Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue

We have puppies (Rylie, Mandy & Ryker), at least Maya does!  

Thanks so much to Pat for the amazing job she does with our new borns! More pictures to come!


AllieHopefully you've read the blog about the Miracle GSD Network. They are a great group of do-ers and donors that are responsible for saving many deserving GSDs in southern CA, high-kill shelters. We were offered the rare opportunity to work with Miracle and receive some of those dogs.  

In mid September, we received our first group of dogs -  Woody, Shakey and Zooey.  These three are very special dogs and will reward their families with lots of love, trust and companionship.  We received our second group of dogs today:  Allie the Malinois, Maco a three year old black and cream bi-color, and Milo, the 1.5 year old, red fluffy GSD mix.  All of these dogs came from Moreno Valley Animal Shelter after our Dog Operations Team made the decision to take these dogs.  Once we agree to each dog, the Miracle Team pulls the dog from the shelter, makes sure it gets proper vetting (spay or neuter, all shots, medications as needed), and then transport the dog to the kennel.  Once our three dogs are ready, we work out getting the dogs up north.

HMiloere's how today went:  Miracle Transport Team member Lorrie left her house early this morning, drove to Azusa Foothills Kennel and picked up the three dogs.  She left Azusa at about 9am.  She headed north for Kettleman City.  Also at 9 am, BAGSR's JJ and Jacquie left the east bay and headed south to Kettleman City.  It's about a three hour drive in each direction, and there's a really nice grassy spot for the dogs to stretch their legs, potty and get some water.  At about noon, both vehicles arrived.  JJ and Jacquie were ready with long-lines for each dog, and Lorrie jumped out excitedly to pass the dogs on to their new lives.  We all took a dog, let it run around while we visited for about 15 minutes and then it was time for us to head north... but not before Lorrie shed a few tears saying goodbye to her newest doggie friends.  

We loaded Allie and Maco in crates in the bed of the truck (covered with a camper), and Milo got to ride back-seat shotgun.  As we headed north, Maco was distressed.  After a few minutes, he began chewing at his crate and he couldn't settle.  We pulled off the freeway and took a long break at another nice grassy area.  It took him about 20 minutes to poop, which calmed him down considerably.  We transferred Milo to the crate and Maco took his turn at back-seat shotgun.  All three dogs traveled the rest of the way nicely, and about 3 hours later we were back 'home'.  

For the next three hours, the dogs got to run and romp with 6 other foster GSDs.  With the exception of two dogs that didn't like one another, it was an easy meeting, and the dogs were instant friends.  One particular dog (mmmm, perhaps it was Allie the Malinois?) found all sorts of things to get into - first it was a ball, then a kong, then a sheet that she snatched from the truck...  She ran around like a ballet dancer leaping in the air, rolling on the ground, running around - all the while carrying this sheet that was blowing in the wind.  Hilarious.  Maco and new friend Diamond play-bowed and ran around together, ultimately ending their play, patiently waiting for doggie treats.  Maco's mouth couldn't be any more gentle as he takes any bit of food from people.  Very sweet.  And Milo was running around, care-free, wagging his bushy tail, smiling as big as the day was long.  He loved everyone, every dog.  He's going to be a very good family dog.

As night set in, all the dogs went into their crates, they were fed, and they're now fast asleep.

It was a long and great day.

Tater BugTater Bug is about 14 weeks old and was a stray in one of the east bay cities. From our experience, our guess is that he was 'let go' because he IS so smart. Yes, the GSD breed is smart, but he is a very smart pup at his age.

He is going to be a lot of work; his new owner will need to keep this guy really busy and engaged with new situations all day long.

He's a great pup, and we're really glad we have him. Through our fairly extensive adoption process, we'll be able to find the person with the perfect experience to make this puppy succeed.

This little guy will not be for an inexperienced owner.

On our Facebook page it says that he comes with a warning clause ...

"Human Must Be Smarter Than Dog."


German Shepherd Rescue in the Bay Area is a constantly evolving program.  Dogs become adopted and and new dogs join our program.  

This week we already have several new dogs in our program.  We'd like you to meet two:

Dyna is a 9 month old pup -  She is half Malinois, and almost half German Shepherd with a bit of something else tossed in there.  She is not your 'typical' Mal; rather, she has good pet energy. She is a very well socialized, happy, friendly puppy.

Dyna gets along nicely with all dogs. She is a rough and tumble player when she has the same playmate.  She solicits play with every dog she meets. We don't know how she is with cats. She is well trained and well-mannered. She has a great foundation on her, but will still need a leader to keep her heading in the right direction.

Dyna lives with small children and is excellent around them. Dyna is very affectionate.  Her first love is with people, and she will make a great companion dog. She has the temperament to be a great therapy dog also.  

Dyna is in a foster home in Vacaville.  She's a puppy, and therefore a level 4 dog. 

Goobs is a size large one year old boy. He's goofy and playful. Goobs just joined us, so we have a bit to learn.  However, he passed his temperament test with flying colors.  He loves to be handled, he loves affection, he wants to be near his people. He also likes playing with dogs; if others won't play, he's happy to hang with them.

We will post more when we get to know him.

Today we drove for almost 4 hours in to the wine country on a rescue mission for Raja.  It was our second visit to see him in five days.  He is worth every minute and mile.

Raja is a spectacular 4 year old male German Shepherd dog.  He is a long haired red and black coated boy who just loves his humans but has been in need of more company and stimulation. He had been purchased from a breeder by a young man who had since moved on and left Raja with his mom.  She decided that she could not manage Raja and called us.  Raja is a good boy who needs socialization.

We picked up Raja (and his paperwork) at 1pm and took him for a good walk into the countryside for 45 minutes to let him get used to us and have a chance to pee etc. He walked nicely by our side and happily jumped into the car for the drive back.  He snuggled up as close as possible and was perfectly behaved in the car.

When we arrived in Novato we went to our friends at PetFood Express for a weigh in and the beginnings of lots of socialization.  We saw that Raja was just over 85 pounds.

Over the next few days raja will be seen on walks round Novato, sitting on the ground outside Trader Joes, Safeway's and Petfood Express having lots of new experiences, meeting lots of people and dogs.  He'll be walking round the outside of Dog bone meadows learning how to behave around dogs.

For some lucky family there is a spectacular and happy boy waiting in their future.

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Wine and Wags - Sunday June 2nd

June 2nd !!

Mark your calendar for this wonderful 2nd Annual Wine & Wags event, in Livermore. Big White House Winery/John Evan Cellar has graciously offered us a spot at their beautiful winery where we will have our BAGSR table ! More than 15 wineries are sponsoring this event and many rescues are participating. Please plan on a beautiful Sunday and come do ya thing....with the wine glass thing and support our dogs. We will have a few ambassadogs there. Thank you for Carmen and Mark Battle, as well as Kathy Ramirez, who reached out to us. Who wants to have some fun in the sun?

Holiday Pup Pics 2018

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Holiday Pup Pics

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