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 Zeus-7on 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 more

Adopted on 2/24/2013

Biography

West has the typical rescue story of an abandoned starving dog who was picked up by animal control and then quietly West-6passed 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 opposite. West is a heart throb, a real gentleman by nature. For instance, West will sit and eagerly extend his paw to most people he meets. When he wakes up in the am, he will greet you with a kiss then roll on his back with delight, secretly hoping for belly scratches. He will proudly walk through the neighborhood alongside you or ride cheerfully in the back seat of the car, and has recently shown some interest in swimming. At the end of the day, West will quietly settle by your side or at your feet, affirming his allegiance through adoring eyes.

West is a fairly calm companion, and barks only occasionally. He fits in nicely with most other dogs, but cats seem to push his buttons, and he will chase, mouth, and paw them, so a home without cats will be best for West.

West will continue to need basic obedience training but is very eager to learn and to please. For instance, West still feels he can help himself to food on the counter, but he is quickly learning that foraging for food is no longer necessary.

Adopted on 4/12/2013

Biography

This handsome boy was turned into a shelter after his family felt too overwhelmed to care for him along with their youngTouser-1 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 goes he’s happy and constantly wagging his tail.

Touser loves being with his foster family and is very affectionate. He’s eager to please and is very well mannered. He knows sit, stay, walks well on a leash, and comes when called. He gets along with other dogs although he prefers the company of people. He would be okay with a dog-savvy cat but will chase them if given the opportunity. He’s friendly when meeting strangers and tends to gravitate towards women.

Touser has been diagnosed with Pannus, a lifelong eye condition that can be managed with eye drops. Touser sits willingly when getting his drops and is rewarded with a treat each time. His eyes are sensitive to the sun and his foster dad is working on getting him used to wearing Doggles for eye protection.

Adopted on 4/27/2013

Biography
Madison is a super sweet and friendly girl. Her first reaction to new dogs is bark and hackles up, but she warms right upmaddieface 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!

Adopted on 04/27/2013

Biography

Addie loves to play and chewing on toys is one of her favorite activities. AddieShe 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 occasional shoe. She cries when she first goes into her crate but will settle right down. Addie is doing well with potty training and consistently goes to the designated place in the yard. She doesn’t like being told no and will pout when verbally reprimanded. She’s smart and just needs a leader that will teach her acceptable behavior.

Addie loves belly rubs, especially just before bed. She likes to grunt and groan when she lies down trying to get comfortable. She loves being with her family and curling up next to them wherever they are. She’s not the typical wiggly puppy when meeting new people; she can be a little shy but will slowly warm up to them on her own time.

Biography
NITRO is a 10 year old sable male who worked for the US Military as a Explosive Detection K9 and served our countryNitro-7 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 tumor was found on his tonsil; and a biopsy revealed that it was tonsular carcinoma.  The veterinarian told us that Nitro might only have 4-6 months to live and that he would eventually lose interest in eating, start coughing and have trouble breathing.  That was in May 2013, and Nitro is still showing his normal interest in eating and enjoys a daily 30-minute session at the dog park with his foster brother and foster Dad.  In August, he had three tumors removed from one leg, and the veterinarian was surprised and happy to report that the tumor on his tonsil was in remission.  Nitro has been making guest appearances when GSRNE volunteers do an information table at a Petco store in his area, and people have been lining up to have their picture taken with thisNitro-14 canine war hero.  His foster Dad is a member of the New England Vikings Motorcycle Club, and they have become his honorary adopters and are buying his food and giving him special attention when he attends their meetings.  Because of the uncertainty about his life expectancy, Nitro will stay with GSRNE.  His medical expenses so far have amounted to $3,707, and we are grateful to be able to provide him with the excellent care he deserves.

Adopted on 3/15/2014

Biography

In 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 Phinhad 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 down and began regaining the weight he had lost.  His foster parents found that he had severe separation anxiety and would not stay in a crate unless it was in the bedroom at night.  If one of them needed to go out during the daytime, the other stayed with Phin or took him in the car.  They began leaving him for 5 minutes at a time, gradually increasing the time, and worked on obedience training.  Another issue was that Phin was reactive to other dogs and definitely did not like small white dogs, so taking him for walks was a challenge.  His foster parents worked with him for months and were making some progress, when they had a family health emergency that meant Phin had to be moved.
Fortunately, we had received an adoption application and done a home visit with a man Phinwho was a retired police K9 officer and who seemed like a good match for Phin.  We explained to him what the issues were, and he agreed to take Phin as a foster-to-adopt candidate.  It didn’t take long for him to bond with Phin and appreciate his intelligence and potential.  He continued working on the obedience training and took him for 5 or 6 walks a day, and Phin has responded well.

Update on 3/19/2014

Looks like Gemma is having a good time. This is what Gemma’s parents have to say about Gemma-“This winter sure has been a cold one so far! Gemma continues to bring us incredible joy and happiness-and from her constant tail wagging and kisses I’d like to believe its mutual. She is a very special, loving, social girl and truly a Gem! She really enjoys running the acres of trails within a 5 minute walk from the house. She doesn’t love the snow like Roxy did but she manages to find her sticks regardless and has been a trooper on the really cold days not getting much outdoor time. It doesn’t take long for new people or pets to become part of the pack which is nice since we are such active and social people. Warm wishes!”

Update on 10/31/2013

Here is the first update from Gemma’s parents. “Hello and happy fall!! We have had a very busy summer into fall. We have moved and are thrilled to share that Gemma is loving her new home we are on a dead end street right on a picturesque pond!! Gemma is an unbelievable swimmer and loves having endless trails to run in our backyard!”

Adopted on 5/1/2013

Biography
Gemma is true to her name – a real gem with a sparkling personality! Gemma-1Originally found as an underweight stray (at 40 pounds) that had recently given birth to a litter and with no other known history, 2 year-old Gemma became a member of the GSRNE family when she was released to us from a local shelter.

Sweetness and light describe this active GSD that loves being with her people and is good with cats (she will even try to initiate play with the kitties in her foster home). Initial shyness is present when Gemma first meets new people, but that quickly wears off once a friendship has been established through a pat and a treat! Back and belly rubs are favorites for this love bug, who is always happy to be in the company of her humans around the house, on daily walks, and car rides.

It’s obvious that Gemma had some training in her former life, as initially, she recognized some basic commands and is responding to obedience training in her foster home. When she thinks that no one is looking she’ll try to sneak up on the bed or sofa and then give you an imploring, tug-at-your-heart look when told “no” – but is always compliant.

This beautiful soft-eyed girl didn’t seem to know much about toys when she first came into foster care, but now she’s learning that they can be fun. She does know how to play with other dogs and loves to do so regularly with her foster sibling. When meeting an unfamiliar canine, though, Gemma still needs some training and work; she can be a bit reactive and too much “in your face.”

Gemma is trained to sleep in her crate at night and is willing do so. She does grumble about having to spend time there during the day when she would rather be with “her people;” but it’s the safest place for her to be when they have to go to work or be away from home. When she was left uncrated for a trial period, Gemma helped herself to the training treats and a box of cereal that were on the back of the counter. Being crated will protect her from getting into something that could hurt her.

Adopted on 2/24/2014

Biography
Haley is an active young female (turned 5 years old in January) who lived with her owner from the time  Haleyshe 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 the first time, but she quickly warms up and becomes friendly and playful with visitors. She would actually become too playful with visitors in the home and would try to jump up for closer interaction. Her foster parents have been working to teach her to keep all four feet on the floor, and Haley gets it. With people she’s gotten to know well, she’s very playful and animated.

With other dogs, though, she can be quite reactive and will need further work and training on this behavior. She loves going for walks or for rides in the car.

Outside in the fenced yard, Haley loves playing with the stream of water as it comes out of the hose. Haley-1955She tries to catch it and will “talk” to you about it when her mouth closes and the water escapes. She tries to help with the raking, too, and will pull at the rake and dance around in excitement. Whether indoors or out, whatever you’re doing, Haley will want to join in!

Update on 02/01/2014- Kyra is doing great

Adopted on 12/22/2013

UPDATE 10/04/13 – Kyra had her recheck by the eye specialist and has received a clean bill of health.  KyraHer eye is healed and in great condition.  Her eye will only need to be checked during her annual exams with a regular vet.
Biography
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!

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, Kyra-655has 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.

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 Kyraengage 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.

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