In memory of those who have crossed over Rainbow Bridge.


  1. Zena

    This gorgeous girl is Zena. She is only 3 years old but has been passed around far too much and found herself in a pound in Essex. Although microchipped her owner said he sold her some 18 months before and didn’t want to know. One eye has been damaged at sometime and having been checked out by an eye specialist we are told she is totally blind in that eye but it should not cause any problems. Zena is fantastic with people and good with other dogs but can become dominant if allowed. Currently in foster this gorgeous girl deserves a forever home of her own. Zena now has her forever home on a farm. Lucky girl! Sadly Zena is now at Rainbow Bridge.
  2. Winston

    Winston came to us from the pound. This lovely lad is 12 years old and has been a sweetheart with everyone he has met. Winston was obviously dumped because he is covered in lumps and bumps and on visiting the vet they advised us he has lymphoma. We could have put him through a biopsy for confirmation but then all that could be done was chemotherapy. How fair would that be on the poor lad?  No doubt this is why his owners dumped him! The vet advised he did not have long but seemed pain free at present. We did not want Winston to spend his last days in kennels but wanted him to know that not all people are heartless ******. A wonderful volunteer has taken him into her heart and home for however long he has left. At the first sign of pain or discomfort we will let him go. We may not be able to save them all but at least we can give them some love and dignity when the end comes. Winston is now at Rainbow Bridge and his lovely foster mum adopted him so he had a ‘proper’ mum before he went x  
  3. Zee

    We had an emergency call from a lady who was suffering domestic violence. Very sad as her husband has medical issues which he was not receiving help for but now is. We were asked to take in her 5 much loved dogs to get them away from the situation. Zee is a 5 year old entire male (due to be neutered soon. Microchipped and vaccinated. Good with other dogs.  Zee is a real man’s dog but fine with people in general although can be aloof with the female variety! Unknown with young children but tolerated a cat. Zee is a confident and bold lad. Will need lead work but this is being worked on at the kennels along with his general socialisation. Very sadly this gorgeous boy went to the vet to be neutered where they realised something was not right. The dreaded C had hold. It explained why poor Zee has been grumpy and of course not liking the vets it had been the first chance they had to examine him properly. Zee is now running free.    
  4. Buddy

    Meet Buddy. He is approx 5yrs old, neutered, fully vaccinated and chipped. This poor dog has not had a great life so far and needs time to settle where ever he goes and learn to trust you. On walks at the kennels he has been fine with all dogs he has walked with but will need careful introduction to all new dogs. We do not know how he is with children or cats so homes without both will be better for him. Can you offer this lad a home of his own? Buddy is now in foster with two other sheps so fun updates to follow. Sadly we had to let Buddy go on 3.3.15 . RIP sweetheart. x
  5. Tia

    It is with great sadness that we have to say a very reluctant goodbye to this gorgeous girl, Tia. We took Tia in to our care when the RSPCA lifted her from a house because of the awful condition she hand 4 other dogs were in. We cared for her until she was fit to be be re homed when she then went to live a fabulous 2 years with the Knight family and her 2 new brothers, Max their other rescue Shep and KitKat the one eyed rescue cat. Tia had the most amazing temperament and had so much love to give and we are all so very happy we can say we were part of her life – wish we could have had her longer but that was not to be. Go run free sweetheart!  
  6. Mia

    This lovely little girl is our Mia.she is 2 1/2  yrs old, last season was in December 12 so we are spaying her now. She has also just started her vaccinations again and she is already microchipped. On first arriving at the kennels she was a little scared and wondered what was happening but is now coming out of her shell and relaxing a lot more now. She is said to be good with children of all ages and fine with other dogs. She is fine around cats and horses too. Mia seems ok on the lead if a little strong but will now need her training continuing in her new home. She has basic commands. Mia has found herself in kennels due to a change in living arrangements at home and through no fault of her own bless her. Can you give this lovely girl the furever home she so deserves? Mia is now in foster with 6 other Sheps, 2 smaller dogs, 3 cats and 4 horses and is great with all of them. She is a friendly girl with boundless energy, loves toys with a passion and loves to play. She is still very much a baby...
  7. Bailey

    Bailey is a 6 year neutered male who is vaccinated and microchipped. Unknown with children but has been fine with the kennel owners.We are told he is selective with other dogs but does not like small dogs, however Bailey had not had much socialisation as he is usually walked at night and we have found him to be fine with dogs, cats and geese he has met. Bailey is ok on the lead and has recall and basic commands. He does suffer from cysts which he does not like being touched until they have burst and then he is happy to have them cleaned. This lad is big but also came in extremely overweight but thanks to a good diet and exercise, the pounds are dropping off. The kennels say this lad is lovely all round with people and other animals. No malice in him whatsoever and good on the lead! Can you give Bailey a home please? Bailey is now with his forever family as his foster carers could not bear to see him go! Sadly Bailey has gone to Rainbow Bridge. He started to struggle with his mobility and it was found that his hips were in such...
  8. Tara

    This stunning girl is our poundie girl Tara. Beautiful looking girl Tara came to us from a pound as a stray. Unknown if she is spayed, fully vaccinated and chipped. She had a lump on the side of her face which we have now had removed. When Tara first arrived she was very very unsure about you touching her at all around her neck area and would snap to warn you off but there was never any aggression there at all just worry. She is hugely improved now and growing in confidence all the time. At present living with 5 Sheps, 2 Terriers, 3 cats, 2 horses and 2 ponies and gets on with all of them! At times still gets a little anxious if she knows you are there but can’t see you but if you tell her no she accepts it and then is fine. A really lovely girl who would enhance anybody’s family. Sadly Tara had to go to Rainbow Bridge as she had immense problems with her front legs and was in a lot of pain.
  9. Charlie

    Charlie is 8 years, neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Charlie came into another rescue with Foxy with whom he has lived since he was 2. Charlie is not very confident or outgoing and can be worried by new people and situations. Once he knows you though he is a lovely cuddly lad. Older children only. We are told he generally ignores other dogs unless they bark at him. Would probably settle with another older, steady bitch. The lovely Charlie has found himself a lovely home where he gets to go to the pub with dad each day. Poor Charlie has been snatched away too soon. He had a tender belly and became very lethargic so dad rushed him to the vets. The vets scanned him and discovered he had a tumour on the spleen which had ruptured. The kindest thing was to to send Charlie to Rainbow Bridge.
  10. Sam

    What about this lovely lad? Sam is 8 years old. Currently entire but microchipped and vaccinations have been started. Sam came into us from another rescue where he was so stressed in kennels he was not even assessed.  We are told he was with his owner from a pup and was used to living with children who are now teenagers but was used to visiting grandchildren of 1-5. We would not rehome with young children however because of his age. Sam was especially bonded with his dad but was fine with all people he knew and was used to going to the groomers every 6 weeks.  Sam we are told can grumble at women whether he knows them or not but we have seen absolutely no sign of this so wonder if it was just a jealousy thing with his dad. Loves a game of retrieve! He has good basic commands. Can be apprehensive of smaller dogs as was attacked by a JRT but did not retaliate. Generally loves to play with other large dogs. Unknown with cats. Only came into rescue as his owner had to move into rental which would not accept dogs. Poor Sam had only been...
  11. Sasha

    This lovely girl is 2 year spayed Sasha. Sasha has been with her current owner since a pup. Sasha is good with children of all ages. She was living with 3 other dogs, a Pyrenean and 2 Westies. She is absolutely fine with the larger dog who is younger than her, but since the start has detested the Westies, despite them having been there first. Sasha obviously does not like small dogs. She is a loyal and loving girl who greets people with a bark and then jumps up to lick them. She does pull on the lead but we are told she has recall and she has basic commands. Like most dogs of this age, she would definitely benefit from some further training and boundaries. Being rehomed for the Westies sake now so can you offer Sasha a new home  where she does not have to live with small dogs? Sasha is now in a home of her own. With great sadness it was found that Sasha had anal furunculosis a couple of months after adoption. It was so deep set internally the poor girl was in so much pain the kindest thing was to let her go to...
  12. Bernard

    Meet the lovely Bernard. He is 8yrs young, He is now neutered. He is vaccinated with his booster needed in November 14 and chipped. This poor older boy has been beaten in the past and this shows itself at the moment when strangers approach his kennel he has a little grumble which is understandable but we are hoping with time and patience he will learn to trust us. The pound asked us to go and see if we thought weather it was wrth giving him a chance and as you can see here he is! He has shown no aggression at all since being with us just unsure of everything. We will test him with other dogs but I think a home without children would be nice for him, cats unknown at present. He loves to go for walks but does pull like a train so some work needed there. He knows sit but that is about all, no recall that we know of. He is currently on some anti biotics for sores around his neck caused by a collar or chain, also ear drops as he has sore ears but he should be like new very soon, we will...
  13. Henry

    At 11 years old Henry’s mum deserted him for a new man and her daughter took Henry in to her flat, where she was not allowed pets. A wonderful volunteer took him into foster and discovered the joys of the oldies. Henry certainly did not behave like an old man! Henry now has a forever home of his own with a girlfriend who whilst younger can be a bit bossy with him sometimes, but has found a new lease life. Be lucky Henry! With great sadness this handsome old lad had to leave his mum and girlfriend to go to Rainbow Bridge. Poor Henry had developed liver cancer. x
  14. Sabre

    This handsome lad is Sabre who is coming up to 5 years and is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Sabre is good with children of all ages and other dogs although can be quite bouncy with them. Unknown with cats. This lovely lad can get quite excited when meeting new people but in a friendly manner. Sabre does pull on the lead but he has not had much exercise recently but does have recall and basic commands. Sabre’s owners cannot give him what he needs anymore and is moving house so he needs a new home please. Currently in foster. A super addition to most homes! And now in a home of his own! Sabre had nearly a year of love in his new home but sadly got taken away from his family by bloat. Our footballer Sabre is now at rainbow Bridge and will be sorely missed by all. x
  15. Jess

    This lovely placid girl is 8 year Jess. Jess is not spayed but has just finished her season (mid June 2013). She is vaccinated and microchipped. Jess walks nicely on a lead and has good basic commands. She is good with children and other dogs and not yet introduced to cats. This poor lass is being rehomed as mum has left and she is being left alone 12 plus hours a day and does not like it. She also suffers from mild epilepsy so this situation is being exasperated. Currently in foster she would love a retirement home of her own please. The gorgeous Jess is now in her forever home! Having spent many months getting her epilepsy medication just right, and having only had her for just under a year, the beautiful Jess developed a tumour on her liver and very sadly her family had to let her go to Rainbow Bridge.
  16. Toby

    May I introduce Toby who is a GSD cross lab. He is 3 years and neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Toby can only be homed with older children as he does have food aggression, but he is good with dogs and cats. Toby is a very loving dog but slightly wary of new people at first, then all he wants is cuddles. Being rehomed due to a domestic violence situation where Toby also suffered. Toby would love a female only home if at all possible as he does not trust men in a couple environment and expects the woman and himself to be abused so sometimes becomes very defensive. Has been in foster living with 5 other dogs of all shape and size band now in foster with 3 other sheps. With heavy hearts Toby had to be allowed to go to Rainbow Bridge. Whatever poor Toby had to endure in his previous life had left him with neurological problems which could not be undone. He had a wonderful time in his foster home right up to the end, and is now in a place where nobody can ever hurt him again.There are many people that will miss him greatly.  
  17. Samson

    This lovely lad is  9 year neutered Samson. Samson is not yet vaccinated or microchipped but will be done. He is good with children of all ages, dogs and cats. We were told he does not like staffies but is happily living and playing with one in foster at present. Samson is not a barker and likes the postman! Samson is quite strong on the lead but this is probably due to a lack of exercise recently. A really friendly boy, Samson needs a new home due to a marital split. Can you help? This lovely lad has found himself a very special forever home! Samson had the most wonderful year of his life with his new mum and dad and could not have asked for anything more.Sadly Samson developed an inoperable tumour on his heart and left too soon for Rainbow Bridge. He was very much loved and will be terribly missed.
  18. Max

    This handsome young man is Max who we believe is about 3 years old. He is now neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. Poor Max was saved from  a pound where he had been so scared they thought he was aggressive so had been manhandled. On arriving at the kennels you could see the relief at being safe and with people who understood him. Max should be about 45kg and came in weighing just 23kg. This lad has done so well in such a short space of time.  Max loves learning and of course food, and the kennels have seen no signs of aggression at all. Is ok with other dogs and unknown with cats. This lad just needs an experienced home that knows how to give him the confidence he so craves. Poor Max went into be neutered but before the op the vet sedated him to examine a soft lump. Having scanned him it was discovered he had tumours all around his liver so the decision was made to send him to Rainbow Bridge as he was very close to going downhill fast.
  19. Tia

    This gorgeous girl is 8 year Tia who is unspayed but now vaccinated and microchipped. Tia is in kennels at Bristol having come from a home where she had lived since a pup and was going to be put to sleep to make way for a new pup! In very good condition and very friendly and obedient, this girl would just like a home of her own again please where she will be loved and able to stay to the end of her days. The lovely Tia has gone to Rainbow Bridge too soon due to an aggressive tumour in her bladder.  
  20. Bindi

    Bindi is 8 years young, quite a big girl and unknown if she is spayed. She was rescued by a lady from a situation where she was shut in a shed with no bedding etc. This lady has had Bindi a couple of weeks and took her to the groomers, treated her for fleas and worms. Bindi is a lovely girl in the house and greets visitors nicely and then is content to go to her bed. As we do not know her history we would not rehome her with young children. Bindi does show aggression towards other dogs when out on the lead and lunges towards them. Unfortunately the lady that rescued her is not strong enough or experienced enough to deal with this which is why she needs a home. It may be she is fine with other dogs but has fallen into the rescued dog syndrome whereby she is so happy to be with the lady she is ensuring no other dog comes near. Do you have the experience and environment to help this poor girl who really deserves a chance at happiness at her time in life? Poor Bindi had a degenerative disease in her back...
  21. Cesar

    This lad is 6 year neutered Cesar who is in urgent need of a new home as his owner’s husband has died and is moving to smaller accommodation. He is good with children 10 plus, other dogs and cats. Cesar is not used to being left for long periods of time but is used to living with other dogs and cats. He has basic commands but not let off lead so recall will need work as will lead training. Typically is not keen on other dogs when on lead. This lad is in desperate need of some tlc as he is underweight and obviously not exercised much. A lovely lad who just needs the right environment! Now safely in foster care so updates to follow but already feeling much better for a good bath and brush! This lovely lad having found his forever home very sadly had to be put to sleep due to cancer.  
  22. Ziggy

    Say hello to Ziggy. He is 8yrs young, sadly not neutered, not vaccinated or chipped! He is said to be good with children from 4/5yrs upwards, unknown with other dogs and will chase cats. This poor lad spends all day by himself outside so now barks for attention as bored. He does pull on the lead but hardly ever gets out so understandable, no recall as never off lead. This lad really isn’t getting the time he deserves, can anyone offer him a foster or forever home ?
  23. Achillies

    This gorgeous lad, Killie, was probably crossed with a collie and was only 6 years old. Killie had been with his previous home for about 18 months having being rescued, but the family were changing working hours so felt it better he had a new home where he would not be left so long. he was adopted by a wonderful home in Cornwall who already had one of our girls, and within a very short space of time his personality had won them all over. He loved playing with his younger sister and helped to give her more confidence, and gave his older sister a new lease of life again. This poor lad was struck down by bloat very suddenly and despite their best, it was too late to save him. Killie’s family may only have had him a few months but he has left a gaping hole in their home. He was such a character and loved toys and to have a good play and run around on the open fields. Run free now boy.
  24. Meg

    If Meg were human, she would be one heck of a glamorous grannie and 84 years young.  Like most grannies, she will need a uniquely special home, well you wouldn’t home your grannie with just anyone would you?  Now that Meg’s is being medicated regularly for arthritis, she is re-gaining her muscle strength, & whilst she won’t attempt a flight of stairs, & nor should she, she loves nothing more than to have a stroll to get the paper, or a short trip to the park, a) because she is nosey & likes to see who is about, b) because she loves strutting her stuff, just frolicking free in the sunshine & c) because Meg is happy to take 40 winks by your feet as you take in the views, or chat with neighbours on your stroll.  Her morning skipping is a delight to watch and she happily goes off lead as her re-call is excellent providing she is in hearing distance – slightly deaf, so you will need to shout!  Meg is a bit of a gourmet queen too, as she enjoys her food, relishes treats but only if it is chicken!   Meg likes her water running from...
  25. Roger

    This is how Roger’s foster mum described him when he came in from the pound: “A lovely old gent, 10yrs young with some of the worst dentistry I have seen for a while, he reminds me of Plug from the Beano mag, 6 teeth thrown from a distance, but have no fear this doesn’t hinder his eating in any way shape or form, he has a great appetite and has put considerably weight on since being in foster. He currently lives with 6 other sheps and 2 terriers and horses which he is absolutely fine with, there are also 3 cats who he isn’t so keen on !!! He is neutered, fully vacs and chipped. Roger has a great outlook on life, loves to play with the other dogs, he is a little stiff at times but he doesn’t seem to notice and just gets on with it. He is a very happy lad who would love a retirement home of his own with no cats please!” Unfortunately poor old Roger has now gone to Rainbow Bridge having developed a tumour on the spleen. He enjoyed life to the full to the end.  
  26. Walter

    Walter came into the rescue from a Pound in Sheffield after being picked up by the dog warden with a Rottie. Walter was severley underweight and had very advanced Anal Furunculosis which had very obviously never been treated. He went into foster with a menagerie of other animals and thoroughly enjoyed the short time he had left pottering around the fields and eating whatever took his fancy that day! He even accrued his own wardrobe thanks to the generosity of the volunteers who sent him coats of all different types and colours, he left this legacy to all the poor old devils who will arrive at our door in the future. Bless you Walter. xxx  
  27. Rudi

    This is a very tragic story of a loyal dog who at the end of his life was betrayed so badly by the people he thought loved him. Rudi was found by a lady walking through the woods one December afternoon in a terrible state. He was all but stone deaf, almost blind, emaciated and all but dead, stumbling around in the minus temperatures and without a doubt would have died that night. When the dog warden saw him he was shocked and said this was a definite case of neglect and as no one in the small village had ever seen this dog before it was pretty obvious he had been driven there and dumped! He came into foster with us and sadly he was so badly neglected he only lasted just over a week, and I have to say in the very short time I knew this gorgeous gentle boy it broke my heart to watch him die and not be able to do a damn thing about it. R.I.P you gentle man. xx
  28. Benson

    Benson originally came into rescue as his owners were emigrating leaving him at 10 years old. On arrival it was apparent he had not been medically cared for and poor Benson went through many vet visits and medical treatment to make him comfortable. He loved people and touched everyone that met him. Benson was in long term foster with a lovely couple and their female shep where he was happy and loved for the last year of his life.
  29. Chance

    This handsome lad came into the rescue through a Dog Warden in Hounslow. He was found in an emaciated state, claws too long, dull coat… They had given him a massive amount of medical help, including 2 days on a drip. Once they had Chance stabilised they asked for our help. Unfortunately it was too late for this poor lad. Whatever damage had been done was irreparable and sheer love and care kept him alive and happy for 6 weeks through the Summer. Chance had the opportunity to love and be loved, and learn to smile again. He told us when the day had come and despite the short amount of time he was with us, he will never be forgotten.  
  30. Ben

    Ben came into kennels having been taken in by a dog warden in Coventry in an appalling state. Ben’s owner had lost his job and home and they had been living rough for some time. He was taken into foster very soon after arriving at the kennels and certainly enjoyed the comfort of living in a home environment. Our fosterer had nothing but praise for this lad. Ben was adopted by a lovely lady and her 2 female sheps where he spent the last of his days enjoying pottering around the fields.  
  31. Tia

    Tia came into the rescue at 11 years old having lived in her previous home for 10 years having been thrown out due to the arrival of a new baby!! She was first spotted by one of our vollies on a free ads site for £50!! This absolutely super girl was taken into foster with 2 males and had the time of her life. Foster mum knew she may not have long so offered her a home until the end of her days. Tia may not have had long with her foster family but in that time she had fun, love, tlc and learnt to smile again.      

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German Shepherd Rescue Elite was not only set up to help as many unwanted, abandoned and neglected German Shepherds as possible, but to also offer education to the general public on the responsibilities / pros / cons of owning a large working breed dog and to be able to offer help and advice so hopefully we can become the prevention for once instead of always being the cure.

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