Adopted: April 16, 2016   SukiClick for more photos 

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If intelligence is on the top of your list when you think of the qualities you want in a GSD, then Suki may be the dog for you. Her keen intelligence will help her excel in obedience or agility and her serious hunt drive would make Nose Work fun for both of you, especially if the reward is a toss of the ball

Suki came into GSRNE in January 2015, when she was under one year old.  She had been allowed to run loose with an adult male GSD in the family, and the two of them were killing a neighbor’s chickens.  When he threatened to shoot her, the owner found Suki another home, but the new home wasn’t feeding her so the owner took her back.  The owner then put Suki on Craig’s List, and she was adopted by a woman who had cats; Suki went after the cats and kept searching for them even after they were put safely away, so she had to move again.

Suki has a lot of energy and serious ball drive; during the winter she would run into the fenced yard and find balls buried under a foot of snow.  She wants to have things to do and will play ball without wanting to stop, loves going for walks, would be a great partner for a jogger. Her adopter will have to be an active person and really enjoy having fun with this girl!

Though she is unsure about new dogs, with correct introductions and a little time, Suki would be happy to be in a home with another young dog. Though she will probably never be a social butterfly, she ignores dog’s passing by when out on her walks and is happy just being out with you.  Her foster parents have been teaching her manners and working on changing behaviors that she had learned from the lack of structure/guidance before coming into GSRNE. Not the bravest of shepherds, Suki is looking for someone to look up to and snuggle with (and did we mention play ball?) and we now feel she’s ready for her forever home.



Update: December 24, 2012

We decided to go with Max’s original name of Maxwell and have been calling him that.  Maxwell is doing so good and we couldn’t have asked for a better dog.  He fits in perfect in our home and is so well behaved.  He just passed his obedience class this past Saturday and is doing wonderful.  We have signed up for another group class and plan to further his training.  Bob White of B&B training is wonderful and Maxwell loves him.

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Lauren, Kodie and Maxwell

Adopted: Aug. 21, 2012


Male, 1 year old (DOB 3/1/11), Black & Tan (almost bicolor, but has some light colored fur on belly area), weight is approximately 80 lbs,.  He is a super sweet and friendly guy.  He likes new people, interest in new dogs and kids.

GSRNE #192
2006 – 5/2016

It is with great sadness that I report Spirit’s passing. Spirit (aka Uta) brightened my life for 11 years. Many of you may recall her vocal disapproval when I left her sight to get a plate of food at the picnics. She was a very talkative girl, and I find that I miss her discourse. SpiritAlthough we don’t know for sure, the vet believes she died suddenly from a burst tumor on her spleen, so most likely she had hemangiosarcoma which was undetected until too late. Bear and I are adjusting, but we miss our smart, lively girl. Thank you GSRNE for allowing her to come into my life.





Adoption: May 12,2016Noble

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Sometimes a dog comes to us with a name that really suits him/her, and that’s the case with Noble.  He approaches a new person or dog with a calm dignity and likes to be close to his foster parents but doesn’t demand attention.

He seemed a bit unsure, at first, about accepting a loving touch and would move away after a few seconds.  Now, however, he really enjoys giving and receiving affection and likes to be nearby, whatever is going on.  He especially enjoys being brushed out, and his long coat is absolutely gorgeous.   Noble loves going for walks and doesn’t pull, but he does try to walk ahead a little bit; he goes for walks in a park and in a neighborhood.  He also rides well in the car and will lie down, quietly, and look out the window.  In his first foster home, Noble lived with cats and didn’t pay them any attention.

We don’t know why Noble lost his original home, but he was taken in by a Good Samaritan who was contacted because she used to have a rescue organization.  She had closed that rescue in 2009, but she felt that Noble was being passed around and took him in to keep him safe while she looked for an active rescue group who would find him the right adopter.  We quickly saw that this boy has a good heart and just needed the right home to help him rebuild his confidence, get rid of whipworm, treatment for testing Lyme positive and neutering.

After 5 weeks in foster care, Noble is in good health and ready to find his forever home.  He  barks when someone comes to the door, and then he’ll peek around a corner while the person enters.  He’ll go to a female visitor more quickly than to a male, but he quickly settles in just a few minutes and goes about his own affairs.  He does let visitors know that he loves ear rubs and treats.  His foster parents both work full time, and they feel that Noble would be happier with less time by himself during the day.  He has a lot of love to give and is just waiting for the right adopters to find him.

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Danika – GSRNE #299

August 10, 2006 – May 12, 2016


Danika first came to our house as a foster dog. We learned that she had a difficult life, and was already returned several times. We had a rescue cat, named Patrick, and we knew that Danika had lived with a cat previously. For a while, Patrick would tease Danika by walking back and forth right next to her nose.  He also liked to jump onto the dining room table and try to smack her on the head with his paw as she looked up at him.  When he crossed the line, she would jump at him, he would jump to the floor, and the chase was on.  Sometimes, it sounded like a horse was running through our house.  I must hasten to add, though, that these incidents did not appear to affect their friendship; and they seemed to respect each other.  After spending a coupe of months with Danika, we decided that we wanted to give this dog her forever home – she earned the right to have her own family again.
She was not an easy dog. Being in foster care for more than half of her life, it reinforced the attitude of independence and distancing from her family. It looked as if she decided to not form attachments any more. Still, as time went by, Danika became a little warmer. She loved chasing and grabbing the ball, and when racing to it, she pounded the ground as if her paws were hoofs. Her expression at those times was pure puppy.  She also played like a puppy in the snow and couldn’t contain herself; she’d yip, bark, jump and roll in the snow and jump to catch snowballs and even snowflakes. She also loved playing tug of war, and when inside would curl up near our feet and relax.Danika_2594-1

Danika had interesting tastes and manners. She wouldn’t eat her kibble unless it was “garnished” with some treats – usually Beef Liver pieces. She never ever surfed kitchen counters or trash can – she was above that. In the evening before retiring for sleep she’d come and press her head to me, asking to scratch her ears. And she would lick my hands, saying “Thank you!” in her language so clearly… She rarely felt comfortable indoors and preferred staying outside, playing or not. But once in a while she would really show her friendship and gratitude – and our hearts would melt… She wasn’t as independent and separate as she tried to look.

Danika also managed to impress our local police. Once my wife’s mother needed help and the town police came to rescue. Danika (probably recognizing the uniforms and “business” smells – leather, gun oil, equipment belts) let them in, went to my wife’s mother, and sat near her. The officers were greatly impressed by such intelligent behavior, and praised Danika to us when we spoke with them later that evening.
When we had a baby, there was some concern – how Danika would blend in. No problem, as it turned out! She was correctness itself. Sniffed and licked the baby a few times, but kept the respectful distance – and never any inappropriate move. She did not add any difficulty to the hard time of caring for an infant. We were waiting for Leah to grow, hoping that they would be able to play and make each other happy. Alas, that was not to happen. Cancer was quicker and stronger. Danika crossed the Bridge, and is playing there, waiting for us…
Danika is resting with our beloved Tasha at the Proctor Cemetery in Nashua. RIP, dear friend!



Adoption: January 23, 2013


Danika is a beautiful four year-old female GSD that had been with her original owners from the time she was a young puppy. However, a change in the family’s situation made it so they were no longer able to keep their beloved GSD.  Saddened at the prospect of giving up Danika and wanting to find a good match for her, the family called GSRNE to see if we could help find her a new loving home.07_danika

Danika has many individual characteristics that make her unique. One of her most notable characteristics is what her family refers to as her “tracker nose.”  She loves to play a game of “find it” and will retrieve treats from shoes, atop bookshelves, behind lamps, and many other hiding spots. Wherever you hide it, Danika is determined to find it.

Really, though, Danika loves to engage in any type of play. She is enthusiastic about Frisbees and Kongs and will gladly sit and wait on command until you throw the ball to her. She loves opportunities to run and play and has a puppyish quality to her when she is running around the yard with her recently retrieved toy.

Danika-299Danika is also a true water dog.  She absolutely loves to swim and is happy to take a dip in fresh water or ride the waves at the beach.  And if a daytrip to a local water spot isn’t in the plans, Danika is just as happy to stay home and chase the hose or leap into the path of the garden sprinkler.

Danika has previously been crate trained. While likes to have her crate available as a place of refuge and comfort, she most often has spent nights curled up on her blanket at the foot of her owner’s bed.  The use of a crate in her adoptive home will help her transition into her new space by providing her a familiar space and a place of her own.

Danika is not an overly affectionate dog that lavishes her person with kisses and nose nudges. She is, however, a very loyal dog that is appreciative of attention.  She wants to be with her person at all times, but is not overly demanding of her owners.  Despite her tendency to develop such strong human bonds, Danika has shown no problems with separation anxiety. She does well when left alone in the home or in a vehicle and patiently awaits the return of her human counterparts.SONY DSC

Danika does have some food allergies, but has done very well on foods that do not have wheat or grain.  Her food allergies have been easily managed in the past and potential adopters will need to maintain a consistent diet for her.  She has lived previously with a dog-savvy feline without problems but may be best in a home without cats.  Danika would be happy being the only dog in a household, but would likely do well as a companion for a sociable male.


The ideal home for Danika would be one where she can quickly become part of the everyday household activity. She loves the attention of her people and enjoys regular interaction and activity.  She need not be the center of attention at all times; she is just as happy to join you while you work at your desk or do some gardening in the yard. As long as she can be with you, Danika is a happy dog.

Danika filled the heart of her owners for over four years and was a wonderful pet and companion to them. If you think you have space in your home and your heart for this wonderful girl, please give us a call.

Adopted: December 7, 2013


Meet Kyra!  Kyra came from a situation that she needed to be removed from and was put into our program.  She lives in a foster home with one adult and no other animals.  Krya is an absolute love bug with a lot of spunk and a dog that has quite the personality.  She wants nothing more than to be your companion, but fully understands you need to make a living to give her the finer things in life!Kyra

Whatever your activity, Kyra is up for it:  walks, rides in the car, running errands with you, playing fetch, or sitting and enjoying laying at your feet while watching TV.  She loves to be outside and play, but wants to do so with companionship.  On hot days, her favorite thing is to submerge in the cool-water-filled kiddie pool.  One of her favorite toys is a Jolly Ball.  If you are not careful, she may bang it into your leg to get your attention to play with her.

Kyra has been nothing but a perfect angel in her foster home.  She is completely house and crate trained, has never been destructive, would never dream of climbing on the furniture, and prefers her dog bed for napping.  Kyra also enjoys having her crate and is most comfortable going to bed at night there.  If it is time for bed, and her foster parent is still up, she will put herself to bed (just walks into the crate and goes to sleep).  She can be extremely affectionate with giving you kisses.  She loves nothing more than to be patted and touched.  Although when she first arrived in her foster home, she had some reservations about being touched, but has overcome this issue.Kyra-655

When meeting new people outside the home, Kyra is very friendly, especially when they are giving her treats.  When meeting people in the home, she is more cautious, but will warm up to them once introduced to them properly.  Once Kyra knows you, she wags her tail and is happy to see you.  She will go to you, let you pat her, will run to the foster parent and run back to the known visitor for more pats.

When Kyra is meeting new dogs, she has no problem, but has not been permitted to engage in play with any dogs, just walks with them, and meets them at different places like the vet’s office, groomer, etc.  Her play can be rough and she likes to chase, especially after the bunnies and birds in her yard.

During Kyra’s time in her foster home, she started to show an irritation with one of her eyes.  After having it checked by a regular vet and then an eye specialist, we learned that she had an ulcer on the cornea that needed to be surgically removed.  Kyra is now on steroid therapy and has a recheck, so once approved by the eye specialist, she will only need her eye to be examined annually by a regular vet.  UPDATE 10/04/13 – Kyra had her recheck by the eye specialist and has received a clean bill of health.  Her eye is healed and in great condition.  Her eye will only need to be checked during her annual exams with a regular vet.Kyra

Are you looking for a companion to take short walks, hang out and watch TV, or go on errands with you?  By meeting her, you will see how much more she has to offer!

Adopted: December 22, 2014


This handsome young male, about 3 years old, was seen being dumped out of a pick-up truck. The local Animal Control Officer was called, and it took 9 hours before she could get him into her care. Needless to say, he was scared and confused and looking for someone or something familiar.Nova_1511
He was given a name and moved to a GSRNE foster home to start a new life, and he gradually began to relax. He didn’t eat much for the first 5 days in spite of needing to gain weight; but once he began to eat normally, he definitely became an eager eater. Nova didn’t play with toys at first, but he learned what to do with them as time went on; and he became very excited about playing “fetch” and now gives the ball or toy back willingly so it can be thrown again. He enjoyed playing with the female dog in the home right from the start, and he is tolerant of the dogs they pass when out for walks.Nova_6543
Once Nova felt settled in his foster home, though, he became reactive to visitors and would bark and growl if they approached him. We decided to board him with a trainer who specializes in modifying this kind of behavior, and that has made all the difference for Nova. Instead of being nervous and reactive, he has learned to go to his “place” when someone new comes to the home. He will be adopted by an experienced German Shepherd person who is committed to continue the training while giving Nova the love, attention and exercise that will help him to thrive.

Adopted: November 29, 2014


Sophie is a very pretty, small-medium sized, 2 year old spayed female GSD who is looking for her forever home. She is doing well in her foster home living with a male GSD and a cat along with her foster dad.Sophie-1

Sophie came to us from a home that also had another dog and three cats. The home owner had rescued Sophie from a neglect situation. Sophie was approximately one year old at the time and was emaciated, had little fur, and she had not experienced a lot of human interaction. This kind person cared for Sophie for approximately one year, helping her to gain some weight and recover her coat. She then reached out to GSRNE to help find Sophie a family of her own.

Sophie has developed into a sweet GSD who loves to please. She is a typical Shepherd, aloof at first, then warming up and bringing you her favorite tennis ball to throw again and again, dropping it at your feet. She loves walks in the woods and simply being with you. She also likes car rides and looking out of the window. She will bark at dogs as they pass by, but otherwise rides along nicely. On longer trips she settles in and enjoys a nice snooze.Sophie-2

This girl needs help learning her commands as she has not had much formal training. Her family will need to take her to obedience training to help her learn and bond with them. She will learn quickly as she likes to please her person. She is food and praise motivated. She is ok in a crate but usually doesn’t require one. Sophie is a little reactive when seeing strange dogs and will bluster until directed that she is safe. With good leadership Sophie will continue to gain confidence and trust.Sophie-4

Sophie has allergies and will need to be on high quality food for life. When her owner switched her to a less expensive food, she suffered hair loss again. Her coat is growing back and regular baths also help. With vigilance and proper care she should do very well. We also found that she is Lyme positive. She is being treated for that and is expected to fully recover.

Sophie had a horrible start in life but is still a sweet, loving girl. She’s beautiful with medium energy and wants to be with you. She would do well in a home with an older male GSD who can serve as a role model for her but will also do fine as an only dog. If you are committed to giving her the training, care and guidance she deserves you will have a wonderful, loving companion.

adopted: November 1, 2014


9/8/2014 Update: Happy news for Winston! He is now heartworm free and the surgery to remove his damaged eye went very well. Winston was neutered at the same time. He is recovered and ready for adoption. Winston is a loving boy who is looking for his forever home.Winston-2

Winston is a large, handsome, 4-5 year old (maybe younger) male GSD. He came into our program from another rescue that works with a different breed of dog and knew that GSRNE was the perfect rescue to help Winston find his forever home.

You have to meet Winston to fully appreciate how very special he is. He has a wonderful disposition and loves everyone – adults, children and other dogs. Winston didn’t have a great start in life. One eye was damaged and he lost part of an ear. We don’t know how that happened but we do know that he doesn’t let it bother him a bit. He is a very social and affectionate boy and always seems to be truly happy – the kind of dog that makes you feel good just to be with him! He is also an energetic boy that loves to run, fetch, play and explore new things. Winston has to take it easy right now because he is being treated for heartworm but that hasn’t dampened his spirit. He is as happy being relaxed by your side as he is racing after his ball. His heartworm treatment is being covered by GSRNE (about $1,700).

Winston_7230Winston is being fostered in a home with a female GSD, one human adult, and two male children. He is very social and affectionate. Winston loves to be by your side, will come lay at your feet and wants to be with you at all times. He still acts like an adolescent Shepherd and seems to still be growing and learning as a young dog would. With all that Winston has gone and is going through, this pup still has an excellent temperament. Nothing fazes this boy. Winston should be finished his heartworm treatment by the end of July and if all is clear, he will then have surgery to remove the damaged eye.Winston_7280

We are hoping that at the end of August when Winston is recovered from his surgery, he will be ready to go to an adoptive home. Winston will make a truly great family dog —in a home with children—with or without another dog. Since he is currently on limited activity, the foster home has been unable to work on his obedience training. While that means you and Winston will have some work to do, training can be a great bonding and rewarding experience. If you are committed to going to dog training and can handle a large, active loving pup, this is the dog for you!

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