Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue

My qualifications?  You want my qualifications?  My cuteness isn't enough???  OK.  When I was a wee kitten, my sister and I moved in with JJ and tons of German Shepherds.  She kept us safe, even though I wanted to snuggle and even tease some of them.  Over time, I was allowed to mingle with the foster dogs - the NICE ones, and then I began wanting to meet all of them. 

Over my four years of doing this, I've met a few hundred dogs.  I'm getting really, really good. There are three types of dog in my world:

* Dogs are GOOD with cats.

* Dogs are NOT good with cats.

* Dogs somewhere in between.  

Does that help?  Probably not.  Here's more of what I've learned.

If I feel completely comfortable with a dog, I will head bonk it.  I will wipe my head all over the dog's muzzle.  Sometimes I will even turn around and begin hitting the dog in the face with my bum.  When any of this happens, we all know we have a good, cat friendly dog.  And then I get all sorts of praise from JJ and her friend Chris.  They say it's cute to see me so touchy-feely with these dogs.

Sometimes I will walk away from a dog.  If the dog isn't reactive, but interested in me, JJ lets the dog come over to me to smell me.  I don't like that as much, so I keep walking.  We learn pretty quickly how the dog feels about me; oftentimes, the dog will follow then become disinterested in me. That's a good sign too.  Some dogs will put their paw on me to play, and I just fall down.  JJ says she can tell if the dog is going to be too "ruff', so together we have a pretty good idea of how the dog is going to be.  We would deem a dog 'cat workable' or some form of workable.

Sometimes I don't like my job.  Really, 3 dogs in a span of a few minutes is just too much for me!  I don't get treats for my work.  I really don't get anything special.  So seriously, why should I have to do this???  Sometimes I protest and I become dead weight or skedaddle  as soon as I'm on the ground.  That's when they bring in one of my kitty siblings, Emmie.  Emmie is a big main coon girl, and very nice all the time.  She says she doesn't like the job either, but she's only back up, so she really shouldn't complain.  We also have a 20 year old feral kitty, Seis, who really doesn't like any dogs, and boy does she let them know it.  She's a really good test to see how a dog is going to react to cat screams and scratches. 

Oh, I digress.  The last category is DOG IS NOT GOOD WITH CATS.  It's pretty easy to tell.  At some point,  JJ and Chris just stop the test and I really don't have to do anything.  Those are pretty cool too.  I kind of just sit there, huff on my paws, and polish my nails.  Ever so often, though, I'm forced to put my life in danger.  A "cat"astrophe awaits you might say.  Some of those dogs just aren't good with us cats.  Just lettin' ya know, I'm not going to say a dog is good with cats if it is not good with me.  So there!  Us kitties gotta stick together.

Yawn.  I'm tired.  I'm going to go nap on the couch.  Or, maybe I'll go eat some food.  Never know when I have to get my strength up to perform again. if you have a cat, look for my stamp of approval!

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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

Come and join us and get great photos of your dog!

Holiday Pup Pics

Come and join us and get great photos of your dog!



Our dogs are super smart and learn very quickly with the right direction.  We are often asked to recommend a dog trainer by people who adopt their new dog.  Our belief is that trainer works with you to help you train your dog. Over the coming days and weeks we will be creating a list with contacts.  We will only list trainers that our members have personally worked with and recommend.

Based in Novato, they offer an extraordinary range of training and behavior classes at very affordable prices. Many of our volunteers have undertaken their dog training classes with their personal dogs.  We are huge fans of Dawn and her entire team. See them on line here and call them on (415) 883-4621


Lisa Caper runs DogOvation covering Marin County.  Several of our volunteers have worked with her and they give great reports.  Like all the best trainers her focus is more on training the owner to train the dog.  You can read all about Lisa's philosophy on her website here and phone her at : (415) 299-1158 


See our dogs

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How do I adopt?

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What is BAGSR?

We are a proud group of volunteers who love German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois. Click here to learn more.