From their Mum:

Oso was being fostered at CitiPets where I used to send my old girl Sugar for doggy daycare. Oso was being fostered there and the staff told me that he would sit with Sugar most days and encouraged me to take Oso home to be with her as she aged. It was the best to see them together, they really took care of each other. After she passed, Horchata came to us as a foster, but Oso loved her so much, we decided to make it official. Now they are best friends who run on the beach, fight over toys and steal food from the compost and we are so happy about it!
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This is Ozzie living the good life after being adopted three years ago!


Bijou - adoption update

Lily aka Nussy

From Piper's Mom:

In February 2018 Piper and I celebrated a decade together. She has changed my life in way unimaginable. As we sit on our back deck in beautiful Northern Michigan, I can’t help but think how blessed we are. I LITERALLY would not be here today without Grateful Dogs and Piper. 

I didn’t know HOW we were going to get from our tiny studio apartment in Burlingame, CA to our wooded acreage where we are today, but when I looked in her eyes in 2008, I knew we HAD to. My love for Pippy made me strive for our best life. Through cities and states, coast to coast, Piper has been my constant companion. 

Along the way Piper has “paid it forward”. Shortly after she was adopted, we began volunteering for and fostering for rescues and Humane Societies where ever we have lived. Not only has Piper changed my life, she has changed many other lives as well! Here’s to another decade together! 
Thank you, GDR!


Mikey showed up as a stray at the Sonoma County Shelter in 2013 and again in 2018. When his owners couldn’t be found a 2nd time, he was taken in by GDR and placed in a foster home. Jess was searching for the right dog to adopt; a pint-sized, laid back adult dog who was up for being a constant companion. Jess inquired with GDR about a different dog who turned out not to be available. But the inquiry filtered through the GDR network to Michelle who thought Jess and Mikey would be a perfect match! A meetup was planned and Jess made a long trip out to see Mikey in person. They hung out for a little while getting to know each other but truly, Jess fell in love immediately! Mikey was adopted and went to live with Jess in his new forever home!

Mikey and Jess were commuting from Oakland to SF on BART, doing the office job thing. But in October 2018 they gave up their apartment, their job and their commute to embarked on an adventure! Jess and Mikey set off on a 3-month trip across the US to Europe, Columbia and Mexico; 10 countries in total. Globetrotting with a dog can be a challenge but with some new traveling skills under their belts (or dog collar, in Mikey’s case) they learned to go with the flow and enjoy the journey. While most of the trip was dog friendly Mikey did get to sneak into a few hostels, museums and cathedrals while snuggled in his carrier under Jess’ coat.

The jet-setters are back home but you can follow Mikey’s Instagram account where he chronicled the trip and continues to post about his daily life, with a little help from Jess. @tinymikeyjordan When asked about favorite memories from the trip Jess recalls that Mikey seemed to brighten so many people’s day, just by being so easy going and his little chill self. To anyone thinking about adopting a rescue dog Jess says; “This dog will change your life for the better! In ways you cannot even know. If you rescue a dog, they will end up rescuing you!”  


Oso and Horchata

Violet's happy ending

This was Rootbeer Float now known as Maebe.  She is coming up on her 2 year adoption anniversary or “gotcha date.” Maebe travels all over N CA and loves to hike, swim, play and run!

Piper pays forward! 

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This is Lily known as Nussy.  She came from SJ shelter and it took a long time to find a home since she’s a bit snippy but she stole Katie’s heart and won over Chris, her daddy.  Nussy loves life in San Francisco and has traveled to NYC and Napa. She even has an Instagram page @nussynussynussy!

From Violet's new Mom:

My dog Gigi passed away last May. By the end of the summer, I was ready to adopt a new friend. I saw a darling dog on Grateful Dogs website; but when I went to meet her, a family had already claimed her. GDR volunteer Kate Singleton, wizard of matchmaking, suggested I meet Fancy (now named Violet). It was love at first sight!

Violet is everything I always wanted in a dog, but never had. She likes to wear clothes and go to the dog park. She doesn’t mind being in a carrier, so we can go shopping and get coffee together. Violet makes me laugh and calms my nerves. I think she is pretty happy, too.  A match made in heaven!

Dottie found her forever home! Here she is napping with her big brother.

From Freddie's new Dad:

We adopted Freddie 4 years ago from Grateful Dog Rescue.  We are blessed to have this little guy as part of the family.  He is a very mellow fellow, and makes us laugh everyday with his huffing and puffing runs in the yard, and upside down sleeping poses and more.  Thank you for all you folks do in the rescue community.

Grateful Tails

Stories of Grateful Dogs Rescue Alumni

From Foster to Forever!



Bijou was a teeny weenie little dog left to fend for herself out in Stanislaus County but lots of good people came together to help her. GDR took her in and knew of the perfect home. Bijou is thriving in her new family where she has other little dogs to play with all day long and a mom who caters to her.