Misty came to us as "Mira" from Greely, Colorado, in March of 2009, thanks to the folks at West Ridge Animal Hospital who took Mira from the local shelter and got her to a place where she could search for her family -- White German Shepherd Rescue. Upon arrival, Mira went into training with Leah of Dog House Training Academy due to her dominant behavior, and graduated with honors. She was quickly fostered, then adopted by what we had hoped would be her forever family, and renamed Mica. We were devastated when, less than a year later, her adoptive dad passed away suddenly and Misty was dumped at a local animal shelter!
We adopted Misty ... as an adult, who was a perfect match for our family. She and Hunter got along wonderfully, never having even one single spat in her 8 years with us. They would even eat out of the same bowl in complete harmony.
When we first got her, she had been through a lot. She would sit in the middle of the room looking worriedly at us wondering where she was and if she belonged here. Her first trip to the local park she freaked out at the sight and sound of running water and waterfalls. It's as if she didn't know anything about how to be a dog. What a turn around that became. Walking with Hunter at the park, and playing in the water became her favorite things. She became the perfect dog for us.
Misty developed a debilitating muscle condition that robbed her the use of her rear legs properly, and eventually began affecting her front. She would have trouble going through the doggie door. As a working couple we worried that she would eventually not make it on her own any more when we were at work. I know she had to be in pain, tho she never acted like it, and right up to the end, appeared to be a happy and otherwise healthy soul. But it was not fair to her to allow her to suffer any longer at the risk of being one day stranded outside in the extreme temperatures we are experiencing. We were faced with the sad and inevitable decision.
We miss her so much. We appreciate and thank you for your wonderful gift to our lives in this beautiful Lady. The house feels empty and too quiet. This is the first time in over 40 years that we don't have a dog in our lives. Just doesn't feel right.
|JAEGER (formerly known as "Mikey")|
Owner surrendered April 2008 ~ Lost to us June, 2018
This one hit very close to home, as Mikey had started with our rescue as a very young puppy. Surrendered as a 10 week old puppy when the family found themselves in over their heads with this puppy with the huge attitude, Mikey was originally fostered by our founder in her home. And what a challenge he was! After a few months, Mikey was placed into a new home with a couple who promised to do right by Mikey -- they didn't and he was reclaimed less than a year later, but unfortunately the "damage" had been done and Mikey was worse off than he had been when we started! And so we began again ...
Up stepped the Cromey family. We couldn't have asked for a better match for Mikey. They took him on and saw it through with Mikey (now renamed Jaeger), dealing with each challenge as it came along, and loving him more and more every day. Constructing this memorial for Jaeger was difficult, because his family always kept in touch and sent us photos, but we tried to choose our favorites to honor the success of his adoptive family in making Jaeger all that he could be...
Hey, Mikey ... He Likes It!!!!
His first days in rescue
Meeting Bean the cat
Ears up ... finally ~ A total cutie
Adoption Day ~ October 2010
Mikey's former mom pays him a visit
Christmas 2010 - Still a challenge!
Hiking was one of his favorites
The ultimate (snow) ball dog!
A new family member
Ever the athlete
Christmas 2016 with his growing family
Who said I couldn't be placed with children?
Jaeger's mom, Karen, wrote: "Dear Nancy,
It is with a sad heart that I tell you that we put Jaeger down last week. He went downhill very rapidly since my last email with you. His back end just gave out in spite of laser therapy and increased medication. The picture above is of our last morning together. We drove up into the mountains to a grassy valley where he could lay still and smell the cool air. He was a great dog.
We would like to rescue another one. ...Thanks for all the work you do for these wonderful dogs."
|RUTH (fondly known by her family & friends as "Ruthie")|
Rescued from a California shelter 7/2010 ~ Lost to us May 15, 2018
Ruthie was rescued from a California kill shelter in the summer of 2010. She was transported to us by our friend, John ("Wolfman") of Tundra Shepherd Rescue, immediately took up residence with foster mom, Sara, in Tucson ... and never left.
|CHUSKA (formerly "Gretchen")|
Rescued from a Texas shelter 12/2011 ~ Lost to us May, 2018
Chuska and her little sister were spotted in a rural Texas shelter by our good friend, Michelle, from SnoCapped Shepherd Rescue in Colorado. Michelle was able to take the little sister if we could take Chuska, and we agreed.
Coming across I-40 in the middle of the winter was no easy feat, but thanks to the wonderful volunteer transport team, Chuska arrived safe and sound in Phoenix.
Chuska was adopted in January 2012 by her forever mom Debbie.
Chuska's mom wrote, "Wanted to let you know that Chuska went to the Rainbow Bridge last week. She had degenerative myelopathy that finally (after two years of muscle building exercise) completely paralyzed her back legs. She was an unbelievably sweet dog that appeared to the uninformed to be a follower, but my other female German shepherd will tell you she had plenty of backbone! I think she was 12 or 13 years old, so she had a great life (after you rescued her and her sister from Texas). Even though I have two other German shepherds, the house feels a little empty."
|TUGBOAT ANNIE ("Annie")|
Rescued from Eastside shelter 10/2016 ~ Lost to us April 16, 2018
Rescued from the eastside shelter after a call went out asking for help with a senior girl with a URI, Annie won the heart of our founder and became our resident "small dog tester." She had no fear of the bigger dogs, and put them in their places. We soon discovered that not only did Annie suffer from a heart murmer, she also had valley fever.
There was nothing Annie loved more than a good car ride; she was the best traveling companion and covered many miles with her mom. Not at all your typical small dog (chihuahua/Jack Russell Terrier mix), Annie hated to be cuddled, held and pampered, but she did love her soft beds. She was independent and wanted to do things on her own, which we absolutely loved about her.
We only had her for a year and a half, but she was loved a lifetime's worth...
June 28, 2009 ~ Lost to us December, 2017
Although not white in color, Seishan and her fur-brother, Chinto, are members of our rescue family and "honorary whites."
Seishan started Boot Camp as a youngster with dad, Dave. At first, we were able to tell when Seishan had arrived for class even before we saw her -- she would loudly announce her arrival as soon as she got out of the car! As we watched over the coming months, the communication and partnership between these two grew and grew. There wasn't any challenge that these two couldn't conquer -- Rally, Herding 1 (Seishan's Herding Video) Herding 2, Therapy Work, Boot Camp -- they were a team, and Seishan was a rock star!
Starting Boot Camp
While still just a puppy, she took second place in our 2011 Top Dog competition with a score of 194-1/2
She only had eyes for dad...
Steady, sound and dependable, she was a dog-tester for many of our rescue furkids ~ males, females, puppies and pushy former stud dogs ~ Seishan took them all in stride
Seishan (at right) never missed her chance at Nancy's chicken treats during Boot Camp
Mom Mickey wrote, "I wanted to let you know we lost Seishan last Friday. She suffered a seizure two weeks ago while at a routine vet check up and after running tests, was found to have cancer spreading in her lungs. The vet didn't think chemo or radiation would help as the lungs were a secondary cancer site but we made an appointment to have an oncologist look at her. She didn't make it long enough to keep that appointment.
I guess we're lucky she didn't suffer long as we had no warning she had cancer, but she's left a big hole in our lives.
Thanks for welcoming her and us into your rescue group. We're grateful for all the help you and Bert provided to turn her into such a wonderful dog." Mickey & Dave
Dave & Mickey have made a donation to White GSD Rescue in memory of Seishan.
Rescued May 2011 ~ Lost to us December 14, 2017
Nelson came out of one of the worse shelters in California. He was said to be about a year old at the time and very shy. In July, Keith and Nancy stepped up and offered Nelson a home.
Moving in with Keith & Nancy
Learning to navigate a "scarey" hallway
Training at The Dog House
Adding a new sister, Fynn
...and finally at Santa Paws, 2017, just 11 days before his passing
While he never got over his shyness with strange people, places and things, in his own home, Nelson was a sweet and loving boy. According to Nelson's dad, Keith, "Nancy, it is with a heavy heart that I need to tell you that yesterday I had to make the very difficult decision to have Nelson put to sleep. About a week after you last saw Nelson he started to have diarrhea and suffered from incontinence followed by a swollen belly. I got Nelson to the vet who found his belly was swollen from blood; prognosis -- tumors on the spleen. She ordered ultrasounds to verify. The results were large tumors on the spleen and liver and heavy bleeding. Over this very short time, Nelson's ability to get up on his own had left him. After looking into his eyes I knew I had to make this difficult decision. I stayed with him to the end. I miss him terribly and hope he is in a better place."
Keith and Nancy sent a donation to White GSD Rescue in memory of Nelson: "Please accept this donation in loving memory of our friend, Nelson. He was a sweet and gentle dog, and we will miss him gretly. Thank you for rescuing him and for allowing us to become his forever home. Love Nancy & Keith
|RIO (formerly "China")
Rescued in December 2007 ~ Passed peacefully at home November 22, 2017
Rio was rescued from the Phoenix westside shelter in December of 2007, where she had been left, along with two of her black & tan housemates, when her owner passed away. She found forever with Roxanne & Michelle in November of 2008, and passed away at home, one day short of the 9th year anniversary of her adoption.
Happily ever after ...
Rio loved cats!
Her mom wrote, "Our big, beautiful, beloved, happy girl passed away early this morning. We miss her so much. Thanks for everything and thanks for all you do!"
Rescued in March 2011 ~ Lost to us October, 2017
Rescued from the Phoenix westside shelter in March 2011, Riley adopted by his forever mom, Mindy, the following month
Mom Mindy wrote: "Hi Nancy,
Just wanted to let you know that my sweet, handsome Riley lost his battle with lymphoma last month. We did chemo and he was in remission for months before the cancer returned. It was throughout his body, and I had to put him down. I will always cherish the 7 years I got to have with him, but wish we had more years. He was a terrific dog and I will miss him forever."
Rescued in February 2011 ~ Lost to us November 11, 2017
Divine was rescued from a California kill shelter in February of 2011. She was first fostered and then adopted by her loving mom, Ellen, in March 2011
Ellen wrote, "My beautiful dog Divine was truly a divine dog. Her name perfectly described her.
Her nickname was Diva for short and that suited her also. Such a beauty.
We all loved her so much and she will be so missed as she passed away today but her pain has ended and I know she is running with lots of friends, her guardian angel and chasing bunnies in heaven. She loved cats and they loved her but she liked to chase bunnies. She loved to run but couldn't anymore and now she can run all over again with no more pain.
Farewell sweet girl until we meet again on the other side. You were my baby and I love you so much." Your mommy
|LAYLA (aka "Lady" of the Coachella Sisters)
Saved from a California kill shelter in August 2010 ~ Lost to us September 6, 2017
Layla and her twin sister, Lita, were rescued from the Coachella (California) Shelter in August of 2010. Known as the "Coachella Sisters," they each found their forever homes.
Lita (at left) and Lady
On adoption day at left, and with best bud Cole at right
Sadly, a too short 7 years later, Layla unexpectedly developed labored breathing and coughing, She was taken to the vet, and her family received the sad news that she had cancer in her lungs, liver and spleen with fluid in her chest. (According to her mom, "It was just like Layla to never show us that she was not feeling well, she was always so happy to please everyone else." Layla rapidly worsened, very restless and grunting with breathing. Her mom stayed up with her all night knowing that the next morning would be a difficult day. So very sadly, Layla was put to sleep Wednesday morning to end her suffering. She went very peacefully.
Layla's heartbroken forever mom wrote, "Layla was the sweetest, most well behaved companion that anyone could of ever wish for. She was very spoiled by us. I know that I gave her the best life that I could. She enjoyed the dog park and walks. She also had one of the largest dog toy collections ever! I have never seen a dog get so happy about a new toy. She would proudly carry around a new toy and show it off for days...then pull all the stuffing out all over the floor. I wanted to write to you and tell you thank you for the wonderful gift you gave us in Layla. You did a wonderful job matching her to our family. Layla was the best, well behaved, loving dog that we could of ever hoped for. My husband and I need some time to heal our broken hearts from Layla's unexcepted and rapid illness, but we may return. We love the WGS breed so much and I trust that you could help us find the right one for us again. I am sending you a donation to your rescue site in memory of our beautiful Layla so you can continue to help others in need. Again, thank you so much for bringing Layla into our lives. She was a wonderful addition to our family that brought us so much joy. Layla will live in our hearts forever! With great thanks." Gayle Kohlmann
|CHRISTMAS SNOW (aka "Bunny")
Saved from a California kill shelter on Christmas Eve 2015 ~ Lost to us August 2, 2017
How we first saw Bunny in a kill shelter in California
After some TLC
Bunny improved with each passing month
In Boot Camp with volunteer Di
We found Bunny, close to death, in a kill shelter. She had been confiscated as a neglect case, and it was a struggle to get the shelter to release her. We finally won the battle and had Bunny transported out of hell on Christmas Eve.
She spent her first weeks at Crossroads, recovering, after which she was brought to Phoenix in search of her forever home. Unfortunately, it was not to be. After a cancer diagnosis and successful surgery in January 2016, Bunny began the search for her forever family. But, she was selective about who she would let into her life, and the search dragged on for many months. She had several successful introductions, but none were the right family for our special girl.
After a valley fever diagnosis in July 2017, it was decided that Bunny would spend the rest of her life (however long or short) with one of our staff members. She was put on medication in hopes that we could at least improve her quality of life.
UPDATE 8/1: Bunny stopped eating last night -- very uncommon for our girl who LOVES food. Her favorite person, Katherine, fixed her a late night snack of scrambled eggs and tucked her in for the night ... unfortunately, early the next morning the eggs were there, untouched, and our Bunny was gone. Whether it was the cancer that had reoccurred, or the valley fever that had spread; we will never know. Farewell, my sweet Bunny Rabbit. You will be missed ~ who's going to give everyone a hard time when they come over?
|BOGART (aka "Bogie")
Adopted December 2012 ~ Lost to us July 8, 2017
Bogie in Dec 2015 at WGSD fundraiser
Bogie's mom, Eileen wrote, "Today, my sweet prince, Bogie, was peacefully euthanized at home surrounded by his family. He was 13 years old. We had successfully managed his arthritis and declining hips with medication for a long time. We continued to enjoy many walks together over the five years he was our baby but the walks grew shorter and this week there were none. After agonizing over the decision I knew I had to make, I found Dr. Morrison (with Pet Home Euthanasia). She came to our home and provided Bogie with a loving, quiet passage. I am heartbroken but at peace too.
When we first met Bogie, I remember thinking why adopt an 8 year old dog? But, it has truly been the most wonderful thing. I can't begin to tell you how special and sweet this dog was. I will miss him very much. Thank you, Nancy and White German Shepherd Rescue for bringing Bogie into our lives. Thank you.
Adopted February 27, 2006 ~ Lost to us May 15, 2017
Stryker was brought to a vet in Las Vegas by his owner, who requested that the 11 month old, personality plus boy be euthanized due to hip dysplasia. Euthanasia? Not gonna happen!
Arrival in Phoenix
Stryker & Betty
Thanks to our dear friends, Becky & Phil, Stryker was rescued from the vet's office and transported to Phoenix, where he was picked up by White GSD Rescue. He immediately went into foster care with our long-time foster Betty, who saw him through the restricted activity period prescribed by the specialist in Vegas. Once Stryker was allowed to resume normal activity, he was sent for water therapy at Canine Physical Rehabilitation of the Southwest.
Shortly thereafter, Stryker was adopted by his forever dad, Robert
On Stryker's passing, Robert wrote: Just wanted to let you know I had to say goodbye to Stryker today. Last 48 hours he couldn't support his back end, wouldn't eat and we found a large mass in his stomach. Again thank you for giving me several wonderful years with him. Robert made a generous donation to White GSD Rescue in loving memory of Stryker ... thank you, Robert for paying it forward and helping other dogs receive the love and care that Stryker did.
Adopted October 13, 2005 ~ Lost to us March 17, 2017
Laci was only a youngster when she was given up by her owner when his wife passed away (in New Mexico). After arranging transport, a foster home was found for her with what turned out to be her forever family.
On placement day
Laci's family wrote: I just wanted to let you know that our sweet baby girl Laci passed away 3/17/2017. She was the joy of our lives and we miss her everyday. Thank you for helping to bring us together."
|TALA (formerly Nevada)|
Rescued in 2006 at 18 months ~ Went to Rainbow Bridge 2/13/2017
Tala was rescued, along with her male counterpart, Weiss, from a kill shelter in Pasadena, California, in April of 2006. She was subsequently adopted by her forever parents, Art and Peggy. An email from her dad in February 2017, said, "Just wanted to let you know that we sent our beautiful, loving, protective Tala to the Rainbow Bridge about an hour ago. She had lost most of both her front and back legs...plus her bowel control. She was not in any pain.
She was loved strongly...and she had a good 10+ years with us...and we are grateful to you for providing her to us." ~Art
|ON ANGEL'S WINGS VON JOY|
12/17/04 ~ 2/2/2017
When Angel and Crystal's owner (a dear friend of one of our staff member's) died in Minnesota in September 2013, there was no one to step up and care for Angel and her "sister," Crystal. With winter closing in fast on Minnesota, it was imperative that the dogs make their way to Phoenix, and fast!!
Angel (right) and her sister, Crystal, in happier times
If we could get the girls to Kansas City, they could catch a flight to Denver, where they would be met by our dear friend, Michelle, of Sno-Capped Shepherd Rescue. A plea was posted for transport for the two girls, and our favorite rescue transport coordinator, Katrina, stepped up to help! Katrina moved the girls as far as Kansas City, where they jumped on the CARE wagon and made their way to Colorado. After an overnight stay in Colorado with Michelle, the girls were delivered to the airport and flown to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they spent the night with Dave. The next morning, the girls completed the final leg of their journey to White German Shepherd Rescue in Phoenix.
Once the girls arrived safely, they were listed for adoption -- but finding someone to take on two fully grown shepherds is not an easy task, and we were faced with the dilemma of whether or not they would have to be separated.
In answer to our prayers, Chriss applied to adopt both girls! It seemed like a match made in heaven ... and it was.
Even as Angel's back legs began to fail her, Chriss made sure that that didn't stop or slow her down one bit. Our thanks to Mickey and Dave for the loan of the cart. Angel LOVED it!
In the end, Chriss wrote: "My sweetest Angel went to Heaven last night. She fought a brave battle and persevered through all of her challenges. She was the strongest soul I have ever known. I will miss her and love her forever ... thank you for all your help in bringing her to me! ...She is back with her first mommy now, running and jumping!"
|LUNA (formerly Hannah)|
Rescued in January 2010 (age unknown) ~ Went to Rainbow Bridge New Year's Eve 2016
Rescued in January 2007 ~ Went to Rainbow Bridge December 2016
Rescued in July 2015 (age unknown) ~ Went to Rainbow Bridge November 4, 2016
Found in a local kill shelter, we couldn't have saved Fox without her foster mom, Christina, who stepped up to foster Fox, sight unseen, and wound up keeping her when she couldn't bear to give her up. Our profound thanks go out to her for giving Fox more than a year of life (and a good life it was) that she would not have otherwise had. Goodbye, sweet Fox.
Fox's Facebook Page
Rescued in January 2009 (age unknown) ~ Went to Rainbow Bridge September 3, 2016
Sami and her tiny family of four were rescued from a high kill shelter in California after being dumped (almost full term pregnant) by her uncaring owner. We knew from experience that the chance for the puppies' survival was very slim (puppies born in a shelter environment rarely survive), but we wanted to give them all a chance and, at the very least, offer Sami a new lease on life in Phoenix.
We found Princess pretty much as we had been told -- frozen solid with fear and very depressed -- but taking excellent care of her babies. We brought her to Phoenix with high hopes, but by the end of January, all four of the puppies had succumbed to whatever they had picked up at the shelter, and Princess herself was struggling.
By the time the end of March rolled around, Sami was healthy, spayed, up-to-date on shots and ready to rock and roll with a new family. In stepped our dear friend, volunteer and supporter, Di, and her pack (Shiloh & Missy) to offer Sami a place of her own. She accepted on the spot!!
Missy was kind enough to share her "laundry basket" bed
The pack has changed slightly over the years, now consisting of Buddy and Zenith, but Sami doesn't mind having a new brother and sister
We are eternally grateful to Di and her pack for giving our little Sami the loving home she wanted and so richly deserved. She wasn't a shepherd by any stretch of the imagination ... but she didn't know that...
Rescued from AZ Humane in May 2005 ~ Went to Rainbow Bridge August 15, 2016
The memorial you never want to write is the one about your own dog ... the one you rescued, fought for, struggled with, cried over, and the one whose barrier you finally broke through, simply because you were more stubborn than he was and, of course, because you loved him.
Sid's capture by the Arizona Humane Society was featured on Animal Planet Heroes - Phoenix in 2005. It was not until I watched the show (well after Sid was already a member of my family) that I saw how wild Sid was and what it took to capture him - he had to be shot with a tranquilizer gun!
Our first view of Sid at AHS
When we went to the AHS to evaluate Sid, we were told that he simply sat in his kennel, refusing to walk or move under his own power. His ears were so badly infected that they simply would not stand; we honestly believed he would be deaf, but he surprised us and only had "selective deafness" when we got the infections cleared up. When we met him, they carried him into the lobby. After submitting to my petting for a short period of time, he moved away and into a corner. No sooner had I uttered the words to Bert, "I don't think we're going to be able to help this one," Sid slowly walked across the lobby floor (moving under his own power for the first time to the amazement of the AHS staff) and placed his muzzle in Bert's cupped hand. I was hooked! We named Sid after Sid, the sloth, in the movie "Ice Age," because his picture seemed to say to us (as Sid says in the movie), "Doesn't anybody love me? Doesn't anybody care?" We cared and took Sid home.
Sid lived his first few months in my home office, which is our "quarantine" ward. He delighted at the constant company and attention that he was afforded and made himself at home right away on my office sofa.
Posing for the Animal Planet crew
Sid was with us for months. Animal Planet came back and did a follow-up on him and when we felt it was time, he was put up for adoption. Little did we know that Sid had other ideas. Every time we tried to introduce him to a prospective family, as soon as we put Sid's leash into their hands, he would buck like a bronco and refuse to go with them! After the third such display in as many months, my heart broke for him and I could no longer submit him to what he obviously viewed as torture. Sid was mine and home to stay.
A reluctant student at Boot Camp
Home for Christmas
So proud of the vest Sara made for him
He was a crowd pleaser
Katherine with Shadia, Sid, Sara and Corey after the Veterans Day Parade
"Sid was our ambassador and the symbol of what rescue is all about. He was our triumph and a reminder of why we do what we do. He was my special goofball; he passed quietly on a Monday morning. I was privileged to be his forever mom for more than 11 years and I will miss him more than I can ever say. There will never be another one like him; of that I am certain." ~Nancy
Ain't it the truth?
A poem written in memory of Sid
Rescued in February 2000 ~ Went to Rainbow Bridge July 8, 2016
Annie & her best friend
Rescued in April 2011 ~ Went to Rainbow Bridge July 2016
Bella Angel graduates from obedience school
|MAUI (formerly "Mary")|
Adopted in 2011 ~ Went to Rainbow Bridge May 31, 2016
Maui came to us from a shelter in Lake Elsinore, California, along with her fursister, Rose. Maui was fostered, and then adopted by her wonderful family. With them she experienced many adventures, and led the life we had dreamed of for her.
On adoption day
At the beach
In the forest
Poolside at home
At (or in) the lake
In the mountains
Best place of all ~ home
From Maui's family: "Sadly, we had to let Maui go yesterday. Her 2 month battle with cancer was getting the best of her. With declining health and no more quality of life we made the difficult decision before she had any pain or suffering. We did not want her to experience that. ...We tried our best to give her a wonderful life and hope that we succeeded somewhat. As part of our family, she knew safety, comfort and love. Maui went many places with us, including out to eat, hikes, day trips, numerous vacations and camp trips (of course anything with water was her favorite). Maui had a fur brother and then sister whom she loved and they loved her. Sorry to have such sad news. We want to thank you again for saving her for us. Our lives were so much richer having her in it and she will be missed more than words can say." Himes family
Adopted in December 2003 ~ Went to Rainbow Bridge May 9, 2016
Pulled from a Los Angeles shelter in October 2003
Niki was fostered and then adopted by Lisa
Niki with Lisa's cat, Cujo
When we found Niki, she had been dumped, along with her puppies. Rescued and brought to Phoenix, her coat was like straw, but that didn't stop Lisa from scooping her up and making her welcome in her home the moment she saw her. It soon became clear that Niki had already found her forever with Lisa.
With Lisa's love, Niki blossomed
Adopted in 2007 ~ Lost to us 4/3/2016
A love affair from the start
Adopted for Christmas
Always her first love & protector
Rascal came to us from Yuma -- a rescue friend of ours, Cyndi, had spotten a bloody Rascal coming out of her vet's office with his owner. She stopped and asked if the owner was interested in finding a rescue for her dog and, thankfully, she was. To say that Rascal was a handful was an understatement, but in Dorothy's hands, he was a completely different dog. He adored her. He chose her as his person and gave her his all. He was her protector and heart dog until epilepsy finally took him from her.
Never was a dog more loved ... You fought bravely, Rascal. Rest in Peace. Dorothy will meet you at Rainbow Bridge ... some day.
Rascal in his prime
A picture is worth a thousand words ...
While not a white GSD by any stretch of the imagination, Buddy was loved nonetheless by our friend, adopter and volunteer Sara. "Buddy was left with me by a friend for dog sitting, and never got picked up. He was at least 12 years old, and I loved him very much. He was my felly. He became sick suddenly, and crossed to the bridge within an hour on March 3, 2016."
Adopted in 2011 ~ Lost to cancer 11/13/2015
Pulled from a California kill shelter in November of 2012, King was adopted by his forever family in early February of 2013. Sadly, he was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer. His younger sister, Tilly, is lost without him, as are his forever folks, Jeff and Lauren.
Adopted in 2009 ~ Lost to cancer 11/13/2015
Kevin was rescued from the Westside shelter in June of 2009. At his first foster home with Betty, Kevin blossomed in the company of Betty's menagerie. But, in less than a month, Kevin found his heart's desire -- a family of his own. Scott and Kynah stepped up and offered Kevin a home...and what a home it was ~ first in Scottsdale and then to the rural mountains of Colorado.
Kevin with foster Betty
Kevin loved to run in the park with Kynah
Hamming it up with Kynah
Kevin became the happy boy we had always hoped he would be, thanks to Scott and Kynah.
At home in Colorado with sister Lexi
No dog could have been more adored... Farewell, big fella. You will be missed.
Adopted in 2013 ~ Lost to cancer 11/4/2015
Bobby was adopted in November 2013 and spent the last 2 years of her life as a "snowbird," wintering in Phoenix and summering in Washington. She loved her life as a traveling "motor home dog" and will be sorely missed by her loving family, the Moores.
|BRIO (formerly Krypto)|
Adopted in 2009 ~ Lost to cancer 9/9/2015
Our profound thanks to Debbie, for making Brio the king of her castle
From Debbie: "He was a big, hysterical, (sometimes) destructive force of nature, but underneath all that crazy was a sweet boy that never hurt a fly.
He added a huge amount of energy to my home and I miss him a lot."
Adopted in 2013 ~ Lost to us 9/6/2015
Robby was diagnosed with a heart murmur, but that didn't stop Roger from adopting him in 2013. Robby was sent to Rainbow Bridge by a speeding vehicle on an otherwise deserted street in the early morning hours of Labor Day weekend Sunday.
From Roger: "What a guy he was! As my neighbor put it, 'His entuusiasm and zest for life were contagious. I have never seen any creature enjoy life more. We will miss his happy face." Yes, we will.
|SAMSON (formerly Andrew)|
Samson was pulled from the westside shelter in 2013 and adopted shortly thereafter. Sadly, he was lost in July 2015 after a short but devastating illness.
Samson's adopters wrote: "I am sorry to say that 23 months after getting our big, beautiful Samson from a rescue group, he suddenly and very unexpectedly had to be put down yesterday. He was only 6 years old.
The weekend was filled with family and joy as we celebrated Michelle's 'White Coat' ceremony. Samson was in the thick of it and loving all the attention, but staying on guard duty and charging to the door when ever the door bell rang. He did have a slight cough and we were going to have him seen on Monday. Monday morning our poor boy could not walk or stand. We rushed him to the ER and a chest X-ray revealed many small tumors throughout his lungs. The doctors believe the tumors were a secondary cancer from an unknown primary. The absolute only recommendation was euthanasia, that day. We brought him home in Richie's arms, to say goodbye to his human and fur family and then we took that long last ride.
To say we are devastated is an understatement. This boy, though with us such a short time, made a immense impact on us all. I have never felt more connected to a dog in my life, and we have had some great ones. Our love for him was profound and now our sense of loss is as well.
I just want to add that he was smart, always doing his job of protecting, loving and filled with enthusiasm for life. Every morning he would be so excited, big tail knocking everything down and pushing into me for affection. I would always say with the enthusiasm he gave me, 'Good morning beautiful boy, good morning my Samson!' :)"
Pulled from one of the worst (and highest kill) shelters in CA, Tommy (one of our first "golden" shepherds ~ at left above in happier times) found forever in August of 2011. Sadly, he was lost to cancer in 2015.
|ICE (formerly Ajo)|
Ice was pulled from the Ajo substation of Pima County AC&C and adopted by his forever family in 2011. Sadly, he was lost to bloat in July 2015.
|CRYSTAL (formerly Christol)|
Crystal & best friend Gem
Don & Dawn J
Pulled from a California shelter after her owners surrendered her due to a move, Crystal was transported to Arizona and quickly found joy with a new family in early 2011. Her forever was not as long as we hoped it would be ... she was diagnosed with IMHA (Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia) in October of 2014 and her heartbroken family made the difficult decision to let her go. According to her folks, "She was a beautiful, sweet girl. Her fur-sister, Gem will also miss her very much. They were so close & great friends.
Thank-you for taking this beautiful girl in that she became a part of our family. We will all miss her."
|DEXTER (aka Gentle Ben)|
We are saddened beyond works to hear that our "Gentle Ben" (adopted in 2003 and renamed "Dextranamous Blanc Duke of Dogmalia") passed away in his sleep on September 4, 2014. Dexter and his young owner, Hannah, went everywhere together.
Adopted in December of 2006, Toni lost her battle to cancer in July of 2014. From her adoptive family, "Last week, Toni lost her battle to Cancer of the spleen and liver. We are missing her greatly and she was a cherished member of our family for the past 7 1/2 years. She leaves behind her WGSD companion Charlie who is missing her greatly!
Toni was a sweet little girl who loved to swim in the pool and she took many trips to the dog beach in San Diego where she loved to play and swim in the surf! She loved life and really had a good 'ole time.
Thank you for bringing her into our lives. Toni will be forever in our hearts."
Rod and Gina
Toni's parents have made a generous donation to our rescue in memory of Toni. Thank you!
Pulled from a Tucson shelter near death by devoted mom Sara, senior Bronco wasn't expected to last the week, let alone three and a half years. He had the best years of his life thanks to Sara. The patriach of her pack will be sorely missed. Fare well, old man.
Pulled from the Lied shelter in Las Vegas in 2008, Pearl was fostered and ultimately adopted by our dear friends Becky and Phil in 2010. She was a character without comparison and loved beyond words. You will be missed by all who knew you...
She loved her dad...
...and Lay's potato chips
Dressed for Halloween
Definitely the queen
Celebrating her birthday in 2014
Our condolences to WGSDR volunteer and dear friend, Traci, on the loss of her adopted white GSD Zack (adopted from WGSDR in 2006). We couldn't have asked for a better home or a more loving owner for one of our furkids. Thank you, Traci.
|SHEBA (Formerly Beckie from Lied in Vegas)|
Adopted by her foster dad Ralph in February 2008, Sheba led the life of a queen until her sudden demise in January 2014
Adopted in January 2008 ~ lost to cancer July 2013
Our condolences go out to adopters Amaya & Aitana on the loss of Shawnee, who came to us after our staff member did a Petfinder search (for no particular reason), and found a white GSD in a shelter in Idaho by the name of Shawnee. Having lost contact with her dear friend in Idaho who had a white GSD by the name of Shawnee exactly the same age, the struggle was on to identify Shawnee (she was, in fact, the friend's dog), reclaim Shawnee (our staff member was actually her co-owner) and bring her to Arizona. Upon arriving in Phoenix, Shawnee met and stole the hearts of Amaya and her family in February 2004. Farewell, sweet girl. We wish you as much happiness as you have brought to your family...
Our condolences to WGSDR volunteer and dear friend, Traci, and to Zack (adopted from WGSDR in 2006) on the loss of their kitty friend, Basia
Carie Grace was found in a California shelter in September 2012, being held as "evidence" in an abuse/neglect case -- but what the shelter did was far worse than Carie Grace's owner ever did...they sat back and watched her grow worse every day.
We were finally able to secure Carie Grace's release! Thanks to Tric who stepped up to foster Carie Grace in California until she was well enough for transport.
In late November, Carie Grace was transported from California to Phoenix and into the arms of her anxiously awaiting foster mom, Dorothy. Under Dorothy's care, Carie Grace thrived and became a beautiful, loving senior. Ultimately, Dorothy made the decision to adopt Carie Grace, and we couldn't have been happier.
Carie Grace died on the evening of December 2, 2013, in the loving hands of her foster/adoptive mom Dorothy. We know, without a doubt, that Carie Grace was loved more in the last year of her life than she ever had been. God speed, beautiful girl. Our best gift to you was your new mom, Dorothy. No one could have loved you more...
|JINGLES (formerly Jennie)|
Jingles came to us from The Animal Foundation of Las Vegas. She came very close to being a "foster failure" for one of our staff members, but was ultimately adopted in December of 2004 by her forever mom Kristie. Jingles lead a life we can only dream of for our rescue dogs. Rest in Peace, Jingles. We hope there are tennis balls in heaven... From Jingles' forever mom, "It is with great sadness that I tell you Jingles crossed the Rainbow Bridge today. She was a wonderful companion to my every day for 9 years. Her unconditional love, goofy personality, and all the joy she brought me will always be remembered.
Thank you, Nancy, for helping me adopt Jingles." Kristie
CHRISTMAS 2013: Jingles' mom has made a donation to White GSD Rescue in her memory: "In memory of my beautiful white princess. you live on in my heart."
Saved from death by a fellow rescue group, we were asked to take Freddy on in January of 2013. Once Sara spotted him, she had to have him...she gave him the best 10 months of his life. No dog could have asked for more. Bye, bye, Freddy. We'll see you again.
Carson came to us in January of 2005 from a high kill shelter in California
Carson on day of rescue and on adoption day
No dog could have been more loved
In 2009, Carson was inducted into the White German Shepherd Dog Club International's Hall of Fame for saving the life of his adoptive family
Carson lost his battle with cancer in August 2013 ~ we will miss your big heart ... you are our hero. Rest in Peace gallant one. From his mom, Jean, "Thank you again for the work that you do and for giving me the opportunity to feel the joy and happiness this boy brought into my life and the unconditional love he has always shown."
Carson's mom, Jean, has made a donation to White GSD Rescue in Carson's honor. Thank you, Jean. You gave Carson the home we had hoped for for him.
Teton came to us after a California breeder placed him in northern California and then failed to keep track of him. After being placed by another rescue, then turned in to a kill shelter, Teton found his way to White German Shepherd Rescue in early 2009, and ultimately to his forever home. We are saddened beyond words to learn that Teton's forever was cut short due to lymphoma on July 3, 2013. No dog could have asked for more love than Teton found with his forever family. Rest in Peace sweet boy. You will be missed...
Pulled from a high kill shelter in Las Vegas at the age of four, Zena found forever in early 2006. She was sent to the bridge on December 13, 2012. Safe journey brave girl.
Reborn 8/15/10 - 11/15/12
After Luke's owner was sent to prison, so was Luke. He wound up at the Carrollton, Texas shelter, with little hope of survival...until his Guardian Angels came together to save him.
Allison spotted Luke and asked for our help
He was flown to Flagstaff from
Carrollton in the fall of 2010
When Sara saw him, she knew she had to have him...
...the rest of the family agreed
Hurry, mom, I hear the ice cream man coming!
Doin' the "shepherd shuffle" with mom
His life with his new family may not have been the longest, but it was the best time of his life. No dog could have been more loved...
Picked up in Wickenburg in July of 2005 after her owner passed away, shy little Chekota found sanctuary with the Eisen family until her passing on October 28, 2012, at the age of 11. Kota's parents, Marc and Eileen, have made a donation to WGSDR in her memory for which we are eternally grateful.
|SHANE (formerly Amos)|
Rescued from the Apache Junction shelter in January of 2008, Amos found his forever family (and a new name) with the Daniels just a few months later. He left for Rainbow Bridge on October 7, 2012, after suffering a suspected hermangiosarcoma. We're sure the others heard you coming at the Bridge...we'll see you again one day.
Rescued from the Arizona Humane Society early in the summer of 2010, White GSD Rescue staff members fought hard for Scout's life when he became very ill shortly thereafter. After many weeks, Scout finally showed signs of improvement and, miracle of miracles, he was adopted by Sarah in early September. Our joy was to be relatively short lived when, on August 7, 2012, less than 2 years after finding his forever mom, Scout was sent to the bridge after a diagnosis of advanced bone cancer. He and Sarah spent his last morning enjoying a walk through the park together -- with Scout on heavy doses of steroids and pain medication -- after which Sarah held Scout as he left us. Be well, sweet boy.
11/11/2003 - 2/5/2012
Dumped at the eastside shelter as a puppy in the summer of 2004, Kori showed us the meaning of the old saying..."One man's trash is another man's treasure."
Soon after her rescue, it was discovered that Kori had megaesophagus (a deformity of the esophagus that makes eating difficult and throwing up a way of life). Her chances for adoption seemed slim...until Sara found her.
Kori passed away in her sleep at almost 9 years of age. The life expectancy of a "mega dog" is 2 years. Kori beat all the odds and was truly her mom's treasure.
She learned to eat standing on her hind legs...
...and was spoiled by her mom
Against all odds, she grew into a beautiful adult
She guarded her home against all intruders
From time to time she'd borrow mom's car to take Ohso and Qapa for ice cream
And always stood watch for mom to come home from work
We will miss you, Kori Doodle
|RUDI (formerly Randy)|
We have told the story often of the day long ago when we conducted Rudi (then Randy's) home visit in 2004. The home was immaculate...not a speck of dust or dog hair to be found. To our staff member, this did not bode well for a GSD that sheds year-round. The potential adopter sat on the kitchen floor with Rudi and began stroking his beautiful coat; our staff member winced as she saw the large ball of fur that was accumulating on Rudi's back...more with each stroke of her hand. We saw doom...but the adopter saw gold and began sprinkling the fur around the floor stating, "I've really missed dog hair." The adoption was approved on the spot. Rudi left for the Bridge in November 2010.
Logan and his mom, Lana, were rescued in December 2005. Logan immediately captivated Graeme and Valerie, who fostered then adopted the little white ball of energy. Sadly, Logan was lost to Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia on February 4, 2011.
"Logan you made us smile everyday and we will miss your smiling, happy eyes and wet kisses. You gave us so much in your short life and we will never forget you." Love, Mom, Dad & fursister Spice
Adopted from our rescue in November of 2004, Capri (formerly Isis) led the life of a queen until her untimely death in late January 2011 from a ruptured splenetic mass. Her mom, Jen, and furbrother Duke are lost without her.
Baby was adopted by her forever family in April of 2007. She was their pride and joy, and they treated her like a princess. In the winter of 2010, the family home was foreclosed upon, and the family was forced to move into a rental that did not allow dogs. Faced with the prospect of returning Baby Girl to our rescue, the family pleaded with their new landlord and scraped together the cash to allow Baby Girl to move with them. All was well, but Baby Girl did not understand the move and, as her German Shepherd loyalty compelled her to do, she tried to return to the former family home. Her family frantically searched for her; she was found by the side of the road, still wearing her Christmas sweater. Christmas was not joyful in this family's home this year.
Adopted from our rescue in 2005, "Sasha developed from quite a fearful state to being a calm but nicely timid friend. Our daily walks were a wonderful way to start or end the day. Not surprisingly, because of her beauty she provided a positive moment in the lives of the many, many people we met on the walks or pulled their cars over and commented on what a beautiful dog she was! Since Charlene works from home, Sasha was always ready to be a friend when things got frustrating with work and in any case always made Charlene and me happy simply by her presence. We miss her greatly, but have wonderful memories." (With love from her forever folks, Ken & Charlene)