Cane has been adopted!

#399 Cane


This gorgeous boy now has a canine brother and sister and his new dad owns a ‘doggie daycare’ where Cane will have a very social life filled with lots of friends and playtime.

Congratulations to Cane!








Congratulations to Bear, Diamond and Anton who have found their forever homes!

#395 Bear (Puppy)

#397 Diamond

#397 Diamond (Sweet Senior)

#398 Anton (Retired Explosives Detection)

Check out our Events Calendar for upcoming events. GSRNE was at a number of events during the month of September, including the 157th Belchertown Fair which ends on Sunday afternoon, September 21.  We hope you will stop by to say hello before the fair closes for the year!

157th Belchertown Fair 

The Belchertown Fair is a family oriented community event that honors its agricultural roots. The fair is held on the town common in the center of Belchertown. Although organized by a small group of dedicated volunteers, hundreds of community members and loyal sponsors work year round to make this the great event it has become. GSRNE is proud to participate in this fun annual event.



Admission is FREE

GSRNE #313
2007 – 8/21/14 

Greg & Patty, who are parents of Lady #313, tell us that Lady is very loved, has acclimated nicely, has free run of the house and does fine (she no longer uses her crate at all), loves rides in the car, bonded to Patty like glue and also does great with Greg. She is no longer hand-shy and welcomes strangers, does long walks every morning, and she does well with other dogs. She is very healthy, had allergy meds when they got her, but they have subsided and she no longer takes meds. Runs off lead on the beach with her mom and loves it. And she is a walking advertisement for GSRNE, as Patty & Greg tell everyone about GSRNE.


It is with very heavy hearts that Patty and I must inform you and the GSRNE family that Lady, GSRNE #313, passed away peacefully Thursday 8/21/14. She crossed the Rainbow Bridge after a far to short 4.5 years with us, but she filled those years with joy. Her transformation from a timid and shy girl to a confident, social “unofficial” ambassador for all the great work the GSRNE volunteers do for our beloved dogs was remarkable. Lady’s gentleness and “Old Soul” presence gave great joy to us, family, neighbors and numerous elderly residents at a local nursing home on “unofficial” service visits.

Lady was well known around town while riding “Shotgun” in either the big Jeep or the little-Jeep Wrangler with the top down (She owned that car). She had to have a ride every day, often sitting in the Jeep awaiting her chauffeur. Although it took six months after her adoption for her to find her voice, once found she expressed herself and her joy and excitement in anticipation of car rides, going to the store or just getting the mail at the foot of the driveway. She could be heard barking her excitement while driving down the road were neighbors and local merchants would come out to wave to her. She became a true celebrity.

She bonded with Patty, and Lady was Patty’s baby. Where ever Patty was Lady was at her knee, attentive and inquisitive. Lady was always a lady but if she did not wish to do something she would just sit down as an immoveable 85 pound German Shepherd. She never objected, she just sat down.

In the heat of mid-July Lady was less interested in her morning walks so we awaited cooler weather. At the beginning of August she was not interested in her breakfast yet devoured her dinner and any treats. A pre-existing left knee injury with arthritis became more stiff. Two weeks later with labored breathing and tiredness we got her to her Vet. The knee had swollen, it was extremely aggressive bone cancer that spread to her lungs. We had to let her go.

Our tears and pain of mourning will pass with time and thoughts will turn to smiles of remembrance.

We loved Lady so much.

–Greg & Patty

? – 8/6/2014

The GSRNE family is heartbroken that our wonderful gentle boy has left us. We always work hard to find the right match between our dogs and adoptive families. When Angus came to GSRNE in the fall of 2010, we soon found out that staying with his foster mom, Peggy, would be the best place for him to be. She certainly did everything for him as much that any one of us would have done for one of our own dogs nursing him through many eye and ear infections. She loved him unconditionally and spoiled him with his favorite meal of chicken and potatoes! It would have been 4 years this October that Peggy has had her boy Angus–her permanent foster dog. We’re positive that Angus always felt like this was his ‘fur-ever’ home with her and we couldn’t have found a better place for him to spend these last years of his life. Peggy gave him everything in these past 4 years that he never experienced in his early life. She told us; “He was a very funny dog who loved chicken and potatoes. Angus was such a good, sweet boy… He was my Buddy!”

Thank you Peggy for taking such good care of our –your– boy!

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Anton is recovering from heart surgery.

8/17/2014 Update: Good news! Anton is on the mend. Anton was a very happy boy on Saturday when the Vet informed his foster parents that he could now play with his toys. Anton LOVES his toys! We would like to thank ALL of you who have sent prayers and donated to his surgery costs. It would be impossible for us to help dogs that need expensive medical surgeries and treatments like Anton without generous donations from our wonderful supporters.


If you would like to help us with the cost of Anton’s heart surgery, please click the button at the bottom of this page to make your tax-free donation.



Anton the day after his heart surgery.

8/14/2014 Update: Anton’s foster mom reports that Anton is doing better. His wounds are beginning to heal and he is starting to act like his old self.  He is still confined to the family room with no activity but is showing interest in his toys and his ball – right now “catch” is definitely off limits. If you would like to help us with the cost of Anton’s heart surgery, please click the button at the bottom of this page to make your tax free donation.

8/11/2014 Update: We are asking that you please keep Anton in your thoughts as he recovers from heart surgery. Anton is doing much better, although nights have been really rough for him. He is restless and the pain seems worse. His foster mom has not left his side since he came home from the hospital and she has ‘quarantined’ herself to their family room with him. Always a boy who loves attention, he really loves having his foster mom at his side 24/7.

You may have seen Anton on our website and even on our Facebook page. He’s a large gorgeous bi-color, long haired German shepherd that served one year in Afghanistan as a “Detection Explosives K9”. After that tour, he did security and explosives detection keeping our U.S. ports and waterfronts safe. Early last spring he came to New England to work at the Wood’s Hole Port Authority; and when it was time to retire him at age 7, they called GSRNE.

During Anton’s routine Vet exam, we were informed that Anton had a serious heart murmur and would require delicate heart surgery. When we take a dog into our rescue, we treat the dog as one of our own. No matter the cost, if we can save a dog who we believe can have a good quality of life, we do whatever we have to for that dog. We took our boy for a second opinion and our biggest fears were confirmed, the surgery was vital for Anton to live. Heart surgery is frightening and we were all concerned that he may not survive the operation.  When the day for the operation came, we silently prayed and trusted the amazing medical team at Tufts. All our prayers were answered. We got our miracle! Anton made it through the delicate surgery. He has been released from the hospital and is resting comfortably with his foster family who has given him so much loving care.

If you would like to help us with the cost of Anton’s heart surgery, click the button below to make your tax free donation. You do not need a PayPal account to donate.  At the “Review Your Donation” page, please enter ANTON in the box that asks “What is your donation for?”





Adopted on 08/02/2014


Shadow is a 7-year-old Sable female GSD who had a loving family, including children. When the family lost their home, they moved in withShadow-7955-O relatives who had no room for Shadow. A friend tried taking her, but the dog in that home resented her and made her life miserable; so the owner contacted GSRNE. We were grateful that we had a foster home available for this sweet girl.

There are not a lot of people willing to step up for a dog who is no longer a youngster; but those who do, tell us that it’s one of the best things they’ve ever done. That’s certainly what we’re hearing from Shadow’s adopters! When they had applied to adopt a rescue GSD, they had a female Chocolate Lab who was 6 or 7 years old, and they were hoping to find a male who would enjoy being part of their family and not be too pushy with their girl. Sadly, their dog was diagnosed with cancer and died before we had the right male for them to adopt.

When we told them about Shadow, they wanted to meet her…and she seemed to choose them on the spot. She loves having her neck rubbed and quickly let Bill (her new Dad) know that a neck massage was very much appreciated; she taps him with her paw when she wants him to “do it again, please.” She loves going for walks, playing with her new toys and just being with Cheryl and Bill. Their son visits, with his dog, Coco; and their daughter brings her rescue dog, Oakley, and Shadow enjoys the romps with other canines; but she loves the quiet aftermath, when it’s just her with her forever family.

Shadow is now GSRNE # 394!




Nitro, US Military Detection Explosives K9, retired last spring from the US Army, a few weeks shy of his 9th Birthday, after serving two Tours of Duty in Iraq, and one Tour of Duty in Afghanistan. The number of lives he saved will never be known, however, there was no question he was a true hero and GSRNE quickly took him into our program wanting to find a happy life for retirement. Unfortunately, it wasn’t long before we found out Nitro had cancer: Tonsillar Squamous Cell Carcinoma, common for K9 dogs working in detection explosives. Carcinoma of the tonsils is particularly aggressive and our Vet told us Nitro would probably only have about 3 months to live out his retirement. Nitro’s foster Dad, a member of the New England Vikings Motorcycle Club, took Nitro to their bi-weekly meeting and just like everyone else who met him, they fell in love. A majority of the club members are Veterans themselves and truly appreciated Nitro’s service, so last fall on September 1st (in memory of 9/11) Nitro was honorary adopted by the New England Vikings Motorcycle Club and officially became GSRNE #376. Nitro soon became their Ambassador and even got his own member’s riding vest.


This past April, almost a year after his original diagnosis of 3 months to live, Nitro started to bleed more frequently from his tonsils at night and waking up in the middle of the night gasping for air.  Together GSRNE and the Vikings made the tough decision on April 4th to let our HERO cross over “The Bridge” and rest peacefully. With a motorcycle escort and two families of over 500 members, we said good-bye to one beautiful K9.


On September 7, 2014, GSRNE and the Vikings will be hosting a memorial motorcycle run in honor of Nitro, “Ride to Rescue”, and all proceeds will benefit GSRNE’s mission to rescue German Shepherds throughout New England.

Bike Run Flier


Pre-registration is now closed for next Sunday’s RIDE TO RESCUE Bike Run. We would like to thank everyone who has pre-registered.

GSRNE #323
Adopted on January 13, 2012

My family (husband, 12 year-old son and 9.5 year-old daughter) and I, adopted Eli one year ago. During this time he has become an integral part of our family. But let me back up and tell you a bit of our story. At the time we first met Eli he was nearly 7 months old. We were all struck with his beauty and size of his enormous ears. After spending some time with him, it was clear how intelligent he was and how eager to play and to please his foster mom. But he is so much more. When Eli came to live with us, he had a number of fears and was rather un-socialized. Although his foster family made great strides with him and helped him heal from his broken rear leg, he still had much to learn and experience. He was afraid of the dark, cars, trucks, motorcycles, horns, baby strollers, bicycles, scooters, joggers, skateboards, trash barrels, recycling containers, flags and outdoor decorations of any sort. He was very wary of adults, especially bearded men. He pulled like a freight train on leash and barked like a deranged animal at other dogs on our walks.

But the one thing that was clear from the beginning was his love for children. Not only is Eli terrific with my two children, who love him to pieces, but he is loving and patient with all the children who come to our house, who we meet at the little league baseball field, who we meet walking to school and into town. Now that he has learned some very nice manners, he is able to sit calmly while they pet him all over and he accepts treats very gently. It always makes me chuckle when the very little ones, who are face to face with him get a big slurp up the side of the cheek or right smack dab in the center of the nose! My children play with him in every capacity; of course all three love to play ball, chase (with both human and canine getting a turn to be the chaser and the chased party), search & rescue, “rabies”, swimming in the pool, beginning agility competition training, tug, obedience training, teaching tricks, dress-up, lots of snuggles and animal vet.

This latest game involves my daughter (who has wanted to be a veterinarian since she was 3) giving Eli a check-up. And let me tell you, she is very thorough. She checks his ears, inside his mouth-touches teeth and wiggles the tip of his tongue, she moves his jiggley jowls, she checks his legs, in-between his toes and the little hiding place in the bottom of his paw between the big pad and toes. She handles his tail and rolls him onto his belly, feels his pointy chest bone. He takes this all in stride, being very patient with her …all this with him being a young, energetic dog himself! When he’s had enough, he gets up gives a little energetic bark, goes into play bow position and then is off running, often with a stolen stethoscope or shoe.

So, during the situations when he has been a challenge, I have always thought to myself, if he can be so patient with the kids, he can conquer this fear, this problem, this issue. He has grown so much in a year. He has graduated through two obedience classes, passed his CGC at 16 months and worked hard through two 6 week sessions with GSRNE’s Mary Farren. He has learned most of his commands with ease. “Come”, presented the biggest challenge, although when rewarded with a piece of deli meat, not only did he “come”, he came at top speed! He knows some fun tricks; speak, spin, kayak (hopping into our kayaks), arm (he stands on his hind legs and places his front paws on your outstretched arm), and crawl. The kids have taught him to run through a basic agility course, with jumps, weave polls, tunnel and pause box. Eli has been going to a wonderful doggie daycare facility two days a week for dog socialization. At the beginning, he was very uncomfortable with all those dogs but after a couple weeks he began to relax and now loves going. He seems to know which days he goes and is waiting for my husband to take him in the morning. Eli now walks by our side very nicely on our daily walks. He is still tempted by the squirrels and chipmunks, but a firm “leave it” is all he needs to be back on track. He is no longer afraid of all those things/ situations I mentioned above. Eli is still wary of some adults and continues to be dog reactive when on leash but we will continue to work hard with Eli and I know next year at this time, he will have overcome these issues as well. Eli is the most affectionate dog I’ve ever owned and he has captured all four of our hearts. We cannot imagine our home without him and will be forever grateful to GSRNE for bringing this lovely, furry boy into our lives and allowing us to raise him.


GSRNE #209
Adopted on June 9, 2007

Dec. 2007 – Here’s a picture of Zeus waiting for Santa. He knows there will be something under the tree for him.

I am a firm believer that things happen for a reason in life. So it was, on June the 9th, 2007, we made the decision to adopt the newest member of our family, ZEUS. He was a perfect match from the beginning. He came at the right time in our lives. We had recently lost our beloved TIFFANI, another German Shepherd, that was in our family for 14 years. Zeus arrived in our family and fit in right away. It was like he lived here all his life. His eyes showed his approval of being here and you could tell he somehow sensed that my wife and I were grieving a bigger loss less than two years ago. If anyone ever guessed animals have a spirit, I am here to tell you they do I believe they are like humans and have souls as well. I further believe in eternal life with our pets. I honestly hope to see them all. I know Zeus won’t let me down and will be there.

So, what makes our spoiled German Shepherd so special? Besides, being an inspiration in our life, so full of energy and loyalty, he is our loyal companion and child. Is he a bit spoiled? Um, ahem, yes, indeed he is, but he knows who’s in charge and behaves himself. He’s the star of the neighborhood, never missing his walks during any day. If the weather is bad, we dress appropriately. He loves other animals and children and when he sees children playing, he wants to run with them and play ball as well. He meets other animals on his walks throughout the neighborhood and although he’s always on a lead, he pounces his feet with his rear high up the air, showing he wants to play. He is well behaved on a lead and in our house. He loves to be close to us and snuggle. He’s a very affectionate boy and most times, you can see him smile. His teeth get brushed and his coat gets groomed and he enjoys the attention. He believes he should sleep on the end of the bed and sometimes we allow it and other times we won’t. When we say “DOWN,” he will immediately get down. He loves his Kong Balls and all of his toys. Recently, I walked him up to the local Pet Store and let him choose his own non-destructive toy. He made a good choice and walked in and out like he owned the joint. He loves to sit by the window, looking out with his nose on the window ledge, waiting for me or my wife to get home from work. He just loves the family being together. He also loves company coming over. He gets along well with my grandchildren and is always a gentleman. He loves riding in the car and does an inspection of my car, as we go out the door for our walk, to make sure I haven’t cheated on him.

Zeus is probably our 10th dog since we have been married. He has already won a special place in our hearts as one of the top animals of all times. Being familiar with German Shepherds, Zeus showed us immediately what he was made of. He solidified our decision to choose another German Shepherd. Yes, we thought of a Goldie, even a Lab, but how do you not go back to the most wonderful, loyal, noble breed of dogs? He won our hearts quickly and does things daily to impress us.

Thank you GSRNE for allowing us the opportunity to have this wonderful animal as part of our family. As you can see, he has put on a few pounds but he does not get table scraps and just a few small cookies a day. He exercises regularly and is extremely agile and fit. He gets a teaspoon of safflower oil with his dinner to keep his coat nice and soft.

To all of you that trusted us with this wonderful soul, we thank you from the very bottom of our hearts and wish everyone a very special Holiday.

Our love to you all,

Glenn & Patricia Catania

GSRNE #138
Adopted in January 2003

Chance is doing AWESOME ! She’s really blossomed, very sure of herself now, loves to play…her favorite is ‘tug of war” with her squeak toys, she’s a real snow dog and loves running through the drifts, rolling around in the snow, and sticking her face in it.

She’s also turned into a great traveler. We took her with us for Thanksgiving at my brother in law’s home in the White Mountains…they had a dozen or so people over, she behaved as a real lady, impeccable house manners, made friends with everyone ! We also took her with us to Portsmouth for Christmas with our children and grandchildren….she loves to give the grandchildren big wet kisses.

Chance is a real joy, we can’t thank you enough for putting us together with her ! I can’t believe its only been two years, it seems like she’s been with us forever. BTW….no problem at all with her hip ! Watching her, you’d never know she had a problem

Here’s a couple of pictures of Chance. I had hoped to get some of her walking, or at least standing, because she has such beautiful lines. She’s almost breathtakingly beautiful when she’s in “alert” (actually “huntress”, like when she sees a squirrel…) mode…ears up, tail up, head up…totally focused. Unfortunately though, I took these right after we got back from a long walk in this great spring-like weather and she just wanted to plop down in the snow. Next time I’ll take them before we go!

I forgot to tell you, one of the most endearing traits Chance has developed is saying goodnight to us. Of course she sleeps in our bedroom, and her nightly ritual is first to go to Denise’s side of the bed and then mine for a few minutes of petting. Then she walks over to her bed and goes to sleep for the night.

Chance before

Chance today

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