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Porter – fostered in Illinois
Porter is a fairly young GSP and will require a fenced yard and a family with time and patience to give him a lot of exercise. Preference will be given to homes with GSP experience. No young children or toddlers due to his rough playfulness. Good with other dogs and all people. Unsure about cats.
Porter is a handsome 2–3-year-old white and liver GSP who weighs about 55 pounds. As you may notice in the pictures above, when Porter came to ISR he was quite underweight. He is steadily reaching an ideal weight in the home of his fosters; when he’s at ideal weight he will probably weigh about 60-65 pounds. He’s so sweet his foster family has dubbed him “Mr. Porter Waggles.” Evidently, his tail and bottom never quit wiggling and waggling! 😊
Porter gets along well with other dogs of all shapes and sizes, but we’re unsure if he feels the same about cats. He’s also very fond of people, too. Porter doesn’t think anybody’s a stranger, just another happy human to give him a lot of attention.
As far a prey drive, his fosters said he has a medium high prey drive and a high energy level. He shows particular interest in squirrels that mosey in out of his back yard. He’s pretty sneaky when he’s stalking these critters. So sneaky that he actually caught a squirrel the other day and proudly presented it to his humans. The score of that particular day ended up as Porter 1, Squirrel 0. ☹ But in the world of GSPs, this was exactly what he was bred to do!
Porter is probably a little too rambunctious to live in a home with small children and toddlers, especially during play time. He loves to play fetch and and would make a wonderful pet for older children and adults who can spend time engaging in this activity with him. If walking or jogging are activities you look forward to, then Porter will likely be a great partner for you and your family. He really looks forward to nice long leash walks.
One of his favorite pastimes is chasing and fetching a frisbee. He’s quick enough to catch a frisbee on the fly and can’t wait to retrieve it to do it all over again! Porter loves to pilfer through the doggy toy box on a daily basis looking for new toys. To him, a new toy is any toy he hasn’t had out during the course of the day. He’s a super chewer and will need supervision if he’s playing with toys he can easily destroy. He may also be happy to “steal” other toys that are left lying around which aren’t meant for him…especially stuffed animals and rubber/plastic toys.
Porter is crate-trained and doesn’t have any problems spending time in one if needed; however, he’d much rather be spending time with his people. But then, what GSP doesn’t want to be with his beloved people? He’s not allowed on the furniture in his foster home but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t tried to sneak up on a piece of furniture here and there; however, a firm “no” seems to do the trick and off he goes. Porter not only knows the “no” command very well, but also knows the command for “sit” as well as a hand sign for the same. “Come” is a bit touch and go right now, but Porter’s learning quickly, especially since he’s very treat motivated. Other areas that are still a “work in progress” including a little bit of counter surfing (nothing major), and begging for people food.
Porter hasn’t shown any food or toy aggression with other dogs or people. He’s very gentle and good about letting people take food from his mouth and also about removing his food bowl while eating. Such a good boy. He absolutely LOVES peanut butter and giving this to him as a special treat inside a toy designed for this is always much appreciated!
Porter is personality plus and his fosters adore him. They have many nice things to say about him including how happy he is all the time. They also said “Porter is not only happy all the time, but he’s sweet and wants to be a real lover. He’s constantly wagging his tail and loves to be outside. He’s easy-going and would love nothing more than a sunny spot to relax in on chilly winter days – with his people nearby. Porter is confident, adventuresome, loves car rides, and is very keen on seeing and experiencing new things…he loves going here, there and everywhere!”
Oh, and one more thing. If you’re a lover of Johnny Cash music, Porter’s fosters have a special song they play for him, and Porter seems to enjoy it a bunch! Check it out on this YouTube link singing “Hey Porter“!
If you’re an active family that wants a sweet, energetic GSP in your family then Porter is definitely for you…even if you may not be a Johnny Cash fan, we’re sure Porter won’t hold that against you. 😊 If you’re the family looking for a sweet lively GSP puppy, please complete our Online Adoption Application. It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.
Porter is up to date with routine shots and is house trained.
Molly is a GSP puppy and will require a family willing to adopt a puppy and all that owning a puppy entails. Fenced yard recommend and children should be old enough to know how to play with a rambunctious puppy. Good with other dogs but unsure about being with cats.
Molly is a beautiful black GSP puppy who is 9 months old and full of GSP puppy spirit and puppy love! She’s a ball full of energy, especially when she’s let out of her crate; she wants to play immediately. Molly is good with her foster dog sibling, who is about the same size as her. Given her energy level as a pup, if she is to be homed with another dog, she is more suited to be with one about the same size as her, or even a bit larger. Molly doesn’t have a cat in her foster home so it’s unknown as to how she will react with one who occupies her same space.
Children will do well with Molly, however, since she is young and rambunctious, she may accidentally hurt toddlers during playtime. Children who are a bit older and have previous experience playing with energetic playful puppies will be better for Molly.
Molly doesn’t exhibit a high prey drive, but she watches birds and follows them as they fly overhead. She loves to sniff the yard when backyard critters have passed through, but she has yet to give chase to any. Molly is a bit timid when introduced to a new dog but warms up quickly. She plays well with her foster family’s dog and is learning from her playmate, too. Molly’s already learned when the other dog doesn’t want to play anymore it’s time for her to find a toy and play on her own. Molly is generally more submissive when interacting and playing with other dogs.
Like most GSPs Molly is a very smart little girl and wants to please her people. She already knows several commands including “sit,” “down,” and “drop it.” In typical GSP puppy fashion, Molly has a hint of selective hearing when she’s told to “come,” especially if she’s playing with another dog. 😊 Her fosters are also teaching her “off” and “kennel.” Molly is crate-trained but is a bit hesitant to go inside initially. Obviously, she’d rather be spending time with her people or playing.
Speaking of playing, Molly loves to play…after all, she is still a pup! Some of her favorite activities include playing fetch, tug-of-war, tossing around her squeaky toys, and chewing on Kongs and Nylabones. Oh, and watch out for those adorable Molly zoomies! Molly will require a lot of play time and daily leash walks to keep her puppy energy at an enjoyable and manageable level for her new family. Once she’s had a chance to release her playful energy and has had a chance to calm down there’s nothing she likes more than to snuggle up next to one of her people for a bit of schmoozing and snoozing. 😊
Molly is very food motivated which has proven helpful for training. When she realizes food is involved, she becomes very eager to please and is very gentle when she takes the treat as her reward. While Molly hasn’t shown any food or toy aggression toward her people, she has been a bit aggressive toward her foster parents’ dog if bones/rawhides are involved. Molly tries to protect the bone/rawhide and will try to steal it from the other dog if she isn’t supervised. On a positive note, however, Molly hasn’t shown any aggression toward another dog when treats or toys are involved. In fact, if Molly has a toy, she tries to get the other dog to engage in play with her.
Prior to coming to ISR, Molly spent most of her time in a crate which has hampered her growth in the area of her socialization skills. She is a little timid when first meeting people, especially men, and may groan and cower around new people at first meetings. When Molly’s introduced to new people slowly and patiently and when she realizes they’re not going to hurt her, she quickly “melts like butter” and wants to be their best friend…sometimes she’ll even show off with her adorable Molly zoomies!
Molly’s foster mom says “Molly is sweet and lovable; she is definitely one of those dogs who is eager to please her people. She reminds me of a kid at Christmas when she greets people she knows. Molly loves to snuggle/cuddle with her family. She wants to be right next to you rather than on the floor or in a dog bed; she tries to become ‘one’ with whoever she’s snuggling with. To her there is no personal space when snuggling is involved. Given the proper training, patience, and time Molly will be an exceptional dog. She has so much love to give and wants nothing more than to be with her people as much as she possibly can.”
It’s apparent how much Molly’s foster family loves this sweet little girl and really feel she’ll make the right family a wonderful addition to their “pack.” Is that new family yours? If you’re the family looking for a sweet lively GSP puppy, please complete our Online Adoption Application. It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.
Molly is up to date with routine shots and is house trained.
As a senior gentleman, Brody will require some TLC and people who understand his medical needs. A family who has a big heart and lots of love to give this sweet guy. Gets along well with dogs and has been around cats and doesn’t seem too interested in them; however, supervision with cats is recommended.
Brody is approximately 12 years old and hasn’t had the best life. He was surrendered to a shelter by his owner and eventually found his way to our loving rescue people and skilled Veterinarians. Since he’s been in our care (ISR) he has received the absolute best medical care and is gradually getting over some of the immediate medical issues he had when he arrived.
Brody was heartworm positive, but he has finished his heartworm treatment now and shouldn’t experience any long-term issues related to this illness; however, as he’s still recovering from this difficult, painful treatment, he will need to be kept fairly calm for roughly the next 6 months. Too much exertion during this restorative period of time will have an adverse effect on Brody’s recovery, but he’ll still be happy to enjoy the family during short, leisurely leash walks with them while he recovers. He’ll also need to be on a leash for his bathroom breaks.
As a senior dog, Brody also has some of the common ailments that can be found in the majority of senior dogs. He has some difficulty standing on smooth surfaces, which may be improved by fitting him with toe grips (Pawz Friction) or nail caps (Purdy Paws). He also has some fatty tumors (lipomas) that are benign and don’t bother him at all, along with slightly restricted movement due to arthritis in his hip and lower back. He takes medication for hypothyroidism which has proven to help him greatly. Gosh… sure seems like older dogs age much the same as us humans. 😊
Luckily, even with the minor “old age” medical annoyances that affect Brody, it’s obvious how much this boy still enjoys life! He’s consistently one of the happiest and mellowest old gents we’ve been lucky enough to enjoy as part of our rescue efforts. The staff at the Vet’s office and his fosters frequently talk about him with such affection and after reading what they submitted for this story, it’s simple to see how easy he is to love.
Brody is good with other dogs and cats; however, he’s pretty curious when the cats dart away from him. He’s a low-energy boy who is happy to crawl up on the couch to watch the world go by and then drift off for a nap. 😊 His foster doesn’t have children, so we’re unsure how good he is with them, but to be safe, we’d recommend he not be homed with children younger than 12 years of age.
If you’ve continued to read to this point about our sweet Brody, then we know you undoubtedly have a BIG heart and a BIG love for dogs…no matter the age or the circumstances. Brody has so much to offer the right family. The fosters and Vet staff have so many nice things to say about this boy. They told us that “Brody is a very sweet, loving, happy boy who loves mealtime! He also loves attention but isn’t needy or demanding. He’s kind of like a bull in a China shop and we’ve affectionately dubbed him ‘our big lug’.”
Are you the family that wants to give Brody the best life he can have as a senior gentleman? He’d love to have a family to love him as much as he’ll love you!
If you want to adopt Brody…a loving, senior GSP that is sweet, loving, and looking for a permanent family to love him, please complete our Online Adoption Application. It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.
Brody is up to date with routine shots and is house trained.