Rainbow Bridge

rainbow-bridgeWith sad hearts and fond memories of our beloved pets who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

ALL the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

YOU have been spotted and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. Happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. Then together you and your special pet(s) cross the Rainbow Bridge.

#487 Stella
Stella GSRNE #487 2011 - 8/2018   Click for more photos of Stella Password: Stella    Beautiful, sweet Stella came to GSRNE in 2017 when she was 7 years old, and her foster family fell in love with her on Day 1 and adopted this wonderful girl. Several months later, Stella’s appetite was not good and she lost interest in play. Her family took her to the vet, who found that Stella was in renal failure. They got a second opinion, and the second vet found that Stella also ha [more]
#464 Elvis
Elvis GSRNE #464 4/28/2013 - 9/20/2019    Click for more photos of Elvis Password: Elvis Dear Elvis, You have left us, and we still can’t look at your photos without becoming teary-eyed. We love you with all our hearts. You have no idea how much we miss you, beautiful boy. We lost our beautiful Elvis suddenly to bloat (GDV). He was rushed to the hospital at the first sign, but they just couldn't save him. It's hard enough when we see our dogs slowing down and getting old, bu [more]
#458 Lemme
Lemme GSRNE #458 12/02/2007 - 11/24/2017    We are sad to report that Lemme has crossed the bridge on November 24. He had a tumor biopsied on October 28 and it was cancerous. He had other tumors that were not as large as that one, and his vet said it was Hemangiosarcoma. Lemme was a much loved boy who left us far too soon. Click here to see Lemme's original bio page (and more photos): http://gsrne.org/dog-bios/lemme/ [more]
#453 Lexus
Lexus GSRNE #453 5/27/2018 - 2/2019    Click for more photos of Lexus Password: Lexus I had been trying to write this message for a while but kept breaking down. We had to put Lexie down. I felt a lump near her thyroid, and a biopsy revealed an aggressive sarcoma. We went to various specialists and more tests revealed that her lungs were already filled with many large masses--too many to count. The available treatments had a marginal chance of success and terrible side effects, and [more]
#440 Sophie
Sophie GSRNE #440 7/05/2007 - 2/23/2016    Click for more photos of Sophie Password: Sophie    Sophie tragically died a few nights ago, probably from hemangiosarcoma. Although the emergency hospital has not given us a definite cause of death, they did see a "spot" on her spleen during the MRI. She was bleeding internally and was given a transfusion, but her heart gave out. GSRNE sends our sympathies and prayers to her adoptive family on their heartbreaking loss and underst [more]
#421 Gabby
Gabby GSRNE #421 5/16/2007 - 2/10/2018    We're sorry to report that Gabby has crossed the Bridge. She stopped eating again a couple days ago so we took her to the vet, and she was bleeding internally again. The night before, Gabby was otherwise happy and had no trouble at all--she ate "a bunch" of meat, so she enjoyed her last night, thankfully. She was such a lovely and loving girl, and we are all are going to miss her terribly. We're just so grateful that she had loving humans to d [more]
#411 Cody
Cody GSRNE #411 2006? - 2/22/2015  Eleven days ago we happily announced that 'Cody' had been adopted. Today with great sadness we've been told he has CROSSED THE BRIDGE... Cody had recently been diagnosed with Lymphoma but was doing well. His Mom told us this morning that Cody had been panting heavily through the night, didn't want to eat yesterday morning and just lay down in the snow when she took him out to relieve himself. She brought him to the hospital and the doctor told her [more]
#409 Maggie and #410 Jolene
Maggie  &  Jolene GSRNE #409  &  GSRNE #410 2003 - 9/2016  &  2007 - 11/13/2017  I had to say goodbye to Jolene today. Her hips were very bad and her mobility had been deteriorating. After a very bad weekend in which she struggled terribly, I knew I needed to let her go. Maggie was Jolene's mom, and both were senior dogs when they came to live with me in July 2014. They were both such sweethearts. I lost Maggie in September 2016 to a heart condition. Jolene was n [more]
#401 Diesel
Diesel GSRNE #401 ~2012 - 10/22/2017    Sadly, we have lost Diesel to Hemangiosarcoma. This beautiful boy brought three years of happiness to his loving family, and he will be sorely missed. Click here to see Diesel's original bio page (and more photos): http://gsrne.org/401-diesel/ [more]
#397 Diamond
Diamond GSRNE #397 4/17/2004 - 10/13/2015   GSRNE is sad to announce that Diamond (#397) crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Diamond came into our rescue several years ago as a senior dog. Her owner died, and the owner's daughter was trying to find homes for his five dogs. The younger ones were chosen, the daughter kept one older dog who had cancer, and Diamond was still waiting as the date for the sale of the house arrived. She contacted GSRNE for help. Fortunately, we had a foster Mom, Sa [more]
#396 Angus
Angus GSRNE #396 ? - 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. Sh [more]
#394 Shadow
Shadow GSRNE #394 2008? - 12/2015   "I have lived with you and loved you, and now you are gone. Gone where I cannot follow, until I have finished all of my days." ~Victoria Hanley Shadow was 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 [more]
#393 Harmony
Harmony GSRNE #393 3/27/12 - 7/25/2019    Click for more photos of Harmony Password: Harmony The GSRNE Family is heartbroken to announce that Harmony, GSRNE #393 crossed over the Rainbow Bridge this morning. All of us know only too well that the hardest part about owning a dog is having to say goodbye, and that goodbye often feels far too soon. Harmony's passing was totally unexpected--nobody saw this coming for this sweet dog.   Update on 06/19/2015 Harmony had her an [more]
#390 Phin
Phin GSRNE #390 2007 - 2019    Click for more photos of Phin Password: Phin Adopted on 3/15/2014   “My sincere thanks to GSRNE for providing Phin and I with a wonderful journey together.” GSRNE’s Phin has crossed the bridge. We all loved him very much and knew how happy he was with adopted family. Rest in peace, beautiful Phin.   10/5/2014 Update: Phin has bonded very well with his Dad and is very happy. He is enjoying playtime and walking at the [more]
#389 Chloe
Chloe GSRNE #389 3/09/2007 - 3/24/2018    Click for more photos of Chloe Password: Chloe   In April 2017 Chloe was diagnosed with two types of cancer and due to her age, her oncologist recommended palliative care. Her family told us that if you saw her, you would not believe that anything was wrong. She still enjoyed going outside to play and would shake her squeaky snake for attention. She had almost a year from the time of her diagnosis to enjoy with her loving family before [more]
#385 Kyra
Kyra GSRNE #385 1/07/2007 - 2/28/2017    Click for more photos of Kyra Password: Kyra It is with heavy hearts that we said goodbye to our beloved Kyra. Last May, Kyra was having trouble with her rear legs and would sometimes collapse. After x-rays, cat scans, and a myelogram, the diagnosis was chronic intervertebral disc disease. A month of treatment and restricted exercise yielded some improvement, but only temporarily. Eventually, the kindest option was just to let her go. [more]
#382 Simba
Simba GSRNE #382 2003 - 12/27/2018    Click for more photos of Simba Password: Simba It is with tremendous sadness that we share that Simba peacefully crossed the Rainbow Bridge. This sweet boy had so many issues when we brought him into GSRNE, it is amazing to read that he lived to be 15 years old! What a gift it was for all of us to see such a wonderful dog live so long. He was energetic up until the day before he died, when he became very weak and refused to eat. Given he was [more]
#380 Alfie
Alfie GSRNE #380 2004 - 2017    Click for more photos of Alfie Password: Alfie We also lost Alfie yesterday. He was a paralyzed senior when we took him into GSRNE. He had been tied outside to a truck with a rope and hurt his neck. His loving foster mom and adopter gave him all the love and care he needed to get his mobility back. This sweet old boy will be missed.   Adopted on 10/28/2013 Biography He was 9 years old when he came into our rescue in February 2013. [more]
#376 Nitro
Nitro GSRNE #376 4/29/2003 – 4/5/2014  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 retire [more]
#371 Haley
Haley GSRNE #371 2008 - 6/10/2016    Adopted: 2/24/2014 Click for more photos of Haley Password: Haley   We are heartbroken to report that Haley died of liver cancer on June 10, 2016. She will be sorely missed. We'll see you at the Bridge, dear girl.   Update: January 18, 2015 Hope this note find you well. Thanks for your interest in Haley. I enjoyed chatting with you about her progress. She is a great dog and a wonderful pet. I promised you a few photo [more]
#368 Addie
Addie GSRNE #368 2012 - 12/27/2017    It is with a broken heart and deep sadness that I let you know that our beloved princess Addie (GSRNE #368) crossed the Rainbow Bridge tonight. Addie was diagnosed on December 5th with cancer--suspected lymphoma. On December 7th we took her to the clinic and started chemotherapy. She did not respond well, and after two weeks of treatment and additional weight loss, it was determined that she did not have lymphoma but more than likely histiocyti [more]
#366 West
West GSRNE #366 ~2005 - 2/08/2017      Click for more photos of West Password: West   West was just a wonderful dog; affectionate, silly, loved to play--a complete turnaround from when he was first adopted. He loved his humans, and they are very thankful that they got to spend 4+ good years with him. West was their baby, and they were just crazy about him, and he knew it. :)   Here is a link to West's biography page [more]
#364 Manny
Manny GSRNE #364 2004 - 6/8/2018    Click for more photos of Manny Password: Manny Dear old Manny passed away at the ripe old age of 13.5. He had hip problems and hearing loss, but he was still a happy boy. Six months ago, he was having problems passing stool and x-rays showed two tumors. His tumors grew very quickly, causing Manny a great deal of discomfort and pain, so his loving family made the difficult decision to let him go. Manny's dad shared a nice memory about a bear tha [more]
#359 Joey
Joey GSRNE #359 2006? - 8/2017    Click for more photos of Joey Password: Joey Joey was adopted in 2012, when he was 6 years old. When he came into GSRNE, he was overweight, his fur was matted, and he had an ear infection and conjunctivitis. In spite of all that, he was friendly when meeting people. We're glad we were able to make such a positive difference in his life. His adopters loved him dearly and kept the GSRNE community, friends, and family up to date with their Facebook [more]
#354 Ringo
Ringo GSRNE #354 3/7/2006 - 10/24/2015    Ringo #354 has crossed the Bridge. Ringo was adopted in August 2012, when he was six years old. Ringo was a challenging dog, and his adoptive family worked with a trainer and stepped up their leadership. Their hard work paid off, and eventually he became the pack member he was meant to be. Last year Ringo began developing health problems, and his family did everything possible to help him cope. Ringo was beloved by his family, and he is sorely [more]
#352 Buster
Buster GSRNE #352 12/19/2007 - 9/20/2015   With heavy hearts we are sad to tell you that Buster #352 has passed away. He was diagnosed in late August with cancer (Hemangiosarcoma). The diagnosis hit us very hard-- he had not shown any signs of being sick until the very day we brought him in because of breathing issues. It was discovered he had a large mass attached to his heart. They drained the fluids out of his chest cavity and we were able to bring him home for a short time. They to [more]
#343 Troy
Troy GSRNE #343 2004 - 9/12/2015    Adopted: 5/3/2012  Click for more photos of Troy  Password: Troy  It is with much sadness and tears we tell you about the loss of our Troy. He was put down on Saturday 9/12 after x-rays revealed an enlarged or swollen esophagus and pneumonia.  The esophagus problem was found on September 3rd. We were given medications and were due back to the hospital on September 10th at 5.00 p. During the week Troy seemed to improve. Thursday morn [more]
#335 Sadie
Sadie GSRNE #335 est. 2005 - 12/20/2015  Click for more photos  Password: Sadie    Adopted: March 17, 2012 Sadie has a condition known as SARDS and had gone blind before we brought her into GSRNE. Her owner had divorced, lost her business, and was losing her home when she contacted us about Sadie. Sadie was adopted by Gail and Barbara on March 17, 2012. They gave her an amazingly good life. Sadie was a lovely dog-- very sweet.  She had so much love in her life. [more]
#329 Sheldon
Sheldon GSRNE #329 2007? - 5/27/15  We are so sad to report that Sheldon has crossed the Rainbow Bridge.  He had stopped eating and drinking and he started peeing in the house, so his owner took him to the vet. They found a large tumor on his spleen, and they said that operating to remove the tumor would probably only extend his life a couple of months. It was decided that the kindest thing was to put him to sleep without prolonging his suffering. Sheldon was a very friendly, sweet [more]
#327 Mona
Mona GSRNE #327 2002 - 2016   Adopted December 3, 2011   Click for more photos of Mona     I write with the sad news of Mona's passing. She had a wonderful life with me, my only complaint was that it was only five years--way too short a time to spend with such a sweet girl. She and I had many medical challenges over her last 15 months, but we also had many joys. It was very sad to let her go. Paula [more]
#324 Bishop
Bishop GSRNE #324 6/1/2007 - 5/7/2016   Bishop was adopted in July 2011.  He was 4 years old then, having just celebrated his birthday on June 1st.  From the moment he set a paw in our home, we fell in love with him.  We took him everywhere dogs were allowed, and he was a true companion.  He loved going anywhere in the car (even to the vet), but especially for ice cream--yum!  We also took him to obedience training where he received his CGS.  His trips to the local nursing home b [more]
#319 Kurt
Kurt GSRNE #319 2011 - 3/15/2019    Click for more photos of Kurt Password: Kurt    With heavy hearts we had to say goodbye to our sweet goofy boy Kurt. He had started to lose function of his back legs which quickly led to his bowels and bladder no longer working. Kurt joined our family as a foster needing special treatment, and who eventually earned the nickname "Moose" due to his large size. Before being dropped off at the original shelter, he had suffered from a poor [more]
#313 Lady
Lady GSRNE #313 2007 - 8/21/14    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 gent [more]
#310 Sampson
Sampson GSRNE #310 Adopted on February 21, 2011  Sampson has crossed the bridge and is now playing soccer, his favorite pastime, with those who greeted him there. See below for Sampson's note to GSRNE about his adoption and the happy times he had.  Dear Friends at GSRNE,  Well, it's been almost five months since I've found my new home. I've been pretty darn busy, but I thought I'd take a few minutes break from my duties of squirrel watching and keeping track of my p [more]
#306 Cutter
Cutter GSRNE #306 2003 - 7/02/2017   Click for more photos of Cutter Password: Cutter We are so saddened to hear that Cutter crossed the Bridge on July 2nd, at almost 14 years of age, after fighting a long and valiant battle with degenerative myelopathy. Cutter had many fears when the Vissers first took him in, and with their love, he conquered them all. RIP, dear boy.   Here is Cutter's story: We entered the local pet store and he paused at the entrance to savor the [more]
#305 Nela
Nela GSRNE #305 2008 - 4/29/2017    Click for more photos of Nela Password: Nela It is with great sadness that we announce that beautiful "Nela" GSRNE #305 lost her battle with cancer on April 29th. Nela was adopted in October 2010, when she was about 2 years old. When GSRNE found her, she had been in a shelter for 5 months and weighed only 49 pounds. She thrived in her foster home and it wasn't long before her foster dad asked to adopt her and make his home her permanent home. Her [more]
#304 Coda
Coda (Kasper) GSRNE #304 2006 - March 2015   I wanted to send you a note to let you know with great sadness that Valerie and I have had to say goodbye to Coda. He sustained a Carpal Hyperextension injury and fractures to both of his front legs. His prognosis was unfortunately not very good. The surgeon, due to his size and age, thought that surgery was probably not in Coda's best interest. At best he would have a year or more of recovery and still might not be able to support himself a [more]
#302 Simba
Simba GSRNE #302 3/1/2002 – 9/2/2014  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 [more]
#299 Danika
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 looke [more]
#298 Luke
Luke GSRNE #298 2008 - 6/12/2018    Click for more photos of Luke Password: Luke We lost Luke to Hemangiosarcoma. This terrible cancer hits suddenly and has no chance of a cure. Enduring his loss has been very difficult for us and our children. We are still struggling to process the loss of our boy. We want to thank the GSRNE for allowing us to adopt such a wonderful dog. He was a perfect addition to our family and we will look back on the 8 years he was with us with nothing but fo [more]
#296 Shayne
Shayne GSRNE #296 2006 - 12/26/2016  Click for more photos of Shayne  Password: Shayne  Update on 1/2/2016: I am sorry to say that our holiday was saddened by the death of Shayne on December 26th. Less than a week before Christmas, she stopped eating, and lab studies indicated she was bleeding internally. X-rays revealed her spleen to be the source of bleeding, and that her liver and kidneys were not good. The vet said Shayne would have about a week to live. I brought [more]
#287 Champ
Champ GSRNE #287 2007 - 1/6/2017 (Adopted in March 2010)  It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I tell you that we said goodbye to Champ yesterday. His condition with DM had continued to deteriorate since June. The last few weeks, we knew we were nearing the end as we noticed Champ's condition changing, and we knew it was time. He is at peace now. We have been blessed to share Champ's journey over this last 6+ years of his life, and to be able to give him the life he s [more]
#286 Maggie Moo
Maggie Moo GSRNE #286 2009 - 2/21/2019    Click for more photos of Maggie Moo Password: Maggie Moo   Maggie Moo (originally known as Ferri) was one of GSRNE’s “F Litter” puppies. When we took her mom, Freida, into GSRNE, we did not know Freida was expecting pups! Maggie joined her loving family in February 2010. She loved to antagonize the cats, chew things (not always the items she she was supposed to chew), go for walks, ride in the car, and hike in the woods and [more]
#285 Parker
Parker GSRNE #285 2008 - 1/10/2019    Click for more photos of Parker Password: Parker Our dear Parker has passed away. Parker was about a year old when he came into GSRNE, after having lived in a basement. His paws had never even touched grass and he had to learn that that walking on grass was okay. Parker was much loved by his adoptive family who gave him a wonderful life. He had been diagnosed with DM (degenerative myelopathy) several months prior to his passing, but he had been [more]
#281 Snow White
Snow White GSRNE #281 2002 - March 2015    Snow White came to GSRNE as an owner surrender at age 7 in 2009, and she was adopted in January 2010. She was a beautiful girl and much loved by her original owner, who had to give her up due to illness. Her new family loved her, and will miss her dearly.  Rest in peace, sweet girl. [more]
#269 Tasha
Tasha GSRNE #269 1999 - 5/2012    Click for more photos of Tasha Password: Tasha Tasha was adopted on 9/7/09 at age 10 and she died in May 2012 of multiple brain tumors. Her family adored her and did all they could to help her, including surgery to remove three of the tumors (one was inoperable). When it was time to let her go, she was surrounded by her loving family. Tasha was bright, alert, lively, and quite a talker--if you talked to her, she was very chatty and loquacious [more]
#266 Shelby
Shelby GSRNE #266 2004 - 3/10/2017    Click for more photos of Shelby  Password: Shelby  Shelby died peacefully in my arms yesterday, with the help of her hospice vet. We were privileged to share our lives with her for almost 8.5 years. She was going to be 13.5 years old next month--a very long life for a shepherd. Of all our GSRNE shepherds (Saber, Abby, and Sammy), Shelby was the most centered and calm. I can still remember our first hour with her, how strong she was whe [more]
#263 Dixie
Dixie GSRNE #263 2008 – 1/20/2015   "Dogs just know when their loved... even at the end, when their pain becomes too much to bear and we help them to find rest.” It is with great sadness that we announce that ‘Dixie’ GSRNE #263 has crossed the bridge. Adopted in June 2009, Dixie was 11 months old when she came to GSRNE. She was a beautiful black and red, playful pup who had lots of energy. She was smart, full of life and had so many great qualities --- she was truly a wonderful [more]
#259 Stacia
Stacia GSRNE #259 2006 - 9/6/2017    Click for more photos of Stacia Password: Stacia We are very sad to report that we had to say goodbye to Stacia. We held on to our excellent girl for perhaps too long, until finally her beautiful eyes spoke to us to let her go. We gave her the best life we possibly could, and she in turn gave us the best of life. We miss her so. Adopted: May 7, 2009 [more]
#257 Lux
Lux GSRNE #257 2005 - 6/13/2016    Adopted: 4/26/2009 Click for more photos of Lux Password: Lux   It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of Lux's passing. He was in severe distress last night when we brought him into emergency, and we had little time to make a very difficult decision. Lux was almost 12 years old, and we could not ask any more from him after all the years of love he had given to us. He came to us as a foster 8 years ago, as GSRNE rescue dog [more]
#255 Dozer
Dozer (was Blitz) GSRNE #255 ~2008 - 4/2018 Adopted on March 7, 2009 We wanted to let you know that Dozer (GSRNE #255) passed away a couple of weeks ago. One day he was normal and healthy and happy living his normal life, the next day he was lethargic and not eating. After the second day of this we brought him to our vet, who then referred us to an emergency hospital. He was in pretty rough shape by the time we got there, and it turns out the likely cause was hemangiosarcoma, which i [more]
#254 Ivy
Ivy GSRNE #254 ~2005 - 7/31/2017    Click for more photos of Ivy Password: Ivy Ivy was starving when she came to GSRNE--her owner didn't know what was wrong with her and couldn't afford the vet bills. GSRNE took her to the vet and found that she had EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency). Ivy was adopted by a loving family on 2/28/09. She was 4 years old at the time, a gorgeous bi-color, medium-sized GSD. She was extremely good with most all dogs, but was decidedly NOT a cat per [more]
#247 Storm
Storm GSRNE #247 2002? - 3/11/2015   She came to us when she was 7 years old from a home where she was expected to stay under the kitchen table and out of the way when her owner was angry. (Something we can never understand...) When she came out one too many times he threatened to shoot her. Afraid he may do her harm someday the woman called GSRNE... She asked us to take her and place her in a home where she would be both loved and safe. The minute we met her we fell in love... She w [more]
#246 Zago
Zago GSRNE #246 2005 - 9/2018    Click for more photos of Zago Password: Zago Our sweet boy Zago has passed away. He was 15 and had a tumor along with hip issues. He was a loving boy that put a smile on the face of every person he met. He and Lassie (his GSD sister) became close buddies, which was a joy to see. His wonderful greetings after a hard day at work are already missed. He passed quietly, with no pain. He lived an active happy life with a puppy-at-heart personality to the v [more]
#245 Marshall
Marshall GSRNE #245 2007 - 8/3/2018    Click for more photos of Marshall Password: Marshall We're sorry to report that Marshall crossed the Bridge on August 3, 2018, at the age of 11. In May he was diagnosed with nasal carcinoma. He had some chemo which held it in check for a short time, but his tumor started hemorrhaging and nothing more could be done. His loving family had to make the heart-wrenching decision to let him go, because Marshall had completely lost his "joie de vivre [more]
#244 Senta
Senta (formerly Waika) GSRNE #244 2006 - 2/2017    Click for more photos of Senta  password: Senta Today was a sad day; our dear Senta was put to sleep, as we petted her and thanked her for sharing her life for the last seven years with us. She was such a gentle soul and accompanied me to nursing homes visiting friends and acquaintances. They loved her kind being and serene beauty. And she shared her sweet and calm energy in our Reiki sessions. What a special, gentle, beautiful G [more]
#240 Fila
Fila GSRNE #240 Adopted in September 2007  Fila has crossed the Rainbow Bridge but her final years were spent in a loving home where she learned how great she could be and what love was all about. Here is her rescue story as told by her family.  We have been members of German Shepherd Rescue for some years now in spite of the fact that we did not own a dog. We had a cat named Max who suffered from Diabetes and didn’t like dogs so we had to wait. In September of 2007 the [more]
#234 Kess
Kess Evans-Maynor GSRNE #234 2/5/1998 - 9/30/2010   Kess, our beautiful white shepherd was put to rest on Thursday, September 30 after her fight with cancer. Kess was diagnosed on Memorial Day with lung cancer after a routine veterinary checkup. Kess was diagnosed on Memorial Day with lung cancer after a routine veterinary checkup. The vet was not optimistic, but we began chemotherapy immediately with our long time oncologist. Kess gathered her strength and rallied to the p [more]
#233 Raven
Raven GSRNE #233 2003 - 10/13/14  It is with great sadness that I write these words. I had to put my beautiful, gentle Raven #233 to sleep this morning. She was 11.5 years old. I adopted her when she was 5 years old and was fortunate to have her for 6.5 years. Not nearly long enough, but I guess it never is. Thank you GSRNE for allowing her in my life. Laurie Wormwood     Background by GSRNE: Back in March 2008, we got a call asking for help for Raven, a 5-year-ol [more]
#230 Reno
Reno GSRNE #230 Adopted in March 2008  Reno was found wandering with a female dog in a state forest and was picked up by the animal control officer. Both appeared to be purebred GSDs, approximately 2 years old. He was kept by the ACO for a few months during which time they were unable to locate his owner. It was felt that they may have come from a breeding facility where they had escaped or just "let go" as dogs they didn't want to breed further. The ACO named the male, Colonel and th [more]
#225 Lex
A Halloween Tale  by Chris Harriman  October is a month that we are used to seeing skeletons and witches, and enjoy listening to scary horror stories. This is one horror story involving a living skeleton that we'll never forget & would like to share it with you.                                      The woman knew that something was wrong. Though it was dark, she noticed that there were people in a car with a video camera and that there were two [more]
#224 Delilah
Delilah GSRNE #224 Adopted on February 2, 2008   It is true what they say about "love at first sight." My husband David and I have now experienced it and we know it exists. Love at first sight was what we felt that Saturday morning when we first laid eyes on Delilah at the home of her foster father Danny Thompson. Watching her skip around Danny's kitchen, nudging and chasing her foster brother Rocky, it was obvious that she was smart and curious and playful, but that she was also s [more]
#213 Bear
Bear GSRNE #213 2008? - 8/25/2017    Click for more photos of Bear Password: Bear It is with great sadness that we were informed of Bear's passing. He was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma three weeks earlier, and the tumor was growing ferociously fast. His last day was filled with quality attention, coat brushing, a walk in the park with his doggie girlfriend KC, and cheese. He is greatly missed, and the house feels far too empty without him. [more]
#211 Abby
Abby GSRNE #211 2001 - April 4, 2015  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 home. Ab [more]
#209 Zeus
Zeus GSRNE #209 2005 - 4/2019 Click for more photos of Zeus Password: Zeus The worst part about owning a dog is having to say goodbye, and no matter how long we have them in our lives, that goodbye always feels far too soon. Zeus, GSRNE #209 just celebrated his 14th birthday last week and suddenly he took a turn for the worse and loss all mobility in his rear legs. Our hearts are sorely broken, but we felt so fortunate to have had such a beautiful, loyal creature for so many year [more]
#208 Eragon
Eragon GSRNE #208 2006 - 11/4/2018    Click for more photos of Eragon Password: Eragon We were shocked and our hearts saddened to hear of the sudden and unexpected loss of Eragon. He was a large, confident, beautiful male who was always a big presence with a loud bark at all our GSRNE events. Eragon came to GSRNE at the tender age of 6 months, when he was found wandering the streets of Worcester. Adopted in 2007, it was only a few years later that Eragon gave back to the Rescue th [more]
#207 Rocket
Rocket GSRNE #207 5/2006 - 3/13/2016   It is with great sadness we announce that 'Rocket' --GSRNE #207 crossed the bridge. This wonderful boy came to GSRNE when he was just a small puppy and quickly became a GSRNE favorite. One of the best and well-loved ambassadors for our rescue and his breed, you could always find him at our events standing besides his proud mom. A few years ago, Rocket auditioned for and quickly landed the lead K9 role for the movie "Footprints." He had a [more]
#202 Rocky
Rocky GSRNE #202 2000 - 11/2018    Click for more photos of Rocky Password: Rocky It is with tremendous sadness that we share that Rocky, GSRNE #202 crossed the rainbow bridge earlier this week. We all know the worst part about owning a dog is having to say goodbye, and that goodbyes often feels far too soon. GSRNE’s Rocky was lucky; life gave him the gift of dying as an old man, at 17.5 years of age. This is a rare and extraordinarily ripe old age for the German Shepherd breed [more]
#197 Island Jessie
Island Jessie GSRNE #197 1997? - 3/28/2008   We know little of Jessie’s life with her first owners. We have heard she lived with an elderly lady and her son for her first 9 years. The son drove a truck and left Jessie in the care of his Mother for the most part. Things turned bad for this elderly lady as she was placed in a nursing home, and Jessie was left to the kindness of a neighbor’s care when her owner went on 5 day driving assignments. Her owner soon realized that it was [more]
#195 Takoda
Takoda GSRNE #195 Adopted in June 2007  Takoda was found as a stray wandering the streets of Swansea, MA and ended up in the local shelter, who contacted GSRNE in November 2005 after efforts to find his owners proved fruitless. As with all of us who do foster or adopt, I would so very much love to know what his history had been prior to that. I choose to believe that he was loved by a woman somewhere, but got lost on a trip, or perhaps the husband didn’t care for him. His behavior wi [more]
#192 Spirit (Uta)
Spirit 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. Although 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. [more]
#191 Kane
Kane GSRNE #191 ? - 4/2016 (Adopted in March 2006)  Click for more photos of Kane  Dear Kane left us in April 2016. He was a four-legged soulmate, and he is missed more than anyone could know. [more]
#179 Miya
Miya GSRNE #179 2004 - 9/14/2019 Click for more photos of Miya Password: Miya “She was my girl... I will keep her in my heart forever...” It is with tremendous sadness that we share that Miya (GSRNE #179) peacefully crossed the Rainbow Bridge, just a few weeks shy of her 15th birthday. This sweet girl came to us when she was just 3 months old with her 4 litter mates from a very bad neglect situation in Maine. A favorite of so many GSRNE volunteers, we all had a special rel [more]
#177 Pako
Pako GSRNE #177 12/3/04 - 2/21/15  My boy Pako lost his battle with leukemia this morning. My heart is broken. I adopted him almost 10 years ago. He was an awesome boy. He met so many people at GSRNE and GSRRC events. He helped me on many home checks for both prospective adopters and foster homes. He was a great ambassador for his proud breed. He was GSRNE 177, but to me he was my Pako Taco and papa's best little boy. I will miss him terribly. There is a big hole in my heart. I want to [more]
#174 Diamond
Diamond GSRNE #174 Adopted in February 2005   We adopted Diamond when she was approximately 2 - 2.5 years old. She came from an abuse situation, where the husband was abusing the wife and terrorizing Diamond. When she first arrived at our house, she would not let her new Dad (me) pet her, although her Mom could. She ducked in terror at the whirring of the ceiling fan, when she heard tree branches stirring in the wind, or even if I opened up a newspaper too quickly. Thankfully, the [more]
#166 Koa
Koa GSRNE #166 Adopted on August 30, 2004   Update on January 2007: Koa and his family were being held after being confiscated for an abuse/neglect case and had spent most of his first 7 months in a shelter while awaiting judgment. Shortly after the shelter was awarded custody, they called GSRNE for help. Koa and I met for the first time when I picked him up in Connecticut for German Shepherd Rescue of New England. He was a very insecure boy that did not ride well in the car [more]
#165 Jada
Jada GSRNE #165 11/23/2003 - 3/04/2016   We are sad to report that Jada has passed away.  Her mom got a call from her petsitter one day-- Jada would not get up. Mom rushed home and got her to the vet, and they found that Jada had cancer. There was nothing that could be done for her, and they had to let her go. "On Angels wings she was taken But in our hearts she'll stay And in gods light she will rest Until we meet again someday" ----------------------- We [more]
#162 Bella
Bella GSRNE #162 ? - 3/9/15  Bella #162 crossed the bridge this Monday. She was a very sweet and kind girl. Bella came into our lives in 2004 and quickly became a big part of our family. At the time we adopted Bella we had a Shar Pei, Vinnie. They had so much fun together. Throughout the years Bella has helped us raise another Shar Pei, Sophia, and our current boxer, Cecil. We lost the Shar Peis much too young to Shar-Pei fever, but while they were with us, Bella had so much fun with t [more]
#161 King
King GSRNE #161 2/19/1995 - 11/29/2005   You had to endure a hard life until the angels from GSRNE eventually were able to rescue you. You were leashed outside to a tree, flies were biting your ears off and you were afraid of thunder and lightning. You had to wait seven months in a shelter until you found the way to us 02/27/04. And then we had to rush you to Tufts hospital and you barely survived Babesia Canis. It was a big expense for GSRNE but worth every penny of it. I don't know [more]
#158 Phoenix
Phoenix GSRNE #158 Adopted on January 8, 2004     Phoenix has crossed the bridge but brought comfort and joy to many during his life. Rest in peace, dear one.  Read about his happy times as told by his loving owner. I have loved and owned German Shepherd Dogs for many years, and when the last of my lines died before Christmas, I was heartbroken and devastated. Then GSRNE gave me a beautiful 10 yr. old male “fuzzy bear” with the name, Phoenix. Phoenix is truly [more]
#157 Sterling
Sterling GSRNE #157 ? - 8/29/2015 Rest in peace, dear Sterling. You attended so many GSRNE events with your mom, dad, and faithful GSD sister Luna, who was waiting for you at the Bridge. You will be missed by all who had the pleasure of meeting you. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Sterling, pictured on the right, is just a wonderful puppy and w [more]
#156 Sugar
Sugar GSRNE #156 8/2/2001 - 4/17/2015    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 be t [more]
#155 Akaysha
Akaysha GSRNE #155 3/10/2000 - 7/18/2010   My heart is broken. My beloved Akaysha (GSRNE #155) went to the rainbow bridge on Sunday, 7/18/2010. Akaysha was a God-send to me. I had lost my precious GSD, Nikki, the year before and things were plain lonesome around here. I found GSRNE and went through the adoption process. I met Akaysha at her foster home with Lynda and Warren at the end of 2003. She loved them and their Clinty. I almost felt guilty driving away with her, because [more]
#154 Tess
Tess (was Angel) GSRNE #154 Adopted in November 2003   Just a quick note about Angel (GSRNE #154), who we adopted in mid-November. She's great! She's growing into those enormous ears -- 70 pounds already, and she's so long & leggy that she'll be a big girl when she fills out. We renamed her Tess -- she's a sweetheart, but angel is pushing it a bit. She's getting along fine with Toby, her older Lab brother, who's starting to enjoy her despite her ignorance of a proper nap sch [more]
#151 Calli
Calli GSRNE #151 2001 - 6/10/15  It is with broken hearts that we report that Calli died on Wednesday June 10th. Both Calli and I got salmonella, and she wasn't doing too well to begin with. She had lost a lot of weight and she was real skinny. The salmonella was too much for her at her age (14 years old). But she went out memorably... As she was dying, I tried to put some water in her mouth to make her more comfortable. She chomped down on my hand biting my finger. She died later t [more]
#150 Bailey
Bailey came to GSRNE from a shelter. Although she is a sweet dog, she had some issues that needed to be resolved. You see, Bailey was tied out for most of her life and in lieu of toys, she learned to play with her tail. As time went on, her tail became not only her obsession, but a coping device. Whenever she couldn't handle something, she would turn inward and spin around chasing her tail for hours on end. GSRNE worked with Bailey for a very, very long time. Eventually, we were able to bui [more]
#149 Eire
Eire GSRNE #149 ? - 1/14/2006   Eire came into my life in the summer of 03. Jenna, my former GSD, had passed away in the spring of liver cancer. We had 10 years together. It hurt bad to lose her. Eire was left tied to the fence of a GSD breeder, with a note asking for someone to take care of her. She was well cared for, so you have to wonder why someone would do that. Janice Ritter brought her to me for foster care. Within a week, we both knew it was for keeps. Eire fit in like an [more]
#148 Roman
Roman GSRNE #148 Adopted in 2003   Roman didn't have a great start in life but his final years were spent with a loving family. Rest in peace dear Roman.  A story of his beginnings and happier times follows.  Roman was found wandering in Boston several years ago-he was in poor condition as the result of living on the streets for some time. He was cared for at the Boston Animal Rescue League before being fostered by GSRNE. Since he was discovered to have separation anxiety, h [more]
#145 Lucy
Lucy GSRNE #145 Adopted in May 2003 [more]
#143 Heidi
Heidi GSRNE #143 Adopted in May 2003   Heidi has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. She was much loved and will not be forgotten.  Here is an update GSRNE received shortly after she was adopted and it tells the story of a very sweet girl.  Heidi lived her first 10 years with her former mom, who adored her. But she became ill and kept Heidi kenneled outside for the last couple of years. That evidently included some time out in the bitter cold - her ear tips looked like t [more]
#139 Tara
Tara GSRNE #139 Adopted on 3-22-03    On January 23rd, 2003 our hearts were broken when we said our good-byes to our GSD Heidi as she crossed over the bridge. On March 22nd our family was complete once more when we adopted our Tara, GSRNE #139. One only has to look into Tara's eyes and see her smile to feel her gift of love. One of Tara's favorite things to do is to play with her toys. Her favorite toy is her large bone/pillow that her FPIC gave her while she was in foster c [more]
#138 Chance
Chance GSRNE #138 Adopted in January 2003   Rest in peace, beautiful girl. You are missed.  Her story from happier times: 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 [more]
#133 Questa
Questa GSRNE #133 Adopted in 2002    Questa continues to worm her way into our hearts. She is enjoying living at "Doggie Heaven on Earth." She enjoys our daily walk, ski or snowshoe in our woods, along with Tara, her best Buddy. Questa has finished her first session of obedience training, and we plan to continue it in the spring and to do agility training this summer. She loves the training sessions, seeing all of the other dogs and people. She met our grandchildren (6 & [more]
#132 Hope
Hope GSRNE #132 Adopted in August, 2001    We adopted Fritz (the one with the orange toy) in August of 2001 and felt that he would benefit from having a sister, specially to work on his socialization skills and "doggie language". That is how we started the search for another GSD. As many people had said before seeing Hope was love at first sight. Her look was one of a very sweet, gentle soul, which is exactly how her foster moms described her on the website. She appeared a bit [more]
#131 Eva
Eva GSRNE #131 1992? - 6/01/2006   When I first saw Eva’s picture on the GSRNE website, it was love at first sight. There was something in her eyes that said we were meant to be together. That was in the summer of 2002 when she was about 9 or 10. As I got to know her, I began to understand more of her past; her agility when tethered and her heavily callused elbows told me that she had spent most of her life tied up outside with asphalt for a yard. It was such a delight to watch her [more]
#123 Makwa
Makwa GSRNE #123 Adopted in March 2002    Makwa (Mack), GSRNE #123, is the latest addition to our GSRNE family. He turned 6 in October. He joins his 4 year old sister Olivia, GSRNE #84. Makwa’s story is simple, he was not friendly to cats and had to find a new home. He was brought to a Maine area shelter when GSRNE stepped in to help. We had been thinking of adopting a male GSD and were waiting for the right companion for Olivia. Her happiness meant everything to us, sh [more]
#120 Minka
When my husband and I first contacted Janice Ritter, we told her we were interested in fostering and that we had a one year old male GSD at home and thought a companion would be nice. Janice immediately said she had a female dog in mind. We signed our paperwork September 9, 2001 and welcomed our new member of our family. Although it was not love at first sight, Minka turned out to be the perfect match. The best thing we could have done was to get two dogs. Minka has always been a pleasure [more]
#119 Abby
Abby GSRNE #119 1999? - 6/12/2013   We are very sad to announce the passing of Abby to the rainbow bridge. Our dwarf German Shepherd Dog, Abby, aka "The Abster" is so much fun! She is a small dog with a very BIG personality. After several weeks of heartache following the loss of our first dwarf GSD and best friend, Brandon, at the age of 7, we came across the GSRNE website and saw Abby's picture. Another dwarf! We had been hoping for 7 years to meet another dwarf and there [more]
#117 Maverick
Maverick GSRNE #117 ? - 10/10/2005   Mavy crossed the bridge. Maverick gave his all to us for as long as he could and didn't quit despite how tired he really was. We made a very difficult decision for us, that was the best thing we could have done for Mav, we gave him peace. A rest from his allergies and itchies and chronic ear infections. Our boy was never anything less than a PERFECT gentleman and always gave so much more than was ever expected of him. Loyal and loving to a fault, [more]
#117 Maverick
  Maverick was a lonely boy for awhile; he sat awaiting his Forever Home for a year and a half while in the care of GSRNE foster homes. He is a special needs kind of guy that has some serious allergies and required some special care. Poor Mav waited and waited and not one person went to see him -- until I saw his face on the web page. I knew it was love at first sight and there was just something about this boy that drew him to me. The more I looked, the more I knew it was meant [more]