a doggie door to go outside, and if the door is closed, will wait patiently by the door to be let out. While past the puppy chewing phase, on occasion she can't seem to resist food wrappers that are within her reach. As with many German Shepherds, she can be a bit 'mouthy' when engaging so young children may not be appropriate playmates for this spirited girl.

Nutmeg's shelter records indicate that she has hip dysplasia on both sides, but fortunately she does not seem to be exhibiting outward symptoms and does not appear to be in pain. A healthy diet to maintain an ideal weight, vitamin supplements, as well as regular exercise to keep the muscles around the joints strong will help to manage her condition.

This sweet, affectionate girl is waiting for a home to call her own that will continue her socialization and training.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Updated March 2021

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Patch

Patch is a super fun loving, bouncy 7 year old red and black male. He currently weighs in at 95 lbs and could use a few more pounds. When Patch joined GCGSR he was severely malnourished, had plenty of missing hair, and had a skin allergy. He has since regrown most of his hair and his skin issues have cleared up. Patch came from a Central Valley residence and not much is know about his past. What we do know is that he was adopted out roughly 3 years ago and had not been cared for well.

Patch loves to play and really enjoys being around people. He was a quick introduction to our resident shepherds and malamute with no issues. Patch also enjoys the company of our two resident cats, which can often be seen nuzzling on his nose or cuddling in for an evening nap. He loves to go for car rides and does not get sick on the winding roads home. He greets other dogs and strangers nicely. He does not appear to have any food, guarding, or leash reactivity at this time. This boy is potty trained, uses the dog door, can sleep quietly in a crate at night, or just left alone in the house without issue.

Patch has tested positive for heartworm and is currently going through treatment. He is roughly one month into his four month treatment cycle. It is possible for this love bug to be adopted to the right home, providing the new owners are willing to follow the medical guideline for treatment and care, which involves crating and reduced activity.

If you are looking for a super fun, goofy, and loving big boy, then Patch may be just the dog for you.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Updated May 2021

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Sal

Sal is a 3-year-old male. He came to us last year with a broken leg. UC Davis was able to surgically repair the leg and it is completely healed now. He was adopted out for a few months, but was returned when they realized he was a bit too much for their energetic 6-year-old daughter and their frequent visitors.

Sal is a happy, goofy boy that loves other dogs. His favorite game is playing chase with them. When given daily exercise, he settles quickly indoors, relaxing on a dog bed with a toy. He is good with dog-savvy cats that won't run. He did great with the calm 10-year-old daughter in the adopted home.

He is crate trained and can be trusted alone in the house for short periods. He does fine outside or in his crate when necessary. He is shy with new people, but quite the cuddler with people he knows.

He has had some issues with letting strangers in the house. On leash he responds nicely to correction. He has learned to sit for his meals, and to sit before being let in/out of the house.

Sal needs a home with another playful dog to be his buddy. He is looking for someone that is familiar with the over-protectiveness that German Shepherds can exhibit and is prepared to continue working on this with him. He does best with calm, but assertive, leadership.

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

Updated January 2021

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Sheena

Sheena is approximately 4 months old. She and her siblings were found in a dumpster and apparently had little interaction with people.

She is very shy and afraid of people. After working with her for a few weeks, now she will come for treats, but gets just close enough to take it from your hand. She doesn't trust enough to be pet just yet.

Sheena loves other dogs! She is happy and playful with them. She enjoys hanging out with them and feels more secure with another dog nearby. She can be too playful with cats and needs to be separated from them at times.

She is looking for a home where someone has lots of time to spend with her making her feeling comfortable and patiently teaching her to trust. A male dog in the home will be very helpful to be an example for her. Positive training and consistency will help her know her place in the household and give her security.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Shelly

Shelly is an adorable black and tan plush coated, 4 month old female. She was originally found in a dumpster with three siblings and brought to a local shelter. Given her rough start in life, this girl is very shy and loves other dogs but she's still getting used to humans. Although timid at times she will come to get treats held in an extended hand about fifty percent of the time. She is generally content to lay in her human's lap although it can take some convincing.

Shelly is crate trained and generally potty trained but ,due to her shyness, doesn't always clearly alert her humans that she needs to be let out. She would do best with another older more confident dog to show her the ropes and help to bring her out of her shell. Regular exercise and obedience training can also help tire her and help bond her to her people.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Sophia

Sophia is a 5-6 month old white female. She was a stray from a local shelter so nothing is known of her short past.

Sophia is being fostered in a home with multiple dogs big and small and gets along with all of them. She is a very fun loving, playful girl. Sophia walks great on leash.

Sophia sleeps in a crate all night. She is almost potty trained with consistent trips to the yard. If you are looking for a fun loving smart dog Sophia might be your girl. Sophia does require a residence with a dog of similar size and play style.

Cats are unknown.

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

Updated May 2021

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Spritz

Announcing the debut of latest Princess, Miss Spritz. She is a delightful 4 yo Sable female. Found stray, we do not know details about her past other than the fact that she suffered from chronic bilateral ear infections. With the generous support from TEAM (Teaching Everyone Animals Matter, a local non-profit organization), she received necessary surgical care which involved the removal of both ear canals. This procedure left her with two floppy ears; however, this adds soulful charm to her irresistible face. One thing for certain, this does not stop her from enjoying life to her fullest.

Daily walks and car rides have become familiar in her routine and have allowed her to build strength and stamina. She bursts with delight when she reunites with her human or engages in a game of ball. She can also switch into an impressive 'play-mode' with some of her canine friends, yet will settle rapidly onto her dog bed or open crate with respectful house manners.

This gal has a gentle personality that quickly warms up to meeting all people and dogs (large and small). Her craving for human company and need for reassurance can, however, obstruct one's personal space even when unexpected. Spritz will therefore do best in a home with the guidance of another dog that offers her the comfort she needs. She is housebroken and quite skilled using the dog door. During the night, she sleeps calmly in her crate.

The surgery left Spritz with limited hearing, although she does capture certain frequencies. She is learning to respond to hand and light signals, and takes welcomed guidance from her canine pack friends. Care is taken to avoid startling her when she is napping. Due to suspected food allergies which likely contributed to her ear condition, she is maintained on a supportive diet.

Few dogs possess such a charming demeanor as this gal. She will melt your heart when she gazes into your eyes with her grateful soul.

Cats and small critters are unknown.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Updated July 2021

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Stella

Stella is a 3 to 4 year old female. She is a sizeable girl weighing about 85 pounds. Stella came into rescue when her owner could no longer care for her.

Stella lived in her previous home with a small dog and a cat. She is an affectionate dog that keeps a close eye on her person. Stella walks beautifully on a leash, and off leash, has a perfect recall. She sleeps quietly in her crate at night, and appears to be housebroken. She rides great in a car, happily jumping in, ready to go for a ride.

She is fairly neutral, mostly ignoring strangers that may approach, and focuses on her person instead. She is somewhat playful with other respectful dogs, but could easily be an only dog too.

Stella is looking for a home with someone home most of the time, and a home that will include her in daily activities.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Suarez

Suarez is a handsome 3 to 5 year old sable male. He came to us through a local shelter so little is known of his background. He originally tested as heart-worm positive but has successfully completed his treatment.

While Suarez can be nervous in new environments and with new people, once he gets comfortable, this young boy is very affectionate and just wants to be with his humans. He loves car rides.

Suarez is always excited to go out for walks and walks well on a leash. He knows some basic commands such as sit and has learned to sit and wait for his food or to come in from outside.

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

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Sven

Sven is a handsome 5 year old Black and Tan male. He came to us from a local shelter so nothing is known about his background.

Sven has nice house manners and enjoys the use of the dog door in his foster home. He plays nicely with the female shepherd in his home and respects her boundaries. When she lets him know play time is over he will wander back to the human companions and find a nice spot to hang out near them.

Sven sleeps nicely in the crate at night in his foster mom's bedroom but can also be trusted to sleep free. He will let you know when he is ready to get up for the day but always checks in to say good morning before running outside to do his business.

This sweet and affectionate boy loves to be with his human. He is not particularly food-motivated but he lives for praise and affection from people. Sven can be cautious and uncertain in a new environment or experience but his easy going nature helps him get through it with a little bit of patience and structure from his handler.

Sven has not been tested with children, cats or other small critters in his foster home.

Continued structure and affection will help this loving boy thrive in his new forever home.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Tabina

Tabina is a 3-month-old female, sister to Trenton and Teeka. She was born in foster care and shortly thereafter contracted parvo. She fought it off successfully without showing symptoms. She has passed her quarantine period and is now looking for her own home.

Tabina is the most outgoing of the siblings. She loves other dogs and people. She is curious with cats, but quickly leaves them to find something else to play with. She is learning to sleep in a crate and other house manners.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Tahlia

Tahlia is a 3-month-old female, sister to Tabina and Trenton. She was born in foster care and shortly thereafter contracted parvo. She got quite sick, but has fully recovered. She is now ready for her own home.

Tahlia is outgoing and loves people. She loves other dogs and is learning not to pester them. She is curious with cats, but quickly moves on to something else. She is still on the thin side, but should soon catch up now that she's healthy. She is learning to sleep in a crate and other house manners.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Tammy

Tammy is a 5 month old black and tan female. Her previous owner was told by the landlord they couldn't keep her, so she was surrendered to us.

Tammy's a happy, energetic, quirky, loving puppy. She loves human interaction, Is very sweet and mild tempered, with the occasional puppy outburst of joy and frolics.

She is great with children of all ages, just needs a reminder to not jump on them at first introduction. Loves other dogs of all sizes and will play for hours on end, if given the chance.

Already house broken and crate trained. Settles down nicely in the house. Is quickly learning basic commands as well as walking on a leash.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Tanqueray

Tanqueray is a black male puppy, likely mixed with Labrador Retriever, whose owner surrendered him along with five siblings, Hennessy, Bean, Banner, Buckee and Blu Boy. Their birthdate is March 1, 2021.

Tanqueray is very playful when he works up the courage to check out his surroundings. He can be shy at first, but once he realizes it, he loves to explore and chew on things. At this time he refuses to use the pee pad and goes wherever he can find a spot. When he is not sleeping or chewing on toys he is wrestling with his brother Hennessy. He is fostered in a home with other dogs (large and medium sized) and cats. They are curious about both and try to get them to play.

A home with puppy raising experience and with another dog to serve as a role model and keep him company would be ideal.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Updated May 2021

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Teeka

Teeka is a 3-month-old female, sister to Tabina and Trenton. She was born in foster care and shortly thereafter contracted parvo. She got quite sick, but has fully recovered and tested negative. She is now looking for her own home.

Teeka is outgoing and loves people. She loves other dogs and is learning not to pester them. She is curious with cats, but quickly leaves them to find something else to investigate. She is learning to sleep in a crate and other house manners.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Titus

Titus came to us with seemingly little life experience, so everything is new to him. He is sometimes insecure and will whimper when he's uncertain. He meets people easily, both at home and in public. He is initially slightly anxious but settles quickly and walks nicely on a loose leash.

He lives with three other German Shepherds, GCGSR foster dog Glenlivet, and 3 cats. He is a playful boy who loves to rough house with his pack mates and is respectful of the cats with only an occasional reminder not to try to engage with them. He gets along splendidly with his playmates but also sees them as competition for his human's attention. He will sometimes whine and frantically try to make himself the center of attention, but is learning that patience and good behavior will earn the desired consideration from his human. When his foster mom leaves the house, he can be heard crying for a short time, but soon quiets with comfort from his canine friends and has never been destructive. He is anxious in public when other dogs are around, so continued socialization will help him conquer his insecurities.

Titus learned house rules quickly and at mealtime will go to his spot, sit, and wait patiently for his food. He uses a doggie door to go in and out and crates easily at bedtime. His favorite spot is wherever his human is, so he will make use of the dog beds throughout the house to stay close to his foster mom. He loves to ride in the car and relishes any activity where he can be with his people. Continued training and socialization will help Titus gain confidence, and this loyal, affectionate boy will be a wonderful companion.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Updated May 2021

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Trenton

Trenton is a 3-month-old male, brother to Tabina and Teeka.. He was born in foster care and shortly thereafter contracted parvo. He fought it off successfully without showing symptoms, so he is the largest of the puppies. He has passed his quarantine period and is now looking for his own home.

Trenton is a bit shy to new people, but warms up quickly. He loves other dogs. He is curious with cats, but quickly leaves them to find something else to investigate. He is learning to sleep in a crate and other house manners.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Tres

Tres is a gorgeous, petite female weighing about 30 lbs at 6 months old. By her tan coloring, she appears to be part Belgian Malinois. She came to us through a local shelter where she arrived with a badly injured front leg from being hit by a car. She was taken to an emergency vet where her left front leg was amputated. Being young helped in a quick recovery and she doesn't act like she realizes she's any different than than the four legged dogs in her foster home.

She keeps up with the dogs at the foster home, even wrestling around with one large male, as he enjoys "sharing" his toys with her. She is close to fully housebroken and has conquered the doggy door like a champ. She will kennel in the bedroom at night yet would prefer to hang out with her foster humans. She is hesitant walking on a leash near cars, following her traumatic accident. We have gone on some walks, and she's getting the hang of it.

This little girl adores playing with her foster humans as much as she adores playing with her foster pack. She can be described as being 3 legs and all heart. She is curious and loving and will make an amazing addition to a family. She is a joy!

Cats and small critters unknown.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Vito

Vito is a good looking 3.5 month old Belgian Malinois mix. He's a dark tan with black and big upright ears.

He's fostered with his brother Fredo (a lighter tan boy), an adult male German Shepherd and an adult female German Shepherd. He barks at dogs he sees from a distance but is fine meeting them. This pup is the alpha of the two and needs to be corrected for growing at his brother when they eat. He takes correction easily but needs to be reminded frequently.

He's very affectionate and tolerant of handling. He's got a lot of energy and has shown some agility by climbing out of a 3.5' high x-pen and onto a 3' sitting wall on his first day. He sleeps through the night with his brother in a crate, but is not yet housebroken.

Continuing his socialization and enrolling in obedience is a must for this boy. A home with another playful dog is preferred.

Cats and small critters unknown.

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

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Willa

Willa is an adorable sable female with one ear standing. She came into this world on 7/24/21 born to Amelia and surrounded by six brothers and a sister. We named the litter the Aviation litter and each had a name related to a pilot or astronaut. Originally Willa was one of the larger puppies and played very rough with her siblings. Now in a foster home as the only puppy living with an adult female German Shepherd and a large adult male German Shepherd, Willa acts more insecure and runs if they try to engage her in play.

She is on her way to being housebroken and sleeps through the night in a crate. She loves being with her people. She tends to follow the female Shepherd around and it has helped her explore the yard. Once Willa is comfortable in her surroundings and with new people, she engages and wants attention. A home with another confident male would be ideal for Willa. As a puppy, she still has a short attention span and will randomly chase after a leaf or butterfly when outdoors. She still jumps up on people and is beginning her chewing stage, so lots of toys to distract her is critical. Willa loves stuffed toys, balls and chew toys. She has begun chasing and chewing on her tail. We correct her whenever we see it, as it can be a bad habit/cycle for her to get into. She spends a great deal of her day sleeping as she's growing like a weed.

She is still too young to be spayed or have her rabies vaccine, so a potential adopter will have a longer trial period as she must be spayed before she can be fully adopted. During that time, we expect her to continue her socialization with people and other dogs and begin her basic training.

Cats and small critters unknown.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Willow

Willow came into a local animal shelter with 4 brothers and sisters, however little is know about her past. She is approximately 5 months old and weights about 30 lbs. This girl uses a doggy door to go potty and signals to go out. She may have an occasional accident if you do not recognize her signals, but is getting better day by day. She enjoys eating and sleeping in a crate at night and rests quietly throughout the evening.

Willow is currently being fostered with 4 other shepherds and gets along nicely with all of them. She is respectful of the two dog savvy cats and does not engage in chase. Willow does not get sick on winding car rides and settles down nicely. She often goes to work with her foster dad and is great in the office.

This girl is very affectionate and loves belly rubs. She has the World's Fastest licker and will smother you with kisses of happiness. She walks nicely on a loose leash with great eye contact. Often when you stop walking, she will sit along side and watch you. She is not mouthy and will be an amazing addition to someone's family. A home with puppy raising experience that will continue training and socializing would be ideal. Having a well behaved male dog would be preferred for Willow's forever home.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Updated June 2021

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Wylie

Wylie is a stunning 1 yo sable female Shepherd mix weighing approximately 60 lbs. Despite her unknown past, she is packed with delightful confidence and ready to share greetings with anyone she meets. Her approach is kind and curious, and she seems to rapidly detect one's appreciation of her exotic beauty. This is, after all, the cover of her 'eager-to-jump-into-life' storybook.

When meeting other dogs, both large and small, she has no hesitation to say 'Hello' and will do her best to find a willing playmate to join her in zesty play. Wylie has a unique ability to engage and quickly accommodate her partner's playstyle with delightful fun and respect. She enjoys interacting with other dogs one-on-one or engage in cooperative group-style play. Get ready for entertainment as you watch her sleek physique romp with athletic skill.

When not in the company of other dogs, her energy is ideally managed with daily walks or runs along with a variety of social exposures. Her athletic physique makes car traveling a joyful adventure with ease. While she is always ready to join you in the 'next activity', she will calmly settle in the home on her dog beds when given her daily exercise. She is very affectionate and, on occasion, may decide she belongs on your lap for unexpected cuddle time. She also enjoys entertaining herself with Nyla bones and dog toys, but thinks 'fetch with a ball' should be left to Labrador retrievers.

Wylie does well in the company of her foster brother while her human is at work and has very good house manners. When she reunites with her human, she may occasionally jump up with excitement. This rapidly diminishes with consistent corrections while she learns her human will return in the daily household routine.

In the evening, she calmly enters her crate where she sleeps quietly all night. She is housebroken and is accustomed to using a dog door. This gal is a quick learner who will add fun and spice to an active household.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Zappo

Meet Zappo, an 18-24 month old Belgian Malinois with a dark face. He is housebroken, crate trained, and rides nicely in the car. He has lived with smaller dogs and children.

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

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Zelda A

Zelda is a higher energy, spirited, happy, and sweet girl about 5 to 7 years old. She is not a dog for a first-time owner but would be a great addition for a family with German Shepherd or similar breed experience who understands the need for structure, leadership, and training. She should not go to a home with young children due to a strong herding instinct.

Zelda gets along well with the other dogs in her foster home but you won't have squirrels or cats in your yard if she has her way. She can be a little dominate over a submissive pack mate so she would do best as an only dog or with a confident male.

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

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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)

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The benefits of a German Shepherd—loyalty, protectiveness and eagerness, to name a few—come from careful obedience training and authority. Everyone in the household must be prepared to show “authority” and earn the dog’s respect with a firm but loving touch. They do not respond to negativity or anger. Once achieved, this respect may need to be earned again and again.

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