Success Stories

This is what we are all about. When we place a dog in a great home, everyone in the rescue is elated. Nothing feels better than helping our dogs on their journey to find a forever home where they can love and be loved.

We thank every one of our adoptive families for opening their hearts and homes to our dogs.

These are the most recent MAGSR Success Stories. Success Stories reported prior to 2016 can be found here.

Posted: 12/08/2018

We adopted Sheba 4 years ago. She is the light of our lives. She has been through some adventures including moving from Virginia to Northern Michigan and suffering a broken leg in the spring.

Posted: 12/08/2018

Luna NKA Piper loves to go camping with her mom, dad and brother. Her brother was adopted from you guys 6 years ago, Garret NKA Diesel. 

Posted: 12/07/2018
Stark babysitting his little brother
Stark Stark Stark

Our sweet boy Stark (MAGSR name: Dino) is doing well! He was recently promoted to Big Brother and takes the role very seriously.

He is very patient and attentive to the new baby.

We’re so glad Stark chose us 2 years ago. We couldn't be a happier family!


Happy Holidays!

The DeManss Family

Posted: 12/07/2018
My wife Sarah and I on a hike up in PA. Loki carried his own food and water and had a blast!
Loki on an average summer day at work after taking a mud bath. He seems to think it is good for his skin because he does it every day, and if I hose him off he immediately goes and gets muddy again! Loki runs everywhere. He also like trying to catch butterflies and can easily amuse himself scaring up bugs and leaping into the air trying to eat them. Loki at the lake. Glamour shot!

Loki is a farm dog. We adopted him on March 5, 2017.

He loves running, chasing butterflies, getting muddy, getting hosed off, running more, and rain or shine or snowstorm he always wants to be outside with me. I work out in a vineyard with 20 acres surrounded by 12 foot high deer fence. He has free reign to go wherever he wants.

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My wife Sarah and I on a hike up in PA. Loki carried his own food and water and had a blast!

Loki on an average summer day at work after taking a mud bath. He seems to think it is good for his skin because he does it every day, and if I hose him off he immediately goes and gets muddy again!

Loki runs everywhere. He also like trying to catch butterflies and can easily amuse himself scaring up bugs and leaping into the air trying to eat them.

Loki at the lake. Glamour shot!


Posted: 12/07/2018
Chauncey Chauncey & Bella Chauncey & Bella Chauncey & his bro

We adopted Chauncey in July of this year.  At the time, Bella (our other dog, a GSD/Mastiff mix) was just over a year old, and we felt like she needed a partner in crime.  Chauncey has blended in with our family and friends seamlessly.  He and Bella are the best of friends - they love going out and running around the yard together, and playing tug in the house.  

Chauncey loves the kids, and has taken to sleeping in their rooms.  Our younger son actually sleeps better with him in the room - he told us when has a bad dream, "I wake up and pat Chauncey, and it makes me feel better so I can go back to sleep."  

We like having family and friends over, and he has charmed all of them.  He loves a good tummy rub, and as it is getting colder he seems to enjoy lying next to the fire. He is an incredibly sweet soul, and his favorite thing aside from playing with his sister is snuggling with his people. Bella can be a bit bossy, and Chauncey is very tolerant of her whims - he knows when he can sneak in snuggles and treats of his own.  He is really smart, and very easy to train.  We cannot fathom that anyone would ever give him up, but we feel very lucky that he came into our lives.  He has been a wonderful addition to our family, and we feel so lucky to be able to give him a forever home.  

Thank you to MAGSR - you all were spot on in your recommendation, and it has been great to work with you all through the adoption!


Bob, Kari, Emmett and Conrad Stuntz

Posted: 12/07/2018
Mila (fka Dasha)
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Mila, FKA Dasha, just celebrated her 1st adoption day (11/29/17) and 6th birthday with us this year!

Over the past year, she has learned a lot and has grown so much. Her sassy personality definitely shines through more and more. Mila gets a lot of compliments on how beautiful she is whenever we go out. We even got a few compliments on her temperament! We are so proud of her!

She loves taking hikes, playing ball, going on car rides, watching squirrels, and getting daily visits from the neighboring cat. She loves her mom and dad very much and doesn't let them stray too far. For the past year, Mila has been one tough trooper. We’ve been battling a chronic ear infection that has led us to become frequent fliers at the vet. She’s established quite a fan base at the vet as we go in weekly.

One thing is for sure, we have learned so much from Mila and we are so thankful she is a part of our family.

Posted: 12/07/2018
Sandy in 2014
Sandy today Sandy with her cat buddy “Spooky Jack” Sandy chillin' Sandy chillin'

Here’s our update on Sandy!    Below is her photo that you guys posted when she was available for adoption, and her current photo ️.    

There are a few more photos of Sandy :-).  One includes her cat buddy “Spooky Jack”.  

We adopted Sandy in April 2014, and she’s such an amazing dog!    So sweet and gentle.   We are so lucky to have her!

Thank you!
Sheri Schwaner

Posted: 12/07/2018
Takoda Takoda

Here's a quick pup-date on Takoda. He's settled in well with our older Golden Retriever, Bailey, and they enjoy each other's company. Bailey generously shared her monthly Bark Box toys with Takoda, but he played too hard with them and the toys were reduced to bits of stuffing in no time at all. Now both dogs get their own Bark Box; Bailey gets fluffy toys and Takoda gets the Super Chewer toys all to himself. 

Takoda has met a lot of new friends on his daily walks, both the two-legged and four-legged kinds. In fact, he's so good at making friends with everyone that he's now certified by Pets on Wheels as a therapy dog. He seems to enjoy cheering up the residents at a local healthcare facility. He was even in our town's Veteran's Day parade with his therapy dog buddies.(Photos enclosed.)

We're very grateful to MAGSR for trusting us with Takoda. We look forward to spending many, many years together. 

Tracy Denman

Posted: 12/07/2018
Dixie Dixie

Sugar NKA Dixie has been the perfect addition to our family. She's brought some life back into the household after our lab passed away, and bonded very quickly with our other German Shepherd, Timber (pictured below). She's happiest following mom all around the house and getting her snuggles in every day. She especially enjoys playing (and sometimes tormenting) Timber through endless play and stealing his treats. Dixie LOVES her long walks and won't miss the opportunity to sing along with other dogs when they howl. She keeps a watchful eye over her house (often peeking through the bay window to keep tabs on everything) and always welcomes everyone home with the biggest hug and kiss, as long as she gets her belly rub in, too. :)

Posted: 12/07/2018

Rosie (fka Misty) has become part of ourfamily. It was a semi-rough start since Rosie was a bit of a biter and needed lots of socialization. But with time, patience, training  and love, Rosie has settle into her new home and is very much loved.  She still has moments of wild crazy puppy behavior, but we wouldn’t trade her for the world.  She is full of life, watches over the family and loves to play.  She lives for attention and makes us laugh almost every single day.  Thank you for letting us adopt this cutie. 

Posted: 12/05/2018
Augustus Augustus Augustus

Gus was adopted on August 2, 2018 by Bri and Will. He is best friends with his one year old pal, Sal. Gus and Sal love to wrestle and chase each other. Gus also loves the dog park and hiking! He is a loud pup and tells us everything we need to know. His favorite toy is his ball and he can catch and fetch for hours. He will give you all the kisses you want and then some. Gus is looking forward to Christmas, and even started celebrating by bringing his mom ornaments off of the tree.

Posted: 12/05/2018

Lila (pronounced Lee-la), aka Flo turned 2 in September. She loves walking her kid to school, playing with her toys - especially the squeaky ones and playing with/meeting other dogs. 


Posted: 12/05/2018
Oti Oti Oti Oti

Oti is settling in wonderfully! We think he might have been named Max at one point because he quickly responds to that name, he essentially named himself! He was not housebroken but is smart and quickly getting the idea! Oti(Max)has proven to be as bombproof as they come, a lovable ham that does not like to let us out of sight and comes when called. He is trying to win over grumpy Bella and absolutely loves to play, endlessly!  Thank you for bringing him to our attention!! He definitely is what we were looking for and he seems to agree! Everyone in my family (aunts, uncles & cousins) have had nothing but praise for him and his beautiful temperament, he takes absolutely everything in stride

Posted: 12/05/2018
Andi Andi Andi Andi Andi Andi

Andi (formally Lotus) was adopted December 9, 2017 and she’s been a spoiled princess ever since! She loves car rides and loves people! We try to take her everywhere we go and she loves every second of traveling, she even had her first vacation to the beach this summer! She is the sweetest pup and we are so thankful we were able to adopt a dog as goofy as her.

Posted: 12/05/2018
Jackie Jackie

Jackie has settled in quite well in our house. She and Ellie (our other rescued GSD) get along very well, as you can see in the second pic. Jackie loves to snuggle with us on the sofa and watch movies. She and Ellie get to run and play  in the yard every day and get special treats from their grandparents on holidays. They get a bark box every month with fun toys to keep them entertained and lots of yummy treats.

Posted: 12/05/2018
Lucy Lucy Lucy Lucy

Lucy (Adopted 9-6-2017) – Lucy (or Lucille, or “Goose,” as we affectionately call her) is the perfect addition to our family! She adores her cat brother, Loki, and is very gentle with him. They love to take naps together and look out the front door together! Lucy is very confident now when going on walks, and loves to go multiple laps around the neighborhood. She also enjoys nature walks and short hikes with friends and family. Belly rubs are still her favorite! She likes to be silly and roll around in her dog bed and then lay on her back, waiting for some belly rubs. Lucy loves car rides! We like to take a “Thursday Night Car Ride” with her each week. Lucy is very intelligent, and has learned a few new tricks including “High-Five!” We love Lucy!!

Posted: 12/05/2018
Dutchess and Taco
Dutchess and Taco Dutchess being beautiful Dutchess stretches out

Dutchess has fit into our home so well that it’s like she’s been here a long time! At first she wasn’t too keen on being hugged but will now come over and lay her head on you to let you know she wants a hug!

She plays well with our Chihuahua and a Shih Tzu mix. Taco the Chihuahua seems to feel she’s the same size as Duchess. Dutchess and Taco frequently play tug-of-war. She and shitzu Jingle are less fond of each other but do have fun running up and down the hill in the back yard, chasing squirrels and barking at birds.

Dutchess loves her toys. She can often be found carrying a squeaky toy in her mouth and squeezing it as she “kicks” a ball in front of her. She hates the Roomba and takes refuge in her bed!

Our two daughters 18 and 14 adore Dutchess and lavish attention upon her. My husband Chris has taken her to obedience training and she passed flying colors. In addition to obeying most of the time she can give paw, sit and stay. Since I’m home every day we have gotten to be pretty good pals as well. If I go to another part of the house it’s not long until she is looking for me.

She loves riding in the car and collecting puppy treats at the Dairy Queen, Starbucks and Chick-fil-A. We are very happy she is a part of our family


Posted: 12/05/2018

Dak enjoys spending time and cuddling with his doggie brother Boomer.  We love having Dak as an addition to our family and he has made it complete!!

Posted: 11/30/2018
Lolly Lolly Lolly

We have had so much fun getting to know Lolly these past two months!! She is such a sweet and silly girl! Although it didn’t take long for us to give her the nickname Lolly the Destroyer since most of her toys don’t even last a week! 

She is very friendly with other people and dogs and VERY good with my niece and nephew (6 and one years old). Lolly is definitely a shadow dog and enjoys following my husband and me around, supervising to make sure we don’t get into too much trouble! She LOVE, LOVE, LOVES the ball and goes crazy when the Chuck-It comes out. Her baby pool arrived this week but we haven’t had a chance to use it since the weather has been so bad.

Lolly is halfway through her obedience training and is doing really well! She already knew a lot of commands and listens pretty well so we are concentrating on working her with distractions. 

Most importantly, Lolly is doing really well with her EPI!! Our vet is very happy with her weight gain and has decreased her feedings down to two per day even though we are giving her the same amount of food. 

My husband and I couldn’t be happier with her and feel very lucky to have her as a part of our family!! A HUGE thank you to MAGSR for helping us to find her!


Robin and Wes Buck

Posted: 11/30/2018
Gypsy Gypsy Gypsy

Life would not be the same without our Frankie (formerly Gypsy). She is full of energy and goofiness, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Frankie has accumulated quite the list of nicknames, and she knows every single one: Frankie, Frankers, Frankie Bean, Bean, Jumping Bean, String Bean, and the list goes on.


Frankie has many favorite pastimes. She loves to jump, wrestle, and play with her three canine brothers (two Beagles and a Golden). She loves playing with her squeaky toys (Bark Box day is such a joy in our house). Frankie absolutely LOVES water— whether it’s in the tub for her bath time or for YOUR shower time, jumping/splashing in her wading pool, or running around in the pouring rain. She loves the water so much so that we’re planning on trying out dock dog jumping with her once her obedience classes are finished. 

Frankie is also a world renowned stick collector— she has quite the collection of twigs in our yard, and she loves to show them off. If you’re lucky, she’ll share them with you. She is also a giant cuddle bug and loves her snuggle time with mom and dad. She also has the best wigglebutt— she wiggles so hard that her head, torso, and rear end up in three different time zones. It is quite the sight to see.

Frankie brings so much joy, laughter, and love to our household. She is the happiest dog that I have ever seen. She is a perfect fit, and we are so thankful for MAGSR for matching us with Frankie and entrusting her into our care. It was love at first sight for us when we met Frankie, and I believe in my heart that it was the exact same for her. We didn’t know what we were missing until Frankie came into our lives. Thank you!

With wiggles and puppy kisses,

Frankie, Brittany, and Mike Shaffer