In memory of those who have crossed over Rainbow Bridge.


  1. Roger

    Well what can I say about this poor lad? Roger is about 3 years old and came to us from a local council having been picked up as a stray. He is now neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.  He came in extremely underweight and in poor condition. No children as his history is unknown. Has not been reactive to the other dogs in kennels but will need training and socialisation as does not seem to understand how to behave when in close proximity to other dogs. Roger is a lovely, friendly chap with people who so deserves a home to give him a chance at being a dog and having a normal life. The lovely Roger had a short but super life in a new home but very sadly was rushed to the vets with suspected bloat. It was in fact cancer and the tumours had burst. Roger was let go peacefully x
  2. Heidi

    Say hello to our little Heidi. Came into us sometime ago from the pound where she wasn’t scanned but when she came to us we found a chip! Having contacted the chip company she was in fact called Kim (but prefers Heidi) and was 10 years old and spayed. She is now 11. Heidi went into foster with 6 sheps, 2 terriers, 3 cats, and horses. She was absolutely fine with all of them. Heidi is a cross shep and is a tiny girl, a quite soul who fits in without much fuss, obedient when told to do something, good recall when off lead. Has learned to play and loves life to the full. She had found herself a wonderful new home but a year later circumstances have changed and her mum is having to move into a flat where Heidi cannot go. Do you think you could offer this older lady a place to call her own for the last time please? Heidi has herself a wonderful retirement home! The gorgeous Heidi has gone to Rainbow Bridge x  
  3. Suki

    Suki came to us from another rescue where she was at risk of being put to sleep. She is an 8 year bitch who is spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. She originally came in as a stray so no history and we would therefore not rehome her with young children. She was cat tested and was ok. Currently in foster with 5 other dogs of different size and sex with no problems. She likes to play with the younger dogs and sometimes can get a bit bossy but stops when told to. Would love a retirement home of her own please. Can you give Suki that chance? Suki now has a lovely new family to enjoy her life with! The lovely Suki had a sudden onset of illness and the kindest thing was to let her go.
  4. OJ

    This lovely man is 7 year neutered OJ. OJ loves people but will only get on with some dogs and has lived with them in the past. OJ walks well in a halti and has basic commands. Desperately in need of a new home as his owner cannot afford him and cannot give him the attention he needs. A loving lad who is in desperate need of some tlc and exercise. OJ is safely in our care in kennels at present. Can you help please? OJ is now with his forever home. Poor OJ had problems with his tummy for a while and was also diagnosed with lymphoma. His Mum knew it was time for him to rest in peace.
  5. Buster – The Golden Oldie

    Buster came into the rescue as an emergency case along with a bitch called Storm. Their owner literally offloaded the dogs onto somebody who could not keep them but took them in so they were safe. Very little was known about Buster’s past but from his microchip we were able to establish he was 7 and we knew he was neutered. It looked as if he may have been through the wars though! Buster turned out to be a very friendly lad with people and loved cuddles and fuss. Walked nicely on a lead and had good recall and basic commands. The only dog in kennels the volunteers were allowed to let off lead when out walking. He was fine with dogs out on a walk but could get quite dominant once indoors with them so Buster wanted to be the only dog. Buster found a home where he finally had a Mum and Dad of his own to give him all the love and happiness he deserved. His proudest moment was winning the Goldie Oldie Competition out of 15,000 entries through The Good Vet and Pet Guide. He really touched the hearts of so many. Sadly after a short illness,...
  6. Chewie

    Feast your eyes on this lovely older boy. His name is Chewie, still entire as came in to us from the pound, he has started his vaccinations and will be chipped. When this lad arrived he was so weak behind he dragged his toes, collapsed a few times and was unable to walk more than a few yards. As usual after spending a short time in our kennels he has put some weight on, helped along with a little pain relief and he has come on so much but we still didn’t feel he was quite right so we had the vet out and poor lad has an infection and some signs of worm burden so now on meds and been wormed! He is a very friendly lad who appears to be about 6/8yrs but in his head he is about 2 and jumps around like a loon when he sees you. As he came to us from the pound we have little knowledge of him, friendly with people so I am sure teenagers will be fine, seems ok around dogs on the kennel walks, no to cats. Can anyone offer this lovely lad a place to call his own?...
  7. Jerry Lee

    This handsome lad is Jerry Lee who is 9 years young and neutered. Jerry Lee has been with his current owner since  a pup however is being rehomed as he does not get along with his owner’s new partner’s dogs. He is an absolute softie and craves affection and attention. Good with children and so far been good with dogs of both sexes he has met whilst in foster. Jerry Lee can pull on the lead to start but has recall and basic commands. He loves his toys and certainly does not act his age! This lucky lad is staying with his foster home. The lovely Jerry Lee has sadly passed. He had a wonderful life with his family and will be greatly missed.
  8. Tango

    Prepared to be stunned people, meet our Tango. 10yrs young, neutered, fully vaccinated and chipped. Poor Tango is blind and has been since around 5yrs old, due to his owner shaking him so violently after making a mess in the house at 4 month old he actually detached the retinas from his eyes…..nice eh? Now in foster with 4 other dogs of different breed and 4 cats who he is fine with. He has the sweetest nature and would add pleasure to any home without a doubt. Tango is staying with his foster mum.
  9. Dusty

    Dusty has come across to us from Devon GSD Rescue who took him in just before Christmas as his owner was suffering from a severe medical condition. Currently entire, he will be neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. Dusty is only 18 months old and has missed out on a lot in life, including socialisation and lead training, having hardly left his home! Dusty settled into the kennels and seemed fine however over the weeks he became more and more aggressive and it was totally unpredictable. After weeks of working with to ensure it was not behavioural and long discussions with the vet, sadly it appears that Dusty either had some form of tumour or maybe damage which would cause this form of behaviour. So sad with an animal so young.
  10. Oscar

    May I introduce the very handsome Oscar who  is 4 years old , neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Oscar has just arrived into foster from another rescue where he was not enjoying kennel life so not much known about him at present. So far has been absolutely fine with people and whilst not yet fully socialised with the other dogs in the home has shown not to be reactive towards them. A lovely lad looking for a forever home. Lucky lad Oscar has been adopted by his foster family. This lovely lad sadly had some form of seizure and passed away. He had just over 2 years love and happiness with his new family.
  11. Gypsy

    This gorgeous girl is 6 years young and spayed. She was adopted by a couple over a year ago from another rescue but very sadly her dad passed away unexpectedly this year and mum is unable to give her the exercise she needs. Gypsy is good with children other dogs and cats she knows but does like to chase rabbits etc. She is very vocal when meeting other dogs and can appear confrontational . She is curious of cows and horses but will chase deer. A lovely friendly girl who does pull on the lead but has basic commands and recall (if she is in the mood and not off to greet a dog!). A super dog with people and children. Gypsy is used to a nice rural location so would love similar if possible please. This lovely lass is now settling in with her new family. We have just heard from Gypsy’s devastated family that they lost her recently to the dreaded C.
  12. Rafa

    Rafa came across to us from Devon GSD Rescue. He originally came from Portugal. He is 4 years old, neutered, his vaccinations are up to date and he’s microchipped. Rafa is a friendly boy. He’s lived with cats and Wulf who is a Northern Inuit x Czech Wolf Dog. Rafa will need a very committed owner because he has Leishmaniasis which is a blood parasitic condition contracted from sand flies. The tablets are long term, but he is very good about taking them. He would require regular vet checks including blood tests. Sadly Rafa was diagnosed with Lymphoma before Christmas and with his current condition there were no viable treatments. He became very lethargic and sad, so the decision was made to let him go to Rainbow Bridge.
  13. Rex

    May  I introduce Rex. Rex is now neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. He is 3 years old. Rex is a perfect example of why you should not buy dogs of Gumtree or such like websites! We were asked to take Rex in urgently as he had been obtained through Gumtree the night before. His 24 hour owner thought he looked a nice dog and there were photos of him with children. No other history was established but the reason he was told Rex needed a new home was because his dad was emigrating. Rex went home and was fine with his new owner but was not at all happy with his 11 year old child or wife.  And guess what, he tried to ring Rex’s original owner but there was never any answer! We obviously therefore have no history on this stunning lad, only what the kennels have seen in his first couple of days. Rex comes across as being slightly nervous but also slightly grumpy. When out walking he tries to bite the lead and jumps up but listens to a strong voice. He does not appear aggressive. For obvious reasons we would not home Rex with children but with...
  14. Jim

    Say a big hello to Jim. This poor old sod was emaciated, had very little hair on his back and his legs were barely supporting him when we agreed to take him in from a dog pound after being picked up as a stray! He was still entire, no chip and probably had never seen a vaccination in his life. He had an old flea allergy which had turned cystic and most of the hair on his back had fallen out. He had what appeared to be some degree of spinal damage from who knows when or why and hadn’t had a good meal in years! We took him in to our kennels and very quickly moved him in to foster at Shady Pines with Nicola, Adam, Will, Kira, Cookie and Ross where he lived the life of a king for the very short time he was with us. R.I.P. beautiful boy, sorry we couldn’t do anymore but you were very much loved at the end. xxx
  15. Molly

    Molly and Jay are just 16 weeks old. Both have super temperaments and great with other dogs. Only being rehomed due to a relationship breakdown. Molly has now found a super new home. This poor little girl suffered a tumour of the spleen which took her very quickly at the early age of just 16 months. Molly is now at peace at Rainbow Bridge.
  16. Archie

    May I introduce the stunning Archie. Some volunteers may remember we took in a dog named Henry from a Welsh pound, well this is him who responds to Archie, so that is what he is now known as. Archie is a 2 year neutered male. He is currently in foster and has been perfectly behaved and friendly with other dogs, people and copes with the cats who know better than to run with a new dog in the house. Archie will need an experienced home that can give him continued training and loads of exercise! His basic commands and recall are fairly good but lead work is still in progress as he pulls like Thomas the Tank Engine.  Archie is very fit and keeps up with foster mum on her daily 1 hour runs along with another 2 walks a day. Apart from having separation anxiety, which may also be due to what he has been through recently, foster mum cannot fathom why anyone would have lost/let this lad go. The lovely Archie is now in a home of his own! Archie has very suddenly and tragically gone to Rainbow Bridge. He had a super life once in his new...
  17. Larry

    This beautiful lad is Larry who was 3 years old when he came to us from the pound. He was in our kennels just under a week and was the daftest fool going. Especially enjoyed his pamper at the poof parlour! Larry started to suffer major seizures and when he came back round would become very aggressive. We suspected epilepsy and were arranging for the vet to come and see him. Unfortunately before this happened, Larry experienced another massive seizure and having come round and been let out for a run later, he circled and then bit the kennel owner. Fortunately puncture wounds rather than tears, but totally unexpected. The head vet came to visit and watched as Larry went into another seizure. He had blood coming from his nose and the vet quickly established this was not epilepsy. The sensible decision was made that Larry had to be put to sleep for his own welfare and for the staff’s safety. Once Larry had passed, he had brown liquid oozing from his nose. His eyes were bloodshot but not in the normal way, they were yellow and orange. His abdomen was swollen. We cannot say for sure what this poor...
  18. Shadow

    This lovely lad is Shadow. He is 5yo, neutered male. Fully vaccinated and microchipped. His owner says he is good with children of all ages but does tend to knock them over! This poor lad has a pretty miserable existence so far, he was purchased as a puppy to live outside and guard the house which is what he has done for the whole five years of his life…nice?! The only reason they have given him up is because they were reported to the council for him constantly barking. He is a friendly lad, a little head shy, coat and body could be in better condition. He has no idea what a toy is, no basic commands, he doesn’t even know his own name, how sad is that after 5yrs?! Can you offer this poor lad a second chance to know how good life can really be? Shadow has been in foster for several weeks now and he is blossoming! From not knowing what a toy was he has staked his claim on all the tennis balls there!! He is fine with other dogs and would now seriously like to find his forever home, a super dog who would enhance...
  19. Fuss

      Just take a look at this stunner, meet Fuss. He is 10yrs young, in great shape for his age considering his previous life. He is neutered, fully vaccinated and chipped. Good with other dogs once introduced, fine with cats, not met children since being in foster but think he would prefer a child free home. He has a great temperament, good recall, not the best  traveler as in the last 10yrs has only traveled a short trip to the vet once a year for his booster. Anyone looking for a steady older boy for company, nice easy walks  together then look no further, I have your man right here! Fuss now has a home of his own. After a loving end to his life in a super home, Fuss left for Rainbow Bridge when his heart sadly failed him.  
  20. Snoopy

    This is 6 year neutered Snoopy. Snoopy whilst good with children of all ages in the past would be best in an adult only home. He is fine with other dogs but does not like cats! Snoopy greeted our volunteers with a bark in a typical GSD fashion but soon settled down. He pulls on lead but is good off lead and has good recall. Snoopy needs an experienced home who can give him the strong leadership he craves otherwise he will take advantage if he does not want to do something.  He can be protective in the home and has to be introduced to people properly. We were told that he does not like men that wear hoodies or caps. Snoopy does suffer from separation anxiety so would need a home where people are around most of the time. Snoopy is currently in foster but would love to have a home of his own please. The lovely Snoopy is now in his forver home with his new brothers and sister. Murphy as he was renamed, sadly passed to Rainbow Bridge due to lung problems.  
  21. Rosie

    Say hello to Rosie. We believe her to be around 5/7yrs old, not spayed, vaccinated, chipped but as yet unregistered. This poor girl was dumped in a pound which in this day and age you might say well that’s sadly not uncommon but Rosie which is a name we gave her is not only coping with having spinal damage quite possibly from birth but she is also blind! Also after she arrived we discovered she had a condition called MegaColon. We were asked to help because as you can imagine there wasn’t a queue forming, she came into foster with the Clarke Clan and never left. Sadly there was nothing we could do for Rosie medically but what we could do was give her stability, love and a comfy bed, which we did. We did this for almost a year but sadly in July we were forced to say goodbye to this very special girl who had made quite an impact on everyone. R.I.P. Rosie girl. xx
  22. Aslan

    Meet this gorgeous lad called Aslan. He is just 7 years, neutered and microchipped. Aslan came out of a home where he was being left for up to 10 hours a day. Poor Aslan hadn’t had a lot of luck in his life as he badly lacked socialisation with other dogs and people. He did show some aggression to our volunteer on entering the house making it difficult to assess the dog properly in the home. We took this lad into our kennels where we worked with him and helped him turn a corner in his life and learn how to enjoy life again. After just 2 weeks he was mixing well with other dogs and enjoying life. Aslan is a friendly lad when you get to know him but will still need a GSD experienced owner. Aslan has a loving family of his own who he adores. The much loved Aslan passed away very suddenly and will be very missed by his family.
  23. Oscar

    Meet Oscar, he is 6yrs old, not neutered, vaccinated but no card seen, not chipped. We were told he is ok with older children, unknown with dogs, cats or livestock. Although he has lived with the same family all his life, little is known about him and he never sees any other dogs and yet goes out 3/4 times a day?! The owners are moving in three weeks and Oscar is not invited, can anyone help this lad out? Oscar is now in foster with the lady who collected him from his home. Oscar has now moved to our kennels and the poor lad is very confused and not happy at the moment but we are working on him. Sadly we lost Oscar due to medical issues out of our control.
  24. King

    Have a look at this poor young lad, only about 2/3yrs but cannot be certain as he is a stray. Still entire, not vacs or chipped yet. When our assessor first met King he was shocked as to how low this lads confidence was, his tail was bearly visable it was so far under his body! He is a friendly lad but will need an experienced owner / foster to build his confidence back up again. He has been seen to spin and chase his tail in the kennels through stress and not understanding what is happening. He seems to prefer  ladies to men but does cower when you look and speak to him. Are you the person to help this lad see the light at the end of the tunnel to a better life? Sadly we had to let this boy go as there was nothing more we could do for him.
  25. Prince

    May I introduce Prince who is coming up 11 years. He is neutered and microchipped. Prince was originally assessed because his owners were threatened with eviction if he was not gone. He was living in a flat, getting no exercise and had a balcony for a toilet! His nails were overgrown and he appeared very aggressive. We decided he needed a chance after 2 other rescues had assessed him and then turned their backs on him! His owner’s only comment when he left was, who is going to guard me know? Not that she got off the sofa! The children, grown up, wrestled him out of the flat using fire guards to protect themselves. No chance of being able to muzzle him. Prince arrived at Auntie Linda’s and happily came out of the car. Within a few hours he was happily settling in the conservatory. It took a long time the next day to get a muzzle on him but a trip to the vets sorted out his overgrown nails and discovered cysts all around his neck and shoulder area which had obviously been causing immense pain. So off they came as well! Prince has been fine with all the...
  26. Tia

    Here is our lovely lady Tia who is such a loving dog and is looking for her forever home.  Tia has a beautiful full black coat and she just loves to be brushed and shows her thanks by giving you a great big kiss!  Tia likes to lie outside in the garden and most of the time you will forget that she is there as she is absolutely no trouble at all. Despite being almost blind and being on medication for dry eyes, Tia is a joy to treat as she is so used to having drops put in 3 or 4 times a day – she just stands there and accepts that this is part of her life.   Tia has been here for 11 weeks and she has lost 10 kilos in weight which has helped her to become more mobile and she now enjoys running in the garden.  We were told that Tia had epilepsy and indeed she was on drugs for this condition when she came to GSRE, but she has been completely off medication for a month now and has not shown any adverse effects and certainly no fits!!! Tia loves her ball and although she...
  27. Blade

    This poor old lad hasn’t had a very good time of late having come out of an abusive household but he was made safe in our kennels, but now in foster and looking forward to a shiny new life and a new home of his own! He is 8yo, neutered, vaccinated and chipped. Blade is a very friendly boy and seems to like everyone he meets. His owner said he is good with dogs, no good with cats and has never seen livestock. It was very obvious poor Blade has had very little in the way of exercise of late, he has some muscle wastage behind but is very eager to build it back up again as our vollie found out when she got the lead out to put him in her car, he was so excited and bounced like a kangaroo, he also traveled very well. Now in foster care he has settled in really well, wanting to please 100%. Was a little pushy with the resident bitch to start but both living happily together now. We don’t know for sure but it would seem like Blade may have mild HD, he has the occasional anti inflammatory and is...
  28. Rocky

    What about this lovely lad? Rocky is 7 years young. He is being vaccinated, microchipped and neutered, along with a full dental. Rocky’s owner has been struggling to find a way to keep Rocky having had to move into accommodation where he was not allowed. He tried another rescue but Rocky nipped the manager so sealed his fate there. Poor Rocky had not seen his dad or human sister of 10 for 3 months as he had been staying with friends so was just being a little protective of this stranger approaching his dad and sister. Has settled super into foster living with other dogs. Is wary of meeting people initially but soon comes round. This lad just needs somewhere he can chill please! Rocky is staying with his foster family! Poor Rocky was diagnosed with a tumour and sadly had to go to Rainbow Bridge.
  29. 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.
  30. 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  
  31. 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.    
  32. 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
  33. 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!  
  34. 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...
  35. 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...
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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...
  39. 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...
  40. 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...
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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.
  44. 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.  
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.  
  48. 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...
  49. 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.  
  50. 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 ?
  51. 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.
  52. 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...
  53. 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.  
  54. 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  
  55. 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
  56. 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.
  57. 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.  
  58. 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.  
  59. 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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