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Coastal German Shepherd Rescue
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Walk tall and proud
love will carry you across!
Beth Louise Doty
Betty Lou Bredemus
Loving mom, grandma and animal advocate.
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!
My rescued best friend
I miss you still and always
March 31, 2002 - August 30, 2009
In loving memory of
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
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.
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!
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
He is deeply missed by our family.
Rest easy big guy.
Susan and Miles White
Bella, Thor and Red
You are loved, You are missed
You will live eternally in the hearts of
your FOREVER FAMILY
Victoria, Sidney, Hannah
Mandie and Legend
1941 - 2015
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 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.
Katie, Shawn and Kyle Taggart
We tried to help this beautiful lady, but she was too sick to save!
RIP Sweet Girl
"family you never knew!"
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!
She had pretty eyes, a beautiful black coat, and the biggest ears we’ve seen on a dog. They were one of her most distinguishing and beautiful features. Jennie was beautiful, loyal, protective, energetic, and had a lot of spunk. She loved to play with tennis balls (and pop them) and chase squirrels in our yard. But there is nothing she loved more than us and her buddy Blake.
Jennie was an amazing companion and a beautiful soul. She was more than family, she was our best friend. She loved life, and always had a smile on her face. Her smile lit up every room she walked into, and her loyalty and love for our family was beautiful to experience.
Sadly, she passed away recently at the age of 10 after suffering a spinal stroke and fighting a brave battle with cancer. She fought hard and courageously, all while never losing her beautiful smile. She is our inspiration and hero. She taught us to never give up, even when times are tough. We miss her so much everyday, but know that she will always be a big part of our lives and never forgotten. We love you forever Jennie! You are forever our precious Angel!
Love Jennie’s Family: Jonathan, Jessica, Pat, Cindy, and Furry Buddy Blake
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!
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
We feel extremely blessed to have shared that time with her. She was definitely the diva in the house and that was just fine with us.
She was our special senior girl, always such a lady with lovely manners, so sweet and calm. She came to us from such a hard life, but her sweet gentleness never wavered and we were so glad to have her, if only for four short years. She left being held and told "good girl Lila, such a good girl." We miss her so much. She will always be loved and never forgotten.
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!
Unfortunately Max had a medical condition that took his life before were could find him a home.
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.
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!
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,
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…
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.
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.”
Since mid-February 2020, River had health and mobility issues, and in August started to decline rapidly, so the decision was made to put him to sleep. On Tuesday, September 29, 2020, Paws into Grace came to the house at 8:45 a.m. The vet was very kind and professional. During the entire process River was given the highest dignity and respect he so deserved, and he was oh so brave. Our friends came over to say their goodbyes. He enjoyed his favorite treats, including steak and potatoes from the night before. When it was time, he felt a little pinch behind his shoulders that would put him to sleep, but the delicious steak won out and he continued to enjoy his snack! Moments later, he dozed off. River left us at 9:30 a.m., very peacefully. Now he is off chasing his Lady Narla, his true love!!🐾🐾💕 River was true and loyal, faithful, a constant protector, the greatest companion, and the love of my life.
Thank you again, Coastal GSR, for rescuing these amazing creatures. There wouldn't be a River or a "River's Story" if you hadn't rescued him! Keep up the great work, and God bless you!
Rocky belonged to Jacque Stiles.
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.
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.
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
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
Theodore aka "Tex"
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.
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.
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 belongs to Marcy Astorino.
Yancy was a downtown San Diego condo dog most of his life and every day on our walks someone would say what a beautiful dog he was. He had many furry friends at the dog park where he chased the ball and dribbled it.
When we moved away there was not a suitable dog park nearby. That's when Yancy discovered squirrels and play ring around the trees with them.
When he was 10+yrs old he was diagnosed with hip dysplasia and many herniated
discs. Due to his age we didn't opt for surgery. That started 3+ yrs of weekly laser treatments and monthly acupuncture to keep him going. And then came the time when walking became harder and his quality of life was greatly diminished. He crossed the Rainbow Bridge on 10.25.2018 in our arms.
Happy squirreling Yancy!
We loved him and we will always miss him.
Dagmar and Chet
Yogi belonged to Marcy Astorino.
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