Chocolate lovers beware! Although many of us enjoy a chocolate treat, chocolate can be toxic to our dogs so keeping it out of reach is the best defense. Check out this Chocolate Toxicity Meter at petMD The petMD Chocolate Toxicity Meter will let you know how much theobromine and caffeine your dog has consumed and the symptoms that may follow.

Coda (Kasper)
GSRNE #304
2006 – March 2015  

I wanted to send you a note to let you know with great sadness that Valerie and I have had to say goodbye to Coda. He sustained a Carpal Hyperextension injury and fractures to both of his front legs. His prognosis was unfortunately not very good. The surgeon, due to his size and age, thought that surgery was probably not in Coda’s best interest. At best he would have a year or more of recovery and still might not be able to support himself and walk without pain.

Valerie and I made the very difficult choice to say goodbye to Coda, as we felt this was the best choice for him. Maybe not the best choice for us, as we miss him very much, and losing him has left a very large hole in our hearts. We loved Coda as a part of our family and he will always be in our hearts.

– Todd and Valerie

Snow White
GSRNE #281
2002 – March 2015 

  Snow White came to GSRNE as an owner surrender at age 7 in 2009, and she was adopted in January 2010. She was a beautiful girl and much loved by her original owner, who had to give her up due to illness. Her new family loved her, and will miss her dearly.  Rest in peace, sweet girl.

Storm GSRNE #247
2002? – 3/11/2015  

She came to us when she was 7 years old from a home where she was expected to stay under the kitchen table and out of the way when her owner was angry. (Something we can never understand…) When she came out one too many times he threatened to shoot her. Afraid he may do her harm someday the woman called GSRNE… She asked us to take her and place her in a home where she would be both loved and safe.

The minute we met her we fell in love… She was so pretty and very affectionate. Storm loved her belly rubs and her toys; she was great with other dogs and good with cats. We thought she was perfect! She was adopted by a wonderful family with children and an 8 year old GSD sister named Lilly. It brings us much comfort knowing she certainly had a lot of love and attention during the rest of her days… Her owner told us:

“I had hoped and prayed I would not have to write this email for some time yet. Unfortunately, Storm’s schedule was different than mine and, as such, the news I must share is bittersweet. I apologize for the delay in writing but it’s taken a couple of days to get to the point where I could even do this. On March 11th we had the incredibly painful task of having to let Storm go. The first sign was Lilly’s constant attention to Storm–she stayed by her side and snuggled with her throughout the journey. I’ve come to recognize this as a sign something is very wrong and usually the end is near. Ultimately, the boys and I felt allowing her to pass in peace was best for her. Lots of tears were shed and I held her throughout the procedure–she was never alone and was constantly reassured of our love for her. She was so incredibly sweet, trusting, calm, and peaceful throughout her ordeal… I have no doubt she knew all that was happening to her and for her. And was at peace with it all. Her remains will be returned to us later this week.”

“Until we meet again… You were loved more than you will ever know… You’re forever in our hearts.”
Love GSRNE’s ‘Storm’

GSRNE #162
? – 3/9/15 

Bella #162 crossed the bridge this Monday. She was a very sweet and kind girl. Bella came into our lives in 2004 and quickly became a big part of our family. At the time we adopted Bella we had a Shar Pei, Vinnie. They had so much fun together. Throughout the years Bella has helped us raise another Shar Pei, Sophia, and our current boxer, Cecil. We lost the Shar Peis much too young to Shar-Pei fever, but while they were with us, Bella had so much fun with them.

Good night dear Bella you will be missed so much.

Julee, Bob and Cecil

We sometimes are called to help a GSD that we just can’t bring into the program. It could be that GSRNE is full and cannot take it for further evaluation, or the dog is in a shelter and we have not been able to see the dog yet. We try to help the shelters and are aware of the dog’s plights and want to help them by telling people like you about them. If a dog is at a shelter and you want more information about it, please call the appropriate shelter.

We have not temperament tested or evaluated the dogs on this page. Some of these dogs have a very short time to live, due to overcrowding at shelters or the dog falling apart mentally/emotionally. If you are interested in one, please call about these dogs right away, and please mention that you saw info about the dog on the GSRNE web site. Thanks!  Note: ALWAYS call first and ask if a shelter dog is still available. Shelters often do not update us when dogs are adopted or euthanized so listings here can be out of date until we find out.Please let the shelter know that you saw the dog on GSRNE’s website.

If you adopt a dog that you saw here,
we’d love to hear from you!

These are dogs we wish we could help and it would be wonderful to know their story of what happened to them. Let us know if it’s okay to put your story of adopting the dog here on the site and on our Facebook page as everyone loves a happy ending! Email to share your story with us!






I am already neutered, purebred, and up to date with shots.

Max is a 1 year old German Shepard who is a sparkling diamond in the rough. He has had a tough life so far but has remained open, loving and trusting, which is testament to his good nature and solid temperament. Max lived most of his puppy life outdoors, without much attention, so did not learn the basics of good doggy behavior. He acts like an 80 lb puppy, somewhat wild with energy and excitement. He came to us whirling, twirling, and jumping. Since then, he has learned his basic commands, is learning to walk on a leash respectfully, Max gets pretty excited when he sees other dogs and cats, so we think he should be an ONLY PET. He will need an adopter who will continue working with him, and boy, is he a GREAT student! Max thoroughly loves the snow, and is fun to watch while he frolics. Max has an endearingly sweet personality and is quite social and affectionate with people. He has a luxurious plush coat and is very athletic. He will make a wonderful loving and loyal addition to an active family who is willing to help bring out the fantastic German Shepard that is inside of him. Take a look at Max’s video to see how wonderful he is.


See for information on adopting Max.




Keeta is looking for a home.

Won’t you take me home?

This girl is looking for a home to call her own. She is 4 years old,and loves women becoming very attached quickly. Keeta is obedient, loving and is fine with cats. She is not fond of other dogs, however, and would prefer to be the queen of her own castle.

Keeta is looking for a home

I will love you forever if you love me back!

If you can help, please contact:

Karen Stone
Plainfield Animal Control
5 Unity St; Moosup Ct 06354
860-564-8547 – Office



Ryder Has an Adoption Pending! YEAH!!
What a nice way for him to start the new year.

Ryder Wants a Home

Ryder Wants a Home


For All the Dogs in
Shelters Everywhere

by Shelly Guidotti

Old Friends

Old Friends

“Did you hear that?” the old dog shouted. They all ran to the front of their kennel doors to see if someone was coming to “pick them.”

“Sorry,” he said to the other dogs as his ears fell down from their perked position. “I could have sworn I heard voices saying, ‘Isn’t he cute? Can’t we take him home with us?'”

“You must have been dreaming again old man,” said the dog in the cage next to him. “Anyway, what’s the big deal about getting picked ? We’ve all been through that routine and look where it got us.” The word “home” meant little to these shelter dogs.

“Just once, I’d like to feel the warmth of a hand stroking my head,” said the old dog. “I’d like to be the one who kisses the tears off a sad face. I’d like to curl up next to a fire instead of this cold concrete. It hurts my bones.” He curled up and sighed as the others said, “The only place you’re going to find that is in your dreams old man.”


Hank’s wife had only been gone a year but the pain was as fresh as if time had stood still. He was an old man now, alone and longed for the comfort that he knew no other person would ever be able to give to him again. What would his life become without her by his side? Hank’s cupboards were close to bare now and, although he didn’t want to go out, he knew he should at least pick up the basics.

He drove slowly down the side streets for freeway driving had become too challenging. Suddenly, the car started chugging and sputtering until finally the engine quit altogether. One of the basic needs he forgot was fuel for the car! So he coasted over next to the curb, spotting a building within walking distance. Hopefully, they’d let him use their phone.

He walked into an office area and rang the bell for service but no one came. He spotted another door going outside, failing to notice the sign posted “Employees Only”. As Hank walked out, he was over- whelmed by yaps, barks and insane jumping from dogs all sizes and shapes.

He then realized he had unintentionally gone to the dog shelter. Slowly he walked down the concrete aisle looking for an attendant.

Three kennels down on the right, the old dog calmly sat there. Why should the old dog get excited? No one would want him. But, he sensed a need and couldn’t resist offering a kind look and a gentle wag of the tail. As Hank neared the old dog’s cage, he laced his fingers through the chain link to steady his gait and the first feeling of comfort he’d remembered in over a year came from a wet nose and lick across his arthritic fingers.

Just then a voice of authority sounded, and Hank jumped. “I’m sorry sir, you aren’t supposed to be in this area!” she said. Luckily Hank didn’t know he had walked into the “final area” where unclaimed dogs were scheduled to be put down. There went the nudge and lick thing again. Hank looked down to the most pleading eyes he’d ever seen.

Ignoring the attendants order to leave, Hank asked if could he see the dog closer? Her demeanor changed completely and her sternness melted away. She had forced herself to be this way so she could do the part of her job she despised. She brought the old dog out and instantly the two souls – once so lost – found reason to hope.

Hank’s cupboards were now filled, a warm fire crackled and the old dog Smiled inside as he remembered “only in your dreams.” Closing his eyes he felt Hank’s hand stroking his head whispering “sleep in heavenly peace”.

GSRNE #177
12/3/04 – 2/21/15 

My boy Pako lost his battle with leukemia this morning. My heart is broken. I adopted him almost 10 years ago. He was an awesome boy. He met so many people at GSRNE and GSRRC events. He helped me on many home checks for both prospective adopters and foster homes. He was a great ambassador for his proud breed. He was GSRNE 177, but to me he was my Pako Taco and papa’s best little boy. I will miss him terribly. There is a big hole in my heart. I want to thank all of you who prayed for him during his treatments. I held him right to the end. Run free baby boy. See you again someday.

This is our favorite photo of him… With his beautiful sister Riley playing fetch with their Dad on a warm summer day. Young, healthy and happy, thriving and so loved. You were so special to us. We will miss you Pako, you helped so many other dogs, rescues and shelters. It was our pleasure to share you with all of them. It helps our hurt knowing you’re with your sister at the bridge…

GSRNE #411
2006? – 2015

   Eleven days ago we happily announced that ‘Cody’ had been adopted. Today with great sadness we’ve been told he has CROSSED THE BRIDGE…

Cody had recently been diagnosed with Lymphoma but was doing well. His Mom told us this morning that Cody had been panting heavily through the night, didn’t want to eat yesterday morning and just lay down in the snow when she took him out to relieve himself. She brought him to the hospital and the doctor told her Cody was suffering from fluid pressing on his lungs and it was starting to build up in his abdomen. The doctor informed her that she could drain the fluid, but it would build up again. Then she asked the question we all dread hearing; “How much do you want to put him through?” Of course none of us ever want our beloved pets to suffer and she made the difficult decision to free him from his pain…

Last summer Cody was picked up as a stray by an ACO and when she took him to be examined by a vet; he had severe infections in both ears, bare spots on his back, neck and tail and was walking with difficulty. The ACO said she doubted anyone would be looking for him and would probably have to euthanize him when the 10 days were up. Fortunately for Cody, the vet knew that one of her clients is an active member of GSRNE and asked her to find out if we could help him. One of our members offered to be his temporary foster home, if we didn’t have one available, and we were able to bring him into our rescue in June. This member fostered Cody for 7 months and adopted him 11 days ago to make him her own. No adopter could have loved Cody more than she did. Always happiest just laying by her side with one of his toys.

Take care, little buddy. We’ll see you on the other side.

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