In memory of those who have crossed over Rainbow Bridge.

RainbowBridge

  1. Poppy

    Another little pocket rocket has landed at our Chesterfield kennels in the shape of Poppy, this little girl does everything at 200mph so be warned you will need to be fit to match this girly! She is 5yo, spayed, fully vaccinated and chipped. In her previous home she did live with dogs, older children and apparently a cat but we have not seen her around them yet so will update when we have! She likes to play with anything she can pick up really, good to walk on the lead, needs further training , can be a little wary on first meeting but soon comes round and then is a lovely girl. We have tried her with other dogs and afraid to say she will have to be an only dog as she does take against dogs if she chooses to and will bite them, I would say no to cats and older children only. We were told she was GSD x Collie, but I think something else crept in there too! Can you offer this little lass her second chance?
  2. Sam

    Say hello to Sam. He is 7yrs young, not neutered, vaccinated or chipped. Sam is said to be fine with older children, ok with dogs as he lives with a staffy at present and fine with cats. He pulls at first when out walking but does settle, knows basic commands. Sam is blind in his left eye and has been since a pup, this does not stop him from doing anything or impede him in any way. Our assessor found him to be a friendly boy needing to find a new home. Sam has now been adopted by his new sister Lottie. A very sad day today, Sam has gained his wings after battling CDRM for sometime, fly free gorgeous boy, you were so loved! x  
  3. Sasha

    What a beauty we have here, please say hello to Sasha. Sasha is between 2 and 3yrs, not yet spayed, needs to start her vacs again but she is chipped. Sasha came into rescue after suffering some abuse in her previous home so understandably she is quite nervous of new people and situations so will need her new owner to be calm and patient with her so she can learn to trust. So far she has been fine walking out with the other dogs on lead and her confidence is building slowly We have not seen her with children so teenagers only and no to cats. Can you help this beautiful girl learn to trust and start to enjoy life again? The beautiful Sasha had found love and life but has been taken to Rainbow Bridge far too young having suffered with a tumour.
  4. Bruno

    This handsome GSD lad is Bruno with his mate Jack (the Jack Russell).  Bruno is approx 4 years old, Jack is approx 5 years old and they were both entire when they came to us.  Bruno was supposed to have been a guard dog but was left chained to a small kennel with no bedding or regular food and was then just left.  Jack stayed with him even though he was loose.  These lads are safely in foster with 3 other dogs now. Bruno and Jack are going to be re-homed seperately as having settled into foster they are squabbling like naughty brothers at times. Bruno is altogether a lovely calm and gentle shepherd who loves affection and understands basic commands.    When he first came into foster his spirit was low and all he wanted was comfort and closeness (see photos inside).  In the last few weeks he has been getting used to home comforts and exercise and is now a much more relaxed and confident boy (see photos outside). Out on walks his recall is good and he stays close when off lead.   He is good with other dogs and people/children and doesn’t have any aggression in him, just...
  5. Dakota

    Dakota is just 14 months old and not spayed as her owner has not yet seen her have a season. She is a GSD cross rottie. She is vaccinated and currently on a raw diet. Dakota is good with children and whilst she has lived with young children would probably be better off with older children as she will get fed up of being pestered. She is also good with other dogs but unknown with cats. She does not like being left alone for more than a couple of hours and will chew. This poor girl was hit by a car when she was 8 months old and since has been nervous of strangers since. She responded to treats with our volunteer and eventually came around though. She is used to walking on a halti but does pull. Dakota has basic commands but her training will need to be worked on. This lovely girl is only been rehomed as her owner does not feel she has the time to give her and the children and in the right hands she will make someone a fantastic dog. A typical hyper youngster who just needs to fully regain her confidence with the...
  6. Zac

    Feast your eyes on this lovely older lad, his name is Zac and he is 9yrs young, sadly still entire, not known if he is vaccinated or not but he is chipped. We are told he is fine around the children he has met so older ones will be fine, will bark and pull towards dogs when he sees them, a no to cats and unknown with livestock. Poor Zac is looking for a new home due to owners ill health and maybe relocating. Our assessor found Zac to be a smashing boy when he met him, he was given a lovely welcome with waggy tail and was also offered a toy, we are told Zac will guard his toys but is fine with his food. Zac is a little wobbly on his hind legs due to arthritis and is carrying some extra weight which won’t be helping. He is not getting the short walks he needs to keep him mobile and fit. Can you offer this older boy a home for life? His owner decided that his legs had become too bad to re home him and had him PTS.
  7. Brodin

    Meet Mr Brodin. He is 5yo, neutered, started his vaccinations again and is chipped. Brodin has also had a sheltered life so far and has not seen much of life so all he is seeing now is new to him and will need this continuation when he goes to his new home. He has been fine with all dogs he has met and is a friendly lad, older children only and unknown with cats. Can you offer this lovely lad a new start in life? Sadly Brodin has gone to Rainbow Bridge.    
  8. Ernie

    May we introduce the handsome Ernie. Ernie has been taken into foster where he appears to be settling in very well. We believe Ernie is about 7 years young and he is currently entire. Unknown with children and cats but seems fine with other dogs in the kennels. The assessor who met Ernie said he seems a good kind. Friendly but not fussy, Ernie loves to play and is quite vocal in a singing way. No apparent health problems and good muscle structure suggests he is used to regular exercise. Ernie’s foster mum has decided he is not going anywhere! Lucky boy! Sadly the handsome Ernie having spent a few wonderful years with his family, has gone to Rainbow Bridge.    
  9. Shan

    Look at this gorgeous girl looking for a new home, 8 yrs young, now spayed, vaccinations restarted and now chipped. This lovely old lady was spending a lot of her day outside and only going in at night which was no way for an older lady to live out her retirement!! Shan is now safely in foster and has fitted in with the family and other dogs with no problem at all. We were told she can be selective with other dogs but in fact would just rather not live with lively youngsters that want to play all the time. Can anyone please offer this lovely lady a forever home ? The gorgeous Shan is very happy in her new home. Shan fought through pyometra before adoption and spent her last few months fighting hard against cancer. This very special lady has now crossed over Rainbow Bridge to run free.
  10. Ruby

    Meet Ruby, only a baby at 6 months, not yet had a season, we are told fully vaccinated and chipped. She has been fine with the children she has met so far, lives with another dog and is fine after correct intros, she does live with cats and a kitten who she likes but will chase the adult cats if they run. Ruby does have some anxiety issues which will need to be considered and worked with by any new owner. Ruby has been a little destructive in the home when left. While out walking Ruby did pull initially and did bark at passing cars which again will need further work, she is still such a baby that all issues should be easily dealt with with time and training. If you offer Ruby the second chance she deserves please get in touch. Sadly Ruby was PTS by her owners. RIP little one. x
  11. Minoas

    In July 2011, the previous rescue I worked with were asked to take in a lad called Minoas from a rescue centre in Greece. His history from what I understood was that he was found badly injured and needed surgery to his back. We were told Minoas was about 6 and being a shepherd cross, they were having difficulty finding anywhere for him to go as he was a big dog and came across as being aggressive. They asked if they paid to get him over could we please find somewhere for him to go to give him a chance as deep down they thought he could be a lovely lad. They also realised they did not have the experience to work with him in the long term and rescue conditions were so precious; Minoas was lucky to have a space where he was chained to a tree in the rescue (and we think we have problems here!). The lovely people at the rescue were determined to do the very best they could for him though. We had an update in October to tell us he had been castrated a couple of weeks earlier which turned out to be quite...
  12. Gerry

    Say hello to Gerry, still a youngster at only 16 month, neutered, fully vaccinated and chipped. Sadly it would seem that Gerry has decided that he needs to protect Paul especially in the home and this is quite rightly becoming a problem. Throughout the assessment Gerry sat at Paul’s feet on his lead wearing a muzzle and gave low growls to the volunteer if she moved in a way he felt uncomfortable with, a very unhealthy place for Gerry to be and a change is very much needed. Gerry has apparently been away on a 3 week training course away from his dad and does spend time in kennels where he is fine with all the people that handle him . He will need a confident experienced GSD owner who can show this boy that his job is to be the family dog and not the protector, show him it is ok to relax around people in and out of the home. A home without young children is needed, he will need further training and socialising with other dogs and a no to cats. He is spending too long on his own and this is not helping with his issues....
  13. Cody

    Cody is a 9 year neutered male and has been through quite a lot in the last few years. Poor Cody has been very misunderstood. His original owners said he was not good with very young children or other dogs and reacted badly to them both on occasion when restraining him or touching him unexpectedly. Our volunteer found Cody to be very excitable and nervous, and believed the main factor was the lack of exercise he was getting due to his owner’s ill health. Cody had only ever been walked on lead and had never been properly trained or socialised. Cody came into rescue in July 2011. In his first foster home there were no problems and he was fine with foster mum’s two dogs, one being an older GSD bitch and the other being a smaller cross breed male. Cody enjoyed going round to the stables and running free in the fields. A couple of weeks later a family came forward with teenage sons who were interested in adopting him. They were made fully aware of Cody’s issues but decided within a few days to let their neighbours visit along with their young children who were playing tennis on...
  14. Tilly

    Tilly came to us as a stray from a pound so very little is known about her past We think she is about 5. Spayed, now vaccinated and microchipped. Tilly is not great with other dogs. Older children only as we do not know her history and cats unknown. This lovely lass is a people’s dog and is very friendly and loving. Does jump up to greet people so needs to be told what to do, needs some lead work, not bad recall, knows basic commands. Tilly has now gone into foster, had a much needed visit to the scaredresser, she will now get some socialisation and we will update when she has settled in. Tilly really would like a home to call her own please. Tilly is staying with her foster family. Sadly Tilly has headed for Rainbow Bridge.
  15. Kaiser

    This handsome lad is 4 year neutered Kaiser. He is fully vaccinated and microchipped. Kaiser came to us from another rescue where he was not doing well in kennels. Since arriving in his foster home he has been a joy to have around. He loves everybody and has got on with every dog he has met so far. We do not have anything on his history but from what we have seen he would suit most homes. Unknown with children and cats so no young children. Can you give this happy lad a home please? Kaiser is now settling in with his new sister. The lovely Kaiser has crossed Rainbow Bridge having suffered with a tumour of the spleen.
  16. Prince

    Soldier and Prince both came to us from another rescue where they were not coping with the busy environment. They are brothers and are both 8 years old. Both neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. The boys have been in the same home together since they were pups and were used as a deterrent on the owner’s business premises. However both lads are extremely sociable with people and love a fuss and a play. Not had direct interaction with children but were used to hearing them around at the local school. Would probably be best to have a child free home. The dogs were socialised with other dogs when younger but have had little socialisation of late due to a reduction in their walks but have been fine with dogs they have met. Can you help give Prince a home please? Prince is staying with his foster home. The handsome Prince has gone to meet his brother Soldier again over Rainbow Bridge.
  17. Crystal

    This gorgeous  girl is 7 year Crystal who is microchipped and vaccinated. Had a litter in March so waiting for season history to spay. Crystal came into the rescue along with 5 other dogs and 3 of her pups who were 6 weeks old, having been voluntarily surrendered to the council by a breeder who was described as a puppy farmer. The dogs had been found living in sheds and were being neglected in the sense that the owners did not even go up there once a day on many an occasion. Crystal has had litters before, just unknown how many. All dogs have super temperaments and just need some lead training and boundaries put in place. Currently in foster with other dogs and children. Can you give Crystal  the home she deserves please? Crystal has bagged her forever home with her foster family. The gorgeous Crystal has sadly gone to Rainbow Bridge having suffered from an aggressive mammary tumour.
  18. Junior

    Meet Junior. He is approx 2yrs old, neutered, fully vaccinated and chipped. He first came into rescue at 6 months old and eventually adopted only to now find himself searching yet again for a new forever home due to a marriage break up and house move. He has been living with young children, other dogs and a cat. He has ok re call but will pull on the lead so a dogmatic would be useful. Can you help this lad find his forever home? Junior has his new home! This gorgeous young man has gone to Rainbow Bridge not quite 5 years old. They believe he had a tumour inside his kidney.Sleep tight little man X  
  19. Max

    What about this handsome fellow? Max is 8 years, neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. His previous owner rescued him off the streets when he was about 1 where people were beating him in the street! Understandably Max will react at raised hands. Max was with another rescue but was very stressed at all the noise and bustle and has been fine when meeting new people, he is alert and will choose to back off until he is sure. His owner had to give me up due to ill health. Did use to live happily with another shep but has not been socialised with other dogs for a while. Unknown with children so would not rehome him with young children. He is not much bothered about toys but does love a fuss especially from Michael at the kennels but I know he would love a dad of his own! Can you give Max a quiet and calm home please? Max is staying with his foster dad! This beautiful lad decided it was time to cross Rainbow Bridge.Greatly loved and sorely missed by his Dad,  
  20. Scooby

    Meet Scooby. This lovely lad ‘s mum is really not very well and can no longer care for him in the way she knows he needs so has asked for our help. He is 7yrs young, neutered, his vacs have run out so will need to be started again, and he is chipped. He has been used to children from toddlers upwards, fine with other dogs, unknown with cats. A really friendly lad who enjoys going out in the car, can be left with no chewing, welcomes visitors, Not really getting the exercise he needs due to his mum being ill but does enjoy going out, gets very excited, he has good recall, and knows all his basic commands. Scooby does have an on going eye condition, he has regular drops from the vets which seem to keep it at bay. A super boy who would love to slot into someones family to start enjoying all the good things in life again, can you help this lad? Scooby found himself a wonderful new home where he was loved and cared for until the day he had to leave for Rainbow Bridge.
  21. Jessie

    Say hello to Jessie, we took her in from the pound so have no season history for her, she is now fully vaccinated and chipped. Poor Jess at some time it looks like she may well have broken her front leg and it was never given the medical attention it needed and it has mended by itself hence it is crooked and she does walk with a limp and will no doubt suffer with early arthritis because of it. It does not bother her at all but is noticeable. Jessie is currently in foster with small dogs, larger ones and wait for it 6 cats! She can be a bit bossy with more timid dogs but fine with confident ones, great with the cats, loves people, older children will be fine too. If you could offer this lovely girl her forever home that would really make her day. Jessie has found her forever home. Jessie has sadly gone to Rainbow Bridge.
  22. Musasshi

    This lovely lad is 7 year neutered Musasshi.  He is microchipped and his vaccinations being bought up to date. His current owner rescued him from a neglect situation and is now having to rehome Musasshi urgently as he has to leave him for long hours whilst at work and his landlord is not happy with this and has threatened eviction unless the dog goes as he now seems to be suffering with separation anxiety. This lad is a gentle giant and is good with children and other dogs if introduced on lead before being let off to play. Unknown with cats but does appear to want to chase them! Very friendly and loves a fuss. His only issue is his possessiveness over food. He is fine to give food to and to take the bowl when empty but he would not let you take his bowl whilst he was eating (but then why would you want to?). For this reason we would not rehome him with young children. Mussashi will pull at the start of a walk but will settle once he has had a run around and has good recall and basic commands. His only other quirk is he...
  23. Fiena

    May I introduce the rather stunning Fiena who is 8 years young. She is not spayed and her vaccinations are out of date but we are told she is microchipped. This lovely girl is good with children and we are told other dogs except for small dogs, however she has not mixed with other dogs for quite a while apart from next door’s. Unknown with cats but probably a no. Fiena has been in the same home since a pup. She is good on a halti and has basic commands. Recall not great if she is distracted and this lass does have a high prey drive, No issues with food or toys. Fiena’s owner spends a lot of time working abroad and a lot of time on her own outside during the day so really would like a home to hang her bag on please where she can just enjoy some company and love. Fiena has herself a new dad all to herself. Fiena had over 2 years with her new dad who adored her, but her time came to cross Rainbow Bridge.  
  24. Bruce

    Bruce never made it to the website as the lovely couple that assessed him, realised he needed out and could not bear to see him go into kennels, so they took him into their home and cared and loved him for just under a year. This is what foster mum posted about him having had him a month: “A little story about having preconceived ideas about the dog you want……. Bruce was taken to the vets to be PTS by a person who was the partner of his owner who had died. He was pining and had been neglected. He had 3 guardian angels that day, the son and partner of the previous owner and the nurse at the vets, all of which weren’t about to let that happen. We were contacted to see if GSRE could take him. Prior to this we had lost Suki at the end of April and had recently contacted Lizzie to see if there was a dog suitable for Defor as she knew what he was like. Preferably a very calm bitch. The only place for Bruce was in Essex, and not knowing how he would cope with kennels we asked Allison if we could...
  25. Archie

    PLEASE READ ALL THE WAY THROUGH TO SEE HOW THIS LAD HAS CHANGED! Meet Archie. Archie is an ex Military working dog, who was re homed with a young family when retired, where he struggled with the children,  so we took him into our care. He is 10 years young, neutered, fully vaccinated and chipped. Archie went to an experienced couple who have had an ex Military dog in the past but he really struggled to accept mum as part of his life. Here is what they say: “We have looked after Archie since 19th December 2014. He is an ex- MOD dog who has spent a long period of time on Gibraltar. We were told he had been male orientated so right from the start Kim (female) did all the feeding. When Archie first moved in he seemed underweight and very nervous. After three days and trying about 6 varieties of dog food which he refused we took him to the vets. The vet agreed he could do with putting on some weight and gave him some expensive tinned vet food which Archie gulped down to show he was hungry. We left with our expensive food and an Adaptil...
  26. Buddy

    Buddy came into rescue after a relationship split in 2010. He then found himself a new home but after a short while, his new mum became ill and was unable to walk him. He was not great with other dogs despite having lived with one in his original home, but did love people. Buddy found his foster home in Cornwall in December 2011 and he liked it so much that his foster parents adopted him despite his issues, and he stayed there for a little over five years and had the time of his life. Sadly Buddy passed away suddenly at the end of March at the grand old age of 12 years and three months due to heart failure.
  27. China

    What a lady we have here for you to meet, she is absolutely gorgeous and her name is China. This poor old girl is 10 yrs young and found herself in the dog pound on the PTS list even though she was chipped her owner openly admitted he didn’t want her back! She is a diamond of a dog considering her life of living on an allotment alone for so many years, producing litter after litter, she has a few battle scars on her legs from the chain I presume and is very submissive of people. China does have some arthritis which is to be expected after her past life but meds are keeping her comfy as and when she needs them. China is now in foster with 4 other Sheps, 2 terrier X, 3 cats, 2 horses, 2 ponies and an array of chucks to which she fits in beautifully with them all no problems at all! This lady is looking for a 6* home only please and it will be vetted thoroughly as from here on in its caviar all the way darling…..because you’re worth it!! China is staying with her foster home! China was such a lucky...
  28. Shay

    Shay has come across to us from Devon GSD Rescue. He is nearly 9 years young, now neutered and his vaccinations are up to date and he’s microchipped. Shay originally lived with an older man who had a heart problem and felt he could no longer cope with him. He did go to a home with another lady, but she found him very strong and she said he had a dislike of small dogs. A super friendly lad with people, Shay is just a typical GSD male who needs an owner who he respects and does not feel he needs to protect. Can you give Shay the retirement home he deserves please? The handsome Shay has gone to Rainbow Bridge after a very short and sudden passing. The vet thinks he had a mass on his spleen which ruptured. The brave lad never showed any signs until the end.  
  29. Elsa

    This lovely old lady is Elsa who is 12 years old. Unspayed but she is microchipped. Not much known about her as her owner died and the family did not want to know, so she was being looked after by a neighbour. We would not rehome her with young children but she has been fine with other dogs whilst in foster. Unknown with cats. Elsa is a lovely friendly girl, little weak on her back end as you would expect for a GSD of her age, who is just looking for a retirement home please! Elsa has had a wonderful time in foster but sadly has gone to Rainbow Bridge after suffering a couple of strokes.
  30. Taz

    Have a look at this lovely lad, another pound boy who has come to stay with us. All info to follow is pure guess work. Taz is around 2yrs old, neutered , fully vacs and chipped. We have found this lad to be ok around the ladies but not so good around other males, this may improve with time . He is a no to cats and we have no knowledge around children so teenagers only. He does pull like a freight train on the lead so we are trying him with a dog matic so hopefully this will help. Taz recently had a very short stay in a home but they asked to return him after less than 48hrs as he was barking at their teenage sons and he jumped up and scratched one of them and they did not feel easy around him?! So maybe we can say to the next family who try with this lad, don’t allow him to bond too quickly with certain members of the family and discount others, he may well try to be a little protective of his home so make sure you tell him from the start this is unacceptable and...
  31. Buster

    Meet Buster or Mr B as his new foster mummy has called him. Neutered and fully vaccinated. Buster is around 9yrs young, he found himself in a dog pound and even though he is chipped his owner said he had sold him so wasn’t interested in collecting him so he was left to be added to the PTS list…..nice?! He is in foster at the moment with 2 other GSDs and is loving life again. He seems fine with children but as yet unknown with cats. When he first arrived with us he was quite weak behind but thanks to foster mum and co he is enjoying 2  1hr walks a day and loving it, much stronger now with just normal stiffness for his age! He is a very friendly lad and would love to find his retirement home to unpack his case for the last time….could this be you? Buster had a wonderful retirement but is now at Rainbow Bridge.  
  32. Max

    This handsome lad is 6 year old Max who is now neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. Max and his friends have come into kennels after a marriage breakdown as their dad could not cope with all of the animals. Max has lived with children and other dogs however is selective about which dogs he will get along with having been attacked by a dog in the past, the consequence being the amputation of his tail. He also does not like cats. This cuddly bear would make a fantastic companion. Can you give Max a home please? Max is staying with his foster home! The gorgeous Max has sadly left for Rainbow Bridge.  
  33. Shadow

    May I introduce the lovely Shadow. Shadow was signed over to another rescue and arrived with a skin condition which is now cleared up. She is 10 years young and spayed. Currently in foster, Shadow has settled in like a dream and has a lease of life a pup would be envious of. We would not rehomed her with young children as we do not know her history, but believe she would happily fit into most family environments. Shadow is just looking for a retirement home where she can have some fun and peace and quiet when needed. Sadly Shadow left her loving foster family today and went to Rainbow Bridge.  
  34. Rocky

    Rocky is an 8 year neutered male who is vaccinated and microchipped. Good with children and other dogs, but a no to cats. This lovely lad is only being rehomed due to a relationship breaking up meaning his mum is having to move into accommodation where he is not allowed. This is what our volunteer had to say about him: “Rocky is very gentle and quite laid back. Did not bark when I knocked. Greeted me with a lick and a sniff then laid down. Good condition, good teeth and seems very healthy other than he can get a little stiff on his back legs. Does not react to noises but does have quite high chase drive with other animals other than dogs which he is fine with. He lives on a farm and is not used to walking on a lead and will pull and spin. Otherwise a lovely, gentle boy.” Can you give Rocky a new pad please? Poor Rocky was rushed to the vets and is now at Rainbow Bridge.
  35. Samba

    This lovely lady is Samba who is 10 years young. Spayed and microchipped, her vaccinations need bringing up to date. Samba has EPI which she has had since the age of 2. It has been managed with Panzym powder well but unfortunately her owners have been struggling financially so she is being re-established on it whilst in foster. Samba is good with children of all ages and we are told other dogs. Not had much exercise recently so does need building up, but does not act her age and loves her balls! Super temperament and good basic commands. Can you give Samba a home please? Samba now settling in nicely with her new dad and brother. Amber as she was renamed, has sadly gone to Rainbow Bridge after a fight with the dreaded C. Loved to the end she passed in her dad’s arms peacefully.
  36. Harry

    Harry is an 8 year neutered male who is microchipped and now vaccinated. This poor lad has really not had the greatest life having been in the same home since a pup, he has missed out on socialisation and more recently exercise as he is difficult to manage. Now in kennels as his owners could not cope any longer. Harry is very toy and treat orientated which will come in useful in rehabilitating him . When assessed in his home, Harry was desperately unsure and very stressed meeting a stranger. Our kennels have said, he is a typical nervous  lad and will need time and patience so that he learns to trust and build up his confidence. With those people he does trust, he is the most affectionate and loving lad. There is no bad in this lad at all, he would ideally like a home on his own as can be tricky with other dogs. . Since moving kennels Harry has enjoyed lots of off lead time and recently a group walk which he loved and was a really good lad so all the hard work is paying off. More up dates to come. Are you that special home? Harry...
  37. Logan

    Logan has come across to us from Devon GSD Rescue. He is 12 years young and entire but at his age he has earned the right to keep his manhood. Microchipped and vaccinated. Logan is an ex Prison dog who used to do perimeter work. He is a very friendly boy with people and dogs. He did go to a super home but became very anxious when left on his own so he needs a family where there is always someone there. It will need to be a very special home for this super old lad! The lovely Logan has gone to Rainbow Bridge after a short but severe bout of CDRM.  
  38. Koshi

    May I introduce Koshi who is 3 years, neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Koshi is a young, nervous lad who has been through a lot in his short life. Original owners had no GSD experience so passed him onto someone who chained him up outside, wanting him to be a guard dog, and his current owners purchased him through Gumtree at 7 months old. They have put in a lot of work with him but he needs more than they can give especially with a young child and another on the way. He would love to find a calm and experienced home, preferably in a quiet, rural environment .  Teenagers only and a no to cats. Has lived with an older female shep but an only dog home we feel would be better as he has been reactive to dogs he has met so will need work with his doggie socialisation. If you think your are this special home with experience of nervous dogs around new people, please apply today! Sadly we lost Koshi from an internal bleed.  
  39. Florence

    This lovely lady is Florence who is a 7-8 years old. Florence came into another rescue having been picked up as a stray on the streets of London so her history is unknown. Now in foster with us, Florence is very well behaved but will need owners used to the breed as she does need to be introduced to new dogs and new people correctly. However she has been very friendly with other dogs she has met but can be a little pushy at times. A gentle girl who has been very calm and easy and loves a fuss, she has had some lumps and bumps removed and is sensitive around her ears which have been treated and clear at present. Would prefer a quieter life without young children. Would live with another dog but middle aged upwards. This is what her foster mum has to say about her: “Flo has been waiting patiently to be introduced to everyone.  She found her foster family on Valentine’s day & is making the most of stay at what she describes as “La Chien Resort”.  Flo was picked up as a stray in London & has seen the workings of other rescues too. ...
  40. Rover

    This lovely lad is 7 year Rover who is now neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Rover’s dad died and he was very lost when he first arrived at the kennels. As you can see from the photos Rover was extremely obese and is still on a diet and strict exercise regime at present. He is used to children 8 and over, seems to ignore other dogs and has lived with cats. Never been off lead until he arrived with us! Now this lad is trimmed down and fitter he will be a great addition to your home! Now in foster in he is settling in well with his foster brother he is being the perfect house guest. Rover has found his forever home! Having spent his last years with a super family,Rover has now gone to Rainbow Bridge.
  41. Sasha

    Lovely Sasha has sadly been passed around quite a lot in her life so no surprise she suffers with some anxiety issues when left. This has got lots better but will need to be worked on. She is 6 years young, neutered, vaccinated and chipped. Sasha can be quite clingy with new people but as long as you reassure her you are there to stay she will settle. Can be strong on the lead but that is easy to sort out, loves to be with you so recall should be easily worked on. Ok with older children, ok with dogs but can get jealous so need to be aware of this, no to cats and other small furries. Can you give this lovely girl her forever home once and for all? Sasha is staying with her foster family. Sadly Sasha has now gone to Rainbow Bridge after developing stomach cancer.
  42. Cleo

    Meet the lovely lady that is Cleo. We believe her to be neutered, and she is now vaccinated or chipped. She is 9yrs young. We are told she is good with kids of all ages, fine with dogs and ok with cats. Cleo has suffered with a skin condition in the past which seems to have cleared up well with the owner treating it with tree tea oil. Cleo had to go into kennels when we first took her in where she came across a sensitive girl who shied away from strangers. Probably the upheaval bless her and she was very attached to her owner but due to certain circumstances could not keep her. Now in foster this lovely lady is proving to be a star. She is currently living with 5 other dogs of all shapes and sizes and has been playing with the younger ones. She is very polite and well mannered and a total joy to have around. There is a smile on her face and she loves the company, be it dogs or people. She is better with smaller dogs as she can get jealous and slightly dominant with larger dogs. Could you offer this lovely...
  43. Saffy

    This gorgeous girl sadly came into rescue at the age of around 10 in a very poor state which we soon found out she had a huge tumour in her bladder. We found out from the pound puller that she was actually pulled from the estuary by a member of the public after being dumped in their by her callous owner more than likely because she needed vet care and money spending on her!! For poor Saffy time had run out and we could do nothing to save her and after only 2 weeks she got bloat brought on by further tumours, rushed to emergency vets and had to be PTS, a very very sad case of neglect. Rest in peace you beautiful girl. xxx
  44. Lasso

    This lovely lad is 7 year, neutered male, Lasso. He is up to date with vaccinations and microchipped. Lasso’s dad had passed away and he was staying with his owner’s son who had 2 bitches of his own. Unfortunately it was not practical for Lasso to stay there long term so was looking for a new home of his own. We were told that he is good with visiting children and fine with other dogs. Lasso greeted our volunteer with barking, but then came for a sniff, and brought her a toy.  We were told he loves travelling and had done lots of road trips in a campervan with his dad. Lasso does pull on the lead to start or when he sees other dogs, and has some recall. Good basic commands. Lasso found himself a lovely home but seemed a different dog to the one assessed. This big lad found a new lease of life and expressed it all wrongly.  Lasso moved in with a GSD bitch who he sometimes overpowered so she kept out of the way. Outside he was very controlling and lunged at other dogs when on the lead. Being so big and strong means he...
  45. Lollypop

    Stunning older lady looking for a new home due to child’s allergy and being left for much longer periods. She is 9yrs young, spayed, fully vaccinated and chipped. Good with children , vocal when meeting other dogs but then fine, no to cats and has never met livestock. Does do a little singing when travelling but then settles, can be a little possessive about her food, good on the lead, excited to start with, recall needs brushing up on, knows some commands, loves to play ball but not always as keen to give it back! A large girl for a bitch with a fab temperament, can you offer her a second chance? This lovely older lady has now been adopted. Sadly Lolly lost her mum and not long after also lost her fight to cancer.
  46. Zeta

    This gorgeous older lady was put onto a free ads site as the new child had possibly developed an allergy to her hair?! Zeta is 9yrs young, neutered, fully vaccinations and microchipped. Her owner tells us she is good with children, grown up with a 6yo. Fine with dogs, just sniffs and walks away. Cats unknown. Strong on the lead to begin with but then improves. Our assessor was smitten with this lovely girl, she was a real gem, loves to play ball, walks beautifully to heal off lead. A super girl who is now looking for a lovely home to live out her twighlight years, can you help? This lovely girl has found her perfect retirement home. Zeta had a wonderful and loving retirement but has sadly now gone to Rainbow Bridge.
  47. Ben

    This lovely lad is Ben who is 8 years young. He is not neutered and his vaccinations are up to date and he is microchipped. We are told he is GSD cross Collie but not a lot of Collie there. Ben’s owner is an older lady and not very mobile now and Ben is craving much more exercise than she is able to give him. He is wary of young children and staffies, but fine with other dogs. Unknown with cats. This is what our volunteer had to say about him: “I was greeted by Ben at the door, he was quiet and very very friendly, he greeted me with kisses and wanted a fuss made of him, which he allowed me to do. Ben is a cross which in a way makes him slightly different but in a positive way as he has an adorable face and looks very much like a Shepherd. Ben was friendly the whole time I was there, he sat, stayed and had recall. We played fetch with his ball which he loved and he allowed me to remove his favourite toy (a ball) from his mouth with no issues. Ben is currently much loved...
  48. Woody

    Not much known about this lovely old lad. Woody is 10 years, neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. As we do not know his full history we would not rehome him with young children. Currently unknown with dogs and cats. It appears Woody was very loved by his family, but undersocialised so is nervous when meeting strangers until he gets to know you. This lovely old lad would just like a retirement pad of his own again please. The lovely Woody is staying with his foster home. Poor Woody had a stroke and never recovered.
  49. Duke

    Duke has come across to us from Devon GSD Rescue. He is 9 years young. His vaccinations are up to date and he is microchipped. Duke came in due to a marital split and had lived teenage children. He was rehomed to a lady who taught music, and he quickly became very protective of her which was not ideal with people in and out of her home. A super friendly lad. Ok around the other dogs in the kennels but probably best as the only dog. This lad just needs experienced owners who can make him realise he can just be a dog rather than a protector. Do you have a Duke sized space in your home please? Sadly Duke has gone to Rainbow Bridge, peacefully in the arms of his foster mum with his favourite toy.
  50. Baz

    May I introduce Baz who is 4 years old, neutered, vaccinate and microchipped. Baz did not have the best start in life and was taken in by us over 2 years ago. We quickly found he is good with other dogs when off lead, and loved people. All this lad needed was some boundaries and guidance. Baz was adopted and has been in that home for over 2 years but unfortunately for reasons unknown, he started being aggressive to the lady of the house who is partially sighted. They felt he had overbonded with dad and was showing protective issues, and was pushing the boundaries again with his mum. We would not rehome Baz with young children, but should be fine with other dogs. Unknown with cats. Baz just needs an experienced home that can keep the boundaries in place at all times. Otherwise you will be getting a loving and fun lad! The gorgeous Baz is at peace over Rainbow Bridge now x  
  51. Cassie

    May I introduce the rather stunning Cassie who is just 4 years old. Spayed fully vaccinated and microchipped. She does seem to bond very quickly with one person and then likes to tell other people to stay away which makes it very difficult for her in the home. She did get re homed and this is what happened, she attached herself to the husband and told the wife to stay away so whoever gives this girl a chance will have to be prepared to work with this and try to convince her that being close to more than one person is fine and normal. Cassie had been in kennels for a while but is now lucky enough to be in foster where to date she has shown none of her previous behaviour in a home. She would be best in a child free home and whilst she is OK with other dogs when out, would like to be the only dog please. No cats If anyone with GSD experience thinks they are prepared to give this girl a go then please get in touch. Do you fancy flyball, agility, canicross…..well I am sure Cassie would!! Cassie had problems we could...
  52. Simba

    This handsome lad is 6 year Simba who is now neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Simba is good with children, other dogs and lives with cats. Currently living with Lady who was also in need of a home as their owners are moving into smaller accommodation where they cannot take the dogs. Simba is good on the lead, has recall and basic commands. A lovely lad who needs a new home please. Now safely in foster and taking everything in his stride. This lovely lad now has a home to call his own. The gorgeous Simba has crossed Rainbow Bridge to reunite with his sister Lady.  
  53. Rocky

    Some sad news, but Rocky, the old man that came out of the pound and went to Cornwall has gone to Rainbow Bridge. This poor soul came to us with a terrible ear infection 5 weeks ago. This was all cleared up. We were told he was about 9 years old and he had been a yard dog. He had days of seeming down in the dumps and then days of being happy. He was being carefully monitored and loved nothing more than to cuddle up with Uncle Chris. He was found in the morning and appeared to have just gone to sleep. The day before he had eaten well and been up the field chasing bunnies even though he was never fast enough. Sleep tight Rocky Boy x
  54. Barney

    Barney was adopted from GSRE in April 2014 after his previous family couldn’t keep him due to a marital split. Tragically, Barney’s daddy died recently and so he finds himself back with GSRE through no fault of his own. Barney is 9 years young and a real ball of adorable fluff that loves to remain active. In 2013 Barney had his right eye removed due to a tumour.  This doesn’t bother him in any way and the problem is all sorted now. Barney would like to say to his prospective mum or dad…well in addition to.. ADOPT ME PLEASE!! Please don’t be put off that I am 9 years young.. I love to go on long walks and sniff everything.  I am good with other dogs as long as they are nice to me, which I think is fair.  I have lived with a bitch in my previous home so could do so again, although I really love all the attention on me! I have paid attention to my training and I walk like a good boy on the lead.  I am also very clever as I have learnt all of these commands – sit, down, wait, stay, leave, rollover,...
  55. Tango

    Say hello to our resident old gent Tango. Neutered, fully vacs and chipped. Dumped in the pound, about 8/9yrs young, totally bewildered as to why he has been abandoned poor lad but is now settling well in our kennels thanks to Kim and Allison. He is ok with  dogs if not in his face with a confident bitch he would be absolutely great, maybe older kids but he doesn’t want to hassle of small children but a definite no to cats! We think he may be crossed with a Belgian shep, lovely temperament , friendly older boy looking to get out of kennels and into a home of his own, come on guys have a heart!!! The lovely Tango is now in a home of his with a little brother to keep him on his toes! “Sadly my last Billy and Tango update. This morning on our visit to the vets Tango sadly was put to sleep. The vet had found a large growth in his stomach which our vet believed to stressful for Tango at his age (13) to cope with. I made again one of the hardest decisions one has to make…to have my boy put to sleep….so...
  56. Dillon

    Dillon is an 8 year old neutered male. Dillon has been a working dog with the MOD and now needs a retirement home to call his own.  He was with his handler, who could not keep him long term because of his working hours. We are told Dillon is good with children and most other dogs but can be off with other males. Dillon has never lived with another dog but has had plenty of socialisation. Our assessor found him to be very calm and obedient. This lovely lad was happy to have his belly rubbed by our assessor and then gave her a kiss. His handler is very sad at having to re-home Dillon but knows it is best thing for Dillion.  Dillon can be a fussy eater but is currently happy on Royal Canin. Now in foster, Dillon has settled in a treat with 2 other dogs and so has been the perfect guest. Can you give Dillon the forever retirement home he deserves? Dillon is now in his home with 2 brothers and a sister. The lovely Dillon has run across Rainbow Bridge at a grand age of 12.
  57. Soldier

    Soldier and Prince both came to us from another rescue where they were not coping with the busy environment. They are brothers and are both 8 years old. Both neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. The boys have been in the same home together since they were pups and were used as a deterrent on the owner’s business premises. However both lads are extremely sociable with people and love a fuss and a play. Not had direct interaction with children but were used to hearing them around at the local school. Would probably be best to have a child free home. The dogs were socialised with other dogs when younger but have had little socialisation of late due to a reduction in their walks. Soldier had a wonderful time with Auntie Linda when he was diagnosed with CDRM earlier this year. Sadly the time came to let him go to Rainbow Bridge.
  58. Matey

    This handsome gentleman is Matey who is 10 years young. He is neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. We were contacted by a dog ambulance service who had taken him in for the police after he had been found sleeping on the bed with his mum who had passed away. Apparently he had lost his dad a few months previously. Matey had been with them since a pup and had been treated like a child according to the neighbours. He had not had much exercise in a long time as you can probably guess from his photo! He was very stressed when he first came in but has settled now next to a bitch. The kennels say Matey is extremely strong on the lead but not surprised as he has not been used to walking on a lead for a very long time. Other than that he is a real perfect, loving gentleman, a real pleasure. Ever so loving with a big heart. Matey would be best as the only dog as he has had little socialisation in his life. Could you give him a retirement pad? Matey is now in his forever home and settled well. Matey has gone to Rainbow...
  59. Ross

    Just take a look at this fabulous specimen of a German Shepherd dog!! Say hello to Ross. This lad has given the best years of his life to the police force and now finds himself in rescue after being re homed to a very elderly lady who was taken in to care and he was left living in a stable!! He is still entire, his vaccinations have lapsed, microchipped. Although this lad is 11 you would never know, he is still very much switched on to all that’s happening around him, great with other dogs, fine with older children but a big no to cats. He went straight into foster and his foster family couldn’t bear to part with him so they have now adopted him! Lucky boy! Sadly Ross has gone to Rainbow Bridge. His mum had this to say: “So here’s the post I never wanted to write. This morning, the legend that was RPD Rossifer, walked his final beat. Such an amazing dog and an absolutely stunning example of this fine breed. It has been my absolute privilege and pleasure to have owned this dog and I regret only that he wasn’t on the rescue’s radar sooner....
  60. Lady

    This sweet girl is 5 year Lady who is spayed but not up to date with her vaccinations. Lady is good with children, other dogs and lives with cats. Currently living with Simba who is also in need of a home as their owners are moving into smaller accommodation where they cannot take the dogs. Lady is good on the lead, has recall and basic commands. A lovely girl who needs a new home please. Now safely in foster and taking everything in her stride. Lady is happy in her new home now. Poor Lady has gone to Rainbow Bridge having been diagnosed with severe anemia and despite the vet’s best efforts and having said goodbye to her family, Lady moved on to her new journey.

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