Illinois Shorthair Rescue is in the process of rescuing numerous GSPs. In an effort to get their availability out to you as soon as possible, we’ll be listing our newest dogs as Sneak Peeks until we become better acquainted with them and can update their stories.  Be sure to scroll down the page to read all the stories about our rescues.


More about Roxanne


Roxanne is about 2 years old, and as a younger GSP she will require adequate exercise to keep her happy and out of mischief.  Fenced yard will help with exercise requirements.  Another dog will be fine, but we're unsure about cats as of this posting.  She will need to have a quiet environment because she can become nervous and skittish when there is too much noise and activity.   We recommend a home without young children.


Roxanne is a female GSP and is approximately 2 years old.  She’s very petite, very pretty, and her foster mom says she’s “super sweet”!  She’s good with other dogs but hasn’t truly learned how to engage in playing with them yet, but she’s learning every day and genuinely seems very happy to have another dog around for interaction.  She’s very curious about “play time”, but just isn’t sure how to engage yet.

Roxanne tends to be cautious and a bit wary of new situations in her life, but her foster family has noticed a lot of growth in this area.  The more Roxanne is exposed to new conditions, the better she reacts to them.  She hasn’t been with children since being fostered, but her foster mom feels Roxanne will do well with older children who know how to give her space if needed.

Roxanne is still considered a younger GSP and as such will require a bit more exercise to keep her happy.  She seems very happy if she’s given ample opportunities for romps in the yard as well as at least one walk a day.  Roxanne happily chases tennis balls when someone throws them and the person throwing the ball will more than likely tire out before she does.  She loves balls and chew toys such as Nylabones.  With routine exercise she seems very content to relax and find a chew toy when it’s “quiet time” in the house.  And while she’s making her rounds in the yard or on her walks, don’t be surprised if she shows a bit more than a normal interest in those sneaky little backyard critters.  While she hasn’t approached one yet, she’s very interested and takes plenty of time in checking them out...just in case they happen to get just a bit too close. Wink, Wink. wink

When Roxanne first joined ISR she was skittish about many things we accept as normal day-to-day happenings.  But, with continued love, patience, and nurturing that has changed considerably…especially during her leash walks.  Whereas before she would dive behind her foster mom when a car approached, now she’s walking in downtown Lansing without even a flinch if a car passes by.

Roxanne is crate-trained and will go in when asked; however, it’s really not her favorite place to be.  She’s very much a Velcro GSP and likes nothing more than being where her people are.  Even when you think she’s not paying attention to you because she’s so busy munching on a Nylabone or another chew toy, don’t let yourself be fooled.  If you leave the area to do something else, rest assured Roxanne won’t be far behind. laugh

Roxanne knows the “sit” command and has been working on “stay” and “leave it”.  She’s very food motivated so training her is a relatively easy task; however, we feel Roxanne and her new family would all benefit from basic obedience training classes to help her along.  The structure and socialization provided through these classes are worth the time spent attending them.  They also provide wonderful opportunities to bond with one another.  Her foster mom went so far as to say, “Roxanne is a fast learner if someone is willing to make the effort” to work with her.

We often like to make comparisons of our dogs with famous people, songs, happenings, etc.  With that in mind, we discovered there are a TON more famous Roxanne’s than one would think possible.  So many, in fact, we couldn’t decide on the perfect option for our Roxanne.  Should it be Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, the famous American historian, writer and feminist?  Or maybe Roxanne the Great, Bactrian princess and wife of Alexander the Great?  Or should we lean towards a more athletic Roxanne…something very apparent in the GSP breed?  Then we can compare her to Roxanne Barker, the South African football goalkeeper, or even Roxanne Bovenberg, the Dutch handball player. In the end, we decided to go with the actual meaning of the name Roxanne; the origin of which is from the Greeks, which is believed to be derived from the Persian Roschana (dawn of day).  The French use it and associate it with the meaning “dawn” and “bright”.  Yes, that’s it.  Our Roxanne is as bright as the morning dawn and just as welcoming!

Speaking of welcoming…Roxanne is very, very welcoming when greeting her people.  She has a total, all-consuming body wiggle; she literally wiggles from the tip of her nose to the end of her tail!  Now that’s excitement!  Wouldn’t you love being greeted by this bright little wiggler when you’ve had a not-so-good day and you need a bit of a pick-me-up?

Roxanne’s foster mom has many nice things to say about Roxanne.  Here’s what she said: Roxanne is a very sweet and lovable girl.  She is nervous when meeting a new person, but once she feels safe, she warms up very quickly.  She could really use someone willing to help her work on her confidence. She likes to get out and explore the world, and while she finds it scary at first, she gains confidence with each outing.”

If you’re interested in starting and ending your day with our “bright and welcoming” Roxanne, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

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

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More about Paige


Paige is approximately 2 years old and gets along well with other dogs, but not cats.  Full of energy and will require regular, daily physical exercise to keep her happy and out of trouble from boredom.  Hasn’t been exposed to children in her foster home, but her high energy level dictates she not be homed with toddlers.  She may accidentally hurt a small child during her rambunctious play time.  Required: fully fenced yard


The cute quirky tilt of her head and the “floppy” ear (old injury) are visual aids that help describe the sweet, loving personality and spirit of Paige. 

Paige is about 2 years old and weighs approximately 40 lbs.  She’s smart, gets along well with other dogs, is crate-trained and potty-trained.  Paige will likely do well with another dog in the home if he/she loves to play and wrestle as much as Paige does, but her playmate should have the stamina and willingness to handle typical doggy “rough and tumble wrestling and chase.”  Her foster mom says Paige is kind of like the Energizer Bunny in a GSP disguise…”she keeps going and going.”  But, on the flip side, Paige is also agreeable to taking time out to cuddle and snuggle with her people, too.

As with most German Shorthairs, Paige has a naturally strong prey drive and happily gives chase to squirrels, rabbits, and any other “critter” she sees on the move in her yard.  Her prey drive could put small, indoor pets at risk, too, so secure surroundings for indoor hamsters, guinea pigs, and other like animals is advised.

Paige is extremely smart and food motivated, making her training of basic commands and obedience less of a task than with a dog that isn’t those 2 things.  Actually, GSPs all seem to have a highly developed sense of obedience and are keen to please their people and Paige is no exception in this area.  Paige knows the command “sit” and will generally come when called while out in the yard. We recommend Paige’s new family take the time to attend additional obedience and behavior training classes with her.  These classes are beneficial for many reasons, including the bond that is developed between owner and dog during the learning process, easier management, socialization skills are improved, safety of you and your pet, and, last but not least, the fun and knowledge gained by all of you during the process of bonding and training.

Since Paige is a high-energy GSP, she’ll require a regular form of physical exercise to keep her happy and out of trouble brought on by boredom and inactivity.  Daily long walks and time set aside to play fetch will help towards achieving a daily activity goal for Paige.  With proper training and safety in mind, she’d undoubtedly make a great jogging partner for an active runner(s), or even a bicyclist. Paige will truly love being with her family on any outings where she can “get in the groove” and have some fun with her “people pack”.   If there’s another doggy playmate in the home already, Paige will be happy to join him/her as the newest playmate in the group…providing they are compatible in exuberance and size.  Paige may accidentally hurt a dog that’s much smaller than her as she plays a bit on the rougher side.  Here's a  short video of Paige playing with her GSP playmate in her foster home to get a good idea of her playtime personality.

Paige is crate-trained and seems to enjoy the security of her crate when she can’t be with her people.  She sleeps in her crate at night, and if she has trouble relaxing or calming down when playtime is deemed over by her foster parents, she can be crated without incident until she has calmed enough to be out again.  Once Paige is relaxed and out of play mode, she truly loves to cuddle and thinks of herself as a lap dog.  As a matter of fact, her foster mom says one of Paige’s favorite ways to pass time is to be on someone’s lap getting lots of good rubs/pets and being reminded that she’s loved.

So what type of GSP is our little Paige.  We think her foster mom says it best through her words to us. “Paige is an adorable, sweet girl.  She is a very typical, sweet, fun-loving GSP.  She loves to run and play.  She also loves to snuggle.  She is a Velcro dog who enjoys being close to her people.  She is a great little girl who would love to find a family of her own to love.  She has a lot of love to give!”  

There are a lot of idioms that can be used when writing stories about our beloved GSP rescues, and in Paige’s case, one specific idiom comes to mind, with a slight change of spelling to a word to make it more appropriate…”take a “Paige” from our book and do as we do.”  Rescue our adorable, quirky Paige and give her the forever family and home she deserves.  She’s so worthy of a loving family and we hope that’s you.  If so, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

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

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olivia - sneak peek (FOSTERED IN ILLINOIS) ***ADOPTED***

"Sneak Peek" info for Olivia...

Olivia is an eight-year-old sweetheart with bits of gray starting to show on her face…more like somebody just sprinkled powder on her…a dab here, and a dab there. Olivia’s on the smaller size for a GSP, but not small enough that we would refer to her as a pocket pointer.   Oh, and before we forget one very important detail, we need to mention she’s GOOD WITH CATS.  When the foster family’s cat made an appearance, meowing and begging, Olivia didn't even look at her. 

Olivia’s very new to rescue so we don’t have a lot of information to share yet, but what we’ve seen and heard about her so far is nothing but good news.  She’s a calmer, quieter GSP and is happy to lay on her bed and “watch the world go by” – as you can see from her pictures above.  She’s content to retire early and will sleep through the night.  LOL!  Kind of sounds like we’re describing a baby…but wait…we are.  We think of all our rescues as our babies! wink

But don’t be fooled by her gentle and quiet demeanor most of the time, though.  Olivia’s not always lazing away her day.  She really enjoys playing with squeaky toys and will play fetch in the house.  She understands a couple of basic commands, including, “Go lay down” and “sit.”  She also responds when you call her by her name.  Oliva’s good about not jumping up on people to get their attention, but she may try to get away with a quick jump if you’re not alert enough to notice she’s by your side waiting for a few cherished cuddles and scratches. blush

She often wags her tail when she sees other people or dogs in the area; probably a good sign she’ll enjoy meeting and greeting other dogs and people.  Her tail speeds up to a faster tail-wag when she hears children, but she hasn’t “officially” been introduced to any yet by her foster parents, so we unsure how she’ll interact with them.

So far so good with no potty accidents in the house, making us believe she’s already housebroken.  Olivia also does great on walks and is no stranger to being on a leash.  She’s a little prey-driven, but not overly.  On her walks she shows interest in squirrels, but not so much with birds.

We hope to have updates on Olivia soon.  That is if she doesn’t get scooped up before we get a chance to update you.  If you’re interested in our newest addition to the ISR family, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

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

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More about Blu


Blu is approximately 18 months old and gets along well with other dogs, but unsure if good with cats.  Full of energy and will require regular, daily physical exercise to keep him happy and out of trouble from boredom.  He hasn’t been exposed to children in his foster home, but his foster mom believes he will be good with them; however, his high energy level dictates it may not be a good idea to be homed with toddlers.  He may accidentally hurt a small child during his rambunctious play time.  Recommend fenced back yard with additional security for locks.  NOTEBlu is quite the Houdini with handles on doors and gates.  He’s very clever and has learned how to open doors and gates with lever-like handles.  Bungy cords around the handles or another way to ensure the lock/handle will stay secure is a must.


Welcome to our handsome Blu!  Blu is a young, black and white ticked male GSP approximately 1 year to 18 months old.  He’s a striking GSP with a natural tale, weighs about 45 pounds, and is absolutely FULL of puppy energy!

Blu has adapted very well to his foster home and playing with his GSP foster buddies, Rufus and Gracie.  Having other dog playmates in his foster home has really helped to keep him active and out of trouble…for the most part. blush  We say for the most part because in GSP standards, Blu is still very much a puppy with all the puppy curiosity and energy you’d expect to find in a happy, well-adjusted Shorthair.  Since Blu is still in his “puppy stage”, it will be very important his new forever family has the time and patience to make sure Blu gets plenty of exercise…every day types of exercise.  Long leash walks, toss and fetch with his toys, Kong activities, tug-of-war, doggy parks and/or doggy daycare, etc.  He’s also young enough that with the proper training he may make the perfect cycling or jogging buddy for his new family!  Exercise is what it will take to keep him happy and ready to rest when he’s indoors.

Blu loves to play!  He’s always ready to go, whether it be in the yard or in the house.  Even though his first choice of recreation is to play with his doggy buddies, he doesn’t have a problem keeping himself entertained when he’s alone in the backyard, either.  He’ll pick up toys and toss them around so he can chase them.  Blu has access to a lot of toys for play, and he loves to chew, but until he learns his boundaries and what is his and what isn’t, it’s important to keep anything out of his reach that can hurt him, or anything that’s prized by you.  Socks, purses, towels, kids’ toys, blankets, tissues, etc.; all represent the types of things a pup like Blu may take a special interest in chewing on.

Blu isn’t food or toy aggressive, but his foster mom has noticed he’s very much like a young child in that he always wants the toy or bone that one of the other dogs has.  Apparently, the other toy must be more fun or taste better…right?  Luckily, for Blu, the fun of trying to get the other dogs’ goodies isn’t an aggressive action, but, rather a mischievous one. wink  He’s a bit of a little scamp with a totally adorable personality.  We should also mention that Blu is also a bit like a doggy Houdini.  He’s learned how to open lever-like handles and locks on doors and gates, making it imperative to secure doors/gates with bungy cords or another device to ensure he doesn’t get the opportunity to show you his magical skills. smiley

Blu’s prey drive is the typical drive you’ll find in most GSP’s – he loves to watch and attempt to catch typical backyard prey.  Squirrels seem to be his favorite critters and he is constantly on the lookout for them.  He even scopes out the high electric wires, just in case one of those furry little guys takes a misstep and happens to fall within Blu’s reach.  Not to worry, though.  It’s highly unlikely a squirrel will make that mistake, but Blu is ever hopeful!

We’re not sure yet if Blu is good with children, but his foster mom believes he’d be good with them because of his loving, sweet nature; however, it probably isn’t advisable to have Blu homed with little children.  Toddlers and babies could accidentally be hurt when Blu is playing. 

As we’ve already stated, Blu is very high energy, but his foster mom says he’s also very laid back, too.  Seems like Blu is always ready for some high energy fun but will also take some time to rest and recoup when needed.  When it’s time to chill, Blu will be found as close to his foster mom as he can get.  He loves to touch people and give them kisses, making him somewhat of a Velcro dog.

Blu isn’t crate-trained yet, but his foster mom is working on it.  She’s also working on a couple of commands with Blu.  Sit and stay have been the main objectives.  We highly recommend Blu’s new family enroll in dog obedience/training classes.  Blu came to ISR with little or no training; however, this could be a good thing for his new family.  Obedience and behavior classes tend to work in favor of the owners and the dog together.  It’s a perfect opportunity for dog and owner to bond and begin to understand what communication and behaviors will work for both of you.  Believe it or not, a well-behaved and obedient dog is a happy dog.  And a happy dog makes for a happy home and happy family. yes

A great dog like Blu comes along once in a “Blu” moon and he may not last long.  After all, he’s young, full of energy, loving, and best of all, he loves people, too!  If you’re interested in making Blu you’re once in a “Blu moon” furry family member, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

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

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More about Maybelle

Say hello to our little princess, Maybelle!  She’s has only been with us for a couple of days, so we’re still learning about her but wanted to get a few words out about her as soon as we could.

Maybelle is a very young little sweetheart and weighs about 40 pounds.  We think she’s still a puppy, about 8 months old.  She was spayed a couple of days ago and is recuperating nicely.  As you can see from her pictures, she’s a beautiful little girl with a lot of energy and interest in her new surroundings.

So far, we know she isn’t food or toy aggressive and rides very well in a car.  She seems very interested in toys, but sadly, she’s not too sure what to do with them yet.  Right now, Maybelle thinks shoes, jackets, and leashes are her toys, too, but she’s learning!  Leashes are new to her which means she probably didn’t get out much for leash walks, but thankfully, she doesn’t pull while on leash.

Because she’s young and probably hasn’t had much time to learn the ABC’s of Doggy Etiquette, she doesn’t know basic commands at this time, but her fosters are working on them with her.  She will certainly benefit from a very patient family who would be willing to take her to obedience/training classes.

This is what her fosters say about our little princess: “Maybelle is very affectionate, loves to be petted and rubbed, and will walk close to you when outside… but not overly clingy or pesty for affection when inside.”

Watch for more news on Maybelle to come soon, but if you’re already interested, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest. 

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

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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.  Most often, we will not know a dog is heartworm positive until after he/she is in our rescue.  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 illness is grueling for the dog and their caretaker.  Treatment of a badly infected heartworm dog can cost up to $1,000, but this does not prevent us from making every attempt to cure these deserving dogs 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 more hardships because they have lived with this disease and fought the hard battle to beat it.  And beat it they have!

Meet Pepper and Jesse...

Both of these 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 prohibits the adoption of heartworm positive dogs that have not been treated and cured; however, at times, we may feature them with our adoptable dogs because one day soon, they will be 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 is 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 has had heartworm disease. We believe our cured heartworm dogs 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 this DONATE link for more information.  Thank you for your consideration and assistance.