My name is Aristoo (Ari)!

German Shepherd Dog Dog for adoption in Pleasant Grove, California - Aristoo (Ari)
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German Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento Valley

Facts about Aristoo (Ari)

  • Breed: German Shepherd Dog
  • Color: Black - With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn
  • Age: Young
  • Size: X-Large 101 lbs (46 kg) or more
  • Sex: Male
"Aristoo" (Ari) is a big (100-lbs), handsome 15-mos old neutered male GSD with a great temperament but who is still a rambunctious, goofy puppy. Ari needs a person who is capable of handling Ari's considerable strength and energy and who has the time and patience to channel Ari's exuberance into positive behavior. Also, Ari needs an active home in which he will receive considerable exercise and hopefully outdoor, off-leash activities.

Ari is outgoing and friendly with strangers--far from the stoic, reserved stereotype of a GSD. Though he is not aggressive, he is intimidating merely from his size and deep bark. See the video elsewhere on this page showing how friendly Ari was with Jenn, the woman who evaluated Ari for GSRSV in Redding on Nov. 5. Ari is fine with children, but he is so big without awareness of his own strength that we don't recommend he be paired with kids under the age of 10.

Ari is great with other dogs, including small dogs. Ari presently lives with a 4-mos old female GSD who he is very affectionate with. Ari loves to play with other dogs and plays rough with lots of vocalization in the traditional GSD manner. He is actually on the submissive side and will seek the protection of his owner if another dog approaches him in an aggressive manner.

Ari has not been around cats, so we will only consider a home without cats for him.

Ari is housetrained and has never had an accident indoors. He sleeps uncrated, but sometimes chooses to rest in the open crate. He is well behaved inside for the most part, but does steal papers and tissue off the counter to eat them. He has been through several obedience training classes with his owner, but still jumps up on her when is excited and sometimes piddles out of excitement or fear.

Ari pulls strong on leash so needs somebody strong enough to control him. However, he has good off-leash recall. He rides well in a car and remains calm when left alone in the car for extended periods of time.

Ari loves to play with balls and plush toys but destroys the latter.

Ari's owner purchased him at eight weeks of age. She is seeking a new home for Ari because he is simply too strong and strong-willed a dog for her to handle.

GSRSV has evaluated Ari and is and is placing him as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Ari through its adoption program while his owner continues to care for him.

Ari is located in Shasta Lake, just north of Redding. His adoption fee is $260.

About German Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento Valley

About Our Rescue Group...

German Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento Valley (GSRSV) is an organization dedicated to finding good homes for German Shepherd Dogs (GSDs) at risk of being placed in shelters, or who are already in shelters and possibly facing euthanasia. GSRSV is an independent rescue organization operated by one individual: Brian Foran. Though countless volunteers and benefactors have supported--and continue to support--GSRSV, I run and primarily fund the program, as I have since February 2001. 

Donate to Our Rescue Group...

GSRSV became a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization in March 2013. All donations to GSRSV are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Since February 2001, Brian Foran has funded GSRSV primarily on his own. Donations have played--and continue to play--a huge part in keeping GSRSV afloat, as adoption fees are a drop-in-the-bucket compared with the costs of running a large rescue program.
To make a monetary donation, please go to the donation page on GSRSV's Website: Thanks for your support!

Come Meet Our Pets...

Because I am an independent rescuer caring for many dogs, I am presently unable to conduct regular adoption or "meet & greet" events.

I only arrange for people to meet the dogs that I have available for adoption after I have discussed the dog and have received an adoption questionnaire from them.

Our Adoption Process...

1. View my dogs available for adoption, either on this Website or on our own Website ( I also list German Shepherds and German Shepherd mixes for other rescue groups and inviduals on my Website.

2. Contact Brian Foran at 916-655-3125 or to discuss the particular dog(s) that you're interested in.

3. Complete my adoption questionnaire. It is a downloadable Microsoft Word file on the page of my Website titled "How to Adopt a Dog through GSRSV." If possible, return the questionnaire via e-mail.

4. Go see the dog you're interested in--at my rescue facility, at the home of the dog's foster caretaker, or at the home of the dog's owner.

5. If you decide to adopt a dog, I will have you sign my adoption contract and pay the appropriate adoption fee, which varies between $300 to $100, depending on the age of the dog and whether it is a purebred GSD or not. This fee includes spaying or neutering, rabies and distemper/parvo vaccinations, heartworm check, and a 6-month supply of heartworm preventative. The adoption contract is on the same page of my Website as is the adoption questionnaire.