Memorials

Donate a minimum of $25 today, and Coastal German Shepherd Rescue will post your favorite photo of your pet, family member or friend with a caption to honor or memorialize them. For a $50 or more donation, we will also name a rescued dog in their Honor or Memory. What better way to remember the loss of a cherished pet or loved one or honor your current pets, friends or family members than to save a dog and help give it a chance for a new home and a happy life with a new family?

Once you have made your donation, send us an email. You may attach a photo and a tribute which we will post online with information about your sponsored dog.

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Mail your donation directly to:

Coastal German Shepherd Rescue
P.O. Box 50726
Irvine, California 92619-0726

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Beau

Beau
Beau crossed the Rainbow Bridge in the loving arms of his best friend, Suzanne on December 1, 2008.
Walk tall and proud
Mr. Beau,
love will carry you across!

Betty Lou Bredemus

Betty Lou Bredemus
In loving memory of Betty Lou Bredemus.
Loving mom, grandma and animal advocate.

Billie

Billie
Billie was the 15 year old relinquished at Baldwin Park for being too old. The poor thing was crying her heart out in the shelter. I was able to convince my husband to foster her. She came to me skin & bones.
It took her 3 days to wag her tail at me. After that she started having a runny nose & cough. Upon physical exam a large mass was found in her abdomen in addition to the pneumonia.

In the few days with us she was able to tame my 14 year old Whiskey, who can be a real grouch! She was too sweet! I was so happy when she started going up the stairs to sleep with us in the bedroom!

We miss her so much! She passed away peacefully in my arms. She was so attached to me that there was no way I would leave her.

We were honored to have had her in our lives.

R.I.P Billie, we love you & will never forget you!

Billy Bones

Billy Bones
Billy Bones was an awesome dog. He passed into valhalla on Dec. 3, 2008 succumbing to pancreatic cancer. Everyone who met him loved him and his love was unconditional. He will be missed but never forgotten!

Boone

Boone
For Boone
My rescued best friend
I miss you still and always

March 31, 2002 - August 30, 2009

Cali McCormick

Cali McCormick
Sweet, bossy, always loved, dearly missed
In loving memory of

Cali McCormick
2001 – 2007

We are not done Me and Cali There are more times for us. She just got there first
Love from your mommy, Diane McCormick
PS Jake and Scooter miss their boss

Cassie

Cassie
On February 3, 2007, I adopted Cassie from Coastal GSR. Cassie captured my heart immediately. We bonded almost from the start, from my perspective. For her, it was when a friend’s dog attacked her. I reacted how most mothers would, throwing myself over Cassie to shield her. I know it was after this that I had earned Cassie’s trust. Cass was amazing…we were connected, soul mates. She loved car rides and playing with her tennis balls. Cassie was the perfect fit for me!
Over the last few months in 2011, Cassie, at nearly 14 years old, was losing the mobility of her hind legs. On Tuesday, November 15, 2011, the time came to put my beloved Cassie girl to rest. It was a beautiful day – just gorgeous. Before we went to the vet in the afternoon, we went for a drive to Solana Beach, where she enjoyed a visit at her Grandma Jo's house. Cassie loved being at her Grandma Jo's!

She passed that afternoon under the loving care of Dr. Switzer, with Grandma Jo and me by her side. Cass was ready, and went so peacefully. God is so good to have gifted me with such a beautiful canine companion! I can only imagine her in Heaven, happy, no longer suffering, playing with friends, and living the good life now!

Thank you to Suzanne, and the fine group at Coastal GSR. I appreciate all that you do to make this a great, worthwhile organization/community service. I will always be grateful.

Sincerely,
Dayna Darrow

Cooper

Cooper
Cooper was a beautiful dog with a personality only outsized by his heart and his love for Dave and Kris. He was more than just a dog, or just a pet – he their child, an equal member of their family. He loved camping and going for walks. But most of all he loved playing in the pool and playing fetch with his “Air-Dog.” Everyone who knew Cooper knew how sweet and loving he was. And those who didn’t know him knew how fierce and protective he was.
Cooper, you were a great friend, a good boy, a wonderful dog and a faithful companion. The only thing you couldn't say about Cooper was that he was "Just A Dog"

We will miss you!

Dakota

Dakota
She was born May 2001 and transitioned on July 2, 2010.

She lived a full and active life. She lived life to the fullest.

She is missed by her family every day. She was the best babysitter you could have. She has left her paw prints on all of our hearts.

Love is eternal only the form is temporary.

Still missing our Dakota,
The Frank Family

Dante

Dante
Dante was our first German Shepherd. We were lucky enough to have 11 years with this gentle soul. He touched the heart of everyone who met him.
He is deeply missed by our family.

Rest easy big guy.

Susan and Miles White
Bella, Thor and Red

Eddie

Eddie
In loving memory of "Eddie Mack"
You are loved, You are missed
You will live eternally in the hearts of
your Coastal
&
your FOREVER FAMILY

Victoria, Sidney, Hannah

With love,
Mandie and Legend

Edna Swiger

Edna Swiger
In Loving Memory
Edna Swiger
1941 - 2015

Edna Swiger

Edna Swiger
Beloved wife, mom, grandma, animal lover and friend.

Ellen Fischer

Ellen Fischer
In honor of Ellen Fischer, for her deep devotion to animals and continued support of rescue efforts.

The world is a better place with you in it!

You can read about Ellen's rescue of her beloved Roxy in this article in the OC Register.

Hailey Taggart

Hailey Taggart
July 2000 to May 2009
Hailey was our sweet girl who always brought us joy. She loved to go for walks and would always knock us over with her cute little nose as we would crouch down to get her leash. All of the kids in the neighborhood would stop us to pet and hug Hailey. She always wanted to be the first one out of the door and the first one back in. Hailey loved to go for car rides and would constantly sneak into the car while we were taking out the groceries. Coming home was always special because Hailey would greet us with a great big smile and a luxurious tail that would spin in circles. Hailey would like to sleep close to us and enjoyed weekend mornings in our bed with her head next to ours.

Hailey was a happy dog who made us very happy. We love her and will miss her every day.

Hailey's family:
Katie, Shawn and Kyle Taggart

Hasso

Hasso
In memory of Hasso, lost to cancer at the age of 7 years on 8/28/08. Hasso was the beloved companion of Michelle McLeod and her husband Malcolm MacIntosh and Dessa.
RIP Hasso!

Heidi

Heidi
Heidi came to me as a homeless dog on the streets in LA after she was picked up by Animal Control and was most surely to be euthanized. Thankfully CGSR stepped in and rescued her, and when I heard her story I was convinced she belonged with me. CSGR went out of their way to get her to me in Las Vegas, and she had two great years late in life, and was in her loving daddies arms when she crossed the bridge. I cannot wait to see her again!

Irene

Irene
Irene, we hardly knew you!
We tried to help this beautiful lady, but she was too sick to save!

RIP Sweet Girl
from the
"family you never knew!"

Jaeger

Jaeger
We made a donation to Coastal German Shepherd Rescue in honor of Jaeger!
Jaeger loves his friends at CGSR!
Jaeger and his family work diligently and enthusiastically to support this and other wonderful German Shepherd rescue organizations across the US and we are so proud to call them our friends!

Jaeger is an angel among us - he has overcome a battle with cancer and just celebrated his 10th birthday. Jaeger continues to bring joy and love to everyone he meets.

May God Bless Jaeger and all our animal angels!

Jericho

Jericho
Jericho Troy Mitchell-Gomez
3-3-2001 – 2-8-2017

What an amazing Best Friend! Thank you for 16 incredible years of adventures, crazy car rides & family road trips, visits to fast food drive-thrus, watching Wrestling PPV’s, rocking sweet tshirts and Halloween costumes and all the shenanigans with other family pups and being a partner in crime with Dom. Thank you for your unconditional love, smile, Big hugs and coming into our life!

Legend

Legend
Remembering LEGEND,
Connie’s Big Boy
Sweet, Smart, Handsome, and Loyal
An Ambassador of His Breed

Loved by All Who Knew Him
And Living on in Our Hearts

Louie

Louie
There are no words good enough for Louie.
This was one amazing dog; he had more love in him than can be expressed. When he looked up at me, it is like he knew what I was thinking. He was there for me through some of the worst times of my life - always by my side. I could not have made it without him. It may sound strange, but Louie helped me become who I am today - he will be a part of my soul forever and ever.

To my sweet, sweet Lou-Bear: I love you so much and you are missed terribly. Thank you for making my life better! Run free my little heart; and eat all the cookies you want!
~Mama

Max

Max
Meet the gentlest giant of them all! Max was a kind and quiet guy, the strong, silent type.
Unfortunately Max had a medical condition that took his life before were could find him a home.

RIP Max

Maximilian

Maximilian
Sometimes in rescue things don't always end up the way you plan as in life. We are here and doing this for a reason and Max was just one of many. We believe that we will rescue a dog in need and all will go as planned. They will get adopted and be loved forever, but that's not always how it goes.
They may look perfectly healthy on the outside but who knows what has happened in there life to make them sick. I bonded with Max pretty fast. He was so loving and sweet and tender to me. He was one of a kind and he will always have a place in my heart.

R.I.P baby boy and know that you were always loved.

McGoo

McGoo
May 1998 - January 2009
For 10 and a half years you were our beloved family dog. You were our trusted friend, snuggle partner, running partner, beach goer and mountain vacation dog. You will live on forever in our hearts!

Erin Stuart-Cayo
&
Family

Princess

Princess
July 5, 1994 – July 16, 2010
Thank you for coming into my life and being my best friend.

It was heartbreaking watching you slowly forget me and the world around you. But I know you’re having a blast with your old buddy, Dino, and causing all sorts of trouble again!

I miss you every day,
Krystyna Holc

Queenie

Queenie
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for losing our Queenie. This beautiful girl was not only neglected by her owner, but cruelly dumped in the shelter to die. We can only imagine the confusion and sadness she felt being left in such a horrible place by the person who was suppose to love her. We tried to help you and give you the life you deserved, but that was not to be. In the short time we knew you, Queenie, your Coastal family loved you and will remember you always. RIP sweet girl, you are free of the broken body that caused you so much pain.

Rambo

Rambo
July 1, 2003 to April 13, 2011
Remembering Rambo, the most considerate, handsome and sweet dog ever. Thank you for completing our family and being the light in our lives for 7 years and 10 months. We loved those amazing family walks, playing your favorite ball which you refused to give up and those evenings watching family movies with you resting on the couch next to us and those amazing family vacations with you. Although we are profoundly saddened that this devastating cancer called hemangiosarcoma had to take you away from us at such a young age, we try to remember all the wonderful times we had and what really matters is the quality of life, not quantity. We all loved you so much and you will eternally live in our hearts.
The Shao Family

Rambo was the center of my life, projects, he was the one person I could go home and talk to. He would sit there, understanding, compassionate, and adorable as ever. His loyalty, forgiveness, and sheer joy were remarkable, under any circumstances. If I was sick, or went through one of the worst days in my life, he would always be there to comfort me; usually by lapping and drying up my tears with his velvety head and soft tongue. He remains to be my inspiration, and I cannot bear to think how such a significant family member could’ve been taken away. His presence is warm and so apparent in the house, the new void is impossible to fill. I really hope that he can see us from Rainbow Bridge and knows that we will be united again…
Samantha Shao

Reno

Reno
Our 120 lb "Love Puppy"
We only had you for 6 years, but you will be in our hearts forever.

A "Man's Dog" (but he loved his mama), we were bonded forever when we locked eyes at the adoption event.

Someone didn't want you, their loss - my gain.
They wouldn't know a diamond if they held it in their hands.

See you on the other side Big Guy.

Todd

Riley

Riley
I didn’t pick Riley, he picked me. I had no intention of adopting a dog that day, We love dogs, would have a house full of them if we could, but with work, our daughter's school & extracurricular activities, it just didn’t seem like the right time. Then we met Riley. With his entire body pressed against the shelter gate, he said in a voice I swear only I could hear, “I promise, if you take me home I’ll be the best dog you’ve ever had.”
We saved Riley from being euthanized & for five wonderful years he kept his promise. Riley was the best dog ever & we were truly blessed to have him in our lives. He made our house a home & our family complete. As for having enough time for a pet, we found out we had more than enough, funny how there’s always time for love.

Thanks to Janice & Darryl Gary for making a generous donation to CGSR in Riley’s honor & to all who help dogs like Riley become someone’s “best dog ever.”

Rocky

Rocky
In memory of Rocky, my best friend, soulmate of the doggie world.
Rocky belonged to Jacque Stiles.

Rosie

Rosie
It is hard to describe how much Rosie taught me and how much I will miss her every day of my life. She was my first foster dog over nine years ago. To this day I don’t think I have ever had a foster dog that was as scared as she was. So when she finally began to trust me I just couldn’t make her start all over with someone new. She made me a full fledged member of the famous failed foster club. Rosie blossomed and turned into the most incredible dog and an ambassador for rescue dogs everywhere. She was a wonderful foster sister to countless other foster dogs and helped them adjust to life with a family. As long as I live I know I will never have another dog as special and as devoted to me as she was. Thank you for all the joy you brought to me and the wonderful memories I will always cherish. I will see you again my sweet beautiful girl, I love you.

Ryder

Ryder
From the very beginning, I viewed our friendship in philosophical, almost spiritual terms. It was no accident that our paths crossed. Ryder was meant to be my dog and I was meant to be Ryder's human. I felt very strongly that Ryder's job was to teach me things I did not know or had forgotten along the way. My job was to give Ryder the human love that had apparently eluded him. During our time together, I struggled to uncover what he came to teach.
In our last days together his lessons became clear. As I reflect on our time together, as I often will, I suspect I will uncover more of Ryder's wise gifts, but I offer them here as I know them today.
Ryder's Lessons
Human life is richer when shared with a dog.
An old dog can learn new tricks.
If you have the courage to give your love to another, it will be to another imprect being just like yourself.
God sends dogs to guide human beings to their better selves.
Life's greatest blessing is to give unqualified love and have it returned.

Thanks for everything, Big Dog.
Rest In Peace.

Shambles Eisele

Shambles Eisele
February 1993 - November 2008
Loved by the Eisele Family
her entire life!
Mark, Cari, Chad and Lauren Eisele

Tribute written by Lauren Eisele

"Shambles was an amazing dog because she would put up with Chad and I when we were smothering her. She would cuddle with us when we were lonely, lick us when we were scared and love us when we wanted her to love us. We loved her until the end! We now have Hina, a young. clumsy, figure of curiousity. A version of Shambles, only different."

Sir Riley Montgomery

Sir Riley Montgomery
1994 - 2008
A donation was made for Gideon’s care in memory of my beloved Riley who passed away in July.
Riley was my best buddy from the moment I adopted him more than 13 years ago, and I miss him dearly.

Please take good care of Gideon.

Rhonda & family

Tahoe

Tahoe
I made a donation for Gideon's care to honor my Akita Tahoe who is sitting by my feet right now. She is in remission after a long battle with cancer. So this gift is from her so that Gideon can recover. Please do all that you can to save Gideon, I was touched by his spirit.
Ken

Theodore aka "Tex"

Theodore aka "Tex"
My name is Theodore, I live in Texas, and although I am not a German Shepherd, I think that they are pretty cool. Hey, some of my best friends are German Shepherds'. They're kind of small, but they can really romp. I heard about Lil' Mercedes, and I just wanted you to know that I am rooting for her.

Thor

Thor
You came to us without a home, off the street where you did roam. We tried to find your family past, not one response left us aghast. You blended in you fit so well, a perfect match that words can't tell. You bonded tight with Simon-doo; his ties to you were noticed too. When it came his time to die, your pain was heard in your mournful cry.
Then along came Toby and Shooter as well, in your "den" you begged them dwell. You became our champion our guardian dear, with any adversity you had no fear. You loved to jump and climb and run, everything to you was loads of fun.

Though over time your pace would slow, your spirit soared and your drive would grow. You always tried to get it right; you tried so hard with all your might. And as your body began to ail, your will to please would never fail. And when that day did come for you, we saw in your eyes you knew it too. You fought the fight and gave your all, in your heart you were ten feet tall. We held you tight 'til your heart beat last, we could not believe your time had passed.

We miss the joy and play time with you, but now your play time is with Simon-doo. And when our time comes to pass, all those we've lost well see en-mass. A grand reunion is the wish of mine, to be together until the end of time. Until we meet again.

Tiber

Tiber
Our beautiful Belgian boy crossed the Rainbow Bridge on February 28, 2016 with kisses, hugs and many tears. Our eight years together went by far too fast and was not long enough. We fought your cancer with everything we had in the hopes of gaining even one more day. Your loss has left a huge void in our home and in our hearts.

We have so many happy memories of walks at the beach, car rides to nowhere, and the funny things you did. We miss your howling at the telephone, your "moonwalk," your taking up most of the bed, and your fierce protection of your home, your car, and your mama. Your big bark belied the fact that you were sweet, loving and scared of anything that squeaked or popped.

Your road to our home was difficult but it is clear we were destined to give you the love you deserved. We got so much more in return.

We know we will be in heaven when you greet us again with your smiling face and big wagging tail. We love you forever, our Tiber boy.

Tiki

Tiki
Thank you so much for bringing Tiki into our lives. There truly was something special about her. We went to Crystal Cove for walks almost every day. She ran (yes ran!) to the car and jumped in. She loved it down there. She loved the lizards and the rabbits and many times she would gaze out to the ocean. What great memories I have of her down there. At home, she would smile at me. She also curled her toes when I would get up in the morning and thump her tail super hard. She had a heart of gold, and I miss her terribly. I know she is running and jumping and having a ball in heaven. I just wish I got more time with her.

Wanderer

Wanderer
In memory of Wanderer, a handsome 11 year old sable German Shepherd with a regal bearing that turned heads everywhere he went. He was a loving companion, a fierce and loyal protector of his family, and the noblest of his breed. This gentle giant earned his angel wings on Jan. 18, 2015 in the loving presence of his family whose love and compassion had no bounds. RIP Wanderer. You will be missed as deeply as you were loved.

Worf

Worf
Love comes in all breeds, sizes and shapes and the greatest givers of unconditional love are dogs.
Worf was a Mexican street rescue and one couldn't find a more loving, fun and dedicated pupster. He was very protective and had the loyalty and spirit of a German Shepherd Dog in his Poodle mix body.

Worf was taken from us much too soon; he was around 7 years old when he died, and we had him only three years. Years on the streets of Mexico had taken their toll on his health. He enriched our life beyond measure.
We now have two more rescues and love them both.

Thanks to Coastal and all of the dedicated people there and with other dog rescue organizations; you have our love and respect also.

David & Jackline.

Wylie

Wylie
Wylie is a sweet, gentle soul, my best friend and companion and a great foster brother to rescued dogs.
Wylie belongs to Marcy Astorino.

Yogi

Yogi
Yogi, everything I do, I do for you. Thanks for nearly 14 great years, and I'll see you on the other side!
Yogi belonged to Marcy Astorino.

Zach

Zach
In memory of Zach, who worked his way very quickly into Jessi's and Don's hearts, and left all of us way too soon. Zach, you are missed.

Zoe

Zoe
In loving memory of Zoe (Sophie), who died on 1/19/17.

Our beloved GSD "wanna be" was adopted from Coastal GSR on June 10, 2006 when she was known as Sophie.
Sweetest companion and loving friend. Survivor of cross country moves. Known for your one floppy ear. Breaker of glass storm doors in pursuit of squirrels. Avid walker, runner, hunter. Playful until the end. May there be lots of squirrels and rabbits to chase, face licks, butt rubs, and magic boxes (dishwashers, trash cans, and boxes of treats) to explore across the rainbow bridge. You will always have a special place in our hearts.

The Spooler-O'Brien Family