ADOPTABLE DOGS 

Last Updated November 21, 2019

 

YOU MUST BE AN ISR APPROVED ADOPTER TO REQUEST AND RECEIVE FURTHER INFORMATION ON OUR GSP'S. THE PROCESS WILL INCLUDE AN APPLICATION REVIEW, VET CHECK, AND HOME VISIT.  

PLEASE UNDERSTAND THERE MAY BE APPROVED ADOPTERS AT DIFFERENT STAGES OF THE ADOPTION PROCESS.  THERE MAY BE APPLICANTS AHEAD OF APPLICANTS WHO ARE STILL IN THE APPLICATION REVIEW PROCESS, OR THOSE WHO ARE IN THE HOME VISIT STAGES. 

EXPRESSING AN INTEREST IN A PARTICULAR DOG ON AN APPLICATION DOES NOT GUARANTEE THAT PARTICULAR GSP WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE TIME OF AN APPROVAL, OR THAT THE NEEDS OF THAT GSP MAY BE A MATCH TO AN APPLICANT'S PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES.

BECOMING AN ISR APPROVED ADOPTER OFFERS YOU THE BEST OPPORTUNITY TO BE IN OUR NETWORK FOR A GSP THAT WILL MAKE A GREAT MATCH AND NEW FAMILY MEMBER FOR YOU.  TO START THE APPLICATION PROCESS, PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS FOUND ON THIS PAGE.  



casper (FOSTERED IN michigan) **AVAILABLE**

More about Casper

PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Casper is looking for a quieter, more relaxed family. A fully fenced yard is required for safe containment and exercise.  Best with older children who know how to interact with pets; not advisable to be with elderly people because of his tendency to bolt when frightened. Great with other dogs AND cats.

CASPER’S STORY:

Casper is a male GSP with beautiful markings, adorable floppy ears, a long tail, and soulful eyes.  He weighs about 55 pounds and is approximately 3-4 years old.  Before being rescued by ISR, Casper lived in a very sad hoarding situation. Now Casper has a foster family to show him what it’s like to experience unconditional love, adequate food and water, clean living conditions, and the freedom to roam and explore the areas where he lives – inside and outside.

Casper lives with a cat and has managed to stay clear of her; when she hisses at him, he looks at her and then turns and walks the other way.  Smart boy! wink  Casper also LOVES living with his two furry foster brothers, Zak and Bentley.  In general, his prey-drive is dependent on what the other dogs are doing.  If the other dogs chase a squirrel, Casper’s ready, willing, and able to join in on the fun, but has yet to initiate the chase himself.  He leaves the “heavy duty” chasing to his siblings. Playing in the backyard with his fur brothers is one of his favorite pastimes. They chase and “body-check” one another.  With each body check you’ll see brown and white fur balls rolling through the yard! smiley He doesn’t chase balls and toys, but he shows an interest in them when his brothers play with them. He’s recently shown a keen interest in stuffed plush toys and loves to chew on bones/antlers and Kongs.  

Casper is extremely wary and cautious of new noises, quick movements, and “out of the ordinary” situations; he tends to bolt when these happen.  He has been around older children, a12-year-old boy who is good with dogs, however Casper didn’t engage with the boy.  Casper chose to stay away from him and “play it safe”.  We’re unsure why Casper has such reactions to different situations; however, he’s improving each day with these behaviors as he gains more confidence with the help of his foster family.  Additionally, we’re recommending Casper not be homed with an elderly person who may have balance issues.  Casper isn’t cautious about where he runs when he becomes scared and may accidentally injure an elderly person if he runs into them.

Casper isn’t a high energy dog, but he isn’t a low energy boy either.  He can run around all day playing with his fur brothers but is happy to settle in and rest alongside his people and his fur brothers on the couch.  Like most GSPs, he loves people and often choses to stay by them when he’s not playing. He’s crate-trained and sometimes it was a problem to get him out of his “safe place”, but he’s better now and will usually come out when asked.

Even though Casper loves being outside and exploring the backyard, getting him to relax on leash walks is taking some time. Casper is very skittish and wary of noises, quick movements, and just about anything he sees when he’s outside of the yard; a firm grip on the leash is necessary when walking with him.  Casper is also skittish when entering building doorways or car doors.  His foster mom thinks he just hasn’t had the time or freedom to experience the world and learn it isn’t as scary as he thinks it is.  Casper’s veterinarian is trying a round of antianxiety medication to determine if it will help Casper short term while he adjusts to living in a new environment.

Casper hasn’t exhibited any signs of food and toy aggression with either his fur brothers or his foster family.  You can tell he’s happy when it’s chow time.  He gets that typical GSP excitement and his eyes light up…all signs that indicate if he could talk, he’d be saying, “bring it on!”  Casper is very gentle when accepting treats.  He’s learning the “sit” and “come here” commands, but because he’s not treat-motivated it’s been harder to have understand what’s wanted.  His foster offered this information about his training: “He loves his meals and treats but doesn’t seem to understand he gets a treat if he does what is expected of him when given a command.  We’re still working on this. While he loves getting treats, he’s not food motivated to learn new things”.

As with most of our rescues, we strongly encourage his new family attend professional dog training classes with him.  These classes offer an abundance of advantages to a family adopting a rescue dog, especially one like Casper.  Training classes may not be advisable immediately, but perhaps after Casper has had time to adjust and TRUST his new family members. 

Occasionally in our stories we like to give you a short meaning of the dog’s name and how it may tie into their personality.  While most people associate Casper with that cute little cartoon ghost there are other noteworthy comparisons to made with this name. The name Casper is of a Scandinavian, Persian origin and means “treasurer” or “master of the treasure.”   Casper was the name of one of the Three Magi who brought many treasures to the infant Jesus.

We think our Casper will bring many “treasures” to his new family, too; unconditional love, loyalty, companionship, and happiness just to name a few. Since nobody knows our rescue dogs better than their foster families, we’d like to add some words from Casper’s foster mom.

“Casper has very soulful eyes that he uses to stare at me. He’s adorable all over and is so cute when he yawns, body shakes, and lets go of tension! He likes getting pets, especially “rump scratches!”

Casper is a pretty chill and an easy-going guy. When he is on the leash he stays just to the side and behind me, which is good. He has never showed a tooth or growled at me. Even when I’m half in his kennel trying to get him to come out!

Casper is a very sweet and skittish young dog. He has amazing potential we see in small sections of time. Some days he wakes up with a wagging tail and is eager to come out of his kennel and go right outside to play with his foster brother, Zak. An ISR Alum. Other mornings he has to be gently coerced outside with a leash and the promise of treats.”

Lastly, more advice from his foster mom. “Casper requires a very steady, patient, soft, and kind hand to guide him.”  If this describes you and your family and you’d like to know more about Casper, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

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

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WILLOW MAE (FOSTERED IN ILLNOIS) **AVAILABLE**

More about Willow Mae

PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS: 

Willow Mae is rambunctious and will need a family with a ton of patience to raise a puppyMust have a fully fenced yard; a fence higher than standard chain link and one she can’t climb.  Great with other dogs (see picture above), not sure about cats.  Good with children but recommend children old enough to withstand puppy jumps and puppy play.

WILLOW MAE'S STORY:

Willow Mae is around 15 months old and is a beautiful, long-legged little girl weighing about 45 pounds.  At 15 months she’s still considered a puppy and a GSP puppy tends to take puppy hood to a whole other level.  Rambunctious, happy, full of energy, sweet, loving, excitable, and learns very, very quickly.

Willow Mae gets along well with her 2 fur brothers (Brittany Spaniel and pocket pointer) and enjoys romping and playing with them.  She also loves to play with the neighbor’s little dogs.  Apparently, she’s not picky and if a dog is willing to play with her then it’s game on!  We’re not sure if she’s good with cats, but she does show prey drive with the wildlife in her area.  She’s been able to experience turkeys, deer, fox, squirrels, rabbits, etc. and exhibits the classic stalking/pointing traits of a GSP.

Willow Mae’s preferred toy of choice is anything that involves playing with humans or her fur brothers.  She’s extremely social and doesn’t miss an opportunity to “mix it up” by grabbing a toy and trying her hardest to get the party started.  She often offers her toys to her fur brothers to let them know naptime is over and it’s time to play.  She doesn’t seem to have a favorite toy, but squeaky toys don’t last long at all.  If allowed to play with them for even a short while you’re likely to find squeaky toy guts strewn everywhere.  Willow Mae also loves to start a came of fetch by dropping a toy in her foster mom’s lap and then retrieving it when she throws it.

Because Willow Mae is somewhat of a “bulldozer” and a jumper we believe she’ll do best with children who are about 7 years of age and older; not because she’ll intentionally hurt them, but with her puppy tendencies there’s definitely a chance play time could end up with a unintended human casualty.  Of course, as she grows out of her puppyhood some of those tendencies will subside, but her personality is one of such energy and sweetness it’s likely she’ll always be, shall we say, exuberant?

Being a GSP means Willow Mae learns quickly.  In just the few weeks she’s been with her foster family she’s learned so many commands!  She responds to, “sit, drop, come, lay, stop and let go.”  Willow Mae is also crate trained and will take her afternoon nap there but prefers to be with her people if they’re home.  She hasn’t shown any signs of aggression with food or toys but if you’re not vigilant, she doesn’t waste any time in gobbling up her fur brothers’ food, too.  She’s not truly food motivated and once her belly is full, she doesn’t look for ways to work for extra food and/or treats.

As with all puppies, Willow Mae is HIGH ENERGY and requires a considerable amount of exercise to keep her out of mischief.  Her fosters take her and her fur brothers on an hour outing (run and walk) in the morning and one in late afternoon.  She’s very good on a leash and is well-mannered walking with her fur brothers.

Willow Mae’s foster mom says she is “young and silly, loves her people, her fur brothers, and anybody else she meets.  She’s friendly and lovable to everyone she meets, including other dogs.”

While Willow Mae already knows several commands, we still recommend she attend obedience training to reinforce the knowledge she already has and to help her bond with her new forever family.  The benefits of dog training classes are well documented and help both owners and their new pet the opportunity to learn about one another.  Better control, stronger bonds, additional stimulation, and even the possibility of saving your pet’s life are all part of what dog training classes can offer.  Even a well-behaved, disciplined dog could bolt into a dangerous life-threatening situation if frightened.

Please understand that Willow Mae is a YOUNG silly, quirky, loveable little girl and will require a lot of patience, understanding, and supervision to help her adjust to her new forever family and learn all the ins and outs of fitting in with them.  Because she is an active, YOUNG dog, she’ll do well with an active family that will enjoy taking her with them on their outings and adventures!  We continue to describe Willow Mae as “a YOUNG puppy” because it’s very important to understand she has a while to go before she’ll be considered a mature GSP adult and during that time there are a number of puppy adventures and puppy mischief that may lie ahead for her and her forever family. 

One thing we’d like to emphasize in our story about Willow Mae is that she’s not only a jumper but she’s also a climber.  She’s kind of our own little “super girl…able to leap (or climb) fences in a single bound…or with a few steps” LOL!  Apparently, she’ll even attempt to climb trees if she finds something worth climbing for.  For this reason, it will be essential for her to have an area where she can play and romp, but an area where she can’t escape from…such as a tall privacy fenced area or something similar.  A normal height chain link fence won’t provide the barrier she’ll require.

Willow Mae’s foster mom sent some very sweet words for this girl and we’d like to share them with you. “I can’t begin to tell you how sweet this nugget is!  From the get-go she fit right in.  Willow Mae is young, full of energy, and as loveable as can be!  She is an “in your face” girl but loves quiet mornings, a full hour morning outing, and a quick afternoon walk-about. She loves everybody she meets!”

From the wonderful information her foster mom sent us we’re pretty sure it’s going to be a struggle for her foster family to see Willow Mae leave them, but we’re also sure that her forever family is reading this right now.  Is that you?  If it is and you have an active family and also a lot of patience and love to give our little Willow Mae, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

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

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KHLOE (FOSTERED IN ILLNOIS) **AVAILABLE**

More about Khloe

PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Khloe is GREAT with children and other dogs but she is NOT good with cats due to her high prey drive.  She can jump a 4ft. chain link fence so alternative fencing/options are required:  6 ft. fences or Invisible Fence. She befriends any child or person she meets; very happy when meeting children.  Children at least 5 and over are recommended.

KHLOE’S STORY:

Khloe is approximately 6 ½ years old, LOVES to cuddle, and is as sweet as sweet can be.  She’s not a large GSP and she’s beautifully marked with liver on her predominantly white body.  Khloe is great with children; however, we think she’d truly love being an only “pet child” so she could get all the attention; the more, the better for this sweetheart.

While she is fine living with other dogs (3 other dogs in her foster home), she loves to be the center of attention because she adores people.  Khloe is initially shy and warms up over time. While in foster care, little Khloe has evolved into a playful little cuddler. Khloe has started to play with her GSP foster sister, and they make the cutest picture when they cuddle together during their down times. Khloe will befriend any child or adult she meets; though, we’ve noticed she actually seems to “glow” when she meets children.

As you can see from her pictures, she loves tennis balls and cuddling with children and/or adults.  It doesn’t take too much to entertain her, either, because she’s found a unique way to entertain herself if she can’t find a playmate.  She has a silly way of throwing the tennis ball for herself so she can run after it.  She simply spins around to toss her ball and then off she goes after it.  Obviously, she believes the saying, “where there’s a will there’s a way!” and she’s certainly found a way. smiley

While Khloe has the cutest face ever with a totally innocent look, don’t let that fool you.  We’ve discovered she has a bit of wanderlust in her blood.  She can jump a 4-ft. chain link fence so alternative methods of yard containment will be required to ensure she stays where she belongs…in her own yard.  A 6-ft fence or an Invisible Fence with appropriate training are some options that may work for her.

Khloe has the typical GSP prey drive and is very happy to while away her day sitting by a window and watching for intruders…you know what we mean… those little critters that may pose a threat to her people should they decide to mosey into her domain. smiley  She will also go on the hunt when she’s out and about in the yard or on leash walks.  In other words, in the typical GSP manner, small animals beware.  Khloe likes other outdoor activities, too.  She enjoys playing fetch with balls and she eagerly chases her squeaky toys.  Throw in some long walks and/or running and there’s not much she can’t adapt to as far as exercising goes.  Khloe recently showed us how much she enjoys the water.  Check out her swimming skills by watching this video.  She enjoys being active so having an active family will be a big plus for our little cuddler.

Khloe has learned some basic commands and is also crate-trained.  She knows; sit, down, stay, and the give paw commands.  On the downside, however, our Khloe is afraid of storms, fireworks, and loud noises but she has created her own way to get through the worst of these moments.  She looks for her people and cuddles under a blanket when the noise gets to be too much for her.  On the bright side of this, though, Khloe put up with two weeks of very noisy remodeling in her foster home with the continued sounds of nail guns, hammering, drilling, etc.  During this time, she displayed a bit of nervousness/anxiety, but it was manageable, and she quickly got over these tendencies with continued exposure to the various sounds.

If you’ve noticed we’ve used the word “cuddler” quite a bit during our description of Khloe, it’s hasn’t been by accident.  She’s one of the top cuddlers we’ve rescued over the years.  That trait along with her sweet disposition and her eagerness to be with her people…especially children…make our little Khloe a special girl that will adapt well with the right family.  An active family with the patience to allow Khloe to learn to trust you and overcome her shyness…to show you what a happy little cuddler she really is.  

If you're interested in this sweet girl or any of our dogs, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

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

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BAILEY (FOSTERED IN ILLNOIS) **AVAILABLE**

More about Bailey

PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Bailey is an all-around easy keeper with high prey-drive.  Good with other dogs of medium or larger size; she might view smaller dogs as prey.  Not good with cats, but good with kids and people.  Preference wiil be given to a home with a fenced yard for her to run and “hunt”.

BAILEY’S STORY:

Bailey is an 8-year-old black ticked female GSP weighing approximately 65 pounds.  She has a beautiful shiny coat and a shining personality to match.

Bailey is an easy keeper, laid back, and loving!  She LOVES her people, unless there’s a chipmunk or some other creature around.  Then she’s off to the races…or should we say…off to the hunt, a very high prey drive. When she’s in the yard she’s constantly checking the perimeter and stalking around hoping to make a surprise attack on some unsuspecting animal.  Luckily, at least for the prey, Bailey isn’t as fast as she probably once was, so more often than not, it’s just a fun game for Bailey.  But not so much for the chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits and cats!  By the way, Bailey isn’t cat friendly.

Bailey is a dignified “middle-aged” GSP, but don’t let her age fool you, and don’t be fooled by the writer using “dignified” in this sentence.  Dignified doesn’t mean prim and genteel.  As a matter of fact, she still acts much younger than her age and her energy level is indicative of a younger dog.  She still has plenty of energy and will make anybody who likes a bit of activity a great exercise partner.  She loves having a fenced backyard where she can run.  Leash walks are exciting for her, too, but be sure to hold on firmly when you’re out and about.  She’s a strong girl and if she sees anything that resembles prey, she may bolt and take you along for a bit of jog that you weren’t expecting. wink

Bailey is very healthy because she came from a very loving background and only ended up with ISR because her former owner died suddenly, leaving Bailey orphaned.  sad  However, from all accounts, Bailey’s former owner loved her VERY much and treated her affectionately, kindly, and with great respect.  He adored her as does her foster mom.  Her previous kind and loving treatment shows in her personality.  She absolutely LOVES being with people and is gentle with children.  She’s truly and angel with an extremely sweet disposition and personality.

Bailey loves to run in the yard, but she doesn’t show much interest in dog toys or playing fetch.  She’s a typical Velcro GSP and if she isn’t running in the yard, she’s often found shadowing her foster mom.  Bailey is crate-trained and has never attempted to grab or destroy anything in the house that isn’t hers.  When her fosters must leave the house without Bailey, she shows no separation anxiety.  When they return, they typically find her sitting by the window waiting for them.  Her favorite resting place is on the couch next to her people.

Bailey came to us with some understanding of basic commands and already knows, “sit”, “no”, and “off”.  Full disclaimer here…Bailey doesn’t always seem to understand the concept of “off”.  Or maybe she just doesn’t want to understand because she’s just too excited to see her people and just can’t help herself!  Her foster mom has been working on making Bailey stay off when she’s told and since Bailey is very food motivated, we’re pretty sure her foster mom will have Bailey getting 100% of her “offs” very soon now.

Bailey is such a sweetheart and her foster mom has totally enjoyed having her and watching her as she adapts to this newest “chapter” of Bailey’s Book on Lifesmiley  Even though her foster mom loves having Bailey, she can’t keep Bailey permanently and is hoping someone reading this story realizes Bailey is meant to be their new treasure and will contact us.  We’d love nothing more than to find the right family for Bailey.  A family that will give her all the love and adoration she deserves…the great life she deserves while exploring new adventures she can add as new “chapters” to her book.

If you're interested in this sweet girl or any of our dogs, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

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

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ROSEANNE (FOSTERED IN indiana) ***AVAILABLE***

More about Roseanne (Rosie)

PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Roseanne, a.k.a. Rosie, is currently a very timid dog and will require gentleness and a lot of patience!  A year-old GSP puppy who needs training and plenty of exercise.  Is currently a “runner” if the door is open and can jump a 4 ft. chain link fence.  Fenced yard higher than 5 ft. is required. Will need total supervision until fully trained to stay in yard and within fenced area.  Gets along well with other dogs after initial introductions and also gets along GREAT with CATS!  You can see a picture of her with her kitty friend above.  An active family with previous GSP experience would be ideal.

ROSEANNE’S STORY:

Roseanne, a.k.a. Rosie is about 1 1/2 years old.  She’s a smaller GSP at 38.2 lbs., but is every bit a busy, active GSP puppy with all the tendencies puppies exhibit.

Rosie gets along well with other dogs, but the larger the dog, the more intimidated and submissive she becomes.  She seems to be adjusting quite well with her foster brother, Chief, as you can see above.  She's trying her hardest to get him to play with her but he seems pretty disinterested!  Rosie is great with cats (as seen above).  She also exhibits a high prey-drive in the yard and on walks.  She happily chases all types of Mother Nature’s smaller living “Rosie toys” when she happens upon them on her outings.  Among her favorite are squirrels, chipmunks, birds, rabbits, gnats, flies, and lightning bugs.  Hmmm, I guess that means anything and everything she finds in her space.  LOL!

Because of Rosie’s timid nature, she naturally reacts in a scared, withdrawn manner when she’s around loud noises and if she’s being corrected with a too loud voice.  Her foster mom even says, “it breaks my heart if I have to raise my voice too loudly to correct Rosie because she just drops whatever she had (that she shouldn’t have) and sulks away with her tail between her legs and finds a place to lie down.” ?At this time, we assume Rosie will react this way if placed in a home with a lot of noise and smaller, loud children; however, we also believe she wouldn’t hurt any children if she’s adopted by a family who has younger kids.  Older children who understand not to run and yell at her would probably be ideal.

Rosie is crate-trained; she’s not thrilled about her crate but will go in if prodded.  Rosie isn’t food motivated, so training her to go inside a crate has been a little bit more of a challenge, but she’s catching on quickly.  And since food motivation isn’t a thing for Rosie, it’s also more of a challenge to train her in basic dog obedience.  No food drive and submissiveness to loud voices = bigger challenges right now when working with Rosie. 

But wait… please don’t be misled by our little Rosie’s story so far!  Rosie is absolutely worth every ounce of energy and love you can shower her with.  You see, even though Rosie has some naughtier puppy tendencies her foster mom has nothing but praise and loving words for Rosie’s true personality.  Rosie’s foster mom says this about Rosie’s personality: “Rosie is so sweet and extremely loving.  She loves to be held and petted while on my lap and is a great snuggler. She doesn’t bark or whine and is calm and quiet for the most part.  And a big plus is she doesn’t counter surf or get in the garbage!”

Rosie is beginning to understand how much fun dog toys and chew toys can be.  She didn’t really know what to do with them when she first arrived, but she’s learned to love her squeaky toys and will toss them and run after them when she’s playing on her own.  As Rosie becomes more confident and secure in her foster home with her foster family, she’s quickly showing signs of being happier and more energetic.  True puppy energy, which of course, brings along puppy “naughtiness”.  If you don’t watch her, just like all puppies, she thinks everything within her reach is a “Rosie toy.”  Items such as shoes, socks, clothes, jackets, and wallets.  Uh-oh.  Hope that wallet was a “just before payday” wallet…pretty empty! smiley

Rosie and her new family will benefit significantly by attending obedience classes together.  Because she isn’t food motivated and is overly sensitive with raised voices and loud noises, her foster family hasn’t spent a lot of time training her yet.  A professional/knowledgeable trainer who understands dogs with a timid and withdrawn personality will be of great benefit to Rosie and her family.  Attending classes, along with additional “homework” outside of class, is also a wonderful way to bond with Rosie and provide her the opportunity to trust her new family.  Oftentimes, puppies and dogs enjoy being a “dog with a mission”, meaning they truly like having mental tasks to undertake, too.  Mental exercises along with an adequate amount of physical exercise (a lot for a puppy like Rosie), will help her new family mold a well-adjusted and happy little Rosie!

Rosie is used to walking on a leash…or should we say running?  Her foster family currently keeps her on a 30’ lead while on walks so she can run while they trot.  Wow…trotting…now that’s commitment by our wonderful, energetic fosters!  LOL!  Obviously, an active family that enjoys running and/or hiking will be a perfect match for Rosie’s energy level.  However, since she is currently a flight risk, having her on a secured lead is currently the best way for Rosie to get running exercise…which she LOVES!

We’re not sure if Rosie’s timid nature is from previous abuse or if this is naturally her personality, but we’re optimistic when she finds her forever home with her very own loving family, she’ll come out of her shell and show more of the puppy happiness she should be enjoying at this time in her life.

We’d like to close with some final thoughts from Rosie’s foster mom.  She has so many good things to say about Rosie, we want to be sure we share most of them with you.  “Rosie is truly an all-around good dog…completely house-broken and crate-trained.  If she has a chew bone, she finds a place where she can quietly chew away and relax.  If we play fetch with her, she’ll run and get the toy it, toss it, and bring it back to us…even though we haven’t really asked her to fetch yet because of her submissiveness.  We just let her play the Rosie way.” smiley

By now, we hope you see Rosie in the same way we do.  A loving, sweet but timid, “total package” puppy who’s a little rough around the edges…a diamond in the rough.  We want everything to be coming up roses for our little Rosie and hope your home will provide that rose garden for her.  She’s absolutely worth it!  If you're interested in this sweet girl, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

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

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Following, you’ll find individual pictures and stories for each puppy, but before you read their stories, please take time to read a short note about puppy ownership – especially as it pertains to owning and raising a GSP puppy.  We know how easy it is to fall in love with puppy pictures and dream of owning one of these adorables; however, we’ll be working extremely hard to find the very best fit for all of the puppies and want you to know it’s likely many applications will be received for each of these pups.  This being the case, please don't be discouraged if one of our pups doesn't find his/her forever home with your family.  Remember, we have several adult GSPs hoping to find their forever homes.

PUPPY ADOPTION REQUIREMENTS:

If you wish to adopt one of our puppies, it will be helpful if you have prior or current German Shorthaired Pointer experience, or experience with a very similar breed.  You’ll be adopting a HIGH ENERGY puppy.  Owning and training a puppy is truly not for the faint of heart.

Puppies must have a family with an abundance of patience and time to provide them with all the exercise AND obedience/behavioral training they require to keep them engaged and out of trouble.  If you’re a family with small children (infants and toddlers), please understand that a puppy and small children can sometimes be the equivalent of an “accident waiting to happen”.  These puppies are still young, rambunctious, and in the nipping/chewing stage, which means they may accidentally hurt small children; either with a nip of their sharp puppy teeth, or by colliding with them during one of their playful romps around the house. 

All our puppies will be well-suited and very happy to be paired with other dogs, or as only pets; however, pairing them with another active dog will help your new puppy “let off some steam” and expend his/her abundance of energy in acceptable ways.

One last thing, and one of the most important things to mention if you’re interested in adopting one of these puppies is that the pup’s new family will be well-advised to attend behavior/obedience training with their new addition via a professional, licensed class and/or trainer.  There are many advantages to attending these classes; socialization, bonding, discipline, and knowledge are just a few of them. 

One important last item.  If you’re interested in adopting one of our puppies, you’ll be well-advised to attend behavior/obedience training with your new addition via a professional, licensed class and/or trainer.  There are many advantages to attending these classes; socialization, bonding, discipline, and knowledge are just a few of them, not to mention it’s a great way to give them the added stimulation they need. 

 
dolly (FOSTERED IN ILLINOIS) ***ADPTION PENDING***
 

More about Dolly

Dolly is a 4-month old GSP/Springer Spaniel mixed breed puppy and was born in a foster home; she has received quality care from day one, as has her sister, Loretta.  She is nothing short of beautiful and every bit the adorable, lively puppy you’d expect her to be.  By the way, lively = energetic. wink  She currently weighs about 25 pounds.

Dolly’s mother was rescued as part of a joint effort with an Ohio Shorthair Rescue from a hoarding/puppy mill situation in Ohio but has lived in a foster home since her birth.  Dolly is full of energy, love, silliness, and is as sweet as can be.

Dolly has yet to be around children of any age or with any cats.  She hasn’t exhibited any prey-drive at this young age, but also hasn’t been around many small animals to evaluate this behavior adequately.  She’s very food motivated and will try extremely hard to follow commands if a treat is her reward.  And speaking of food motivation, Dolly has learned a thing or two about counter surfing…the little dickens. LOL!  She’s especially prone to surfing on an end table if there’s a drink setting on one.  She’s curious about people food and drinks but doesn’t aggressively tried to “sneak a bite”.

Dolly hasn’t shown any signs of food or toy aggression toward her foster family.  Naturally, since she’s still a puppy, she sometimes thinks her sister’s toy is much, much better than hers.  When that happens, she’ll try to take it from Loretta, but not in a nasty, aggressive way.  Hmmm…it’s obvious puppies have many of the same traits as human children. laugh

Dolly is crate-trained and will run to get inside her crate when she sees you have a treat for her.  Since Dolly is already crate-trained, we recommend she continue to be crated when she’s to be left alone.  After all, as a puppy, she’s still learning her boundaries and there are no guarantees she’ll stay out of trouble if she isn’t supervised.  Crating is more for her safety than anything else.  If she should happen to ingest something she shouldn’t, it could easily make her very sick, or result in something even more horrible for her.  It’s always better to make sure she’s safe and crated when she isn’t being supervised.  It’s also safer for your shoes, furniture, rugs, children’s toys, etc.  This list could go on and on.

Like all puppies, Dolly LOVES playtime, especially with her sister and her foster sister, a larger dog weighing about 56 pounds.  Dolly will gladly rough house with her sister but isn’t as rough with the bigger dog.  She seems to know where to draw the line. smiley  Dolly enjoy balls and other dog toys, and especially likes playing tug-of-war with her sister.  After a vigorous round of running, chasing, tug-of-war, and other puppy antics, she also needs time for a good nap!

It’s important to mention Dolly has NOT interacted with children yet, but that doesn’t mean she can’t be with children; however, we would highly recommend if children will be in Dolly’s new forever home, they be old enough to understand how to properly interact with a puppy.  Puppies are very active and not exactly mannerly.  At 16 weeks old, Dolly is used to puppy antics and could easily jump up on a young child and accidentally hurt him/her.  She still has a lot to learn and a several months to go before she’ll be considered an adult who has learned adult manners.

We know it’s going to be extremely hard for Dolly’s foster family to see her leave, but we know Dolly’s forever family is out there somewhere and is anxiously awaiting to adopt her. Luckily for Dolly, she’s been in a loving, caring environment from her first day, which means she’ll be very well-adjusted when she does find her forever family.

Her foster mom says, “Dolly loves to snuggle, either with me or with her blankets.  She’ll get under the dog beds and use them as blankets, and she loves to get under our covers with us.”

Dolly truly loves playing with other dogs so if you have a home with an energetic dog that will enjoy a puppy companion, Dolly may be the puppy you’re looking for!  If you want to find out more about Dolly, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.  And don’t forget to read about our adult dogs, too.  They’re all fantastic and hope to find their forever homes, too.

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

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loretta (FOSTERED IN ILLINOIS) ***AVAILABLE***

More about Loretta

Loretta is a 4-month old GSP/Springer Spaniel mixed breed puppy and was born in a foster home; she has received quality care from day one, as has her sister, Dolly.  She is nothing short of beautiful and every bit the adorable, lively puppy you’d expect her to be.  Loretta is lively and very curious. Incidentally, lively = energetic. wink  She currently weighs about 25 pounds.

Most of Loretta’s story will mimic her sister, Dolly’s, story (above).  Their sisters from the same mother and are very, very much alike.  Outside of their markings and colorings, their traits and habits are much the same.

Loretta’s mother was rescued as part of a joint effort with an Ohio Shorthair Rescue from a hoarding/puppy mill situation in Ohio but has lived in a foster home since her birth.  Loretta is full of energy, love, silliness, and is as sweet as can be.

Like her sister, Loretta has yet to be around children of any age or with any cats.  She hasn’t exhibited any prey-drive at this young age, but also hasn’t been around many small animals to evaluate this behavior adequately.  She’s very food motivated and will try extremely hard to follow commands if a treat is her reward.  Unlike her sister, Loretta doesn’t find counter surfing “her thing”.  She’s curious about people food and drinks, but won’t try to steal a nibble.

Loretta hasn’t shown any signs of food or toy aggression toward her foster family.  As we mentioned in Dolly’s story, Dolly likes to steal Loretta’s toys if she gets a chance.  Well, as the saying goes, turnabout is fair play.  Loretta also tries to get Dolly’s toys, too.  She tries to grab the toy, but not in a nasty, aggressive way.  Hmmm…it’s obvious puppies have many of the same traits as human children. smiley

Loretta is crate-trained and will run to get inside her crate when she sees you have a treat for her.  Since Loretta is already crate-trained, we recommend she continue to be crated when she’s to be left alone.  After all, as a puppy, she’s still learning her boundaries and there are no guarantees she’ll stay out of trouble if she isn’t supervised.  Crating is more for her safety than anything else.  If she should happen to ingest something she shouldn’t, it could easily make her very sick, or result in something even more horrible for her.  It’s always better to make sure she’s safe and crated when she isn’t being supervised.  It’s also safer for your shoes, furniture, rugs, children’s toys, etc.  This list could go on and on.

Like all puppies, Loretta LOVES playtime, especially with her sister and her foster sister, a larger dog weighing about 56 pounds.  Loretta will gladly rough house with her sister but isn’t as rough with the bigger dog.  She seems to know where to draw the line. wink  Loretta enjoy balls and other dog toys, and especially likes playing tug-of-war with her sister.  After a vigorous round of running, chasing, tug-of-war, and other puppy antics, she also needs time for a good nap!

It’s important to mention Loretta, like Dolly, has NOT interacted with children yet, but that doesn’t mean she can’t be with children; however, we would highly recommend if children will be in Loretta’s new forever home, they be old enough to understand how to properly interact with a puppy.  Puppies are very active and not exactly mannerly.  At 16 weeks old, Loretta is used to puppy antics and could easily jump up on a young child and accidentally hurt him/her.  She still has a lot to learn and a several months to go before she’ll be considered an adult who has learned adult manners.

We know it’s going to be extremely hard for Loretta’s foster family to see her leave, but we know Loretta’s forever family is out there somewhere and is anxiously awaiting to adopt her. Luckily for Loretta, she’s been in a loving, caring environment from her first day, which means she’ll be very well-adjusted when she does find her forever family.

Her foster mom says, “Loretta is a neck snuggler and cuddler. When her sister, Dolly, isn’t in her crate, Loretta will happily steal Dolly’s blankets and keep them for herself.” Loretta loves her foster family and the dogs she lives with.

Loretta truly loves playing with other dogs and is very used to this form of exercise, so if you have a home with an energetic dog that will enjoy a puppy companion, Loretta may be the puppy you’re looking for!  If you want to find out more about Loretta, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.  And don’t forget to read about our adult dogs, too.  They’re all fantastic and hope to find their forever homes, too.

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

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monroe (FOSTERED IN michigan) ***ADOPTION PENDING***

More about Monroe

Monroe is a white and liver GSP and is about 3 ½ months old.  Even though she came from a Kentucky puppy mill, she has spent almost her entire life with her ISR foster family.  Luckily for this little girl, she’s received quality care pretty much from day one.  She’s beautiful, lively, and growing like a weed.  And as you can tell from her photos, she tolerates “photo shoots” and is very photogenic. ??She currently weighs about 25 pounds.

Monroe loves to play with his fur brother, former ISR alum Beau, who is a large GSP weighing about 75 pounds.  She roughhouses with Beau and can hold her own.  Beau, being the good sport, he is, tolerates this little girl nicely, but Monroe can get a bit rough (jumpy, but not aggressive) with Beau.  He’s a great role model for Monroe and she seems to look to him as a big brother.  From Beau she’s learning all the special traits that make a GSP as wonderful and amazing as they are.

At this point in her short puppy life, Monroe hasn’t had a chance to show if she’s going to be highly prey-driven or not.  She seems to have a good nose and is interested in all the backyard smells, but she hasn’t been stalking or chasing little critters yet.   She loves investigating in the backyard, going on leash walks, playing fetch, chewing on Nylabones, and especially snuggling with her fosters. 

Monroe is very food motivated and will try very hard to follow commands when a treat is her reward.  She’s been working on the following commands: “sit, come, and lay down”.  Her foster mom has recently added the “off” command because Monroe is a furry little jumping bean!  ??  She jumps on people her foster mom is trying to correct this behavior.  Monroe’s foster family has recently added, “kennel” and “do your business” to Monroe’s command repertoire.  “Kennel” is given as a cue for Monroe to enter her crate/kennel and “do your business” is her cue to go potty when she’s outside.

Monroe is very good with the children who live with her as part of her foster family.  The children are 12 and 14 years old and know how to interact with a puppy without hurting the puppy or themselves.  She hasn’t been around cats yet so we’re unsure how’d she’d react to one. 

Monroe hasn’t shown any signs of food or toy aggression toward her foster family or other dogs.  She’s crate-trained, but much prefers being “out and about” with her people.  She has already developed the quirky GSP syndrome of being a Velcro dog. ??  Monroe’s foster mom says, “She’s very affectionate and loves cuddling up with a blanket and lying next to us.”

Since Monroe is already crate-trained, we recommend she continue to be crated when she’s to be left alone.  After all, as a puppy, she’s still learning her boundaries and there are no guarantees she’ll stay out of trouble if she isn’t supervised.  Crating is more for her safety than anything else.  If she should happen to ingest something she shouldn’t, it could easily make her very sick, or result in something even more horrible for her.  It’s always better to make sure she’s safe and crated when she isn’t being supervised.  It’s also safer for your shoes, furniture, rugs, children’s toys, etc.  This list could go on and on.

As with all our fosters, when it comes time for their rescues to find their forever home, it’s a bittersweet experience for all of them; however, with a puppy it’s doubly hard to see them go, and Monroe’s foster family is no exception.  While it will be hard, they also know Monroe’s forever family is out there somewhere and is anxiously awaiting to adopt her.

Monroe’s foster mom says, “Monroe is absolutely adorable and is a big snuggler. She loves to play and run around, but she also loves mental challenges, treats placed inside toys, and chewing on rubber bones.  She loves to be around humans and is a Velcro dog.  She’s learning quickly, but we’re still working on reinforcing housebreaking, but Monroe has made good improvements over the last few weeks; typical and understandable for a 3-month-old pup. She is not over-aggressive, nor is she submissive.”  Something else her foster mom told us is that Monroe gets the cutest facial expression when she cocks her head a certain way…it’s so endearing.  You get an idea of what she’s talking about by looking at Monroe’s pictures.

Monroe loves playing with other dogs and is very used to this form of exercise, so if you have a home with an energetic dog that will enjoy a puppy companion, Monroe may be the puppy you’re looking for!  And as we’ve mentioned, Monroe’s new family will need an abundance of time, patience and commitment to raise Monroe.  If you want to find out more about Monroe, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.  And don’t forget to read about our adult dogs, too.  They’re all fantastic and hope to find their forever homes, too.

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

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