ADOPTABLE DOGS 

 

UPDATED JUNE 20, 2018

YOU MUST BE AN ISR APPROVED ADOPTER TO REQUEST AND RECEIVE FURTHER INFORMATION ON OUR GSP'S. 

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.  THANK YOU.

We only have 1 GSP-mixed breed puppy remaining for adoption.  Her story is found at the END of this page

and will be updated periodically.  Please check back frequently.

MEET winston (FOSTERED IN MICHIGAN)***AVAILABLE***

More about Winston

PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Winston will require a lot of exercise and will do well in a home with another dog with like energy.  Not sure about cats.  Older children might be acceptable; however, uncertain at this time.  Will require a physically fenced in yard – NO underground e-fences OR e-collars.

WINSTON’S STORY:

Winston is a male GSP, approximately 14 months old…so still pretty much a puppy with many puppy tendencies.  He weighs about 52 pounds and is house-trained and crate-trained.

When his foster dad submitted the information for this story on Winston, the very first thing he said was, “First off, he is a sweet and affectionate young GSP. Very friendly and not aggressive, and he LOVES to play!”  This intro to Winston is very telling of the loving, playful nature of this little guy.

Unfortunately, even though Winston is a very young GSP, his short life prior to coming to ISR was not a very happy one.  During the process of “training”, he was continually corrected inappropriately, causing him to become extremely fearful of e-collars and somewhat reluctant to participate in trainings at all. For these reasons, we strictly advise against Winston ever being subjected to e-collars or underground electric fences in his new home.

Currently, Winston knows the commands “sit” and “shake”, and his foster dad believes Winston will be happy to learn more with his new family if they will guide him in a loving, patient environment.  We always believe a dog and their new family will benefit from suitable dog behavior and obedience classes; however, we recommend these classes be overseen and taught by experienced, caring trainers who utilize proven techniques and know how a dog may respond to certain training methods. This is especially true for Winston.  It’s very likely his new family will want Winston to learn more commands and positive behaviors, therefore, we do recommend a good trainer with experience in handling dogs that have been subjected to bad/poor training techniques…dogs that may experience nervousness and become upset during trainings.

Winston isn’t currently in a home with children, but he has a very sweet personality and will likely be adaptable to children; however, we recommend he be homed with older children (8 or older).  The age and size of the children will be considered based on Winston’s energy level.  He’s very exuberant and is rough during play.  While we don’t think he’d intentionally harm a young child, he may cause a child to fall if he jumps up or runs into him.

Winston is crate-trained but he prefers to be with his people and not be crated at all.  Ha! Ha!  What dog wouldn't want his people instead?  He shows a moderate degree of separation anxiety when he’s left alone and crated.  He’ll whine when he first enters his crate but will usually settle down in a short amount of time.  He’ll also make a quick mess of anything cloth-like left in the crate.  Blankets become tattered shreds.  It may be best not to leave anything in his crate that can be destroyed.  Like most young dogs, Winston still loves to chew on just about anything he can find within his reach.  Supervision should be a priority, or items that aren’t meant for Winston may become his newest toy…with unfortunate results.  Best to keep Winston crated if he can’t be supervised for any length of time.

Winston hasn't shown any type of aggression with his foster dad or with his Weimaraner playmate, Zeus.  He LOVES to play, whether it be with his foster dad or Zeus.  Anytime, anywhere…play, play, play.  Please remember, Winston is only 14 months old…a younger GSP with puppy-like tendencies.  By this we mean he prefers to roughhouse during play time, chew on all his toys and blankets, play fetch forever, etc.  He’s very much like the Energizer GSP instead of the bunny!  Winston loves to play fetch with a ball, but he hasn’t quite mastered the idea that he must give it up if he wants it to be thrown again. smiley  He’d rather play tug-of-war with toys he brings back.  He’s rough and rambunctious with toys and during play with Zeus.  Kongs (with a little something inside to entice him) and strong, sturdy rope toys may be the best toys for Winston.

It appears that Winston, like most GSPs is very much a Velcro dog.  He definitely wants to keep an eye on his foster dad and will most likely be found hanging out near him.  His foster dad says he notices Winston keeps an eye on him most of the time…even when he’s playing with Zeus.

Winston does seem to exhibit some prey drive and has picked up squirrel scents on his leash walks.  He’s been seen sniffing out backyard squirrels and giving chase until the wily little squirrel (fast, too!) gets close enough to a tree to make a quick getaway.  Since he does show some prey drive, we’re not sure how Winston will behave with cats or small indoor pets.

Essentially, we want Winston to go to a family that wants a high-energy, puppy-like GSP to participate and share in their day-to-day activities.  Leash walks, hiking, swimming, etc.  Especially activities that will provide him the daily exercise he requires.  He will do great with another dog, but his new dog playmate should have the same energy level as Winston, or close to the same.

For Winston’s new family, there are 3 requirements that must be met.  His new family must be willing to shower Winston with 1) LOVE, 2) PATIENCE, and 3) UNDERSTANDING.  If you think Winston is the exact match for you and your family, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

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

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MEET NOVA (FOSTERED IN MICHIGAN)***AVAILABLE***

More about Nova

PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Nova will require a lot of exercise and will do well in a home with another dog of like energy.  No cats.  Older children so Nova doesn’t accidentally hurt them by knocking them down during play.  Jumper!  Will require a yard with a taller fence (privacy fence or 6 ft. fence recommended).

NOVA’S STORY:

Nova is a striking liver and white 3-year-old female GSP with tons of energy and a happy, energetic personality to match. She maintains a lean physique with her energy level and weighs about 55 pounds.

The very definition of a nova in the world of astronomy comes very close to describing our Nova.  Wikipedia states that “a nova is a transient astronomical event that causes the sudden appearance of a bright, apparently “new” star, that slowly fades over several weeks or months.”  Our Nova is truly a bright, beautiful star!  The big difference between our Nova and Wikipedia’s definition is we don’t see any signs of our Nova “fading over several weeks or months”.  If anything, we see her as becoming an even brighter star as she matures and bonds with her new family.

Nova is good with other dogs and likes to play and rough house with them.  She tends to be a bit loud and rough during play, so be sure you give her and her playmate plenty of room to run and tumble with one another.  You’ll see what we mean by watching this video of Nova playing with her foster playmate.  While dogs are a good match with Nova, we don’t recommend she be homed with any small prey-type animals, including cats.  She’s very prey-driven and smaller backyard animals aren’t safe with this little girl around.  When she’s not focused on playing, she spends the rest of her time looking for small prey movement in her surroundings that might provide her the opportunity to show her true GSP nature – stalk, point, and then “game on”!

Nova came to ISR with a background that indicated she’s good children; however, her foster home doesn’t have children, so we can’t say for sure if this is an accurate assessment at this time.  If children are to be a part of Nova’s new family, we recommend they be older (8 and above) to ensure Nova doesn’t accidentally knock them over when she’s excited or playing.  She also tends to jump when she’s excited, so the size of children must be considered.  She’s very sweet by nature, but she’s still a young GSP with lots of energy and playfulness! 

Nova is very gentle when she takes treats from her humans and she hasn’t shown any aggressiveness/possessiveness with her food or toys with her people or with other dogs.  She’s crate-trained and house-trained and doesn’t exhibit much separation anxiety when she must be left alone.

Nova LOVES to JUMP!  So much so that we strongly recommend her new home have a fenced in yard with a high fence; either a tall privacy fence or a tall (at least 6 ft) chain linked fence to keep her inside her boundaries.  Her overall desire to hunt and explore her outside world may cause her to jump over shorter fences.  Her previous home had a 6-foot fence that apparently kept Nova where she belonged, but supervision and vigilance will be necessary until Nova and her new family are accustomed to her abilities and tendencies.

Nova’s as smart as she is spirited, energetic, and beautiful.  She already knows sit, come, and down.  She tends to counter-surf so make sure all the goodies are safely stored out of reach or she may end up with more treats than her family wants to share!  If she’s “on the hunt” for some goodies/treats, it’s not uncommon for her to show off another talent she’s learned and mastered…the typical “GSP whine.”  And she’s a real master with this one. LOL!  If you don’t know what a GSP whine is, little Nova will be happy to enlighten you on what it is and the meaning.  Basically, the GSP whine means…me, me, me.  Since GSPs like attention and are often referred to as Velcro dogs, the whine is another way for them to gain the attention they seek.  Whether it be for another treat, extra pets and hugs, outside, play, or whatever…with true GSP mastery, the GSP whine helps our Nova let you know she’s seeking something she hopes you’re willing to give her…at least most of the time. LOL. 

As we just mentioned, Nova loves attention, and her foster mom says that includes “being treated like a princess.”  Apparently, the more attention, love, hugs, pets, playtime, etc. Nova receives from her people, the more she likes it.  In other words, princess-like treatment for Nova = attention, love and respect.  I guess our GSPs aren’t much different than us when it comes to love and happiness.

We believe Nova came to ISR from happy, healthy circumstances because she’s very good-natured when she has a bath, during nail trims, and at the Vet’s office.  She also loves anything that involves play and exercise, including leash walks; however, she’s strong and tends to pull while on leash, so extra strength/caution may be needed until she calms down and becomes accustomed to her new people and surroundings.  And don’t be surprised if you see Nova carrying her leash around with her, even when she’s not on walks.  There seems to be something about her leash that “comforts” her – or maybe she’s just trying to pull a fast one and get someone to take her for a bit of a walk?  Wink! Wink!

Nova likes Nylabone chews but is inclined to chew up her dog beds rather than use them for resting and sleeping.  She still seems to have a lot of the GSP puppy energy which may include chewing up her beds.

Nova and her new family will also benefit with additional behavior/obedience training.  These classes help tremendously with dogs of Nova’s intelligence and energy, as well as helping her new family bond with her and learn the communication skills necessary to have a healthy, happy relationship with one another. 

All in all, our little Nova is a typical “puppyish” 3-year-old GSP with tons of energy and love to shower on a new forever family.  She’s beautiful, smart, a fast learner, and will make a wonderful companion for a fast-paced, active family who wants to embrace her as part of their family and include her in their activities.  Nova must have an active daily exercise routine or it’s very likely she’ll become bored.  Excessive boredom = anxiety = disobedience and bad behaviors.  Nova will do well with a family that has previous GSP (or high-energy breed) experience.  If you’re interested in Nova and thinks she’s the perfect match for your family and home, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

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

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MEET MOLLIE SUE (FOSTERED IN ILLINOIS)***AVAILABLE***

More about Mollie Sue

PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Mollie Sue does not require extensive exercise but requires a minimum of two-three exercise sessions per day.  When outdoors and unleashed, must be contained in an area with 6 foot (minimum) privacy fence; if not fenced/supervised, Mollie Sue must be on-leash at all times when outdoors.  Cannot be crated for extended periods of time.  MUST be an only dog and probably no cats.  Older children will be fine (probably 8-12 or older).

MOLLIE SUE’S STORY:

Mollie Sue (a.k.a. Mollie) is a female GSP mix, approximately 1.5 years old, and blind.  She’s petite, weighing about 35 pounds and is white with black markings.  When she interacts with her people, it seems every movement and exchange made is cuter and more intuitive than the previous one.  You see, even though Mollie Sue is blind, she has learned to live and communicate in ways a sighted dog may not.  She’s so in tune to her surroundings and her people it’s as if she almost takes on human-like responses and interactions.  So much so that her foster family sometimes forgets she’s blind at all.  Mollie Sue never ceases to amaze them as she goes about her day-to-day routines…happy, loving, confident, and eager to learn and please!

Please don’t think that just because Mollie Sue is blind she’s not “what you’re looking for” in a pet… stick with us for just a few more paragraphs before you decide.  Allow us this brief opportunity to describe our Mollie Sue and you might discover she’s just the dog you’ve been searching for all along!

During her short lifetime, we know Mollie Sue was living in a desperate situation where she was badly neglected and mistreated.  We’re unsure how she became blind, or how long she’s been blind.  We also know at one point she interacted well with other dogs; however, that hasn’t been the case with her and her foster dog sibling.  For this reason, we’re advising she be an only dog unless she receives professional guidance from a skilled trainer when and if she is to be introduced to a possible permanent dog sibling.

“Blind dogs see with their hearts”is a quote from the Blind Dog Rescue website (blinddogrescue.org), and we couldn’t agree more.  As a matter of fact, this website offers realistic, helpful information about how to live with and care for a blind dog as a family pet.  From what we’ve read, and from what we’ve lived and experienced with Mollie Sue since we brought her into our rescue, we know for a fact that whoever is lucky enough to adopt this little girl will have the opportunity to experience some of the most joyful, fun-filled, loving days you could ever experience through pet ownership.  Mollie Sue is positively THAT special.

...And now, what you’ve been waiting for…specifics on little Mollie Sue.

Perhaps the first very, very important detail we want to highlight is that Mollie Sue doesn’t “act blind”.  If you’ve never been with a blind dog and don’t understand how they maneuver throughout their daily activities, we’d like to give you a brief insight into her world, how she came to be with ISR, and how she manages her days as an independent, normal, puppy-like GSP.  We have several short videos of Mollie and hope you’ll enjoy viewing them.  They’re posted throughout her story.

Mollie Sue adapted easily and quickly to her new foster home surroundings and people.  It took her a little over a day to “visualize” her new surroundings and navigate throughout her new home and backyard…like she’d been living there forever as a sighted dog.  Her foster mom says “Mollie now weaves around obstacles so well one would think she has normal vision.  Her senses of smell and hearing are also extremely good, which she uses to help her locate toys, treats, bones and even to fetch and retrieve!”  Here are a couple of videos showing Mollie playing with toys, a blanket, and retrieving during playtime in the yard.  Video 1, Video 2, Video 3

Mollie is house trained and will go sit by the door when she needs to go out.  If she’s in her crate when the need arises, she’ll bark to let you know it’s potty-break time.  Here’s a video of Mollie walking through the house and heading for the door for outside time.  Mollie isn’t a fan of her crate, but if she must be crated (not over 3 hours), she simply needs her leash and a few treats tossed inside her crate to entice her in.  Mollie will experience anxiety and separation issues if crated for lengthy periods of time.

Mollie Sue’s blindness doesn’t keep her from craving exercise and outside time.  She’ll require at least two-three exercise sessions per day.  When outside and unleashed, she must be contained in an area with a 6 foot (minimum) privacy fence; if not fenced/supervised, Mollie Sue must be on-leash at all times.  Mollie has proven to be a bit of a mini-Houdini and easily navigates gates/chain link fences with her climbing/jumping abilities.  As we've already mentioned, Mollie Sue doesn't let her blindness impede her love of life and her exploring instincts!  smiley  She loves to go on leash walks to get good smells and sniffs of her outside world.  It’s also common for her to occasionally “belly walk”, as seen in this video.  Her foster mom thinks it’s because Mollie likes the feel of grass on her belly.  After all, Mollie Sue senses her surroundings in a different way than her sighted counterparts.  Maybe that’s her way of showing how happy she is to be “one with nature”?  While we’ll never know for sure, one look at how happy she is when on her walks, experiencing her life, is all it takes to know it’s one of her happiest times.  Mollie also loves to play fetch in the backyard.  By using a ball with a sound, she listens to the direction it’s thrown and then lets her sense of smell take over.  It’s really amazing and we’re lucky enough to have a video  highlighting this Mollie Sue talent, too.

Mollie doesn’t exhibit much in the prey-drive area, but she often acts like she’s hunting birds in the trees and sniffing the ground for nearby critters.  If she senses birds in a low hanging nest, she tries to get them, but so far, she hasn’t achieved this feat.  We’re not sure what she’d do if she ever caught one, but we do know she can catch June Bugs and eat them.  Yuck!  surprise Oh well, that just means you may never have to pay for an exterminator.  LOL!

Mollie’s exuberance should be considered before she’s homed with children.  We believe she’ll be fine with children that are tall enough and strong enough to deflect her jumping up on them.  She’s still a very young dog with a lot of energy and she likes to jump up on people to greet them when she’s excited.  It’s as if that’s her way of gaining insight into a person’s intentions and to let them know she’s happy to be with them.  Maybe it’s because she can’t see them and it’s a sensory thing…we’re not sure…but it’s a work in progress.  She doesn’t understand yet that jumping up on people is not safe – for the person or her.

Mollie can become easily excited at which time her obedience responses decrease and it takes a little bit of time to get her back on track.  One can only imagine how many senses she’s experiencing without her sight and how difficult it must be from time to time to get everything under control again.  A sighted dog experiences visual cues that Mollie doesn’t. For instance, Mollie can’t see a person’s visual cues (facial or body) or a dog’s (or any animal’s) non-verbal warnings.  Mollie has an extremely heightened sense of hearing, so she may be easily startled by new noises, instinctively causing her to bark.

Living with Mollie Sue is very, very similar to living with a sighted dog.  She is fearless in her movements and her acute sense of smell and hearing give her many advantages sighted dogs don’t have.  As she maps her way through her surroundings, when she bumps into something, it’s stored in her memory banks and she rarely, if ever, bumps into that same thing again.  Mollie feels textures with her feet and this ability helps her sense her location relative to placement of furniture, outside settings, etc.  One more video just to show you how smart our Mollie girl is.  Here's one where she learns to play with a "treat ball."  If we hadn't shared with you that Mollie is blind, we're pretty sure the videos you've watched would convince you that she's a sighted dog.

It’s very apparent Mollie’s foster family has quickly found a spot in their hearts for this girl, and that Mollie loves them, too.  You can tell just how happy Mollie is when you watch the videos we’ve provided.   Mollie Sue LOVES people and is a Velcro dog in the true definition of Velcro.  She’ll lean on a person as if to ensure they’re there for her and to let them know she’s there for them, too.  There are so many wonderful things to tell you about Mollie and our room is too short to provide all of them, but in closing, we’d like to leave you with the impressions from Mollie’s foster family who have quickly come to love and respect this mini-super dog…our own little “Unsinkable Mollie Sue.”  When asked to describe Mollie Sue’s personality, this is what her foster family had to say.

Happy, playful, loving, spunky, goofy, confident, exuberant, confident, SMART, stubborn.  Also, she doesn’t yet grasp that some of the things she does may cause her injury (jump/climb up on something that isn’t big enough or stable enough for her). It’s as if she has no concept of gravity."

Now that we’ve finished our introduction of Mollie Sue, we hope you’ve reconsidered your adoption plans and might find room in your hearts and home for this very special little girl.  You must be a special family with an abundance of patience and love to share.

If you think Mollie Sue is the perfect girl to add to your family, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

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

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MEET SPUD (FOSTERED IN ILLINOIS)***AVAILABLE***

More about Spud

PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Spud will do great in a home with another dog and a fenced back yard for safe play and exercise.  He’ll require a lot of exercise and a home where he will NOT be crated for long periods of time.  Another dog to help with exercise will be helpful, and his new home MUST have a tall 6 ft, physical privacy fenceOlder children will be fine (aged 5 and older); unsure if good with cats.

SPUD’S STORY:

Spud is approximately 2 years old, which means he’s still very much a GSP puppy in many ways.  He’s a gorgeous boy, weighs about 63 pounds, and has a huge personality to match his larger frame.  He has big paws, a larger head, and beautiful amber/gold eyes that warm your heart when you meet his gaze. 

As a younger GSP, he’ll require a lot of supervision and exercise.  His fosters have discovered Spud does very well in a home with another dog of like-type energy (high-energy) to help with his exercise needs.  Spud came to us from a man who realized, after the fact, that a GSP is a very high energy dog…especially young GSPs.  Spud’s previous owner was elderly, and Spud’s energy and exercise requirements proved to be too much for him.

If you’re wondering how in the world Spud got his name, you’re not alone.  So are we.  Most of you, like us, probably associate the word “spud” to the ever-popular potato, but as you can see, this beautiful boy doesn’t resemble a potato…that’s for sure!  So, with a little research (thanks Wikipedia!), we came up with a few plausible answers.  We think our Spud was named after one of several famous sports personalities/players that his previous owner became a fan of…he had a favorite “Spud” athlete.  There are 3 famous baseball players who went by the name Spud:  Spud Chandler (1907-1990), Spud Davis (1904-1984), and Spud Johnson (1856 - ?).  And we don’t want to leave out Spud Owen, the head football coach for Eureka College Red Devils, and the ever-popular Spud Webb (born 1963), who won an NBA slam-dunk contest, despite being one of the shortest players in the NBA.  Take your pick…they’re all very worthy contenders!

Spud has a fantastic personality and eagerly plays with other dogs, toys, and his people.  He’s full of energy and wants to be in the mix of anything and everything that’s going on around him.  He will be a perfect GSP for an active family, perhaps with another doggy playmate…a family that wants to include him in their outings as part of their family, i.e., hiking, swimming, camping, etc.  He isn’t a dog who will want to spend most of his day lounging around in the shade, or in a crate.  On the contrary, the more excitement and play time this guy has, the better he likes it…and the better pet he’ll make for his new family.  Exercise = happy dog = happy family!

Currently, Spud knows some basic commands such as, “sit, down, and come”; however, he’ll benefit significantly from additional training to address his behaviors and obedience.  We recommend Spud attend behavior/obedience classes with his new family to help ensure consistency in his training, and this training will also help the bonding process between Spud and his new family. 

As we’ve mentioned, Spud is high-energy and a very, very strong, physical GSP.  Because his previous (elderly) owner didn’t have the energy to work with Spud and help Spud learn the ins and outs of being a well-trained, albeit happy-go-lucky pup, Spud spent most of his days as a “free-wheeling”, untrained (but not aggressive) puppy whose only purpose was to enjoy life and be the very playful young GSP that he is.  It’s also likely that Spud didn’t get much time on leash for leash walks and this is a work in progress for him; he’s tough to handle on a leash, especially since he’s so strong, but with the proper training and patience, we believe he’ll get better.

Spud is prey-driven and very focused on squirrels and birds in the yard…gamely showing the GSP stalking and chasing traits so indicative of his breed.  If he weren’t such a clumsy pup, he might even be successful and catch one or two…but, alas, he still needs to hone his skills and grow into his body and paws to have a successful “hunt”…lucky for those backyard critters!

Spud wants very much to please his people and relishes being praised, petted, and loved.  He accepts being in a crate, but we advise he be homed with a family that won’t have to leave him in a crate for extended periods of time because he does experience separation anxiety if left for long periods.  He’ll also counter surf if you leave goodies out and forget he’s there.  If caught in the act, a simple “No” and he’s back down away from his counter quarry; however, counter supervision is still a must for Spud…if you value your dinner and leftovers. wink

Spud has shown no aggression over food or toys with other dogs or people.  He has a gentle, loving spirit, but because he’s still a clumsy, energetic, puppy-like GSP, we advise that if he is to be homed with children, the children be at least 5 years of age or older.  Spud could easily knock young children over and inadvertently hurt them.  Spud gets along great with other dogs and LOVES people.  He’s very much a Velcro GSP and will follow his people from place to place to make sure he knows where they are and maybe get a chance to be included in whatever they’re doing.

One of Spuds cute little quirks is that he seems to “bond” with blankets.  He likes to drag a blanket around, find a likely napping spot, and then snuggle up with his blanket for a quick nap.  Spud is also a relatively quiet GSP and rarely barks unless he’s taken by surprise or scared.  Once, he saw his reflection in a glass door and he barked at himself…silly pup!

In summary, Spud is the GSP for you, IF; 1) you have the time and patience to love and nurture a high-energy puppy-like GSP, 2) you don’t have very young children, 3) you may have another dog/s of like-type energy to help with Spud 's exercise needs, and 4) you want a loving, sweet, beautiful, Velcro GSP who is looking for an active family to include him in their life for the long-term.

If you think Spud is the perfect GSP to add to your family, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

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

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MEET GEORGE  (FOSTERED IN ILLINOIS)  ***AVAILABLE***

More about George

PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

George is male GSP, about 9 years old and has some health needs that are now managed by medication. ISR will work with an adopter to provide some financial assistance in the cost of his medication. 

George loves walking and would make a perfect companion walker.  

GEORGE’S STORY:

George is about 9 years old but 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.  During his time with ISR, he received the food and medical attention he deserved to get him back to good health. 

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 GSP with a long, natural tail. He gets along great with the other GSP living in his foster home. 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. 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 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.  When entering rescue, George experienced some separation anxiety which has markedly improved over time. He is crate-trained and accepts going into a crate with no problem.  

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.  

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 knows commands, such as, sit, come, and fetch.  

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. 

Please make sure you complete our online adoption application if you’re interested in any of our rescues.

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

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MEET EMMY  (FOSTERED IN ILLINOIS)  ***ADOPTED***

More about Emmy

PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Emmy will do best in a home as an only dog.  Loves children, however, if children are in the home, it’s best they be around 10 years old, or older, because her enthusiasm and playfulness may cause unintentional harm to toddlers/babies.

EMMY’S STORY:

Emmy is a beautiful black and white GSP that weighs about 58-60 pounds.  She has made tremendous progress with her foster family and we know she’ll truly make her new forever family a wonderful, loving companion.  Here’s the latest “scoop” on Emmy.

She has really changed and progressed so much from when she first arrived to her foster family!  When we first got Emmy into our rescue group, she was believed to be between 3 or 4 years-old by her Vet; however, the animal shelter Vet believed her to be about 6 years-old, which means she is probably somewhere in between those ages.

Emmy loves to play with almost any toy.  She can entertain herself if somebody isn’t available to play with her, but she’s also very happy when the opportunity arises where she gets to engage in play with her people, too.  When Emmy first arrived at her foster home, she didn’t understand how to interact with the other dogs in the house.  We’re happy to report Emmy is now beginning to drop a tennis ball and the rope toy by her foster dog sister when she wants to play with her.

Emmy is completely house-trained and has good house manners, but given the opportunity, she may still try to sneak a quick counter surf if you’re not watching.  She knows sit, down, stay, wait, and she’s still working on giving her paw on command.  She sits and waits for her meals when cued, and she’ll also sit and wait to go outside when cued.  Emmy will continue to need some training after her adoption, but she’s onto a good start with basic obedience manners.  She’s very focused during her training sessions and since she is very food motivated, positive reinforcement training works very well with her. 

Emmy loves to play, and her foster mom is working with her to drop her toy for the person playing with her…she loves to play fetch/retrieve.  She settles down after playing to quietly chew on a Nylabone or Elk Antler.  If you enjoy special cuddling moments and doggie kisses, Emmy is more than happy to oblige and becomes a very happy, loving, albeit “largish” lap dog; still, expending energy is important before cuddling attempts. laugh

Emmy LOVES to meet new people and is very enthusiastic when she gets that opportunity.  Her tail wags a mile a minute and she’s very exuberant in her greetings…loving all the pets and kisses that are allowed by her “new best friends”.  Check out this video of Emmy as she meets her foster’s in-laws for the first time.  You’ll get a much better idea of what we mean when we say she loves to meet new people!

Emmy loves people and has been exposed to many people of various ages. She’s always enthusiastic when meeting new people and she loves to be petted and cuddled. When it comes to personality, our little Emmy gets an A++++.  She’s as sweet as can be.

Emmy is prey-driven and shifts her energy level into high-gear when she’s outside looking for backyard critters to harass, tease, and stalk.  She’s all about movement and play…even inside the house; however, when that energy has been exhausted and satisfied, you’ll see her convert to a real cuddle bug.  She’ll shift into “cuddle gear,” seeking out the most obliging person in the area…someone who’ll pet her, rub her ears, and cuddle, cuddle, and then cuddle some more. Cuddling is definitely a big-time, A-OK pastime for Emmy.

Emmy is house- and crate-trained. She’s quickly learning house manners and what it takes to be a great indoor pet, including not to jump up on counters.  Until recently she was a definite counter-surfer, but now understands that not everything within her reach belongs to her. She’s also receiving extra training time with basic commands, such as “sit” and “leave it”. The goal is for her to consistently follow the direction/commands given to her, and she’s learning quickly.  She also knows her name and will come when she is called.  As we often say, GSPs are smart, quick learners, and Emmy isn’t an exception to this rule.

When Emmy has a tennis ball, or a rope toy, she’s very energetic in her play.  She gets so excited she’ll intermittently jump…run…jump…twirl…jump…run…twirl, etc.  You probably get the picture. smiley  Playtime with Emmy is a very active time, and for this reason we recommend Emmy be in a home with older children who she won’t accidentally hurt as she plays.  Though Emmy gets along very well with all age groups of children, Emmy’s playtime rituals may be a little “rough” for younger children. 

Emmy’s foster mom finds our little Emmy very endearing and refers to her as a “little doll.”  She also mentioned that, “Emmy looks right at you when you’re talking to her and seems to know what you’re saying to her…so, if you’re looking for a buddy to tell your secrets to, she’s your gal.”  Evidently, Emmy has that instinctive sense of empathy and offers the unconditional love so many dogs, and especially our GSPs, seem to offer to their people.

We like to find unique things to write about our ISR rescues, and when we checked the Urban Dictionary (always good for a few laughs) for the meaning of Emmy, this is what we found:  “very pretty, loves to be around people, makes new friends quickly, gets along with different varieties of people, can always help you with your problems when you have them, and she’s one of the best people (in this case, dogs) you can trust.  She loves animals, especially dogs!” LOL!  Gotta love the Urban Dictionary, especially when their description is such a close match to one of our dogs.

Well, if the Urban Dictionary didn’t sell you on our sweet, little Emmy with their perfect description of her, then we sure hope the rest of her story does.

Please make sure you complete our online adoption application if you’re interested in any of our rescues.

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

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***PUPPIES AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION***


These GSP mixed-breed puppies will ONLY be adopted out to families living within the Chicagoland area as they MUST complete their vetting at

Downer's Grove Animals Hospital OR Round Lake Animal Hospital.

 

Once again, we’re happy to announce the arrival of 4 beautiful, bouncing, and happy-go-lucky puppies.  We’ve had these little bundles since their mother came to us just after she delivered them!  What a ton of fun we’ve had, too!  Individual descriptions will be posted for each pup as they become available, so check back often if you’re serious about adopting a puppy. 

Before you consider adopting one of our pups, please take time to read the following introduction on puppy ownership – especially as it pertains to owning and raising a GSP puppy.  Additionally, we know how easy it is to fall in love with puppy pictures and dream of owning one of these adorables; however, we will be working very hard to find the very best fit for all the puppies and hope you understand it’s extremely likely many applications will be received for each of these pups.

PUPPY ADOPTION REQUIREMENTS:  If you wish to adopt one of our puppies, it will be very helpful, if not a prerequisite, for you to have prior or current German Shorthaired Pointer experience.  You will be adopting a HIGH ENERGY puppy.  While all of our puppies are sweet, adorable, loving little guys and girls, they are still very young puppies with a long way to go before they’ll settle in to becoming more relaxed with a full understanding of day-to-day expectations in their new homes.  Right now, they’re playful, energetic, happy, a tad stubborn, sometimes a bit nippy, and into everything.  Life is one “big bowl of cherries” for them; carefree and full of new discoveries and experiences.  All they have on their mind is play, play, and then play some more.  And when they’re not playing they sleep, eat, and then guess what?  That’s right, they still want to play some more!  Are you exhausted yet?  Well, maybe not, but if you adopt a puppy, you’ll definitely have your work cut out for you.

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 and inadvertently 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 pups will be well-suited and very happy to be paired with other dogs and/or cats, or as only pets; however, pairing them with other active dogs will help them expend their energy in positive ways.

Before we tell you too much about each of our pups on a more individual basis, we’d like to cover what adopting a puppy entails.  Prior to making the decision to adopt a GSP puppy, or a puppy of any breed, you must give serious consideration to the requirements of what is needed to raise a puppy…short-term and long-term.  Simply stated, raising a puppy involves a LOT of commitment.

Remember the Cliff Note study guides used in high school?  If so, you’ll understand what we mean when we say the following points are presented in Cliff Note style, highlighting only a couple of facts you’ll need to understand about owning and raising a puppy, namely any one of our puppies.

  1. Time CommitmentHigh.  Puppies demand a great deal of your undivided attention.
  2. Training NeedsExtensive and time-consuming.
  3. Cost of Care:  High. Because you’re adopting a puppy, you’ll have his/her entire lifetime of caring for him/her.  Yearly Veterinarian check-ups and vaccinations, licensing fees, food, dog toys, crates, beds, miscellaneous supplies, training sessions, etc.
  4. A Fit for All Families:  Not always.  Puppies tend to play rough and can accidentally hurt small children (babies, toddlers, under the age of 5).  Also, puppies are still growing and can be easily hurt by rough housing with young children.
  5. Love Factor:  High.  You get to soak up their love for many years to come!

One of the biggest advantages we hope you’ll find by adopting one of our ISR puppies is that they have been undergoing socialization from the beginning of their lives.  Many puppies don’t have this advantage, but since we’ve had our puppies from the beginning, they’ve been exposed to adults, children, other puppies, young adult dogs, older dogs, cats and/or other animals, and in all types of different social situations.  Exposing pups to the proper socialization activities is a huge part of raising happy, healthy, obedient dogs.

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 new family will be required to attend behavior/obedience training via a professional, licensed class and/or trainer.  There are many such classes available, and if you’re uncertain how to find a class or trainer, ISR will be more than happy to help you locate a suitable match near your location.  There are many advantages to attending this type of training, especially with a puppy, or any new dog addition to your family.  Socialization, bonding, discipline, and knowledge are just a few of them.  If you’d like to read more about the advantages to training your new puppy/dog, we’ve provided a few links below that we feel cover this topic more completely than we have the room to do on our website.  NOTEISR is not affiliated with and does not promote or endorse any sponsor, product, service and/or advertiser found on any site we have listed.  The sites are only being provided as options to find more information on this subject.

The American Kennel Club:  DOG TRAINING/BASICS

The Association of Professional Dog Trainers: THE BENEFITS OF TRAINING

Veterinary Medicine.dvm.360.com:  EARLY PUPPY SOCIALIZATION CLASSES: WEIGHING THE RISKS VS. THE BENEFITS

The Whole Dog Journal:  SOCIALIZING YOUR DOG OR PUPPY WILL BOOST HIS CONFIDENCE AND MAKE HIM MORE RELIABLE

LACY AND HER PUPS - introduction

MOMMA LACY 

with all of her pups...

Lacy came to ISR shortly after delivering all four of her bouncing bundles of joy.  We're posting information on her mixed-breed puppies (unknown sire pedigree) and hope that you'll find them as adorable and sweet as we do.  In this short video, you can see 3 of the puppies (Squirrel, Pudge, and Panda) running up and down a fence line...expending all that puppy energy they have.  They're growing by leaps and bounds each day and are ready to find their forever homes and families.  Enjoy!

 

MEET SQUIRREL (SQUIRT) ***Will only be adopted out in chicagoland area***

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More about Squirrel (Squirt)

Squirrel, a.k.a. Squirt, is a 16-week-old, female GSP-mixed breed puppy.  Her mom is a full-bred GSP, but we’re unsure about her dad’s lineage.  No matter, though.  One look at her and you can see she’s beyond cute and we know she’s very sweet, too!  She currently weighs about 11 pounds and every pound is teeming with puppy energy!

You may be wondering how in the world we came up with the name Squirrel for this little girl.  Plain and simple.  We attempt to pick cute names to identify their markings and/or personalities.  How many of you enjoy watching the antics of squirrels as they race around in your yard…playing with one another, running up and down in the trees, and just having a good time?  Well…we do, too.  And this little Squirt reminded us of those cute little squirrels we watch, and so…Voilà!  She became Squirrel. Our very own cute, little Squirrel.

Here’s the nitty-gritty on Squirrel:

  • Will engage in play but be careful of the nipping.  She is a puppy, and as such, she still nips and chews.
  • Has been fostered with cats, so should adapt to having one in her new home.
  • Will need to supervise with younger children to prevent accidental injury to the child and/or to Squirrel. 
  • Can navigate stairs.
  • Loves to run and play outside with other dogs.  Chasing balls is great fun for her, too!  Watch this video to see how cute she is when she goes after a ball that's almost as big as she is!
  • Crate-trained.  May fuss a bit at first but will settle down in a short amount of time.
  • No separation anxiety.  Will follow her humans around to “keep an eye on them.”
  • Knows the command, “stay”, and if she needs to be corrected, a stern “NO” and/or a clap of your hands will get her attention and stop the misbehavior.  She also knows “uh-uh” means no-no.

Squirrel loves to chew on elk antlers and doggy bones.  Fair warning, however…she will also take advantage of every opportunity to chew on shoes, slippers, socks, and other typical things she may find on the floor within her reach.   Squirrel often gets to visit with his littermates, Pudge and Panda, and when they’re together, it’s puppy chaos…but in a very, very good way!  You can see what we mean by watching this video of the 3 pups chasing one another along a fence line. 

Her foster mom says Squirrel is, “very sweet, funny, and very trainable.”  She’s smart and a bundle of fun, however, her new home should be with a family with someone who doesn’t work long hours and will have the time and energy to train her.

Since Squirrel (Squirt) is only 11 weeks old, she has a lot to learn and a lot more growing to do; please keep that in mind if you’re interested in adopting her, or any of our puppies.  As our intro to the puppy stories (above) states…much patience, love, training, and time must be given to a puppy before they’re the best companions they can be.

Please make sure you complete our online adoption application if you’re interested in any of our rescues.

  • Squirrel still has some vetting requirements to be completed.
  • Squirrel will still need to be altered.

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PLEASE CONSIDER AdOPTING A GSP THAT IS HEARTWORM POSITIVE

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.