Maxeen: GSP Rescue of NJ Foster

On Friday night, October 26, 2018, Brian and I were on our way out the door to go to dinner when we got a call about someone in our area who wanted to surrender their German Shorthaired Pointer, and wanted the dog out of the home as soon as possible.  GSP Rescue of NJ had a foster family who quickly stepped up to foster, so all we needed to do was pick up the dog and have her as our guest for the weekend until the foster family could pick her up.

We contacted the owner, and postponed our dinner plans.

We met Maxeen in the owners home.  Her owner told us that Maxeen is 15 months old, and was purchased as a hunting dog.  Maxeen did not have any interest in hunting, and spent a lot of time in her crate.  Since her owner was avid hunter, and knew he could not give Maxeen the time she needed, he thought it was best to re-home her.  After proper paperwork was filled out, we brought Maxeen back home with us.

 We weighed her in on the antique scale, as we do with all of our fosters…

Maxeen was amazing.  Super affectionate, crate trained, house trained, and very eager to please!

Maxeen went with her foster family on Sunday.  In a few days, that family decided they were interested in adopting her.  Before the adoption was official, however, Maxeen and the foster family’s resident dog had a few issues with getting along.  It was determined that Maxeen was not a good fit for the foster family to adopt – and in everyone’s best interest, it was determined that the ideal situation was to find Maxeen another foster. Rather than have Maxeen go through another adjustment getting used to another family, we decided to take Maxeen back to our house until she found a forever home.

On November 27th, we picked Maxeen up again to take her in as our longer-term foster.

Maxeen is smart, full of energy, and willing to please!

GSP Rescue of NJ had many approved applicants waiting to add a fur-kid to their family.  However, that list was greatly narrowed down knowing that Maxeen was best fit to be an only-dog.

When we spoke to the family we thought was the best match for Maxeen, we knew immediately that they’d love her like we would!  They drove 3 hours to come meet her on December 8, 2018 , and as soon as they came through the door, Maxeen greeted them both with lots of kisses.

We all knew immediately that Maxeen’s forever family had been found, and Maxeen’s Christmas wish had come true!  Her family took her home with them that day.

Merry Christmas, Maxeen and family!


Agatha: GSP Rescue of NJ Foster

Agatha is a three year-old German Shorthaired Pointer who was found as a stray in Northern New Jersey.  GSP Rescue of NJ stepped in to help this sweet girl.  Agatha was on stray-hold for a week, and then was spayed by the rescue’s vet in North Jersey.


On November 16th, we drove north about an hour to a turnpike rest-stop to meet a fellow rescue volunteer who offered to transport Agatha so we didn’t have to drive as far to pick her up.

Agatha had a stuffed monkey to help her heal from her surgery.

Once we met her in person, we quickly agreed that Agatha looked more like an English Pointer than a German Shorthaired Pointer.


Another fellow GSP Rescue volunteer who had seen our pictures of Agatha on our Facebook, fell in love, and decided to adopt her!

One of my students fell in love with Agatha and drew her picture as a gift to her forever family.

Just a few days later, on the night before Thanksgiving, the rescue volunteer and her husband came to meet Agatha, and took her home!

Happy Thanksgiving, Agatha and Family!



Lilly’s Painting

Remember our Pointer Rescue, Org foster, Lilly ?

Well JJ Kelley, who drove a part of her transport from TN to NJ, painted her from a photo her new FURever family took of Lilly and her new Bro-fur!

JJ Kelley plans to sell her paintings, and donate 50% of sales price to various rescues, fosters, and other groups involved in rescuing pets!

You can see the full post here: Bluej Imagery & Art

Tennessee Whiskey (AKA “Wish 181011-P-B-TN “)

Wish is a Lemon and White Pointer who was surrendered to an over-full kill-shelter at the age of (approximately) 4.5 months in Tennessee because she didn’t quite cut it as a young bird dog.

She was in a very urgent situation, so Pointer Rescue Organization stepped in to help this sweet pup. We dropped off our foster dog, Lilly, on her transport to her forever home on May 19, 2018 and picked up Wish on her transport from Tennessee the very next day on on May 20, 2018.

Picking up Wish from her long transport:

Immediately upon her arrival at  our home, we could tell she had little-to-no human contact.  In fact, she didn’t even respond to human voices, had no bite inhibition, and was extremely wild.  We knew we had a lot of work ahead of us!

Soon after Wish arrived, she had to be put on “medical hold” for adoption for several reasons.  First, after Brian and I examined her on our own, we noticed that she was limping on her right leg.  After an orthopedic consultation, X-rays showed she had an abnormal shoulder joint. The specialist said it looked like it was most likely caused by an old compression fracture of the scapula. Unfortunately there is no surgical correction for this.  Due to this untreated injury, we were told that Wish shouldn’t be pushed beyond normal activity – which meant that she would not be able to be a running partner, a hiker, or a hunting buddy ( a lot of the reasons people adopt Pointers like Wish). It was also noted that she did have a little pain on hyper-extension of her shoulder.  If she develops arthritis or increase lameness in the future, amputation would be the best option.  Secondly, we had also noticed that all of her lymph nodes were swollen.  We had tests done to explore this issue, and luckily, the testing did not indicate any cancer.  The test did show, however, that this very young pup had gone through some major traumatic illness.  Her swollen lymph nodes could also remain a chronic issue.  Next, we also observed that Wish had constant diarrhea.  We tried every home remedy and medication out there before putting her on a prescription diet.  The prescription diet combined with an antibiotic seemed to regulate her somewhat, but this, too, would be a possible chronic problem. Lastly, Once Wish settled, in and became a bit more comfortable with our pack, she began to display a lack of pack manners.  She would need to be slowly integrated into a pack, and closely watched, as she jumped on the other dogs, nibbled on their ears, and did not respond at all to warnings or even corrections from the other dogs.  In the meantime, we discovered that Wish also had major separation anxiety, and could not be in the crate more than a few minutes without having an accident.  The above medical and behavioral problems made it more difficult to find an adoptive home for her, so she had remained with us for several months.

Although any dog we have brought into our home is immediately loved as if they have always been a part of our family, we had spent several months with Wish, and became very attached to her, despite her medical and behavioral issues. Wish also seemed to be very happy at our home.  She became very attached to Limoncello, and wanted to be wherever Cello was – even if it meant jumping in the lake to be with her!  Wish began jumping off of our dock into the lake to get to Limoncello – something an English Pointer doesn’t usually do!

On National Dog Day, August 26, 2018, while at a dock diving event in Canada, we made the decision to officially adopt Wish into our family as “Tennessee Whiskey!”  Welcome home, baby girl!

You can click HERE to see pictures of Whiskey’s Journey from being dumped in the kill shelter… to traveling all the way from Tennessee to New Jersey …to being adopted by us.  And of course, you can now follow her adventures both here, as well as on all our social media pages:   FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, and YOUTUBE !

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On April 15, 2018, Brian and I picked up our first Pointer Rescue, Org foster dog, Lilly.

Lilly is an orange and white English Pointer, and was found as a stray in Tennessee.  This (approximately) 2-year old Pointer ended up in a very urgent situation in an over-full kill-shelter.  Luckily , Pointer Rescue stepped in to help her!

These are Lilly’s shelter intake photos:

Meeting Lilly when we picked her up on her transport!


Welcome to your foster home and the start of a new life, Lilly!

Lilly was THE sweetest dog!  She was an extremely easy foster, as she had no issues being in a crate, was dog friendly, and learned commands quickly.  We did have to work very hard to slowly add some healthy weight to her, as by the time she got to us, she was very thin.

Lilly was so broken and neglected when she arrived … but the “after” results in a photo and what we see person are an amazing transformation.  It’s mind boggling to me how people can mistreat animals. The fact that these dogs can love and trust humans again after all they’ve been through just proves to me what amazing souls they are!  We are so happy we were able to help Lilly, but even more honored that we got to call her family for a temporary time.

You can click HERE to see Lilly’s freedom ride from the Tennessee shelter to us in New Jersey.  The album documents her time with us until she was adopted.

Thinking about fostering?  Pointer Rescue, Org is always looking for fosters so they can help more Pointers in need! Click HERE to apply to volunteer!

Penelope, The English Pointer

The rescue we volunteer for, GSP Rescue of NJ, covers all of New Jersey, parts of New York, and assist other recognized out-of-state GSP rescues in urgent situations. In addition to rehoming GSPs, they also work with owners to help them with any issues they may have with them.  In emergency situations, the rescue will also reach out to help English Pointers.

GSP Rescue of NJ offered to help a female English Pointer, known as Penelope.  Although the rescue was willing to help this poor girl who was found as a stray, our foster homes were full, and there was no one available to foster her.  This meant that Penelope could find herself in a shelter.  Although we do not usually foster, we decided that we just couldn’t let this skinny pretty girl end up in a shelter. On March 3, 2016, we committed to fostering Penelope so that she could begin her road to recovery.

She was transported to the rescue’s vet, and was examined.  Penelope was emaciated, appeared to have had many litters, had a lump on her neck, and severely damaged and rotted teeth.  She also had a cut on her tail and her belly.  While at the vet, she was supposed to have dental work done, and also be spayed.  The dental work took so long, that not all needed teeth could be pulled, and the spay could not be performed due to the length of time she was under anesthesia.  She had a total of 6 teeth pulled.  The vet set her up with a future appointment for continuation of dental, her spay, and removal and biopsy of the lump on her neck.

Another rescue volunteer, Mandy, was nice enough to pick Penelope up from the vet and meet me half way to cut down on my 2 hour drive-time.

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Penelope was a great passenger, and rested calmly for her ride to our home.

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Once home, we introduced her to each of our fur-kids individually on lead by meeting out on the street and taking a short walk together.  After the initial greetings were over, we gave her some time to explore the yard on her own before we settled her down in a crate.

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In just the first night and day that we spent with Penelope, we got her to sit for a treat, and sit-stay for a picture.  She does not appear to know basic commands, but is very food-driven and eager to please.  She did wonderfully in her crate, ate well, and slept soundly.

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We introduced her to our cat, Loki, and she seemed to be just fine with him.

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We also introduced her to fellow rescue friends Jen and Grace’s male English Pointer (Penelope LOVED him!) as well as our friends’ two GSP puppies.  She did amazing with all the dogs, and had a very fun-filled, exhausting day!



We will be fostering Penelope until she has her vetting complete, and can be adopted.

Click HERE to view a public photo album of Penelope!


Update!  Penelope has been adopted – by US!  Meet Señorita Margarita!

Beautiful Bella, the German Shorthaired Pointer Puppy

We received a post from the GSP Rescue of NJ about an owner-surrender situation.  Someone had purchased a GSP puppy from Tennesee, not having researched the breed very well.  The puppy arrived to NJ at 8 weeks of age, and 8 weeks later, the owner was in over their head.  They could not provide this pup with an appropriate amount of exercise to diminish the GSP puppy craziness, so they decided to surrender the puppy to our rescue.  As soon as I read 16 week old female puppy, I could not help myself!  We agreed to foster this baby until a forever family was found for her.

On October 17th we picked Bella up from her home.


We immediately fell in love with Bella!  She was loving, playful, and got along with Cello and Hooch so well!  We actually gave thought to adopting her ourselves!


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…having fun and being a happy puppy!

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In just 6 short days, Bella was adopted by a family that lives not too far from us.  We hope to get all our pups together for play-dates often!

Bella is now known as Pepper, and is just loving her new life!! She is living with an AMAZING family who just adores her, has a HUGE yard to run all that GSP energy off, and has (2) very beautiful and loving 2-legged sisters, and (1) 4-legged sister named Mocha.  Mocha is a Viszla/Weimaraner mix who looks like Cello’s twin!

Mocha and Pepper:


Pepper is a very lucky gal to have found such an awesome home, and we are so thankful for having met her new wonderful forever family! We are SO happy for Pepper!

German Shorthaired Pointers are often discarded, given up, abandoned, and returned due to their high energy level and strong hunting drive.  Some are discarded by hunters because  they won’t hunt, or they may be “gun-shy.”   We have fallen in love with this often misunderstood breed. ..So…Cello, Hooch, Brian, and I have been volunteering for the GSP Rescue of NJ.  We have made phone calls to vets for background checks and references, visited GSPs in shelters to evaluate them and offer the help of the GSP rescue, called potential adopters for initial screening and application review, transported GSPs to their foster homes, temporarily fostered, and have done home inspections for potential adopters.  Cello and Hooch have even volunteered as donation dogs, wearing a donation vests and “working the crowd” with their cuteness at events such as the Ocean County Gunning and Decoy Show in Tuckerton, NJ.

Live in the NJ/NY area and want to help GSPs in need?  Contact our rescue today!

Want to help dogs in your area but don’t know how? Click HERE to see just some of the ways you can help!

Thinking of a GSP?  Think rescue! The National GSP Rescue lists regional GSP rescue groups across the United States and Canada. If you are interested in adoption, volunteering, or would like information on how to surrender your dog to rescue (Please do not surrender GSPs to a shelter or abandon them!!!!), please contact the group that covers your state or region.  If there is no contact listed for your state, you can email the National GSP Rescue at .

A GSP rescue will help match you up with the perfect GSP for your family!