My name is Rainier!

German Shepherd Dog/Collie Mix Dog for adoption in San Diego, California - Rainier
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Coastal K9 German Shepherd Rescue San Diego

Facts about Rainier

  • Breed: German Shepherd Dog/Collie Mix
  • Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn - With White
  • Age: Senior
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 9230740
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Here’s an update on Rainier.  He currently is taking four medications for his pemphigus, the auto-immune disease.  The medications have made a major difference in Rainier’s health.  The tip of his nose is still a little raw, but certainly without blood.  Soaking his kibble longer makes his food very soft which has given the inside of his mouth time to heal.    He still bumps into things, but he is learning to keep his nose pointed down so that he bumps his forehead and not his nose.  It hasn’t been easy dealing with his issues, but he always seems to be smiling and when he wags that huge fluffy tail your heart just melts.  So, how can I resist?  He’s always in a good mood. 


Like all of my shepherds, Rainier likes to follow me around the yard.  This is good exercise for him and he certainly needs that.  The prednisone has made weight loss difficult.  Any new exercise for the big fluffy dog is welcome!  Well, maybe. His latest thing is chasing the peacocks.  I had heard that he used to chase chickens, but because he is blind, I wasn’t very concerned about my birds.  The first time Rainier was distracted by the peacocks I stopped dead in my tracks.  How awful it would be if he actually caught a peacock or one of the chicks!  But after watching Rainier on several occasions, it seems unlikely that he’ll ever catch one.  The birds cluck, cluck, cluck when frightened as warning to the rest of the flock.  Apparently Rainier focuses on that sound because I see him following the birds, weaving between vehicles and around the walls without bumping into anything.  The peacocks look like roadrunners as they trot ahead of the fluffy dog.  When Rainier gets too close, the birds fly up and away. They don’t fly far, only about twenty feet, but definitely out of reach. Rainier stops and turns his head.  When he hears the clucking of another bird, his tail flies up as if a flag at a NASCAR Race and he trots off after the new sound. Around and around the driveway they go until Rainier becomes winded.  Then he has to come into the house to rest and catch his breath.  That old adage about exercise is true for Rainier: he does it longer and with more enthusiasm when it’s fun.


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The minimum adoption donation ranges from $300 to $400. This amount only partially covers the cost of veterinary care, boarding fees, and other miscellaneous expenses involved in the temporary care and adoption of our dogs and is 100% tax deductible.

Prior to placement, all dogs will be spayed or neutered, receive current vaccinations, and are usually microchipped. If not, arrangements will be made on an individual basis. Special consideration may be given to those willing to adopt older dogs or dogs with physical problems.

Our adoption process begins with completing an application on-line. A phone screening will soon follow, and lastly a home visit will be conducted by our volunteers.

We show our dogs at adoption events every weekend! Check our our website to see where we'll be next! Coastal German Shepherd Rescue of Southern California is a non-profit 501(c)3 public charity dedicated to finding loving homes for abandoned German Shepherds. Your tax deductible donations go to support these very deserving animals. Coastal was formed to serve communities in the counties of San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles and the Inland Empire. We are committed to finding loving permanent homes for the orphaned dogs in our care. Coastal is an all volunteer, no-kill, 501 (c) 3 non profit organization.

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Our Adoption Process...

Home visit and phone interview