My name is Grizzly!

German Shepherd Dog Dog for adoption in Pleasant Grove, California - Grizzly
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German Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento Valley

Facts about Grizzly

  • Breed: German Shepherd Dog
  • Color: Black
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
"Grizzly" is a large, handsome 1¾-yo (born 10-6-15) neutered male GSD who is very devoted, protective, and obedient. Grizzly is very attached to his 19-yo owner Tony, who lives with his parents. He is also fine with Tony's friends who are familiar to him, with Tonys' dad Joe, and with Tony's sister.

Grizzly has been somewhat insecure since he was a puppy, showing fear of other dogs and strangers as early as a week after he was brought home from a breeder. As he has grown older, his insecurity has manifested itself as aggression at times. He has become very protective of his territory, and has charged at a few people inside the house. Joe's wife has a fear of dogs and Grizzly has reacted to that and bit her one night when she caught him off guard.

Grizzly takes a long time to develop trust of new people, but once he does, he's very affectionate. Grizzly was brought to a board & train facility in Hollister for a week in May, and it took him 3-4 days to warm up to the female trainer there. Once he did warm up, though, he was reportedly like "a lap dog." The trainer felt that Grizzly needs an adopter who is willing to spend a lot of time with him, emphasizing positive reinforcement. I agree.

Grizzly lives with an 8-yo female Beagle mix and is fine with her. It is new dogs that he has issues with. Grizzly did charge aggressively towards some of the GSRSV dogs at my rescue ranch, but each time retreated immediately upon my voice correction. Tony was not vocally rebuking Grizzly, which is likely the primary reason that Grizzly has developed poor social skills w/ other dogs. There were never any fights nor did Grizzly even bite any of the dogs. Eventually, Grizzly became accustomed to the other dogs and no longer charged at them. In fact, he became quite comfortable with the other dogs and allowed them to approach Tony's dad Joe with no problem while I sat across from him. (Tony remained in the car, as Grizzly is much more protective of Tony than he is of Joe.)

In my opinion, Grizzly's aggressiveness towards strange dogs is primarily fear-based, and could be overcome with a combination of regular socialization and a firm, in-control owner. Grizzly is actually not very reactive towards other dogs when he's being walked on leash, though Joe does put Grizzly into a "down/stay" when other dogs are visible in order to ensure that Grizzly does not get worked up.

Grizzly is housetrained and well behaved inside. He rides great in the car. He walks well on leash and is quick to obey commands.

Grizzly is definitely a "project dog", and at that, one that only a person with considerable GSD experience should consider taking on. He is worth it, though. If you saw the devotion Grizzly shows towards Tony, you would understand that Grizzly's capacity for love is what he is truly about.

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

Grizzly is located in Clayton, near Concord 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.