Happy Tails

Please note: If you have adopted one of our dogs and would like to have his/her info included here, please email HappyTails@gsrne.org. Also, if you have already sent in a story and pictures and don’t see it appear here within a few days, please ping me again to be sure I got it.

We all LOVE reading these Happy Tails stories. They make all the hard work and expense worthwhile. This is what rescue is all about!

See a gallery with many of our adopted dogs by clicking here.

The Inside Story
Do you ever wonder about the story behind some of the dogs you see on our website? The ones who go from being adoptable to "Adoption Pending" to "I Went Home!"? If so, read on to find out the "inside story" on King, Ina, and Koa!This year, an email went out to the leaders of a number of dog rescue groups about a sad situation involving German Shepherd Dogs in Connecticut. Could any of us help? The only response from a group saying that they could help came from GSRNE. We were the only hope f [more]
#394 Shadow
Adopted on 08/02/2014BiographyShadow is a 7-year-old Sable female GSD who had a loving family, including children. When the family lost their home, they moved in with 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 youngste [more]
#392 Georgie
Adopted on 5/22/2014BiographyThis black and red beauty is a German Shepherd mix with lots of love to give. At 5 years old she’s housebroken and already knows her basic commands.Georgie loves her toys and is overjoyed when she discovers something new to play with in her basket; if it makes noise, even better! When she’s home she stays close to her foster mom, leaning against her for kisses. She loves attention and is eager to please. Often she can be found sleeping on her back wit [more]
#390 Phin
Adopted on 3/15/2014BiographyIn April of last year, GSRNE took in a 6-year-old male GSD named Phin.  He had lived with a family that included grade-school-age children, and he had some issues that needed work; the family was moving and asked GSRNE to find another home for Phin.We had to board him until a foster home became available, and he lost weight in the kennel and was very stressed, barking incessantly at the other dogs.Once in a foster home, though, he gradually calmed d [more]
#389 Chloe
Update on 07/29/2014Chloe is doing very well. Chloe’s parents no longer crate her! She knows that she will get a treat as soon as the door is opened. She will have a lovely fenced yard. As for her medical, her last urine sample about 2 weeks ago showed no infection or crystals. She is off all the meds. If her test results are okay, Chloe’s parents hope to transition her to real dog food!Adopted on 04/15/2014Biography Chloe is a snuggly, friendly female German Shepherd Dog who ju [more]
#388 Lexi
Update on 04/20/2014Lexi is doing great.  She turned 1 year old on March 27. She needed to have a second surgery in mid-February to remove the implants that were used to fix her front leg in October.  So the bad news is she had to be kept very quiet while recovering from her second surgery in 5 months.  But the good news is that she is healed and her leg is doing fantastic now!She loves to play with her toys and can play fetch with the same toy for hours if you let her. She loves to [more]
#387 Junior
Update on 02/01/2014Junior's forever parents love love love him. They had their first obedience class today and Junior was the star of the class, so smart and everyone loved him and thought he was beautiful.  They then took him shopping and he was great with all the people and other dogs he met, and he got a bunch of new toys.  His dad takes him on about a 4 mile walk each day. Junior loves playing in his yard. Junior's mom says he bounces around the yard like a rabbit. Junior is a dad [more]
#386 Hank
Adopted on 12/30/2013BiographyHank is a handsome, 5-year, 7-month old, black and tan, male GSD.  Hank came into our program as an owner surrender and came in with Chloe.  Unfortunately, his owner could no longer keep him or Chloe due to the time both dogs need from someone and an allergy of one of the humans in the home.  He is currently living in a home with two adults, no children and no other animals.  He is a very happy dog who loves affection.Hank has quickly fallen into his [more]
#384 Lady
Adopted on 12/16/2013BiographyLady is a very sweet, pretty, high energy and playful seven-month-old puppy who came to us from a shelter. Lady is in need of training and socialization due to the lack of it she received during her growth with her previous owner.Lady’s foster home is working on her social skills and obedience training to help her gain confidence with meeting new people and being in new environments. She has become more comfortable and relaxed in the foster home, a [more]
#383 Tonka
Adopted on 11/17/2013BiographyTonka is a young, handsome, black and tan long coat.  He came from a shelter, as a stray, who contacted us to see if we could help take him into our program.He is a very happy dog with a sweet, sensitive, loving and playful personality.  His energy level is medium to high and all he wants to do is play, play, play.  Indoors, he likes to chew on his Nylabone, Wubba, and tennis balls.  Outdoors, he loves to take walks, chase his foster brother in the y [more]
#382 Simba
Update on 12/13/2013Simba is doing great! His foster parents have switched him over to an allergy free kibble and canned food and he is itching much less. They have also been brushing him and applying conditioner (obtained from the vet) on his skin every day and the fur on his back is beginning to fill in. He has peach fuzz hair up and down his back now! The rest of his coat is much fuller and silkier as well and he has so much more of it that he's beginning to shed!His parents also s [more]
#381 Tia (now Saphira)
Adopted on 10/28/2013BiographyTia is a beautiful, nine-month old, black and tan GSD.  She is very sweet and friendly with people.  She enjoys being hugged by her foster home people.  She barks at strange dogs, but if properly introduced she is fine.  The foster home is working on her social skills and obedience training as she did not seem to have any, but she was crate trained and house broken before arriving in our program.  She is in a home with two adults, one male GSD and sever [more]
#380 Alfie
Adopted on 10/28/2013Biography He was 9 years old when he came into our rescue in February 2013.  Alfie had been a stud dog and spent a lot of time living outside at the end of a chain.  One day, he tried to run after something, hit the end of his chain full force and caused so much damage to his neck that he was left paralyzed from the neck down.  He was taken to an animal hospital and signed over to their custody.  As he began to regain some movement in his front legs, GSRNE was conta [more]
#379 Duke
Adopted on 9/9/2013Update on 08/01/2013 Duke was moved to a new foster home to work on continued training as he was taking over in the home.  In his new foster home, he is living with two adults; one male GSD and one male Rottweiler.  He is very sweet and loving in the home.  He will give you kisses and gladly roll over for belly rubs.  He likes to hang out with you in the house and lie at your feet, or on one of the dog beds nearby.  He really enjoys being outside especially if he has [more]
#378 Major
Adopted on 9/3/2013BiographyMajor is a gorgeous, large, young, neutered, male GSD.  He came into our program from a shelter asking for our help.He is very active, strong, and energetic, but settles down after physical and mental exercise.  He is very smart and takes direction well, but he will test you.  In his foster home, he goes on walks, jogs next to a bike, plays fetch and is learning to release the ball, and is trained daily to learn obedience commands with a professional tr [more]
#377 Ebony
Adopted on 07/31/2013BiographyEbony is a beautiful, black Shepherd who needs a person/people of her own. She is a happy, well-behaved dog with low to medium energy. She is crate trained, but really does not care for her crate. She will howl for a couple of minutes, but settle right down.She likes to play fetch, go for walks, and go for car rides, but her favorite thing to do is to be with you. If you are watching TV, she will lie down at your feet, or on one of the many dog beds in t [more]
#376 Nitro
Biography NITRO is a 10 year old sable male who worked for the US Military as a Explosive Detection K9 and served our country proudly with 2 tours of duty in Iraq and 1 in Afghanistan. Sadly he was diagnosed with cancer and sent home to be retired last year. When he was ready for the retirment, GSRNE was contacted and asked to find him a forever home.  There was a large lump on his neck, which was removed during a vet appointment and found to be non-cancerous.  During the surgery, however, a [more]
#375 Logan
Look who is 2 today !!!!!! Logan enjoyed his steak once cooked on the grill and had a bone for dessert.      Adopted on 06/14/2013BiographyLogan is a gorgeous, large, young, neutered, male GSD. He came into our program from a shelter asking for our help. He was given up to the shelter by someone who doesn’t know the breed or knows how to care for a young, very active and confused pup.He is being fostered in a home with t [more]
#374 Ricca (now Angus)
Update on 03/16/2014Angus's mom says "Angus is doing awesome!!  He is a great dog and loves his family-very attached to us! He enjoys playing with Eva and going on hikes in the woods with her, and chasing the tennis ball.  He loves running and leaping and is also a snuggle muffin. He gets along with other dogs and is a calm content dude.  He is eating well unlike at his foster home, and also gets homemade hi carb balls but is gaining weight slowly."Adopted on 6/8/2013Biography [more]
#373 Dixie
Adopted on 6/13/2013Biography Dixie is 11-12 weeks old puppy.  She is a pretty girl but has a shorter tail as something happened to her before we got her.  Possibly the mother chewed off part of her tail thinking it was the umbilical cord.  She is very sweet and friendly.  She currently has hookworms and is being treated for them.  She also has a hernia, which will be taken care of when she is spayed at 6 mos.   She has been in 2 other homes before we took her in and placed her with [more]
#372 Kelsa
Kelsa celebrated her first birthday on 2/12/2014 at at Hanover, MA PetcoAdopted on 06/13/2013BiographyThe first thing most people notice about Kelsa are her eyes; she looks right at you with a direct and confident gaze.  She’s a happy dog and wants to investigate and explore everything in her surroundings.  This  could get her into trouble, though, so you have to be vigilant and quick to remove anything from her mouth that could be harmful if she were to swallow it.  Kelsa will [more]
#371 Haley
Adopted on 2/24/2014Biography Haley is an active young female (turned 5 years old in January) who lived with her owner from the time she was just 8 weeks old. They went through some difficult times together, and then her owner lost her home and had to move in with relatives; sadly, Haley was not welcome there. Her owner contacted GSRNE and was relieved to learn that we would be able to place her in a foster home and help her make the adjustment.Haley is reserved when meeting someone for [more]
#370 Gemma
Update on 7/14/2014It's been just over a year since Gemma joined our family and she is such a perfect fit that it is hard to imagine what life was like without her. Gemma brings so much happiness to our lives and we hope to repay that gift by giving her the best forever home a dog could imagine. Gemma is in her element when we are on the protected nature trails located less then 5 minutes from our front door step-- walking, running or trotting along side a bicycle-- she always has her ta [more]
#369 Madison (Maddie)
Adopted on 4/27/2013Biography Madison is a super sweet and friendly girl. Her first reaction to new dogs is bark and hackles up, but she warms right up and is friendly wanting to play with the dogs. She knows how to sit, is crate trained (previous owner said), but needs a lot of training as she pulls on the leash and jumps on people. I wanted to take her home. She has a nice, prancey gait, left ear flops, and her front paws look like they turn out a bit, but she is wonderful! [more]
#368 Addie
Adopted on 04/27/2013BiographyAddie loves to play and chewing on toys is one of her favorite activities. She enjoys being outside and running around in the yard. She’s learning fetch and every day is a new adventure. At first she wasn’t sure about going for car rides but has slowly come to like them, sitting and watching the world go by.Her house manners still need some work but she’s a quick learner. She’s a typical puppy and has been known to chew papers and steal the occas [more]
#367 Touser
Adopted on 4/12/2013BiographyThis handsome boy was turned into a shelter after his family felt too overwhelmed to care for him along with their young children. Realizing what a wonderful dog Touser was, the shelter called GSRNE for help. At only 5 years old Touser is still energetic and loves to play fetch. His ideal play date would involve someone throwing a ball for him for hours on end! He rides great in the car, likes going on errands, and enjoys going to the dog park. Wherever he g [more]
#366 West
Adopted on 2/24/2013BiographyWest has the typical rescue story of an abandoned starving dog who was picked up by animal control and then quietly passed over at the shelter. On top of the malnutrition, he needed to be shaved while undergoing treatment for flea dermatitis, survived acute bloat and neutering surgery, and developed a very painful ear infection all in a very short period of time.One would think this poor guy would be a little mad by now, but in fact, he’s quite the oppo [more]
#365 Zeus
Adopted on 2/8/2012.Biography Zeus is a 10-month old black and tan male. He is a super sweet, friendly guy and likes to play. He needs “all” training—pulls on leash, when excited and wants to get to something, likes to counter surf, jump on people and furniture---new to a crate. He likes new people, interest in new dogs, kids…Sorry Jill, not sure about cats. He came from a shelter as an owner-surrender dog. He is going to be a super GSD for someone, especially once he is trained mo [more]
#364 Manny
Adopted on 1/26/2013BiographyManny has had quite a few changes in his seven years, but he’s managed to adjust each time and is eager to please; he’s food-motivated and enjoys doing obedience exercises for treats.He came to GSRNE from a shelter, and we were told that his former owner had adopted him from there five years ago and was now losing her home to a foreclosure.  The reason he was turned in the first time was due to the owner’s homeowner insurance being canceled becaus [more]
#356 Maddie
Update on 01/01/2014Maddie is doing very well. She is taking several items to improve digestion. She has put on weight and is now down to two meals per day versus three. She has no other medical problems at this time. She is very well trained. She is good with children and adults when properly introduced and warms up to them. She has very good manners and does not need to be in a training class, they think she must have been already trained as they are very pleased with her. Their 11 year ol [more]
#323 Eli
Eli GSRNE #323 Adopted on January 13, 2012My 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 fos [more]
#306 Cutter
Cutter GSRNE #306 Adopted on September 20, 2010We entered the local pet store and he paused at the entrance to savor the many smells. He couldn’t believe there were so many! Bunnies, reptiles, dog food, treats, other people’s dogs’ scents; he just stood with his nose in the air, taking it all in. So excited he could hardly contain himself, he began to wag while trying to look and smell in every direction, head swiveling, as we walked forward between a delightful aisle of smoked r [more]
#298 Luke
Luke GSRNE #298 Adopted on July 10, 2010July 10th marked the one year anniversary of our adopting Luke and we wanted to give everyone an update on how he is doing. To put it plainly, Luke is just a great dog. Over the past year he has thrived in his new environment and has become a cherished member of our family. As time has passed his true personality has steadily shone through, and today he is the happy, confident boy we all thought he could be when we first met him.A vital p [more]
#260 Dadamine
Dadamine GSRNE #260 Adopted on May 8, 2009Dadamine came to us as an owner surrender, along with two other males, Cyrus and Blitz. Although the owner loved the dogs, especially Dadamine, and provided a huge fenced-in yard for them, he was overwhelmed with taking care of them. He wanted to insure that they would be well cared for and so GSRNE took "Dad" (and the others) into foster care where they did very well. Those of you who made it to the auction, met "Dad" when he made an appearanc [more]
#255 Dozer
Dozer (was Blitz) GSRNE #255 Adopted on March 7, 2009We adopted our first dog, a female German Shepherd, in the spring of 2006. We found her on the website of a local animal shelter. She was a beautiful sable GSD, despite being far too thin. The shelter told us she was "very shy but warmed up quickly." The best they could tell us about her former home life was that she was tied up outside all alone for most of the time. We filled out the adoption application for her even though we were [more]
#235 Max
Max GSRNE #235 Adopted on June 8, 2008When we applied to adopt from GSRNE rescue three years ago, little did we realize it would change our lives. After passing the "tests" for adoption (my sister said it was easier to adopt a child), we waited for our perfect match to come along. I was constantly on the web site looking for new adoptees and hoping one of them would be ours. Finally the call we waited for: Laurie Keating called with an offer, but he just didn't sound like the right dog [more]
#233 Raven
Raven GSRNE #233 Adopted on June 20, 2008 Background by GSRNE: Back in March 2008, we got a call asking for help for Raven, a 5-year-old black female GSD. The current owner had her for only two weeks, but never meant to keep her. Raven had been given to another woman, who changed her mind and didn’t want the dog.Raven originally came from a breeder that had 12 GSDs and Raven was at the bottom of the pack. We were told the dogs were all thin and the previous household was a nois [more]
#223 Kaizur
Kaizur (was Niklas) GSRNE #223 Adopted on January 26, 2008We were devastated after the death of our six month old Shepard Sheba. We were a bit apprehensive about getting another dog as our hearts were broken and we were not sure if we should perhaps wait. Our daughter Becca came across GSRNE while searching the internet. We spoke about it as a family and decided we were ready to try again. We soon heard from Laurie Keating and she started the process. We were very excited to learn abou [more]
#220 Riley II
Riley II GSRNE #220 Adopted  Riley is a grand guy....He settled in quite fast, met friends and a few of their dogs without any real problems. He has his bed in our bedroom and a blanket in the living room...seems he loves the warmth from the wood stove last winter.Riley stays with me in the yard, but does sneak off now and then through the wood about 150 feet to the neighbors house to play with Jack their black lab, then they both come back ....wanting cookies!His first campin [more]
#211 Abby
Abby GSRNE #211 Adopted on February 23, 2008 Abby's story, like many of GSRNE's dogs, has a sad beginning. Abby lived her first seven years in a loving home, with four children and a male dog. When her owners got a divorce, her world was split in half; the two dogs stayed with the husband, and the children went with the wife. Abby had loved "her kids" and missed them, but she still had her canine buddy. The new arrangement was short-lived, however, because there was a bad fire in the [more]
#209 Zeus
Zeus GSRNE #209 Adopted on June 9, 2007I 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 e [more]
#179 Miya
Miya GSRNE #179 Adopted on April 27, 2005 Miya was born in a shelter as her mother was part of a GSD confiscation in a neglect case. She lived in the shelter for her first 3 months, then was transferred to another shelter who contacted GSRNE for help with her and her 4 siblings. Miya has found her forever home with Bruschi (also 2 yrs old) and me! Miya is still very active. Her nose is into every package or bag brought into the house. She’s a prankster and loves to steal any [more]
#172 Leo
Leo (was Micah) GSRNE #172 Adopted in February 2005In 2002 we lost our 7-year old Shepherd, Keisar, to Bloat which affects many large breed dogs. I remember crying for months and thinking I could never have a dog again. After about a year we started thinking about getting another Shepherd. I talked to my husband, and we both agreed to get another dog. My friend told me to check out the German Shepherd Rescue website and I did. I called them and was informed that we could not adopt a do [more]
#165 Jada
Jada (was Grace) GSRNE #165 Adopted in July, 2004  We adopted Jada (formerly Grace) in July 2004. We already had two male German Shepherds (Bosco & Kaz) that we had gotten when they were 7 weeks old. I had been a regular visitor of the GSRNE website and as soon as we saw her, my husband and I knew we wanted her. After reading her story, we knew that she had some issues, but were confident that ours was the right home for her. Since we had two well-behaved, loving and conf [more]
#159 Ina
Ina GSRNE #159 Adopted  We are so grateful that we have had this opportunity to rescue Ina. We walk her 6 miles a day in beautiful woods, cook her three fresh organic meals a day, give her birthday parties, wonderful vacations, and sit on the couch with her snuggled up to us with her head on our lap. Thank you so much for your blessing; it is our blessing to have Ina in our lives. Here are some more pics of our wonderful, sweet, happy girl, Tai and Michael [more]
#157 Sterling
Sterling GSRNE #157 Adopted   Sterling, pictured on the right, is just a wonderful puppy and we love having him and his big sister Luna. They get along great and are always together. Sterling is now almost done with basic obedience with just one day left and then he will graduate and we will go on to Intermediate classes . We have been working with him along with working with Luna, who is all done with the obedience classes. Because of this, Sterling is ahead of his class and [more]
#156 Sugar
Sugar GSRNE #156 Adopted in November, 2003  We've all heard of a wolf in sheep's clothing, but what do you call a Labrador retriever in German shepherd's clothing? We call her Sugar! That's the name she came with and it fits her so very well. She is as sweet as sugar and has never met anyone that she didn't like.Sugar came to live with us when she was 15 months old, a few days before Thanksgiving in 2003, which was very appropriate. With Sugar at our house, we had much to [more]
#136 Tiki
Tiki GSRNE #136 Adopted on January 17, 2003 My husband and I have recently adopted a wonderful dog named Tiki. We had looked into adoption from GSRNE after losing the second of our two beloved dogs (one a German Shepherd mix and the other a German Shepherd) last summer. We both love the breed but also really liked the idea of adopting a dog that needed a home so GSRNE was the perfect answer! We were very excited when the call came and arrangements were made to visit a dog that [more]
#130 Wren
Wren GSRNE #130 Adopted on July 29, 2002I adopted Wren in August and it was HOT! Wren decided she liked her air conditioned rooms and would only go out quickly and then wanted back into the lovely cool air. She loves the air-conditioned rooms and I love to spoil her. Wren and I go out for our walks every night, play in doors with her toys and we go for coffee at night. She just loves to go for rides.Wren and my dad are getting along so well! Dad loves to have her around...he calls [more]
#118 Buddy
Buddy GSRNE #118 Adopted in January 2002Buddy is generally doing well. He is slowing down a bit (he’s 11-12 yrs. old), and has some arthritis in his hips. We are giving him Glyco-flex III (glucosamine) and it seems to help. We also take him for at least 4 walks a day.. Buddy loves his toys and will play for hours with us. We don’t toss things as far as we used to, but he will chase his “squeaky” toys and bring them back to us to throw again.Buddy sleeps with us on our queen [more]
#116 Nyla-Jean
Nyla-Jean GSRNE #116 Adopted in October, 2001  When we met Nyla, we were looking for a white Shepherd to fill a huge void, left when we lost our beloved Cain, a White GSD my husband had found in a pound. When we adopted him, 2 year old Cain was only hours away from being euthanized. He was with us for 9 years, and we lost him when he was 11.Nyla had spent most of her life in a backyard, suffering from constant ear infections and flea allergies, and she was pathetically un [more]
#112 Ivory
Yes, German Shepherd Dogs do come in white! Ivory is what they meant to make all German Shepherds be like. She is trusting and loving and just loves to tag along and play any game you can come up with. [more]
#108 Kizzy
Kizzy (was Inca) GSRNE #108 Adopted  This is the story of one of our placements, Inca (renamed Kizzy), with her handler/owner Cil!Inca was found at a local pound. As a dark-colored dog, many people who might have adopted Kizzy were intimated by her and therefore weren't interested. It's kind of funny, because she's incredibly friendly and playful, but this happens sometimes. The shelter manager knows a good dog when she sees one, and we were thrilled to take this dog in. [more]
#090 Sheba
Sheba was turned into GSRNE from an all breed rescue that didn't focus on GSD's. Sheba had suffered horrific abuse and needed someone to trust and teach her about the world. When she arrived, she was full of fear and distrust.Sheba was placed into a special foster home that was used to dealing with behavioral problems and issues. In time, using love and tenderness, Sheba learned about rules and how to "win". She was able to romp with other dogs and take her time learning about humans.S [more]
#000 Sport
We were able to evaluate dogs and collaborate with other rescues to save dogs we weren't able to take in. We worked with New England vets and shelters to help out numerous dogs. Sport was one of those dogs we evaluated and another rescue placed.I wanted to send you a story about Sport. I believe you originally had him in Wayland before he was sent to the Blue Dog Shelter in Brockton. His picture is still on your website. I adopted Sport Christmas week of 2003. He was such a great companion [more]
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