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Celebrating our Recent Adoptions! All of our dogs have their own pages on our website FOREVER, soon you'll be able to see all of the dogs we've ever adopted.

Be sure to check out our current Testimonials page for owner updates on our adopted dogs. If you'd like to share your Happy Tails success story, send us updates and pictures and we'll post it up to share with the world. Email us at:  webshepherd@gcgsr.org.

Some of our dogs are still in their Foster-to-Adopt homes while making sure it's a good fit for both dogs and people, they are still Adoption Pending.

Our older adoptions are listed here: Happy Tails - Older Adoptions

Our Adopted Dogs of 2016!

Changing lives, one dog at a time.




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Adopted 7/22/17

Jersey

Jersey is a black and light tan, 7 month old female weighing about 52 lbs. She was a stray out of Placer County, so nothing is known about her background. The shelter said she was very timid when she arrived and therefore made her available to rescue. She clearly was a staff favorite at the shelter, based on the number of people who came to say goodbye to her. She has been in our group since March 2017.

Jersey loves being around other playful dogs. She can be insecure and anxious, but having playful, confident dogs around her, helps her get used to new environments and she seems to accept new people easier when she sees the other dogs getting attention from the human(s). She is house broken, crate trained, loves car rides, and lives nicely with cats.

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

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Adopted 7/22/17

Yoda

Yoda is a black and tan male GSD, approximately 12 months old and very thin at 70 lbs. He came to us from a Sacramento area shelter as a stray whose owners didn't claim, so nothing is known of his background. He appears to have food or flea allergies that have caused major hair loss and skin irritation. With proper diet and medicated baths, in a short time, this boy is already showing significant improvement. He looks a little funny now with his big ears and wrinkled skin, but with his beautiful copper-colored eyes and regal posture, this youngster is well on his way to becoming a stunning dog!

Yoda acts like a giant puppy, goofy and playful at times, but he also likes to chill out on his dog bed near his human. He is currently living with a 4 year old male GSD and a 1 1/2 year old female GSD and he gets along very well with both.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added June 2017

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Adopted 7/15/17

Cheyenne

Cheyenne is a 12 week old Black and Tan German Shepherd Mix puppy. She is one of 3 puppies who were surrendered to us by a Good Samaritan who took in their pregnant Momma when she was dumped on their property. The puppies are not completely housebroken yet but are trained to use potty pads.

Cheyenne is the largest of the three puppies and loves to give lots of kisses. More to come on this cute little girl as we get to know her better.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added May 2017

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Adopted 7/15/17

Newton

Newton is a large, handsome male, primarily black with some tan on all four legs and 18-24 months old. Although we don't have an actual weight on him, Newton doesn't look like he's missed many meals and can actually lose a few pounds. He came from a Sacramento area shelter as a stray, so nothing is known of his background.

He is doing well in his foster home with two senior male German Shepherds and a 2 1/2 year old female German Shepherd. He's just beginning to play with whichever dog he can get to engage with him. A home with another playful dog to match Newton's style would be a bonus for him. He also likes a good game of fetch with a tennis ball.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added June 2017

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Adopted 7/9/17

Zappa

Zappa is a one year old, striking, male Belgian Malinois, with possibly German Shepherd mixed in, weighing 65 lbs. He came from a Sacramento area shelter as a stray, so nothing is known of his background.

He is living with a 3 year old male German Shepherd and a 1 1/2 yr old female German Shepherd and gets along well with both. He loves to play, play, play so he will do best with an equally energetic playmate and an active person/family.

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

Added April 2017

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Adopted 7/8/17

Luther

Luther is a handsome one year old black and tan with silver highlights who was an unclaimed stray out of a Sacramento area shelter. He is a confident, enthusiastic guy at a healthy weight of about 85 lbs. He is housebroken and being crate trained. Luther does pretty well on a leash and likes to be around his people and other big dogs.

When the back hatch opens, he is the first one into the car and loves riding to everywhere, sometimes using the center armrest as his pillow. Basic commands are understood, but we are still working on consistency and his young boy attention span.

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

Added April 2017

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Adopted 6/24/17

Luca

Luca is a sweet red and black senior male, approximately 9 years old and weighing 69 lbs. A stray out of Yolo County, nothing is known about his background. Luca arrived with hair missing from his plush coat, an eye infection and ear infections. He has been receiving medicated baths, medication for his eyes and ears and will be stunning when he's healed.

Luca is happy to be with people and follows his foster family around the house, but doesn't get underfoot. He's getting along with the young male and young female German Shepherds in the foster house, but when he first arrived wanted to claim his people and tried to keep the other dogs away from them. With some mild corrections, Luca understands that he cannot do that and has assimilated well.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added April 2017

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Adopted 6/17/17

Decker

Decker is a 12 week old Black and Tan German Shepherd Mix puppy. He is one of 3 puppies who were surrendered to us by a Good Samaritan who took in their pregnant Momma when she was dumped on their property. The puppies are not completely housebroken yet but are trained to use potty pads.

Decker is the shyest of the three puppies, but he loves to give kisses once he gets to know you. More to come on this cute little guy as we get to know him better.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added May 2017

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Adopted 6/17/17

Jay

Jay is a 3.5 month old male Belgian Malinois mix with helicopter ears and a sweet disposition. He was a stray out of a Sacramento shelter, so nothing is known about his background. He came to the shelter with poor muscle tone and swelling in his leg joints, thought to be caused by inappropriate nutrition in his first months of development. He currently needs to be kept calm without too much aerobic activity to keep his joints from being over-stressed. A healthy diet already has started this little trouper back on track. He has the longest legs, which look out of proportion currently to his thin frame.

He's in a foster home with a young female German Shepherd and an adult, calm male German Shepherd. He loves being around people and follows his foster mom around the house, plopping on the nearest dog bed by her.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added May 2017

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Adopted 6/17/17

Miko

Miko is a handsome, four year old black and tan boy weighing about 65 lbs. He was adopted a year ago, but returned when the older couple who adopted him felt they couldn't manage him any longer. His original foster home had another female German Shepherd with whom Miko got along with. He was originally a stray from a Modesto area shelter, so we have no other background on him.

Miko is housebroken, but so far is afraid to use a dog door. He seems anxious in new situations, but is very affectionate and loves a good belly rub. Miko has moderate energy, but does get playful with a good game of fetch.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added May 2017

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Adopted 6/17/17

Rose

Rose is a 3 month old female. She came into rescue with Arcade and Citrona when the owner suspected they got into rat poison. They were immediately treated for 3 weeks and showed no signs of poisoning.

She is working on housebreaking and sleeps in a crate at night and for long naps. She is the typical puppy - lots of work. Just like having a newborn baby, household chores get done while she's napping. Constant supervision is needed or she will chew inappropriately or find a spot to potty.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added April 2017

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Adopted 5/30//17

Citrona

Citrona is a 3 month old female. She came into rescue with Arcade and Rose when the owner suspected they got into rat poison. They were immediately treated for 3 weeks and showed no signs of poisoning.

She is working on housebreaking and sleeps in a crate at night and for long naps. She is the typical puppy - lots of work. Just like having a newborn baby, household chores get done while she's napping. Constant supervision is needed or she will chew inappropriately or find a spot to potty.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added April 2017

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Adopted 5/27//17

Arcade

Arcade is a 3 month old male. He came into rescue with Rose and Citrona when the owner suspected they got into rat poison. They were immediately treated for 3 weeks and showed no signs of poisoning.

Arcade is the talker of the group. He greets you with a loving hello whimper, and lets you know if he is not happy with sharp barks. Even when he going to sleep sometimes he lets out a little relaxing sigh. Consistency in discouraging the complaining barking is required so that he doesn't turn into a nuisance barker later in life.

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

Added April 2017

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Adopted 5/27//17

Christian

Christian is a 3 year old male shepherd. He is mostly black with some mottled black and tan on his legs. He was a stray out of Sacramento County so nothing is known about his background.

Christian loves to spend time inside with his people. He is quickly learning his house manners and is quite receptive to a stern correction; however, this boy can be determined at times. He knows his basic commands such as sit and down, and is still working on wait/stay, especially if it keeps him from something he wants like his dinner.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added April 2017

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Adopted 5/27//17

Jaz

Jaz is a pretty 3-4 y/o old, 57 lb, Black and Red female. She was found as a stray in Sacramento County so nothing is known about her past. Her right front paw had an extensive soft tissue injury, causing infection to the skin and bone on that foot, for which she currently receives daily treatment. No one knows what caused this injury to the foot. Thus far, she is showing remarkable progress and we are optimistic for a full recovery. It is important that she is closely monitored in the future for any recurrent injury to this paw!

Jaz interacts especially well around all humans, including children, although approaches strangers with caution. She is eager for car rides and walks, yet looks forward to her quiet home where she is calm with her human company.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added March 2017

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Adopted 5/6//17

Astro

Astro is a sable 2 - 3 year old male German Shepherd with helicopter ears. He weighs about 90 lbs. He was returned by his owners when they could no longer give him the attention and exercise he needs, after the birth of their baby.

He was living with a Female GSD in his previous home, and got along well with her. He is slow to accept other dogs, and care will need to be taken when introducing him to other dogs, as he is quite dominant. He is currently being fostered in a home with a female GSD and 2 adult male GSDs. He prefers the company of the female GSD.

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

Re-Introduced June 2016

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Adopted 5/6//17

Ahwahnee

Ahwahnee is a 10 week old, very handsome, mostly black male, with some tan on his legs and underside. He came to us through a shelter, along with siblings, and we're told he had possibly gotten into rat poison. The prior owner didn't want to spend the money to take them to a vet so the litter landed in a shelter. He is on a Vitamin K treatment and has shown no signs that suggest he was poisoned.

Ahwahnee is an affectionate, happy puppy and is living in a foster home with his sister Hilton, three adult German Shepherds and cats. Ahwahnee is mellow for a puppy and doesn't fuss much.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added April 2017

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Adopted 5/6//17

Jonsey

Jonsey (aka Jones) is a handsome black and red shepherd. On the smaller side, Jones weighs in at about 65 lbs. He was an unclaimed stray from a local area shelter so not much is known about his background.

Jones is a fairly easy dog to have around the house. He is housebroken, knows some basic commands, and is happy to follow his people around. Jones lives with other large male and female shepherds and gets along with all of them. In his previous foster home Jones lived with a 5 year old child, chickens, ducks, birds, a turtle and some fish. While Jones was very curious about the chickens and birds, he was not obsessed with them.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added April 2017

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Adopted 5/6//17

Polly

Polly is a very cute, traditional black and tan coat with cream colored undertones and a very swishy tail that is constantly wagging. She came to us as an unclaimed stray from a local shelter, so nothing is known of her background. Although the slight gray on her muzzle makes her look a bit older, based on her teeth, legs, and general physical condition, we estimate her to be approximately 3-4 years old. At just over 50 lbs, Polly is the perfect size for someone looking for a more compact GSD.

Although she is on the smaller size, Polly holds her own with the much larger dogs she has been around in her current foster home. She is housebroken, and loves to run around outside with her foster pack, as much as she loves to hang out around them in the house.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added February 2017

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Adopted 4/29//17

Hilton

Hilton is a 10 week old, very cute, black and tan female. She came to us through a shelter along with siblings that had possibly gotten into rat poison. The prior owner didn't want to spend the money to take them to a vet so the litter landed at the shelter. She is on a Vitamin K treatment and has shown no signs that suggest she was actually poisoned.

Hilton is a sociable puppy living in a foster home with her brother, Ahwahnee, three adult German Shepherds and cats. This is one big drama queen, but is tougher than she lets on. If left alone, she is the first and loudest to cry. She loves snuggling with her brother or another dog that happens to be nearby when she's tired.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added April 2017

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Adopted 4/29//17

Ludwig

Ludwig (aka Ludy) is a striking 12-18 month old sable male. Weighing in at about 80 pounds, Ludy is a giant puppy. He was found by a Good Samaritan running free, with a severe limp. After rest and some anti-inflammatories, the limp has cleared up.

Ludy knows a few basic commands such as sit and down. He also walks on a leash without pulling, although he likes to walk right up against you, so it is still a little challenging until he fully learns to give his human some space. Ludy has gotten along with all of the large dogs in his foster home, but this youngster just wants to play, play, play, and can annoy other dogs that don't share his energy. He hasn't really learned to take a hint when the older foster dogs tell him no. Ludy would like to be in a home with another dog that wants to roughhouse.

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

Added February 2017

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Adopted 4/29//17

Zanko

Zanko is a 1.5 year old male Malinois. Zanko came to us as an owner surrender because he they said he didn't have the temperament to be a serious watch dog. He was originally a stray at the shelter and then adopted by his prior owner, so we know a little bit about his background since they had him about 6 months.

According to his prior owner, Zanko does not like being left alone. When he's out outside alone he tends to bark and try to find his way back into the house, this includes hopping the fence. Zanko is very attached to other dogs, he's even been socialized at the dog park before he came into our program.

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

Added March 2017

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Adopted 4/28//17

Tanji

Tanji is a 3 1/2 month old female bi-color long coat. She currently weigh 25lbs, but judging from the size of her feet she is going to be a good size girl. She was an owner surrender due to health issues suffered by one of the owners.

Tanji is a spunky, high-energy little girl, who is very confident. She is not afraid to take a treat or toy from the other adult GSD's in her foster home. Tanji loves to play rough and tumble with the adult GSD's. Tanji's favorite playmate is one year old Sebeka (also available for adoption).

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

Added February 2017

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Adopted 4/22//17

Barney

Barney is primarily a tan-colored male, about 5 months old, and weighs 50 lbs. This is one big, growing puppy. He was a stray from a Sacramento shelter, so we have no background on him.

Barney appears housebroken and is very smart. He is fixated on the cats in the foster home, but may be able to learn to leave them alone. He loves playing with the big German Shepherds he's met, but initially thinks jumping on them is an appropriate way to play.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2017

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Adopted 4/22//17

Hampton

Hampton is a striking 8 month old, sable long coat male. He was a stray from a Sacramento shelter, so nothing else is known about his original past.

This young boy is living in a home with a young female German Shepherd, two senior male German Shepherds and two cats. He loves to play with the female dog, but seems to understand that the older dogs prefer to be left alone. He occasionally notices the cats, but is easily distracted with toys and verbal cues, and does not display prey drive or aggression toward them.

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

Added March 2017

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Adopted 4/22//17

Messi

Messi is a 1 year old, sable male who was owner surrendered to a Sacramento area shelter, but little is known about his past.

Messi is currently living in a household with a young female German Shepherd and he loves to follow her everywhere she goes. He loves to play, play, play and he will become vocal if he believes she isn't playing enough. He is mostly housebroken and knows basic commands such as sit and down. He is still learning to walk on a leash but is showing good improvement when he gets to go out one on one.

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

Added March 2017

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Adopted 4/22//17

Quincy

Quincy is a 3-4 year old, black and tan male weighing about 80 lbs. He came from a Sacramento area shelter as a stray so nothing is known of his background. Within three weeks of being in a foster home, Quincy began having seizures. He had several in a short period of time and has now begun phenobarbital medicine to control the seizures. Seems to be working so far, but he'll need to take medicine for life and get regular blood work to check the effects on his system.

This is a low energy dog. He met the three German Shepherds in the home easily and doesn't seem to have much interest in the cats. He will play for a while with the young female who eggs him on until he responds.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added December 2016

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Adopted 4/15//17

Brenna

Brenna is a 4 y/o black female. She was recently returned to rescue due to human health concerns and no fault of her own. Brenna was renamed Raven and for the past 2 years that was her name and that is what she now responds to. She was sleek 62 lbs her first go around in the rescue and now weighs in at, a much too large for her frame, 92.2 lbs. She will need daily exercise to get back a more reasonable weight.

Currently, Brenna lives with 3 dog savvy cats and a male GSD. She doesn't play much with her foster brother; not sure if that is because of her weight or if that is just Brenna's personality.

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

Added February 2017

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Adopted 4/15//17

Starlynn

Starlynn (aka Momma) and her puppies came to us 4 days after she gave birth. Her elderly owners surrendered her because they could not physically care for the puppies. She is a beautiful black and tan German Shepherd; that is approximately 3 years old.

It is apparent from her physical condition that this was not her first litter of puppies. The puppies are now 8 weeks old and have been weaned off of Momma. Starlynn is ready to start her new life as just a dog.

She came to us with no house or leash manners but has learned some basic commands.

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

Added October 2016

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Adopted 4/8//17

Bronx

Bronx is estimated to be a four month old, male German Shepherd Husky mix. Bronx and his mom were found by Good Samaritan's in Stanislaus county. The Good Samaritan held Bronx for the county stray hold and made a shelter report, but after not even one phone call of someone trying to claim them, they reached out to GCGSR.

Bronx came to the foster very unsure of humans and other animals. He would often try to hide or grumble at new comers into the household. After a few corrections and learning that kind of behavior isn't acceptable, he stopped. His foster has been working on socializing him with other people and he's doing great. He's still a little unsure at first but then approaches asking for belly rubs and ear scratches.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added February 2017

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Adopted 4/1//17

Becka

Becka is a 3 year old white female. She was a stray from the Modesto shelter with Bernard, so we do not know much of her background.

Becka is an easy dog to have around with her moderate energy level. She loves walks and car rides, and quiets down nicely in the house. She loves affection, especially belly scratching, but isn't clingy or demanding.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2017

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Adopted 4/1//17

Bernard

Bernard is a large, 2 year old, white male German Shepherd. He was an unclaimed stray in the Modesto area, so nothing is known of his background.

Given his large size and floppy ears he may have a touch of another breed, maybe Great Pyrenees? He is a calm boy that gets along well with other dogs. He must have previously been in a home with cats, as he knows all about them and their claws and shies away from them. He is housebroken.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2017

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Adopted 3/25/17

Nalani

Nalani is a 7 year old petite Black and Tan female. She was originally a stray from Placer County, so nothing is known of her background. She was adopted once, but returned when the adopters couldn't trust her with their cats. She then was determined to be heartworm positive and recently completed treatment for Heartworm. She entered our foster system underweight, but has achieved an ideal weight of 58 pounds.

She was initially restless around other dogs, but has learned to accept their company without the need for interaction.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2017

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Adopted 3/25/17

Nerissa

Nerissa is a female all-black long coat, approximately 3-4 years of age and weighing 88 lbs. She was a stray from a Yolo county shelter, found with Havi and a Rottweiller, but no other information is known about her past.

She has a calm, mature demeanor with moderate energy to low energy. She does well around most other dogs, when introduced properly. Introductions to other dogs have been more successful when Nerissa is not tethered or confined.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added February 2017

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Adopted 3/25/17

Vogner

Vogner is a 6 year old, red and black male who is underweight at the moment. He has a large blocky head which makes the rest of his body look even thinner. Vogner came as a stray out of a Sacramento shelter, so we have no background information on him.

He appears housebroken, sleeps nicely in a crate and rides well in the car. He knows basic commands. He walks well on a leash, as long as a squirrel doesn't cross his path. He loves playing with balls and with the female German Shepherd in the foster home. He is also living nicely with two senior male German Shepherds and so far has ignored the cats in the home.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added February 2017

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Come meet me on Saturday, March 18th from 11am to 2pm at the Rancho Cordova Adoption Day at Petsmart on Olson Drive!

Adopted 3/18/17

Beau

Beau is a lovely, very friendly three to four year old bi-color male that was rescued out of the Modesto Shelter as a stray so we have no background information on him. He is a little underweight right now and should fill out nicely at about 75 pounds.

During the first few days at his foster's house, Beau had no house manners but caught on very quickly. He is an extremely smart boy who just wants to please you. In less than a week, he was learning to sit, shake, wait, stay, down, go to your spot, look at me and sleep in his crate although he would prefer to sleep in the bed with you. His recall is great! He is also potty trained and cues to be let out by going to the door or whining.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added December 2016

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Adopted 3/18/17

Ben

Ben is a black and tan 2 - 3 year old male who was picked up as a stray and came to us from a local shelter, so little is known of him background.

A very sweet boy but has somewhat of a shy temperament. He's a big boy however, he's a little on the thin side. He gets along great with other dogs.

He behaves as though most things are new to him but is gaining confidence daily.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added December 2016

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Adopted 3/18/17

Lonnie

Lonnie is a beautiful black and white 2 year old female. Lonnie has a beautiful shiny black coat and the most golden eyes you have ever seen (her left eye is a little lighter than the right eye). She weighs about 53 lbs., and could afford to put on a few pounds. Lonnie was stray from the Yolo County Shelter so nothing is known of her background.

Lonnie is a sweetheart! She loves to be with her people, she gets along beautifully and plays very well with her large male foster brother and her Mal/GSD foster sister. Lonnie likes everyone she meets.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added February 2017

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Adopted 3/18/17

Westin

Westin is an 18 month old, black and tan male who was a stray from a local area shelter is little is known of his background.

He has easily blended into his foster home's pack, and lives with three large German Shepherds and two medium sized dogs that are a mix of ages and sexes. He appears housebroken, uses a dog door, sleeps nicely in a crate and rides well in the car. When we first got him, it was a challenge to get him in the car, but now jumps right in and enjoys the rides.

Westin has a nice calm, easy going demeanor, quiets down nicely in the house and likes to be near his person. He will turn on the charm and rest his head in your lap waiting for pets, or will offer his belly waiting for you to give him a good belly scratching!

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added February 2017

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Adopted 3/4/17

Alicia

Alicia is a 9 week old female Black and White German Shepherd Mix puppy who weighs 16lbs. She is one of 8 puppies who were surrendered to us with Starlynn (Momma) when they were 3 days old. The puppies are not housebroken, but are trained to use potty pads.

Alicia was the first puppy to figure out how to escape the area the puppies were contained in. She figured out that she could stand on top of her littermates and climb over the railing.

She is quite rambunctious and loves to play rough and tumble with her littermates.

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

Added October 2016

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Adopted 3/4/17

Regent

Regent is a happy and energetic 2 year old male dog. He was an unclaimed stray from a Sacramento shelter so nothing is known of his background. Weighing in at about 75 pounds, this tall boy needs to gain another 10 pounds.

He is currently working on his house and leash manners and learning basic commands. Regent does well when walking on a short leash, but if given more space he still pulls, especially when he's excited about meeting a new friend.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added February 2017

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Adopted 2/25/17

Bianca

Bianca is a pretty, white female, approximately 3.5 years old, and weighs 61 lbs. She was a stray from Yolo County, so nothing is known of her background.

Bianca has nice house manners, is housebroken, and calms nicely inside the house. During the night or when away, Bianca settles nicely and quietly in a crate. She is currently in a foster home with several dogs. She meets most new dogs easily, but displays dominant female tendencies. She is great around cats, sniffing but not harming the two she met.

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

Added January 2017

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Adopted 2/25/17

Dicara

Dicarra is a 2-3 year old, petite, kissy, bi-color girl. She was an unclaimed stray from Modesto Shelter, so nothing is known of her background. It appears as if she has had a least 1 litter of puppies in her young life.

Dicarra is currently in a foster home with 7 other dogs, and gets along with all of them. She is currently being fostered in a rural ranch home, and has shown little to no interest in the resident goat, but will chase a stray cat if given the chance. She will gravitate to the younger, playful dogs, and initiate a good game of "catch me if you can".

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added December 2016

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Adopted 2/25/17

Havi

Havi is an 18 mo old, handsome black and tan male weighing 89 lbs and slightly overweight. He was a stray from a Yolo shelter, found with Nerissa and a Rottweiler, but nothing else is known about his past. He is playful, energetic, and eager to please his human. He will benefit from one-on-one supportive training to show him how to succeed. If too stern of a correction is given, Havi flattens to the ground like a pancake.

He is crate trained, walks fairly well on a leash, and enjoys his car rides. He is working on becoming housebroken and will use a dog door. Havi plays well with other dogs, large and small, but often is not aware he is invading their personal space.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added February 2017

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Adopted 2/25/17

Kiska

Kiska is an approximately 6 years old beautiful black and cream female weighing in at approximately 55 lbs. She was originally adopted out of a local area shelter, but was returned when the resident dog was overly exuberant, and invading her space. The adopter wrote a letter about her saying it wasn't her fault and how much he really liked her. Back at the shelter, Kiska was placed in play groups, and did fine as long as the other dogs didn't try to engage in play with her. So care would need to be taken on bringing her into a household with another dog.

Kiska has nice house manners as long as food isn't in her reach. She knows basic commands like sit, come, heal, go potty, go on, wait and look up before being fed, sit before going out for a walk and she is crate trained.

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

Added January 2017

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Adopted 2/25/17

Zico

Zico is an energetic, playful 1 year old male Malinois who is looking for his forever family. He was an unclaimed stray from a local shelter, so nothing is known about his background. Zico weighs in at about 55lbs, but still has some filling out to do. Zico is rambunctious, happy, and fun- always up for life's next adventure! Whether he is playing fetch, or with the other dogs in his foster home, Zico is always busy. In his foster home, Zico is working on learning a handful of commands (sit, down, kennel, outside, inside, come here, out, off, no, and "go find your ball"). Zico is working on his leash manners, he does pretty well if you keep him close, but if you give him much leash, he pulls like a freight train. He also gets very excited when a car passes.

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

Added January 2017

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Adopted 2/23/17

Maddox

Maddox is a handsome 10-12 month old sable male with a sweet, social personality who was an unclaimed stray from the Modesto shelter. He is a friendly, outgoing boy with quite a bit of puppy left. So far, he likes every dog and person who he meets and is not shy about approaching for play, plus he generally has backed away from conflict. As may be expected for a young dog, he is still learning appropriate boundaries for his mouth.

Whether female or male, he tends to quickly learn which dogs are friendly and tries to play, play, play. Maddox plays a good game of "mouths" nicely for as long as the other dogs do but sometimes does not understand when dogs or people want him to stop. Before learning how to use a dog door, he pawed at the people door when necessary and has been housebroken since.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2017

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Adopted 2/18/17

Allana

Allana (Ebony) is an approximate 7 - 8 year old gorgeous black female with a sweet and soft demeanor, an extremely soft coat, and weighs about 65lbs. She has recently returned to rescue due to her primary care taker passing away. When she arrived in rescue in 2009, we gave her the name Allana, but her adopted parents gave her the name Ebony.

Allana initially was shy and timid when arriving at her foster home, not sure about her foster dad or her five foster siblings and stayed mostly in her crate. Over the last three to four weeks, she has engaged with her foster dad and routinely comes up for pets and wakes him up in the morning with kisses.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2017

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Adopted 2/18/17

Jennifer

Jennifer is a 9 week old female Black and White German Shepherd Mix puppy who weighs 16 lbs. She is one of 8 puppies who were surrendered to us with Starlynn (Momma) when they were 3 days old. The puppies are not housebroken, but are trained to use potty pads.

Jennifer has figured out that she can stand on top of the water jug, and almost jump out of the pen. She is quite rambunctious and loves to play rough and tumble with her littermates. She is the daredevil of the litter and very resourceful.

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

Added October 2016

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Adopted 2/18/17

Nadia

Nadia is an approximately 2 years old, petite black and tan female, weighing 48.5 lbs. She was an unclaimed stray from a Sacramento area shelter, so nothing is known of her background. It appears she's had a litter of puppies in the past. She had a fractured pelvis when she came into the shelter, but has healed nicely and is on no restricted activities. She must be making up for the time she was on limited activity, as she is one busy girl but settles when inside.

Nadia is affectionate and loves going on walks. She has proven to be housebroken, although she needs a crate or a secure yard with high fences (can easily clear a 4' fence) while you are gone since she is still learning what not to chew. Nadia enjoys something to chew on in her crate. Currently in a home with two male German Shepherds and one young female German Shepherd.

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

Added October 2015

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Adopted 1/28/17

Amber

Amber is a tan-colored female, approximately 12 months old, and weighs 70 lbs. She was a stray from Yolo County, so nothing is known of her background.

Amber has nice house manners and is housebroken. She will sleep calmly in a crate at night as long as she's near people. She is anxious in new environments and would benefit from having other confident male dogs around her.

She meets new dogs nicely and calmly. She walked by a cat that was lying on a low dresser and never seemed to notice it.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added December 2016

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Adopted 1/28/17

Toro

Toro is a 21 month old, striking black and tan male weighing 67 lbs. He is an owner surrender when his prior owners' age and health limited their ability to care properly for him. He came into the program with his sister, Abella.

Adopted at 8 weeks, Toro was not taken out into the world, except for grooming and occasional vet visits. Going for walks is a new experience and once a rhythm is struck, Toro walks fairly well on the leash. He gets anxious by loud cars and people walking past, but is learning to keep moving and enjoy the experience. Initially, Toro was very insecure in this new environment, but each day seems to be getting easier for him and he is showing more affectionate toward his foster mom.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added November 2016

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Adopted 1/21/17

Koop

Koop is a sweet 10 month old Black and Tan boy. He was surrendered to a Sacramento area shelter when his family could no longer care for him. He was an outside only dog before coming into our program.

Having never been an inside dog, he was very nervous at first when allowed inside, but after a few days he started to see how good it could be. Koop isn't considered fully housebroken yet, but with regular trips outside he is doing well. He is currently learning basic commands and house manners and walks nicely on leash

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added November 2016

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Adopted 1/21/17

Nelson

Nelson is a 3 1/2 year old, black and tan 90 pound boy. He was an owner surrender to a Sacramento area shelter who said he lived with young children, although we always caution about trusting a big dog with new children especially given his size. He also is reported to have lived with other dogs and cats. He is very loving and bonds quickly. He loves hugs and affection. Nelson loves car rides and stays quietly in the back. He also likes golf cart rides. If there were a way for him to drive the golf cart, he would love to. He walks nicely on a leash and corrects easily. He finds security in his crate. He is a very good eater.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added December 2016

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Adopted 1/7/17

Ned

Ned is a white 2 year old male. He was a stray from the Modesto, so nothing is known of his background.

Ned is a quiet, low energy boy. He loves balls, but will play fetch for only a couple of throws before deciding he would rather chew it. He gets along well with other dogs, and ignores the cats in his foster home. He is crate trained, but prefers a dog bed. Ned walks well on leash and doesn't jump up.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added December 2016

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Adopted 1/1/17

Kenny

Kenny is a 3 month old male. He was a stray from the Merced shelter, so nothing is known of his background. Judging from the size of his legs and feet, he will grow into a large adult.

Kenny has a medium energy level and would rather cuddle than wrestle. Throw a ball for him and he would rather sit on your lap. He loves sharing a dog bed with his foster brothers.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added November 2016

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Happy Tails - Older Adoptions

Looking for a dog that was adopted last month or last year? We now have a page for our dogs that were adopted during each of our years (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016)!

Happy Tails (Adopted Dogs) of 2016!

Happy Tails (Adopted Dogs) of 2015!

Happy Tails (Adopted Dogs) of 2014!

Happy Tails (Adopted Dogs) of 2013!

Happy Tails (Adopted Dogs) of 2012!

Happy Tails (Adopted Dogs) of 2011!

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GCGSR Dog Rating Levels

Level 1 – Soft & Submissive (full description)

Level 2 – Moderate & Adaptable (full description)

Level 3 – Confident & Challenging (full description)

Level 4 – Competitive & Intense (full description)

Level 5 – Tough & Serious (full description)