More about Fern


Fern is a 7 year-old GSP with medium level energy needs; however, we believe an active household with an active family will be a good match for her.  A fenced yard with another dog will be wonderful, BUT NO CATS or smaller animals that are allowed to wonder freely in your home.  Very good with children.


Fern (also known as Fernie) is a beautiful, all liver GSP that has only been with ISR a short time, so we’re still learning about her as each day passes.   So far, we know she’s extremely sweet, loving, and adores being with her 12-year old foster brother.  She’s very happy snuggling with him any time she finds him at home, and she especially loves sleeping with him.  She’s approximately 7 years old and is spayed.

Fern is very good with children and has lived with children from the ages of 5 through 12.  She’s very friendly, tolerant, and loving with children, but NOT with cats or animals she considers prey.  She’s highly prey-driven so beware to all those little backyard critters…probably best to give Fern a wide berth if she’s out getting good sniffs.  She’s also very smart and eager to learn and please…very GSP-like in those ways.  She’s crate-trained and already knows what sit, come, down, and leave it mean.  Fern does pretty well on leash walks; however she tends to pull a bit, so more training and time on leash walks will be helpful. 

Fernie really enjoys being with other dogs and will do well in a house with other doggy brothers or sisters, but she’ll be fine as an “only child”, too. She currently lives with 2 other GSPs and a 12-year old boy; she’s found her way into his heart and his bed. J  She hasn’t displayed aggressive behaviors toward people or other dogs with her food or toys, but she does try to eat her doggy siblings’ food, as well as her own.  She’s a bit of a food gobbler (including her treats) and happily jumps in to finish up for her 4-legged siblings (tsk, tsk).

Her foster family says she’s a very happy girl and shows you how happy she is with her cute little “wiggle butt”!  Her favorite pastime is snuggling and loving with her foster family.  She’ll often “budge” right in front of or between her GSP siblings to make sure she gets her share of snuggles and pets first.  She also thinks she’s a lapdog, wanting to be as close as she can get to you.  At 50+ pounds, she’s a bit heavy for this, but you won’t convince her of that.

If Fern isn’t getting snuggles, she loves to run in the yard and play with balls, ropes, Nylabones, sticks, flip-flops, etc.  Get the picture?  Pretty much anything she can get in her mouth runs the risk of becoming a Fernie toy.

We’ve mentioned Fern already knows several basic commands, but as with all of our rescues, we believe that Fern will, like most dogs heading for a new home and environment, benefit if her new family attends behavior/obedience classes with her.  The benefits of this type of training are many…bonding, instruction, understanding, etc.  Additional training will also help her learn better manners on her daily leash walks. 

Fern’s foster mom has loads of positive things to say about Fern.  “She loves to snuggle, sniff your face, rest her head on you, is a wiggle butt, loves attention, and is easy-going.”  All in all, it appears our Fern is a very happy girl with a ton of positive traits.

If you’re familiar with the book Charlotte’s Web, then perhaps you thought of the little girl in the book when you saw Fern’s name on our website.  In the book, Fern loved Wilbur the pig and saved Wilbur’s life right before he was going to become somebody’s next meal.  Egads!  She argues with her father that a small piglet has a right to live and grow into an adult pig.  Yay Fern!  In thinking about Fern and what she does in the story, she sort of symbolizes what ISR believes and stands for, too, but with GSPs and not piglets.  We believe all GSPs have a right to live, grow, and have a happy, loving family, which is why we have our own Fern available for adoption for the right family.

Are you ready for Fern to become a part of your family?  If so, please contact ISR and we’ll be more than happy to give you more information and even set up a visit if you think you’re a good match for this special girl.

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

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MEET  wilder  (FOSTERED IN illinois)***ADOPTION PENDING***

More about Wilder


Wilder is a younger GSP (1.5) with medium level energy needs; however, we still feel an active household with an active family will be a good match for him.  A fenced yard and lots of love because he is a true Velcro GSP.  We’re not sure if he’s good with other dogs or cats because he isn't home with them at this time. Wilder is currently undergoing heartworm treatment.  



Wilder hasn’t been with us too long, but he’s made a favorable impression on his foster family AND the staff at his Veterinarian’s office.  He’s about  1 ½ years old, weighs about 65 pounds, and is a gorgeous black and white GSP who’s eager to learn and eager to please.  He loves being with his humans, getting as much love and affection from them that they’re willing to give.  He often seeks out their attention, making him a true Velcro GSP who will require a family prepared to provide him that extra bit of attention to ensure he’s a happy, well-adjusted boy.

Wilder rides like an old pro in a car and is crate-trained; staying in his crate at night for bedtime.  He hasn’t really shown much interest in dog toys and seems to prefer being with his foster parents being petted and loved.  We don’t think he had much actual “play time” with toys and doggy activities, but he’s very eager to learn and please.  We think if someone spends time with him and teaches him what fun doggy play can be, he’ll be more than happy to join in with these new activities and become a very good playmate for his new family.

Wilder’s a very friendly GSP and has won the hearts of the staff at his Vet’s office.  Wilder came to ISR as heartworm positive, so he’s spent more time than normal for most dogs under the care of the Vet staff, winning their hearts and their praise.  They all look forward to his visits and will surely miss him when his treatment is over and he moves in with his new forever family.  He’s happy, friendly, loving, and eager to please.  All the traits that make him so easy to fall in love with, and a perfect example of a GSP.

His foster dad says he really doesn’t seem to need a lot of exercise, but as we know, most GSPs require and thrive with exercise and attention, helping to keep them occupied, happy, and out of trouble caused by boredom.  So even though exercise doesn’t seem to be a huge need right now, Wilder will certainly do better and become a better all-around pet if he’s involved in regular exercise and family related activities.  As a Velcro GSP, time spent with family will be very important to his overall happiness, and a fenced yard will give him the freedom to explore and “hunt” around using the legendary GSP noise for some good backyard sniffs.

Like most dogs heading for a new home and environment, it’s advisable for his new family to take the time to attend behavior/obedience classes with Wilder, especially since he’s so young and hasn’t really had the training needed to help him understand basic commands.  The benefits of this type of training are many…bonding, instruction, understanding, etc.  Wilder is learning basic commands with his foster family, but will need additional training before he consistently understands and responds appropriately to them.  He’ll also benefit with daily leash walks to help him understand how to behave appropriately while on leash so all involved will be able to enjoy the activity each time you head out.  According to Wilder's foster dad, Wilder is really easy to traing for two reasons...#1 is that he's a true people pleaser, and #2 is that he's very, very food motivated.  Get the treats out and he's ready and raring to go; he'll be all ears and eager to get that treat! yes

As we’ve already mentioned, Wilder is a people pleaser and really wants to be a good boy for his fosters.  Interestingly (at least to the writer of this story), when conducting a search for something unusual or famous that’s tied to Wilder as a name, there’s a definition in the Urban Dictionary (a place to find the meaning of a word used as slang) that seems to fit our boy better than most.  Here’s part of the definition of a “Wilder” according to the online Urban Dictionary:

Definition of a Wilder:  A gorgeous man that will make you weak in the knees when he locks eyes with you. He is of Czech heritage, has beautiful thick dark hair, amazing eyes and is tall and lanky, with impeccable style. You will be pleasantly surprised that his gorgeous looks don't equal a cocky personality. He is humble, intelligent, open-minded, big-hearted and thoughtful.  He has a presence about him that makes both men and women do double-takes in public. It's hard to win over a Wilder, but he's worth trying, he's a gem!  Wilder is someone that every guy wants to be, and every girl wants to be with. If you can win a Wilder's heart, you are a very lucky girl indeed.

Now that we know a little bit about his personality and as we look at the pictures of this gorgeous boy, we think the Urban Dictionary is spot on about our Wilder!

Wilder is currently undergoing heartworm treatment and is expected to make a complete recovery with no complications.  He’s almost to the end of treatment and is ready for adoption.  If you’re curious about Wilder and are interested in knowing more about him, please contact us and we’ll be happy to accommodate you!

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

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More about Maximilian (a.k.a. Max)


Maximilian (Max) will flourish in an active household with a family who has the time to exercise him.  Great with other dogs but we are unsure if he is compatible with cats.  He seems to do well with children, and isn’t overly exuberant in his activity; meaning he’d probably be OK with small children, too.  A fenced yard and lots of love for this guy! 


Maximilian (Max) is a larger GSP (about 72 pounds) and is white with liver spots.  He’s about 4-5 years old and is a great big love bug who loves to give kisses.

Max is currently being fostered in Michigan and lives with 2 other GSPs.  He gets along wonderfully with them and truly loves his foster family.  He has a medium energy level and is prey-driven.  Squirrels and rabbits are very enticing to him…especially the squirrels.  Even when on walks, he’s ever vigilant and alert while anticipating his next sighting of these particularly interesting furry critters. 

Max loves playing with his GSP siblings, but his foster mom feels he’d be fine as an “only child” (4-legged that is), too.  While he does love his furry family, he actually seems to prefer being with his human family and soaking up all the loving and petting he can get from them – anytime, anywhere.  When one of his family members comes home after being away, they can count on Max to greet them at the door with a special “present” for them.   This present can range anywhere from a tug-of-war rope to a one of his many doggie toys – especially of the stuffed variety.  He loves walking around with a toy in his mouth; always on the ready for a few rounds of fetch; fetch is definitely one of his favorite things to play.

While Max very much enjoys his daily leash walks, he absolutely LOVES a fenced yard where he can run and explore on his own.   Running around, playing fetch, and getting and giving kisses pretty much sums up his ideal dream life.  His foster mom says he’s such an easy keeper and is a very sweet boy who is happy just to be with his people.

Max already knows these commands:  sit, stay, and come; however, we do believe he’d benefit from additional obedience/behavior training.  Like most dogs heading for a new home and environment, it’s advisable his new family take the time to attend behavior/obedience classes with Max.  The benefits of this type of training are many…bonding, instruction, understanding, etc.  These trainings will also help his new family learn how to get Max to respond consistently to all commands.

Max is crate-trained and doesn’t experience any separation anxiety, and he has never shown any aggressive behaviors with food or toys.  His favorite toys are those he can chew on…doggie chew toys, bones, and especially Kongs with peanut butter!  Nummy!  His foster mom says Max loves all of these things, but in the end, she feels his very favorite thing seems to be getting pets and love from his people.  She says, “Max is such a sweet boy who loves people.  He loves to spend time with his people and would love a family that would bring him along on their adventures.  Max is really a “turn-key” dog who doesn’t require much work.”  Like some homes are referred to as turn-key (move-in ready), our Max is move-in ready, too.  His new family will be adopting a very well-adjusted, loving, playful, happy, people-oriented GSP.

We often like to make comparisons to famous people in our stories when we write about our GSP rescues, and Maximilian (Max) is no exception.  For this guy, we found an interesting paragraph on the internet at that talks about what a special name this is for our special GSP.

“Maximilian is a gladiator of a name with a powerful history behind it. Maximilian I reigned as the Holy Roman Emperor from 1493 to 1519, while the Vienna-born Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph ruled as emperor of Mexico from 1864 to 1867. And thanks to Maximus Decimus Meridius, the fictional hero played by Russell Crowe in the hit movie Gladiator, the name leapt in the rankings between 2000 and 2001, and has been on the upward climb since then. If the full name is too domineering for you, the nickname Max is a sweeter and friendlier version.”

Max has found a special place in the hearts of his foster family and they’ve sent many positive thoughts and stories about him that we’d like to share with you.  Their words are the best way for you to understand what a real treasure Max will be for his new family.  From his fosters:  “Max is a great dog who will be happy to have a home with anyone who will give him lots of love and snuggles.  He wants to be a part of a fun-loving, adventurous family.  He travels well in the car and seems to enjoy going anywhere as long as he is with the people who love him.  He is very sweet and just loves life!”

Maximilian is waiting for his new forever family to come along and scoop him up…embrace him with tons of love, take him on his new forever journey, and provide him all the opportunities to explore and live the adventurous life he so deserves.  If that sounds like something you can do for this guy, then please contact us and we’ll do everything we can to set up a meeting for you and Max.  We’re sure you won’t be disappointed.

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

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More about Lucas (a.k.a. Luke)


Lucas will need an active household with a family who has the time to exercise him.  Great with other dogs but is not compatible with cats.  He previously lived in a household with teenagers.  A fenced yard and lots of love because he is a true Velcro GSP. 


Lucas (Luke) is a very handsome liver and white male GSP with a beautiful disposition.   He’s about 5 years old and weighs about 55 pounds.  His markings are gorgeous and he has a long, natural tail. 

Lucas is a Velcro GSP in every sense of the word.  If he isn’t running, he wants to be with you – on your lap, next to you on the sofa, with you on the chair, etc.  Anywhere you are is where you’ll find Lucas.  While he’s very much a true people dog, Lucas loves to play with his GSP sibling, too.  And play he does!  He’ll play until he’s “dog-tired” and then he becomes that cozy Velcro dog we spoke about.  His new family is going to be so lucky!

Lucas is lovingly known as Luke to his foster family.  Lucas or Luke, whichever name you chose is a win-win situation for everybody.  We say win-win because any dog that has both names undoubtedly commands great respect from movie goers all over the world.  If you’re not sure what movie(s) we’re referencing, think of Luke Skywalker and George Lucas. That’s right!  The phenomenal, bigger than life Star Wars movies; George Lucas created the Star Wars concept and Luke Skywalker was the central character and hero.  This comparison means our Lucas/Luke has big shoes (ahem…paws) to fill, and fill them he does.  He’s spectacular and a huge hit with everybody who’s been with him.

Lucas is prey-driven and loves to hunt for little backyard ground critters.  Squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, etc., are all fair game with Lucas on the prowl.  He’s very high energy, loves to run, and will play hard and enthusiastically; however he hasn’t shown any interest in dog toys, mostly running and hunting (sniffing).  His foster mom says, “this boy has some wheels, and if he sees something he considers prey, watch out, because he’s after it…and gone!”  In order to keep Lucas well exercised, he gets a lengthy walk, twice a day (even in rainy weather). Additionally, there are bouts of exercise that are off leash (supervised, contained area) where he can actually run and play at whatever pace he chooses.  However, when he’s tried, he’s a true lap-dog who wants to cuddle up with you and take a well-deserved rest.  Of course, while he’s resting in very close proximity to you, he also wants all the petting and love you’re willing to bestow upon him.  He’s a lover and can’t get enough of it.

Lucas hasn’t shown any aggressive tendencies with food, toys, or people.  His foster family has been working on teaching him the concept of personal space…that it’s OK if he’s not with people all the time.  But…we’re not sure he quite gets this concept and may be a Velcro dog forever; meaning Lucas’ new family will need to be OK with this guy wanting to be close by all the time. Wink Wink wink His foster mom says, “He wants and loooooves attention.  He is very interested in pleasing you, as long as he is exercised.”

We think our Lucas is every bit the celebrity as his famous namesakes and we can’t wait for you to meet him.  If you’re interest is piqued and you’d like to see Lucas, a.k.a. Luke can wield a light saber, then contact us and we’ll be happy to set something up.   P.S.  Spoiler Alert…sorry, but our Lucas can’t wield a light saber, but wouldn’t that be cool? LOL laugh

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

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More about Nash


Nash is younger GSP (approximately 3 years old) with a very high energy level.  He’s a love, but with an energy level at a strong 8 out of 10, it will be necessary to home Nash with a family who understands a lot of exercise must be part of his regular, DAILY schedule.  Nash is currently trained for an invisible fence; however, we recommend he have a yard with a physical fence to help restrain him inside obvious boundaries – his energy level could affect how he will adapt to new surroundings, so his containment will be a priority.  No small children (under 5) or small dogs (due to his high energy level).


Nash is a beautiful, sweet boy with a ton of love and ENERGY plus!  He’s approximately 3 years old and loves nothing more than playing fetch…with anything!  Check him out in the picture above where he’s waiting with “bated breath” for that huge stick to be thrown again! Silly boy!  He currently lives with another, younger GSP and they play constantly.  Nash’s energy level and rambunctiousness keep him from being the ideal GSP to be homed with small children (under 5) or small dogs.  Even though there’s not a mean bone in his body, his playfulness can make it very easy for him to accidentally hurt anything smaller than he is.  We’re not positive how Nash would be around cats, but his foster mom guesses cats will be seen as possible prey to Nash; making them fair game for a possible fetch toy. YIKES! 

Nash is a fast learner and wants to please.  He is already crate-trained and doesn’t show any anxiety when crated.  Commands he currently knows are: sit, fetch (his favorite), and his foster mom says he knows “come”, but doesn’t respond to it on a regular basis.

Nash has a high prey drive, especially with ground critters…squirrels, gophers, chipmunks, rabbits, etc.  He goes on high-alert if he sees one and acts like he’s just spotted an enemy that must be dealt with…now!  He sees these little furry animals as anything but his friends.  Even though he is highly prey driven, he doesn’t seem to be very interested in birds. 

In order to keep Nash happy and out of possible trouble created by boredom, it’s necessary to keep him active on a daily basis.  Exercise is his friend.  Playing fetch seems to be his favorite thing to do – any time with anything.  He’ll fetch balls, sticks, pine cones, Nylabones, Kongs, and anything that can be thrown for him.  He likes fetch so much that it’s not uncommon for him to toss one of his toys on top of the dining room table to get his foster mom’s attention and entice her into playing fetch with him.  Pretty smart, right?   Nash loves his toys, but hasn’t shown any toy aggression or food aggression, either.

Nash is a wonderful GSP with tons of great traits that make him a wonderful catch, but full disclosure is always our intent.  Nash’s curiosity and highly developed (to scent) GSP nose may get him into trouble if he smells goodies on the counter.  Counter surfing could be a problem if he isn’t supervised.

Like most dogs heading for a new home and environment, it’s advisable his new family take the time to attend behavior/obedience classes with Nash.  The benefits of this type of training are many…bonding, instruction, understanding, etc.  These trainings will also help his new family learn how to get Nash to avoid counter-surfing and respond consistently to all commands.

Nash will be fine if homed with another high-energy dog, but not with a smaller or older dog.  If his forever family doesn’t have another dog to match his energy level, that’s fine, too; however, we recommend Nash’s new family be willing to incorporate Nash in daily activities to keep his energy level satisfied. Running, biking, hiking, long walks, playing a lot of fetch, swimming…just about anything that gives him an outlet to release all that fun-filled energy he has.  Mental exercise such as agility training could be a good outlet for him as well.  Did we mention he loves to play fetch? Wink Wink wink

A family who loves the outdoors and outdoor activities will be a great match for this guy.  He’s so full of fun and love we’re sure there’s a fun-loving, active family just waiting to bring him home.  If that’s you, please contact us so we can set up a meeting.  We’re sure you won’t be disappointed.

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

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More about Mollie


Mollie is a very rambunctious, happy girl that will do very well with other dogs and children; however, we’re not sure about cats.  A fenced yard is always suggested and a family that will love having an energetic dog to spoil and share in their activities.


Mollie is a 7 ½ to 8-year old female GSP with loads of energy and a happy, care-free personality. She came to ISR from a shelter as an owner-surrender because he didn’t have enough time to give her the appropriate attention and care she deserves.  Even while at the shelter, Mollie showed exuberance, spunk, and a sense of humor that made her one of the darlings of the shelter employees.  During behavioral exercises administered by shelter employees to help determine temperament, the staff “tested” Mollie’s likely acceptance of other dogs by bringing in a huge stuffed dog for her to study.  Mollie wasn’t the least bit aggressive or concerned about another animal in her space.  As a matter of fact, she repeatedly approached it and tried to become friends.  When the stuffed dog didn’t respond in kind to Mollie’s friendly advances, Mollie offered it her rear end (a dog version of a handshake) for a friendly doggy sniff to show this new prospective friend she wasn’t going to offer aggressive behavior.  It was more like, “here…go ahead and sniff…I’m cool.  I just wanna be your new friend.  Will you please be my friend?”  She repeatedly offered this big dog her friendship, causing comical laughter from the trainer, which could be heard in the background of the video.

Mollie’s behavior and personality makes us think of the 1964 movie, The Unsinkable Molly Brown.  In the movie, Molly Brown was portrayed by Debbie Reynolds.  The critics referred to her character as “colorful” and said she “thrust herself into the role with an enormous amount of verve and vigor.”  Hmmmm…sounds an awful lot like our Mollie.  Additionally, our Mollie has her own dance moves – much like Debbie Reynolds did in the movie.  Mollie does this cute little tap dance when she’s waiting for her food.  Watch Mollie and her special tap dance in this short video.  She’s so cute.

Mollie has been fostered home with another GSP.  Mollie has a ton of energy and loves to play; however, if given a choice, she also loves to cuddle with her people or have a good chewy to gnaw on - like a Nylabone or Elk antler.  You’ll also catch her stealing toys from her furry friends, put them in a big pile on a doggy bed, and then lie on top of them as if she is Queen of the Mountain.  Mollie is all about having a good time; no aggressive behavior whatsoever, just likes to be the Queen Bee.  She’s also been known to shimmy and sidle her way in front of another dog in order to get prime real estate during petting time.  Mollie’s great at flirting with men – she’s a bit of a “cougar” and really knows how to work her eyes and lean in for petting, but in fairness to this little girl, you’ll also find her doing the same thing to be the center of attention with a woman, too.

Mollie has been exposed to children aged 3 and up; however we don’t recommend small toddling children around Mollie, but only because of her exuberance.  If a toddler accidentally got in her way when it’s food time, in her excitement to reach the food bowl or treat, she may accidentally run over the toddler and knock him/her over.  Food time is definitely Mollie’s “prime time”.  She’s a real foodie, for sure!  She loves her food and will work enthusiastically for any food reward.  Her foster mom has nicknamed her "Tinks" because when the food bowl or treats come out, she appears to fly and leap up into the air – flying and darting around like a little Disney Tinker Bell.  Not to mention the tap dancing that comes in between the flying.  This video shows our little “Tinks” in action.

It seems Mollie really loves being with other dogs and being in a house where excitement and action are a part of her day.  Mollie even let a little ShiTzu “take her for a walk” on a recent visit with some friends the other day.  Talk about funny!  We’re lucky enough to have a video to share of this little ShiTzu doing his very best to take charge of the situation…without much luck.

Mollie’s foster mom loves everything about this little girl, and Mollie is a turning out to be a great companion. Mollie’s foster mom says this about her: “Mollie is a happy, confident girl who doesn’t have any behavioral issues. She just loves her food and attention and then she is a very happy camper. Someone looking for a good companion dog to go along on car rides, play a little, go on a walk, or a loving companion to share your secrets with and cuddle with - this is your girl!  Expect some laughs and smiles because this girl has a spunky personality with just the right amount of sass to keep you smiling… even when you’re having a rough day.”

If after all the great things you’ve just read about Mollie you’ve decided she’s the one for you and your family, please complete an adoption application and contact us.  We’ll be more than happy to give you more information and talk with you about adopting this sweetheart.

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

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More about George


George is about 8 years old and will need a home where a member of his family is home much of the time.  A fenced yard will be important, as he is quite prey-driven and forgets his boundaries.  He’s good with other dogs and adults, but unsure how he is with children and cats.


George is about 8 years old and still has plenty of energy to keep him on the go and interested in everything going on around him.  He came to ISR after he was found as a stray.  Unfortunately, his time as a stray (we think he may have been a stray for some time) took a bit out him as far as his overall appearance and health.  The good news is that since he’s arrived to ISR, he’s quickly picking up weight and getting all of the best medical attention and care that he deserves.  His foster family has been great at making sure he receives his vitamins and all the good food he needs to get back into tip-top shape!  He’s making great strides under all of this excellent treatment and loving!

We gave this boy the name of George, but not for any reason, other than he seemed like a George.  Since there are so many important/famous men by the name of George, you can decide which George matches the personality and good looks of our sweet, handsome George.  So many to pick from, too!  Let’s see…there’s George Washington, George Clooney (my personal favorite), George Bush (you pick which one), George Harrison of Beatle fame, George Michael (singer), George Carlin (comedian), George Takei (Star Trek), George Foreman (boxer and grill guru), George Burns (wonderful comedian), Boy George (singer) etc.  This list of famous Georges goes on and on.  You can decide which George you want to associate with him when you adopt him…which is exactly what we think you’ll want to do after you read more about him.

George is a white, liver spotted, medium-sized (about 45 pounds) GSP with a long, natural tail.  His a little lean right now, but is quickly putting on weight and getting in shape.  He gets along great with the other GSP living in his foster home; however, he doesn’t seem to have any interest in initiating or engaging in doggy play.  He’s content just to follow his buddy around and keep an eye on things in the yard.  He loves squeaky stuffed animals and doggy toys, and even though he doesn’t actually seem to know what to do with them, it’s clear he loves to hold on to them.  Sometimes he’ll play keep away with you if you try to get one his adopted “babies” – all in good fun of course.  He doesn’t exhibit any aggressive tendencies with humans or animals in any situation.

George is prey-driven and will hurriedly check out the fence line for any sign or scent of something he can chase.  He loves being on the move in the yard!  When he’s first let out in the yard to get a bit of exercise and do his business, he runs full speed briefly, and then slows down to enjoy his time sniffing for intruders.  Click here to check him out his backyard.

We’re not sure how George will be with children or cats.  When he is greeted by strangers, he’s very apprehensive and will back away and bark until he becomes more acquainted and comfortable with them.  If he were to be homed with a family that has children, George would need to be given time and space to allow a slow “getting to know you” period of time to ensure his comfort in a new setting.  George will also need to be in a family that has someone home with him more time than they are away from him.  George experiences separation anxiety if he’s left alone for too long; however, he is crate-trained and accepts going into a crate with no problem.  But, due to his anxiety issues, it’s best not to leave him alone for long periods of time.

George loves his food and feeding time.  He loves his food so much that he’s quite the gobbler.  He’s recently been eating out of a cupcake/muffin tin with a little food in each cupcake holder.  This has helped slow down his eating and he doesn’t seem to mind taking the extra time to get each bit of food.  We think he gobbles his food because of his time as a stray; having to fend for himself with whatever he could find.  Once he realizes food will be given on a regular basis, he may slow down on his own.

George has the cutest tendency to carry things around with him.  The first thing he chooses to do when he’s released from his crate is to find something to carry around with him.  A shoe, squeaky toy, socks, food bowl, etc.  He’s not particular, just whatever’s closest that he can put in his mouth for a while. 

Even though George was a stray for a while, he seems to be a fast learner and already knows commands, such as, sit, come, and fetch.  His foster family has been working on helping him understand and learn what’s not acceptable in a home…no counter surfing, no garbage foraging, and no jumping up on people.  George is learning to walk on a leash, but this is still a work in progress.

George is a great big cuddler and likes to spend his “down time” relaxing under the covers, all sprawled out somewhere…sofas and chairs are prime real estate!  He also likes his fair share of loving and attention from his people – and sometimes more than his fair share.  He thinks nothing of scooting (better known as “pushing”) in front of his doggy brother to get ALL the pets and rubs.

Recently his foster mom sent us this update on George.  “George really likes to play, so his new family should make sure they’ll have the time to play with him.  He’s a real good boy, just a lover, with a long deadly tail!”  Maybe that’s why GSPs so often have their tails docked as puppies?  To protect their loved ones and their valuables?  Wink! Wink!  Of course, we know it’s not, but if you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a happy, wriggling GSP with a long tail, you know what we mean. smiley

We’re at the end of our story for George, and by now you’re probably ready to check this guy out.  If so, let us know and we’ll be happy to set something up.

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

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Here's a sneak peek at some of our orphans who are not yet available for adoption.  All of these beautiful, loving GSP's came to ISR heartworm positive, are at various stages of heartworm treatment, and are expected to make a full recovery!   heart Yay! heart

Please keep your dogs on year-round heartworm preventation!  Heartworm is completely preventable with proper management.


1.5 year old female


Young female


1.5 year old female


6-8 year old male




FACT:  Heartworm disease, if detected early enough and treated correctly, is curable.

ISR does not refuse to rescue a dog because it is heartworm positive.  We accept these dogs because we know heartworm disease can be cured; however, it can be costly and the process to cure a dog of this disease can be grueling for the dog and their caretaker.  Appropriate and correct treatment for a heartworm positive dog can easily cost up to $1,000, but this expense does not prevent us from making every attempt to cure these deserving orphans and place them in their forever homes.  

All of our GSP orphans have faced countless difficulties throughout their journey to us, but heartworm positive dogs have faced even greater hardships because they have lived with this disease and fought the hard battle to beat it.  And beat it they will AND have!

Meet Pepper and Jessie.

These 2 GSPs were heartworm positive dogs.  They were successfully treated by ISR, adopted, and are now living happy, active lives.  Read more about Pepper and Jessie on our News and Events page.

ISR allows approved adopters to adopt a heartworm positive dog; however, this can only happen if the adopters agree to follow the treatment protocol and continue to take their new GSP family member to the partner vet where he/she is currently being treated.  We are featuring these heartworms dogs as adoptable because we believe that with the right family and continued treatment, they're ready for their forever home and are definitely worthy of your consideration.

Dogs cured of heartworm disease can live happy, high quality lives.  Heartworm disease has become very common in the United States, so we are in need of caring adopters like you that are willing to open their home to a dog that is heartworm positive.  We believe our heartworm dogs - cured, as well as being cured - have as much to offer their new adopters as any of our GSPs, and also deserve a chance at a new life.  

If you're unable to consider adopting any of our orphans at this time, but wish to support our efforts, please click the DONATE Paw found on each page of our site. Thank you for your consideration and assistance.


Our Orphans Have Found Angels in Their Lives!  ISR wishes to thank our special friends who have donated to our orphans recently.  Your gifts make our work possible. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which makes your donation tax deductible. If you would like to join our efforts, please click on the Donate Paw on any page on our site.  Many, many thanks to the following donors!

ISR Donors:
In Memory of ISR Dog Ruger: Bradley Lakin and Ashley, In Memory of ISR Dog Phelps: Richard Brent. On behalf of Charlotte: Three Scoops of Vanilla, Debbie Emmons, Laurie PiekarskiStephanie Horner, Jessica Statz, Sarah Gard, David Stibbe, Donna Hurst, Anna Taylor, Holly Hirsch, Joy Beatty, Denise Sheridan, Sujata Varadharajan, Dianne Tibbs, Neeraja Lockart, Tina Mastello, Debi Carson, Lisa Marcordes, Cynthia Wiklund, Jane Schryer, Klenk’s Collision, Mike Ransom, Sherri Crawford, Kristie Katch, Rebecca Baker, Brian Myers, Rachel Blood, Karina Erickson, Robyn Gartne, Kathy Swanson, Miriam Swietek, Barbara Troy, Jack Salyer, Stephanie Boeder, Michelle Burgess McMullen, Jenna Bucholtz, Toby Ward, Elizabeth Breslin, Sabrina Granner, Fred Szponer, Judith Zimmerman, Tamra Mitchell, Calla Millwaters, Melissa Wattonville, Nedy Bennett, Tina Nelson, David Gum, Melissa Virgin, Kathryn Leyden, Rebecca Mangnall ,Carol S DeBenedet, Karen Soule, Cynthia Purtell, Karen Lee, Janet DeRoo, Sandra Pinzker, Kristy Ostergard, William Ostergard, Stephen Julien, Steph, Johnny Czerwinski, Stephanie O'Donley, Nancy Ridenour, Magdalena Szczech, Felecia Murch, Arthur Linz, Kathy Price, Kelly Kupiec, Anne-Maree Amies, Cara Dunn, Prue Dawson, Deborah Fields, Christy Carrano, Lucretia Coonrod, Carlos Almonte, Sue Hewitt, Joanne Lyth, Christiane Hecker-Schlünz, Pia Christiansson, Sandra Millwaters, Jeff and Maria Wendler, Vinyl Dog Sports, Jeremiah Waldeck, Lisa Pittiglio, Stephanie Herbek, Kathleen Alexander, Deborah Miller, Margaret Farone, Sarah Barge, The Old Brown Dog, Pamela McGrath, Tricia Bobowick, Cammay Caudillo, Amy Ducat, Dale Thomas, Marie Squire, Courtney Owens, Allison Hermann, Jonathan Crawford, Jason Trabakoolas,Tonya Zalenski, Sue Wilson, Fernando Lopez, Jacqueline Artymiuk-Moe, Jennifer Reed, Mark Galkowski, Sheila Hickmott, Kurt Hargarten, Cathy Vey, Renee Fliss, Deborah Stelmok, Phillip Peet, Melanie Balzer, Evelyn F Matkin, Earlene Simich, Billie Weeks, Kaitlyn Osterman, Carolyn Avery. On behalf of Dollie: Bill Green. On behalf of Addie: Nedy and Denny Bennett. Tonya Zalenski. On behalf of Clyde: Kelly Mesa. On behalf of Tara: Barbara Troy, Nedy Bennett, Debbie Emmons, Francine Petrucci, Sandy and Ron Pinzker, Judi Zimmerman, Jennifer Hohe, Sue Wilson, Jodi Onley, Jennifer O'Hara, Janet Burroughs, Tara Kawa, Michael Schmidt, Paul Schmidt, Stephanie Herbek, Sherri Crawford, Russ Pagen, Maria Boedigheimer, Kathy Swanson, Tricia Roth, Barbara Jo Pallo, Carolyn Kaercher, and Aaron Supita.  Christine LaLonde, Mitchell Cohen, Brenda Piekarski, Christy Carrano, David and Patti Stibbe, Catherine Kramer-Fouty in honor of rescued girl Holly (Wasabi) who brings us joy every day, Erica Petersen, Jayne Seibel, Sandra Pinzker, Richard Cashman, Erin Gabor Supita, Jo Ann Ziech, Melanie Balzer (for Sunny), Patty, Marissa and Bob Ten Eick, Jeff, Patty, and Harley Pearce, Shelbie Bontemp, Margie Holzkamp, Geri Binkin, Giving Campaign, Tracie Palmer, the Mark family, Imaginary Kids, LLC, in memory of Jack and in honor of the Lydon family, Maria Boedigheimer, the Zook family in memory of Jack Lydon, the Hicks family in memory of Jack Lydon, Dave Johnson, Forrest Pendley, Bob Wener, Mark DiTomassi for Rocky, Karen Fouts, Erika Chen, Nicolas Camino.  Bontemps family (mutiple donations), Allstate, Peapod, AT&T (multiple donations), IBM (multiple donations), Jim Mouroukas Memorial: M. Mourorukas, Rudolph Tardin, Mary Lynn Dawson, Jennifer Rochedieu, Bonnie R. Allen, Cindy Landolt, Rich and Liz Maynard on behalf of the Lochanora Home Owners Association, Lean LoPorto.  Siemans family, James and Mary Robertson. Allstate Giving Campaign, Friends of Sangamon County Animal Control.  



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