Adopted on 06/07/2014


When Harmony’s owner surrendered her to a shelter, she was pretty fearful but would warm up slowly as she got to know her caretakers.  She enjoyed playing in a group of dogs and had lots of energy; but it became evident that her elbows would hurt afterwards.  An examination revealed the need for elbow surgery so that would not continue to happen.  Once GSRNE had a foster home available and agreed to take in Harmony, the surgery was performed and she was moved into a real home after four months at the shelter.Harmony

There were two other dogs in the foster home, and they helped Harmony to fit in and feel at ease.  She was on restricted activity while her elbows healed, and she grew to enjoy being handled and cuddled by her foster Mom and Dad.  Gradually, she was able to become more active and eventually was allowed to run and play the way she had been itching to do.  She loves to fetch a tennis ball and will run right back to you so you can throw it for her again.  Once she’s comfortable with a new person, she’ll show you her silly side and will wriggle and turn in circles during a good back rub.

Harmony needed gradual socialization around other people as she continued to learn that only good things will happen.  Attending a group obedience class helped her with that; she’s quickly learnt new things and already knows basic commands plus how to touch your hand with her paw on request.  She does enjoy getting treats, and they help her focus on the task at hand.  She is ready to meet the adopter who will show her patience and love and help her become the happy, silly, fun-loving girl she was meant to be.

UPDATE 11/01/13:  We decided to do a DNA test on Harmony to see what she may be mixed with and found that she is 3/4 GSD and 1/4 Finnish Spitz.  An interesting combination for her, and this girl is very sweet, goofy, and always happy!

Nova has found his forever home! This handsome boy with literally left on the street to fend for himself. Now he is with a loving family and having a great time.

#406 Nova














Buddy Program, toys, help

Tara, GSRNE #139 gets her first toy from her Buddy, Lauralee
It’s love at first squeak!

Everybody Needs a Buddy Sometime!

So many people love our dogs and would like to foster or adopt them, but for various reasons they are unable.  We have come up with a program for those people who can become one of our many foster dogs’ “Buddy” until they get adopted. The Buddy Program allows you to provide support for a specific foster dog that you have seen on our Web site that touches your heart.  

A Buddy is a special person who provides a donation of money, food or supplies for a GSRNE dog while they are in foster care to help him/her get the fresh start they deserve!  Every cent given of your generous donation will go toward the dog’s vet care, food and any other necessity.  Since GSRNE is a 501(c)(3) corporation, your donation is tax deductible.

Unfortunately, our adoption fees and fundraisers do not cover the costs for most of our dogs in the program, so won’t you consider being a Buddy to one or more of our deserving dogs?  Being a Buddy is a simple thing to do.  You may pick a dog to sponsor for any of the following and donate securely through Paypal by clicking this button:

or send a check to:

GSRNE, Buddy Dog Program, P.O. Box 299, Wayland, MA  01778 

After your donation using Paypal, you’ll be redirected to a page where you’ll have a chance to email us which foster dog you are sponsoring.   If you send your donation by mail to the P.O. Box, please provide us with your email address, contact information, and the dog that you would like to be your buddy.


Below is the average cost of some of the supplies we use for the dogs.  You may also visit our Wish List section to purchase specific items we use.


Leashes & Long Lines$35
Bowls and Misc. Supplies$25
Grooming Supplies$25
Crate pad and dog bed$40 – $75
Toys$7 – $20
Car Safety Belt$70
Heartworm Preventatives$18
Tick and Flea Preventatives$30
Food$40 – $60

GSRNE #302
3/1/2002 – 9/2/2014 

Simba and Tomas

You came into our lives and we have never been the same. It took ten months before we became friends but we continued to build mutual trust and respect for each other in every passing year. Our relationship became strong and loving and we miss you every day. You taught us so much for which we will forever be grateful.  We love you. 

Chris and Tomas


GSRNE #376
4/29/2003 – 4/5/2014 

Nitro It is with great sadness, heavy hearts and many tears that we said good-bye to our beautiful boy, Nitro, who touched so many lives. He was very special. Our boy Nitro retired from the U.S. Military. He was a DETECTION EXPLOSIVES K9 and served three Tours of Duty for our country. His first two tours were in Iraq and the third was in Afghanistan. We really don’t know how many lives he saved but we would like to believe it was many. Nitro was retired in the Spring of 2012 from the U.S. Military when he was just a few weeks short of his 9th birthday. As soon as GSRNE heard about him, we quickly took him into our program wanting to find a “happy every after” life for him. It wasn’t long before we found that our boy had cancer – Tonsillar Squamous Cell Carcinoma, common for K9 dogs working in detection explosives. Carcinoma of the tonsils is particularly aggressive and the Vet told us he probably only had about three months. The GSRNE Family decided it would be the best three months of Nitro’s life. We would all spoil and celebrate this handsome boy we all grew to love! The Board Members made the decision he would stay with his foster dad, Danny, and canine brother, Rocky, whose motorcycle club, the New England Vikings, fell in love with Nitro. The club members are mostly retired US veterans who also served our country. On September 1, 2012, Nitro was honorarily adopted by the New England Vikings Motorcycle Club. We are so grateful to have had Nitro in our lives.


Here’s how you do it!

1) Choose an ornament, gift, star or angel below.

2)  Send an email to (some people have problems with this email address.
If you do, please use instead. Thank you!) stating:

ReindeerYour name and full mailing address
ReindeerYour choice of virtual ornaments and/or gifts from below
The name or message you want on Santa’s list.

NOTE: I can include a SHORT message for each gift like “In memory of” or “the best dogs” but am not able to include long messages. Please keep your message for Santa’s list to approx. 14 words or about 68 characters. This allows room for everyone’s messages. We reserve the right to edit the message to fit the space or if the content is deemed inappropriate.

3) Send your tax deductible donation to:
GSRNE, Inc. / P.O. Box 299 / Wayland, MA 01778
Please mark on your check that it is for the Trim-A-Tree Fundraiser and include the info above
or click this button to pay with Paypal or a card.

Donate to Trim-a-Tree

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Animated Angel

Christmas angel $500

Christmas Angel

Star is taken

Tree Topper   (1 only)


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Jumbo Green/RedJumbo blue with green ribbon
Jumbo Blue Green StripesJumbo Green/RedJumbo Blue With Green Ribbon




Jumbo Red/BlackJumbo Blue Ribbon
Jumbo Red/BlackJumbo Blue RibbonJumbo Orange Stripes
$40 $40$40

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Large Yellow DotsLarge Doggie Bone
Large Yellow DotsLarge Doggie BoneGreen Yellow BowRed Gold Ribbon
$35$35 $35 $35
Jagger's ToyLarge Blue/Orange
Blue Yellow Ribbon Jagger’s ToyYellow Pink RibbonLarge Blue/Orange
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Teal BlueMedium Dog BoneMedium Purple GreenMedium Yellow DotsMedium Blue Yellow Gift

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Small StarsSmall OrangeSmall Blue Small Blue Trees Small Blue Red GiftSmall Pink GiftSmall Red Yellow Gift
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red cardinal
Green Striped PartridgeCandy CaneSilver BallSnowmanSantaRed CardinalFinialSwirl


Red StarWhite SantaFlowersWhite GlassGold StarLight BlueYellow FlowersRainbow

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Merry Christmas From Ye Olde Puppy Shoppe!

We love our puppy customers -
They’re our #1 bread and butter.
Especially right now at Christmas time
With their MasterCards all a-flutter.

Oh sure, they’ve heard about puppymills -
They don’t live in a cave.
The tree-huggers dreamed THAT whole thing up.
They’re really quite depraved!

All OUR pups came from “Local Breeders”.
These signs around TELL you so;
We paint ‘em up and hang ‘em high
Cause we want you to know!

We don’t put a price on honesty,
But this pup will cost eight hundred dollars.
You don’t think that we make the big bucks
Selling fish food and martingale collars!

But back to our Christmas Greeting
And why we wish you all Good Cheer;
You see, you are $pecial folks to us
At this festive time of year.

We love you because you’re lazy,
Though very well connected.
You just won’t take the time to find
A breeder who’s respected.

You so rarely do your homework.
Santa, send us MORE trusting fellas
With no time to learn about cataracts,
Hip dysplasia
or Luxating Patellas !

Zoonotic’s not a word you learned
Playing Scrabble or at school?
Color Mutant Alopecia? Duh!
We LOVE it, man, you’re COOL!

Cryptorchids must be flowers from Hawaii you say?
We will sure not tell you better.
And you don’t need to know Brucellosis, my friend,
Unless, of course, you get ‘er!

You think that CERF-ing’s what
Dude’s do in California?
And OFA’s just another old workplace law?
We’re sure not going to warn you!

But should we stumble upon someone
Who IS savvy in any way,
We’ll just start extolling the wonderful work
Of the grand old USDA.

We love you ’cause you just don’t care -
You buy it because you want it.
You can lay your cash on OUR counter, ma’am,
If you’ve got it, you OUGHT to flaunt it!

We love the things you DON’T ask
It makes our job so easy!
If you saw the sights behind the scene
You’d probably get quite queasy.


You’ll never see the breeding dogs
Who suffer on the wire,
Or pups that die of hyperthermia
When their truck gets a flat tire.

We’ll keep you from our back room, too,
And put a padlock on the freezer.
Those diseased tiny puppies stiff and cold
Would not be a crowd pleaser.

We hope you have a vet you like -
That pup’s probably gonna need him.
Ivomec wears off in thirty days -
That’s how long we’ve guaranteed him!

Who cares when you get that blue slip home
And find out that it wasn’t true?
And see our “Local Breeder” is out in Timbuktu?
HO! HO! HO! That joke’s on you!

So come and see us, one and all -
Join in our Christmas Cheer!
We’ve strung the tinsel all around.
If we could, and would love to see you here.

We’ve got the carols playing
And a Santa, for good reason;
We’re all scrubbed up and looking good
So you’ll make our Christmas season.

As you walk away with your new pup
We’ll shed a happy Christmas tear.
Don’t change ONE THING about yourself-
Just DO come back next year!

Author Unknown

Rocket Santa hat
Dog’s New Year Resolutions

1.     I will not bark at the garbage collector; he is not stealing our stuff.

2.     I do not need to suddenly stand straight up when I’m lying under the coffee table.

3.     I will not roll my toys behind the fridge, behind the sofa or under the bed.

4.     I will shake the rainwater out of my fur before entering the house.

5.     I will not eat the cats’ food before they eat it or after they throw it up.

6.     I will stop trying to find the few remaining pieces of clean carpet in the house when I am about to get sick.

7.     I will not throw up in the car.

8.     I will not roll on dead seagulls, fish, crabs, etc. just because I like the way they smell.

9.     I will not eat the tootsie rolls out of the kitty litter box. Although they are tasty, are not food.

10.    I will not eat any more Kleenex or napkins and then redeposit them in the backyard after processing.

11.    I will remember the diaper pail is not a cookie jar.

12.    I will not chew my human’s toothbrush and not tell them.

13.    I will not chew crayons or pens, especially not the red ones, or my people will think I am hemorrhaging.

14.    When in the car, I will not insist on having the window rolled down when it’s raining outside.

15.    We do not have a doorbell. I will not bark each time I hear one on TV.

16.    I will not steal my mom’s underwear and dance all over the backyard with it.

17.    I will not use the sofa as a face towel (or mom & dad’s laps).

18.    I will not put my head in the refrigerator.

19.    I will not growl at the officer when he reaches in for mom’s driver’s license and car registration.

20.    I will not play tug-of-war with dad’s underwear when he’s on the toilet.

21.    I will not eat mint flavored dental floss out of the bathroom garbage to avoid having a string hanging out of my butt.

22.    I will not use “roll around in the dirt” as an option after just getting a bath.

23.    I will remember that sticking my nose into someone’s crotch is not an acceptable way of saying hello.

24.    I will not hump on any person’s leg just because I thought it was the right thing to do.

25.    I will not fart in my owners face while sleeping on the pillow next to their head.

26.    I will not come in from outside and immediately drag my butt across the carpet.

27.    The toilet bowl is not a never ending water supply and, just because the water is blue, it doesn’t mean it is cleaner.

28.    I will not sit in the middle of the living room and lick my crotch when company is over.

29.    I will remember that suddenly turning around and smelling my butt can quickly clear a room.

30.    The cat is not a squeaky toy so when I play with him and he makes that noise, it’s usually not a good thing.





     StarWonder                       StarWonder



Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.




The children were nestled all snug in their beds
With no thought of the dog filling their heads.
And ma in her kerchief, and I in my cap,
Knew he was cold but didn’t care about that.




When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Figuring he was free of his chain and into the trash.




The moon on the crest of the new fallen snow
Gave the luster of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But Santa Claus – and his eyes full of tears.




He unchained the dog once so lively and quick,
Last years Christmas present, now painfully thin and sick.
More rapid than eagles he called the dogs name.
And the dog ran to him, despite all his pain.




StarWonder“Now DASHER!


        Now PRANCER and VIXEN!!

     On CUPID!

        On DONNER and BLITZEN!!




To the top of the porch!  To the top of the wall!
Let’s find this dog a home where he’s loved by all”

 I knew in an instant there would be no gifts this year
For Santa Claus had made one thing quite clear …




The gift of a dog is not just for a season.
We had gotten the pup for all the wrong reasons.

In our haste to think of the kids a gift
There was one important thing that we missed.




A dog should be family and cared for the same.
You don’t give a gift then put it on a chain.

And I heard him exclaim as he rode out of sight,
“You weren’t given a gift!  You were given a life!”


Stacey Vincent 




StarWonder         StarWonder     




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