ADOPTABLE DOGS 

 

UPDATED APRIL 18, 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 currently have 4 puppies available for adoption.  Their stories will be posted and updated as soon as information becomes available and will be listed at the end of this page.  Please check back frequently.

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

More about Chips

PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Chips will do great in a home with another dog and a fenced back yard for safe play and exercise.  As one of our distinguished senior guys, Chips doesn’t require a lot of exercise, but he’ll need a daily regimen of exercise to keep him healthy and happy just the same.  Unsure if he’s good with cats; will probably do fine with children but has not been with children in his foster home.

CHIPS’ STORY:

“Senior dogs have a way of finding the people that need them and filling an emptiness they didn’t know they had.”

Chips is a 12-year-old (senior) GSP with the sweetest face and a disposition to match.  He weighs about 75 pounds and his foster dad says his energy level is medium-to-low, but Chips will sometimes surprise him with the antics of a younger dog…like running back and forth along the fence line with the neighbor’s dog on the other side.

Chips is already crate-trained and doesn’t experience separation anxiety.  He also knows multiple basic commands, including:  sit, stay, come, and down.  Additional training probably won’t be necessary for this gentleman; however, don’t let that keep you from taking him for additional training if you’d like.  After all, as we often say, German Shorthairs are very smart and are always happy interacting with their owners.  Training is a great bonding exercise and in Chips’ case, we’re certain you’ll be able to teach this old dog some new tricks.  Wink! Wink!

Like many GSPs, Chips fits the definition of a Velcro dog; when you’re sitting and relaxing, Chips will be there with his head in your lap, looking up at you with his big soulful eyes, waiting for the pets, ear rubs, and hugs that he loves so much.  Chips truly loves attention from his people, but he loves feeding time, too.  It’s typical for his foster dad to Chips right next to him like a shadow (interpretation = under foot blush ) when he’s preparing Chips’ food.  And if you're not fast enough putting it down for him, he has no problem letting you know he disapproves of your slow pace.  You'll see what we mean if you watch this video.

If you like to go for walks, Chips will be happy to go with you.  He LOVES to go on walks. 

Chips tugs just a bit on the leash, but not so much that the walk isn’t enjoyable.  Chips relishes being outside and checking out the comings and goings of the neighbors and he’ll occasionally play with a Kong ball, too.  However, this older gentleman GSP is more than happy to seek out the comforts of his favorite pillow when outside play time is over.

Chips’ foster dad isn’t sure if he’s good with children because there aren’t any children in the home, but because Chips’ is a mellow guy, all indications are Chips will be fine with children.  Chips’ foster dad says, “Chips is very sweet, friendly, and loving.” 

Chips has been a “dream” to foster.  He’s very low key and has adapted wonderfully to his new environment.  If you adopt Chips, since he’s a senior gentleman, you’ll have some distinct advantages over adopting a younger GSP.  We think senior dogs are awesome, and Chips is no exception.  As a matter of fact, when we brought Chips into rescue, we knew he’d have to undergo surgery to remove a large tumor on his side.  We also knew it would be a very expensive procedure for ISR to cover; however, we took Chips in and gave him the surgery he needed.  That’s how much we believe in this ole boy!  ISR has rescued many senior dogs and we’re told over and over that adopting a senior dog turns out to be much more rewarding than expected, and we think Chips will prove this point, too.

If you’re still “on the fence” about adopting Chips because he’s considered a senior GSP, then these facts about adopting a senior dog…namely our sweet Chips...may help you decide.  The Iheartdogs Website: (https://iheartdogs.com/10-reasons-why-you-should-adopt-a-senior-dog/) says it best:

“When it comes to adopting a senior dog, you have the privilege of choosing the fully-formed personality that best fits your lifestyle. There are no growing pains and no surprises; you simply bring home your new best friend.

Senior dogs may bear a few scars – both physical and emotional – but they don’t let their pasts keep them down, no matter how dark they may have been. Dogs have a way of forgiving, forgetting and living in the present. If you give your love to an old dog, you can be sure he will devote the rest of his life to loving you back.

Since they’ve already gotten that wild-youth-phase out of their systems, senior dogs are excellent at performing service tasks like visiting nursing homes and hospitals or participating in reading programs for school children. They are also the perfect BFFs for senior citizens to adopt!

When you gaze into the wise and worldly eyes of a rescued senior dog, you will see an animal who knows they have been saved. They don’t care where you live, what you look like or what you do for a living; they will dedicate the remainder of their lives to thanking you.”

If you think Chips 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.

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

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

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.

UPDATE FOR EMMY’S STORY April 11, 2018:

We’re so happy to be able to update Emmy’s story!  She has made wonderful 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’s progress...

Emmy has really changed and progressed so much!  When was first brought into ISR, she was aged at 3-4 years old by her current 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 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’S STORY:

Emmy was estimated at being approximately 6 years-old before coming to ISR, but her foster mom thinks she may be a bit younger based on her appearance and personality.  She’s weighs about 58-60 pounds, and is a gorgeous black and white GSP.

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.

We doubt Emmy lived in a home(s) with other dogs since she didn’t know how to interact with other dogs when she arrived at her foster home.  Emmy is very confident and prefers to be the “boss lady” when interacting with her playmates.  At times, due to her lack of experience with the other dogs, Emmy tends to play very rough with them. When the other dogs attempt to correct this rough behavior, Emmy may become defensive.  In other words, if Emmy misinterprets her playmates’ activities and their barking as aggression, she may become defensive vs. playful; however, she’s getting better at understanding and becoming less reactive when the other dogs bark or run past her. Because of Emmy’s lack of experience with other dogs and her defensive tendencies, we believe Emmy will do best in a home where she’s an only dog. 

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

More about Tobias (Tobi)

PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Tobias (Tobi) is young male and full of energy.  We are looking to place him in a home with other dogs who can match his energy level.  He does does not thrive as an only dog. A fenced yard and a plan for exercise will be important.  Tobias (Tobi) is good with other dogs, good with cats, and older children (no babies or toddlers).  Tobias is completely housebroken with no marking issues.

TOBIAS’ (Tobi) STORY:

Tobias (Tobi) is a sweet, playful, energetic 2-year old male.  ISR rescued Tobias believing him to be a GSP mix; however, when he arrived, we realized he probably has little, if any, German Shorthaired-Pointer pedigree in his lineage.  Tobias is likely an Australian Shepherd/Heeler (Australian Cattle Dog) mix, with perhaps a bit of GSP.  Regardless of his breed, when we saw how sweet he was and what a loving personality he has, we knew we’d have no problem finding him a home through our rescue.

Tobi is a smaller dog, about 35-40 pounds and every ounce of him can be full of energy, especially if he has a doggy playmate to keep up with him.  He’s fostered in a home with 2 children, 2 other dogs, and 2 cats.  Even though he’s a high-energy dog, he has never jumped on the children or knocked one of them down; however, because of his breed tendencies, we are recommending he not be placed with a family that has babies and/or toddlers.

We were unsure how Tobi would react to the 2 female cats in the home, but aggression has never been an issue.  He usually ignores them if they walk by, and if he does follow them, it’s merely out of curiosity rather than for any other reason; he’s never tried to chase them.  He appears to know they’re not his playmates and he’s OK with that.  Also, Tobi hasn’t shown any prey drive or aggression toward squirrels or other small critters found in a yard.

Tobi’s favorite playmate is a 5-year old female Heeler mix named Sis.  They love to play and wrestle non-stop.  While they can get rough at times, they don’t hurt one another and have found a happy medium.  Tobi doesn’t play as much with the 8-year old Wirehaired GSP (Izzy) in the foster home, but mostly because the GSP is more reserved…a “genteel lady”.  Tobi is a quick learner and learned his boundaries right away when it came to what the other dogs will tolerate or not tolerate from him.  He accepts their corrections when he oversteps his bounds. 

Tobi’s energy level is medium to high, and he’ll require a lot of exercise, and perhaps even some type of “job” (dog agility?) to do.  Aussies and Heelers are both bred to be working/herding dogs; herding livestock.  Like GSPs, they’re considered to be a high energy breed, extremely intelligent and resourceful.  They’re easily trained and are very curious…not content to sit around for hours on end without activity.  Tobi seems to have all the typical traits common to these breeds, especially his high-energy and vigor; however, his foster mom says even though it seems like Tobi could play all day, he’s also very content taking a nap and sunbathing on the porch for long periods of time, too…especially if Sis deems playtime is over.  In other words, “if Tobi is given the chance to play non-stop, he’ll take it, but if nobody else (dog or human) wants to play, he also enjoys relaxing.”  It’s not at all uncommon to find Sis and Tobi curled up in the same bed for quiet time and rest after play time is over.  All three dogs are on one bed in one of the above pictures.

Tobi hasn’t shown any toy or food aggression with his people or the other dogs.  He doesn’t eat his food near the other dogs in the home, but that’s only because one of the family’s dogs displays some food aggression with new foster dogs; the precaution is for Tobi, not the owner’s dogs.  The family will, however, give all the dogs treats when they’re together and they haven’t experienced any problems with them during that time.

Tobi is crate-trained and seems content to be in the crate if needed.  He hasn’t had any accidents while crated and doesn’t exhibit destructive tendencies to items in the crate (blankets, toys, bowls, etc.).  His foster family is working on all the basic commands with Tobi (sit, down, come, and wait) and his foster mom says he’s learning quickly.  She says he’s an extremely smart little guy, reacts very positively to praise and treats, and is eager to please his people.  Tobi tends to jump up on adults when he wants to be petted, but his fosters are working on curbing that behavior.

Even though Tobi may not be a GSP, he has counter surfed, but in his own way.  Since he’s a bit smaller than a GSP, he can’t exactly stand on his hind legs to counter surf, so he has surfed by jumping on top of the counter to get his prize. LOL!  I (writer of the story) know this isn’t really supposed to be funny at all, and his foster mom and dad are have stopped this behavior, but it just brings a chuckle as I envision this cute little bundle of energy jumping up to check things out.  After all, if our dogs don’t have a little character and a few quirks to keep us interested and enamored of them, we might as well have pet ants or something a little less laughable.  I should also add here that Tobi’s foster mom says he only "counter surfed"a couple of times. smiley

True to his “heeler” moniker, if you get up to do something, you’ll find Tobi heeling right behind you to investigate everything you’re doing.  After all, there might be some fun in it for him, too.  Tobi’s foster mom says, “he’s just a loving, goofy toddler.  He wants to be wrestling with his best dog friend (Sis), snuggled up on your lap, or looking for treats, and he loves human attention…especially pets and rubs.”  She also mentioned that, “even with his ‘craziness’, he’s still one of the most chill dogs I’ve met, and he loves to be outside and just hanging out wherever his family is.”

It will be important that Tobi go to an active family, as Tobi is not a low-energy dog.  As you’ve just read, he can have a higher energy level, and he loves to play.  A family who wants to take Tobi on adventures (hiking, jogging, long walks, swimming, etc.) and has the time to make sure he is exercised and an integral part of their lives. We believe Tobi will do best if matched to a family and home that has another high-energy level dog who loves to play as much as Tobi does.  His new doggy playmate should be able to stand up to a little bit of “rough-housing” and excitement.  He’ll need someone who is patient and willing to work with him on obedience training, and perhaps find him a mental job.  Since Tobi is likely an Aussie/Heeler mix, activity to keep him mentally stimulated, as well as physically active, will be key in making Tobi a happy and non-destructive member of his new family.

In closing, we think his foster mom sums up this little boy perfectly.  “He may not be a German Shorthaired Pointer, but he is one of the best dogs I’ve ever met. He has the biggest heart, and is so funny and playful he is constantly making us laugh.  I think his perfect family will be an active family, with or without children, and a dog who can be his new best playmate.”

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

  • Tobias is up to date with routine shots and is already house trained.
  • Tobias 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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***PUPPIES AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION***


These 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. 

Beforeyou 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

 

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 an 11-week-old, female GSP-mixed 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!
  • 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. 

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.