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This page is dedicated to all those trusting and loving dogs out there who have made our lives better by being in them. 
We miss them now and forever.

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The Rainbow Bridge
There is a bridge connecting heaven and earth.
It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors.
Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land
of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass.

When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place.
There is always food and water and warm spring weather.
The old and frail animals are young again.
Those who are maimed are made whole again.
They play all day with each other.
There is only one thing missing.
They are not with their special person who loved them on earth.
So, each day they run and play until the day comes
when one suddenly stops playing and looks up!
The nose twitches!
The ears are up!!
The eyes are staring!!
And this one suddenly runs from the group!

You have been seen, and when you and your special friend meet,
you take him or her in your arms and embrace.
Your face is kissed again and again and again and again,
and you look once more in the eyes of your trusting pet.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together,
never again to be separated.

These are memorial entries for MAGSR Dogs that have gone to wait at the Bridge.

Memorial tributes for our beloved MAGSR pups reported prior to 2016 can be found here.

September 13, 2021

Snowy right before she was captured. She had no idea the great life she was in for.

We recently lost Snowy who was a huge part of our family and pack. Now there is this immense void that Snowball once occupied. Words don't seem fitting enough to convey the depth of loss we feel. So we thought it was only fitting pay homage to her life and legacy.

This is the life of Snowy.

Back in the spring of 2010, we were alerted of the need to rescue a dog, a white German Shepherd. Some people who saw this dog even wondered if it could possibly be a coyote. The dog had been hanging around a horse stable. When we first arrived on the scene, it was obvious to us that it was a white female German Shepherd. But because she was dirty and thin, we could see why some people might think she was a coyote when they caught a quick glimpse of her. She wasn't scared of making herself seen and the riders at the stable frequently saw her. But she was smart. She knew not to get close to the horses and riders or put herself in a position of being captured. Many locals in the area were feeding her which helped to keep her there. They would drive by in all hours of the day or night and drop off cheeseburgers and the like. It was apparent that she was very young and in need of rescuing. You could see her ribs. But how did she get there? How long was she out there? Was she dumped? Did she escape from somewhere? We always wondered this. But more importantly, we needed to devise a game plan to capture her and bring her to safety. Monty and Sheri and a few other very special people (you know who you are) started working on right away. As we frequented the area to begin conditioning her to our presence, we would put food out for her nearby to us. We tried befriending her by trying to hand feed her. While she was food motivated, she would come ever-so close but not close enough to allow us to touch her. She would even walk behind Sheri within a few inches in an attempt to get the food that Sheri had in her hand. Seeing that physically capturing her this way wouldn't work, we moved to the next phase. We set up a humane trap. We are experienced in tracking and trapping and have captured dogs with humane traps in the past. However, this girl was having none of it. She would walk to the entrance to the trap and not enter. This went on for a while. Knowing this wasn't going to work anytime soon, we had to change our strategy. We set up a kennel run in the field. We tied the door open and began putting food in there for her to eat when she got the nerve to enter. Since the the kennel run was much larger than the standard humane trap, she felt more at ease with entering. Once she routinely entered the kennel run, it was only a matter of time before we were able to shut the door with her inside. After she was captured and authorities were notified, we were given the go ahead to transport her a local veterinary hospital so that her health care could begin. We had been working on her capture for weeks at this point. Once the dirt and grime was washed off of her, we could begin to see her beautiful white coat. This diamond in the rough became known as  "Snowy". 

While in the hospital, all of us involved in her capture would routinely visit with her to help condition her to being around humans. She was very feral. She put up with us but she never once acted aggressive in any manner. You could say she was very passive. She missed out on socialization with humans early in her life and therefore, had no reason to trust us. 

The next step was to transfer her into a foster home. So we decided to bring her to our house as our next foster. We knew this would be a long process as she was an extreme flight risk. She was not bonded to us and had no reason to be. Every precaution was taken to prevent her escape while we were bonding. As she began bonding to us, we were able to let down our guard little by little, but not too quickly. Because we already had other Shepherds of our own, this helped Snowy transition into living in a home. She was awesome with other dogs and she learned to trust humans though them. She never acted aggressive with our dogs. True to her nature, she was very passive with them, too. 

After fostering her for about a year and not finding the right adoptive home, we made the decision to adopt her ourselves. We knew her better than anyone, became very attached to her and she became very attached to us. She liked Monty... but she loved Sheri. Her world revolved around Sheri. Snowy was attached to our dogs as well. But now, this once practically feral dog had blossomed into a beautiful, majestic family member who adored her humans, particularly Sheri. Snowy wasn't too crazy about visitors though. She wasn't aggressive with them but she was most comfortable keeping her distance from them. As the years went by, that too changed and she would inquisitively wander up to a visitor to say hi. Fast forward, though the years we brought many new fosters into our home. Some stayed, some did not and were adopted into loving homes of their own. But when we brought a new foster home, Snowy was our first test dog. She never let us down and was always willing to allow a new packmate into the fold. She was bombproof in this manner.

After arriving to our house as a new foster, she never spent a night alone. There was an occasional stay at the vet's office for something health related which was out of our control. But we never ever willingly left her alone. Her days and nights of living near the stable in the woods, chasing off the occasional fox which was trying to steal food that was intended for her, were long gone. Snowy was home.

Through the years, Snowy learned to like all sorts of things. Some are very normal like fetch, swimming in the pool, roughhousing with her humans, going on walks. But she also had some comical behaviors (all scent driven) such as rolling on fresh sheets on the bed, nuzzling into Sheri's long hair, getting a new toy and rolling on it. She loved peanut butter, ice cream, milk, sliced cheese, chicken... and again, her human mom. When Monty would come home from being at work, she was happy to see him. But when Sheri came home from work, Snowy's expression of joy jubilation was on a whole other level. You could practically see her beaming and smiling with love.

Snowy didn't travel well and never learned to like the vehicle. As a result, she didn't travel far from her home. But she had a home where she felt safe, loved and never had to worry about anything ever again. She was safe from harm, starvation and learned what it was like to have a family of her own.

On the day she left this world, she was wrapped in our arms and our love. Yes, she was very lucky that some people cared enough to help her when she needed it most. But we like to think of ourselves as the lucky ones to have had the opportunity to capture her, show her love and receive that love in return.

Snowball, you taught us a lot and we helped you learn many things in return. But we lived a great life together. We couldn't have asked for a better addition to our family and our home is not the same without you.

We love you. Until we meet again...

Monty and Sheri

September 11, 2021


My Shadow

I entered the journey of adopting a GSD without truly understanding the lasting imprint a true, pure, and perfect creature of God would leave.  Who knew my shadow was in the shape of a German Shepheard! 

It was March 2, 2019, when we returned to look at few more dogs for the umpteenth time.  This time was different and I knew that.  Monroe silently spoke to me on a completely different level; she was tiny but mighty.  Trish, one of the key volunteers with MAGSR, dubbed her the ‘Tiny Terrorist’, and in the following years, we discovered why in the purest and most loving way. No one could imagine the lives these poor pups, the Georgia-38, came from; starvation, neglect, abuse, and worse, but MAGSR gave these beautiful creatures the opportunity to be shown true love, affection, structure, more love, consistency, guidance in return for their loyalty. For that, we are eternally grateful.  

Monroe was a mess and it was going to take a lot to heal her from the horrid past.  We poured on the training, love, affection, patience, structure, and FOOD like never before.  It was the best three years for all of us.  Over those years she helped me with countless things from trivial tasks to the meaningful comforting of not only myself but friends who were surprised to learn Monroe could sense they needed comforting.  She was an expert at cleaning the dishes (no pre-rinse needed), she HATED the vacuum as much as I did, guarded the house when we were away, helped me achieve the walking century club with Peloton in record time (wearing my century club T-shirt as I type this), and so much more.  I watched a dog who was unfamiliar with love afraid to move to a dog jumping up on 3’ to 4’ walls on command.  GSD’s are in my eyes the perfect creature, just perfect except for one thing; their life expectancy.  We just never know when they will be called back up to Heaven. 

I’ve had many dogs and it’s never easy to say goodbye to your family pet, never.  But saying goodbye to Monroe has been beyond devastating.  It feels like a void larger than the Grand Canyon.  I will always miss her fierce loyalty, her ability to protect me, help with dishes, her trying to kill the vacuum cleaner and overall being an incredibly spoiled and loved member of our family.  I will miss my shadow.

I will never understand why she was called too soon, but I am thankful we had the time we did.  I love you Monroe and you are beyond missed.  Until I meet you on the Rainbow Bridge… 


September 7, 2021

Three years ago my husband and I lost our girl of 11 years.  Our hearts were broken and the house was so quiet we couldn’t stand it.  So we learned of the Georgia-38 pups and decided to honor our girl by saving another sweet ones life.  That is when we found ourselves at MAGSR.  And there she was, Gracie (fka Amika) sitting across the field with a little boy knelt in front of her.  Gracie was so gentle with him she caught my eye immediately.  We walked over to meet her and spent time walking her around.  It didn’t take long to know we had found our girl.  The ride home she was so calm and quiet, from that point we knew we found our travel companion.  Gracie loved going for car rides so much it became a Friday night routine, along with a bite or two of burger we would stop and get for her.  Boy did she love her car rides!  Gracie also loved her walks with her Daddy and did very well in her obedience’s classes.  She mastered sit, stay, come, down and shake very quickly, we know we had a smart girl.  Gracie was a quiet girl her first year with us.  I mean she didn’t make a sound, but one day the door bell rang and there it was; a strong Shepherd bark, the kind that means business.  From that point Gracie always alerted us of strange sounds and we knew she finally felt she was home.  During that first year we had noticed that Gracie had pain in her hips and legs and the vet confirmed it was hip dysplasia. She was placed on pain meds that helped.  For the first time after that we saw Gracie run!  Gracie took to both of us, but her person was my husband.  She followed him everywhere.  They both enjoyed the yard no matter what they were doing, gardening, cleaning up or just enjoying the sun and breeze.  Over the next two years we spoiled Gracie and also felt we had to protect her because of the life she previously had.  As the time passed we noticed it was becoming more difficult for her to sit down without having pain and she began to stumble when walking so she laid more.  The vet said it was degenerative myelopathy.  We changed her meds and did all we could to keep her comfortable; but then sadness happen.  Gracie’s back legs just gave out and you could see she was in pain.  The vet said we could try steroids but other then that there wasn’t much he could do.  So with a very heavy heart September 7th, 2021  the decision was made to end her pain so she could run free and pain free.  

September 7, 2021

Our beautiful, loyal, intelligent and loving girl Gretel went to wait for us at the Rainbow Bridge on Sept 7th 2021. She was our friend and companion for almost
thirteen years spending the last eleven in the state of Maine, where she loved the snows of winter. She also loved playing with a tennis ball becoming a champion
fielder in the half dozen dog parks and school yards we visited throughout her life. Gretel was also extremely intelligent. She knew all of the basic tricks and would even retrieve a specific stuffed animal when asked. She knew how to weave through obstacles and receive a lateral pass. Unlike some shepherds, Gretel extremely friendly toward other dogs, even smaller ones, and especially tolerant of young annoying puppies. I have a memory of a pug lying on its back between Gretel’s huge front paws on a hot summer afternoon, batting at Gretel’s tongue as she patiently panted away. She was also loved to travel by car with us, especially once EZ pass eliminated the need to visit manned toll booths. While we owned a conversion van, she would sit in the front passenger captain’s chair, watching out the windows to the delight of other drivers and their young passengers.Thank you MAGSR for matching her with us. She was the perfect dog for us and I think she would agree
we were the perfect family for her. We miss our sweet girl ever so much. We will look for her at the
bridge. Wait for us Gretel!

Ken, Nancy, Jennifer, James, Elizabeth and Henry


September 7, 2021

We adopted him from MAGSR August 10, 2010 as (MAGSR told us) a 3 yr old, though he’d been a stray so who knows how old, and was known then as Duke.  He’d recently been ailing with Degenerative Myelopathy, and Friday started to exhibit a vestibular disorder:  he would swing his head around, and couldn’t seem to focus his eyes. When it didn’t resolve overnight, we took him to an animal hospital where the disorder was diagnosed and where he spent the next night.  He could not stand up without assistance, and tumbled over when he could get himself up into a crouch. He could only take a few steps even with help on front and read ends, lost interest in eating, stopped urinating on his own.  We observed him at home for 2 more days hoping to see improvement, but really there was none.  I can’t imagine feeling so dizzy all the time that I can’t stand up.  :…(. 


I wrote you on the 11th anniversary of his adoption just last month, noting that he chose my husband;  It was on a horrifically rainy visit to the kennel to see other possible matches, where his foster mom had brought him for some reason.   Love at first sight.  No regrets. In his life, he had surgery to remove a discal cyst at University of Pennsylvania, part of his tail amputated, bladder stones removed, some various subcutaneous tumors as well as some porcupine needles removed.  He defended our backyard in Delaware from numerous groundhogs (we think he mistook the porcupine here in NH for a groundhog) also treed a bear twice, and generally always took very good care of us, including offering his aid and comfort after my husband’s knee surgeries.  In addition to his own surgeries, he got acupuncture, and something called Bi-com treatments, all to his benefit, I guess.  He had fans far and wide, including visitors from England and Hungary who asked about him afterwards.  Our petsitter kept painting him; we invited her over yesterday just to see him.


We determined to do our best by him, give him every chance and I believe we gave him the best life, and dignity at the end.  But the house is so lonely now.  

Thank you so much for matching us up! 

September 6, 2021


It is with tremendous sadness that I report Tyson is no longer with us. He was diagnosed with lung cancer and was euthanized this past Labor Day. The rest of the family and I are terribly upset over the loss of our family friend. He truly was an integral part of out family and left us way to early.

September 5, 2021


Sammie was adopted on March 14, 2021, as half of the “bonded pair” Kota and Birch (renamed Sammie and Bosco).  She was an older dog, possibly as old as 10 years.  She had some physical problems and had recently had surgeries prior to adoption.  She was doing very well though and seemed to thoroughly enjoy the 6 months that she was living here.  As the pictures show, she and her buddy Bosco loved their naps and they enjoyed monitoring the back yard for deer. She also enjoyed the two walks per day in the woods, up and down the hills, and along the lane.   She was a beautiful and very affectionate shepherd who quickly learned commands.  My hope is that in her early years, she was owned by someone who cared for her.  We miss her very much. 

September 1, 2021


Beloved Dak (aka Nero) that we rescued in July of 2017 passed on September 1 from a battle with lymphoma.  He was surrounded with love by my husband and myself until the very end.

July 28, 2021

I have sad news to share. We adopted Willie from your wonderful rescue almost five years ago. Willie was diagnosed with a very aggressive lymphoma and we said goodbye three weeks ago.

He was my amazing companion and my heart is broken. I wanted you all to know he was totally spoiled and adored, even by his cat brother.


Elena Schlossberg
Haymarket VA

July 27, 2021

We write to you today to inform you of the death of MAGSR alum Lilly. We adopted Lilly on Nov 14, 2009, and she died peacefully at age 13 on July 27, 2021.

She was the canine sister of MAGSR alum Silver (  Our son, Jaxon -- now entering his senior year of high school and looking forward to college -- grew up with these two amazing creatures that MAGSR brought into our lives. Smart, sweet, loyal, brave, gentle doesn't even begin to describe how great Lilly was.

God bless all creatures, great and small, but especially Silver, Lilly, and the kind people at MAGSR who helped lead them to us. 

July 21, 2021


Smokey came to us on June 2, 2012.

We had to put Smokey down on July 21 of this year. He was 14 years and 2 ½ months, the longest living Shepherd that Chuck has ever had. He was the greatest dog we’ve ever had. 

Everyone loved him: he was the Mayor of the neighborhood. Small dogs who were afraid of most dogs just approached Smokey and he was so gentle that they adored him. Friends with small children and grandchildren who were terrified of dogs used to bring them to meet Smokey and they left here loving him and becoming  more able to be around other dogs. If Smokey wasn’t perfect, then he was the closest thing to perfect I’ll ever see.  

We’ve been spoiled by him. Of course, we did our share of spoiling. We used to kid Smokey that he was a very wealthy dog; he lived in a big house and had two servants, one of whom was his personal chef.

We just wanted to let you know that he had a wonderful life, was beloved by everyone who met him, and I suspect we’ll be grieving him forever.

We are grateful to have gotten him from you for these 9 years.

July 13, 2021


About 11 years ago we adopted a wonderful dog named Phineas.

He got sick one day and he was not able to make it home. He was a wonderful dog who provided us so much joy.


Evan Kremer

July 4, 2021

It is with an absolutely demolished heart and tears streaming down my face that I write to inform you that our beloved Thomas (formerly known as Phelps) passed away suddenly yesterday. Yesterday around midday he started vomiting a lot of saliva and white foam and I called the emergency animal hospital and they told us to bring him in, which we did immediately. They took a look and informed us they believed it was bloat and that he would need immediate surgery. A couple hours later the doctor called and absolutely shattered our hearts by letting us know that the damage to his stomach and spleen was too extensive and that they did not think he would survive the surgery and it would be best to not wake him up. We immediately drove to the hospital to say our goodbyes and will be getting him privately cremated so that we can forever have his remains.

My husband and I are beside ourselves. I still have not even begun to process the loss that we have experienced and the 95 lb hole in our bed and our home. He was only 6 years old and hadn’t even begun to slow down in the least. Our sweet girl Josie (formerly known as KitKat) is also devastated and is having trouble coping as they were inseparable. 

June 11, 2021


Wanted to let you know that Alexandria who we adopted from you almost 14 years ago passed today.  She had been having issues with her back legs and other age issues.  She became unable to get onto her legs without help and it was her time.  We loved her very much.  

June 5, 2021

I wanted to let you know yesterday we lost our beautiful Volker. He was absolutely amazing and the most gentle loving soul. It happened very quickly.
Sunday we noticed his breathing was a little off.
Monday I walked him, he walked fine, seemed ok. Monday night he couldn’t get comfortable, I was sure he ate something and it was lodged in his digestive tract somewhere. Tuesday we tried to get him into our regular vet and could not. We took him to PVSEC. they found he had a hermangio sarcoma in his stomach and lung cancer. He was there for 2 days while they stabilized him and gave him a dose of chemo. He came home Thursday. Friday morning we went for a very short walk, but he was having progressively worse issues with mobility. His type of cancer was causing little bleeds everywhere. By Saturday morning he could not stand. I held my beautiful boy in my arms as he crossed over the rainbow bridge.

Thank you for rescuing this beautiful boy, and allowing us to bring him into our family. 5 years, and 6 months was not nearly enough time with him.

May 25, 2021


I regret to inform you that Boomer, adopted in February 2016, has left us. He was about 12 and a half. He was a lovable, gentle giant and we're so grateful we had him in our lives.

April 5, 2021

Letting the rescue know that after 13 years of a wonderful life rescued by your organization and adopted by my family. We had to put our beloved German shepherd down today. Bella was a wonderful dog and we are thankful for all the work you do and saving German Shepherds.  She lived out the rest of her forever home as the queen of her home/ castle here in Millersville Pennsylvania.

March 23, 2021


We adopted Rusty on November 13, 2020 from MAGSR.  He was a 7 ½ year old German Shepherd mix with the most beautiful big brown eyes.  He was diagnosed with Lymphoma the week of March 15, 2021. He shut down on March 23, 2021 and we had to say good by to our “angel boy”.  We all fell in love, Tom, Rusty and I, and had such a short time with him.  At least he was with us for the last months of his life.  We loved him and gave him his special life of happiness back. He is with God and waiting for us at Rainbow Bridge along with our other two Shepherds, Jake and Dux.  Tom and I miss him so very much, his sweetness, all his beauty and he was a “kisser”.  Our boy is gone and in God’s hands.  Only heaven for him from now on.  We love you Rusty, Mom & Dad.

March 18, 2021

George and his girl

We adopted George on New Year's Day in 2013. It took some time for our current dog to get used to him, but shortly after adoption, they became best friends and inseparable. Over the next several years, he ate our banister, broke a leg off of our kitchen table, destroyed a chair, and barked at everyone that walked past our house, but he was also the most loyal dog we've ever had. He protected us and loved us, especially after our daughter was born. As soon as she came into the house, he watched over her with extra care. He let her do whatever she wanted to him and gave her a best friend from birth. Unfortunately, last summer, he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and was given 3-5 months to live. We were heartbroken. We recently had to make the difficult decision to end his suffering and say goodbye to the best dog we've ever had. We will miss him terribly for the rest of our lives, but we are so thankful to have such wonderful memories. And a special thank you to MAGSR for bringing such a wonderful being into our lives and into our hearts forever. 

February 9, 2021


After almost 10 years with our beautiful Breezy, we bid her a very sad farewell in the early morning hours yesterday. We went on many adventures together. She loved going hiking, camping, and chasing the sea-birds on the beach. She watched over our growing family over the years - she loved helping me tuck the kids in to bed. My heart is completely broken - she was my very best friend. I’ve loved and lost several dogs in my lifetime but she was just special.

Breezy was an extraordinary soul and we were so fortunate to have her for the time we did. She left a GSD sized hole in our home and in our hearts. We are so grateful to MAGSR for matching our family with her. She was perfect. I miss her so much.

With gratitude, 

Jasmine Hollingsworth

February 5, 2021

It is with enormous sadness that we are letting you know about the passing of our beloved dog Argo, fka Jenner. We met Argo at MAGSR in 2014, and instantly fell in love with him. He was approximately five years old at the time. Our boy incarnated all the wonderful qualities for which German Shepherds are known, he was a strong, loving, loyal, devoted, intelligent, friendly, sweet and sometimes silly companion. He was great with people, dogs, cats, he adored children and he loved greeting everyone at the door, his tail was always wagging. He had a huge appetite for food, for cuddles, and for life in general. He loved treats, and just seeing the treat cabinet being opened would turn him into a puppy. Then, he would stare at treats without blinking, still as a statue, the only movement visible on his face would be a thin stream of drool from the corner of his mouth, his focus was incredible. He loved playing with us, while making funny noises.  He loved rolling on the grass on a sunny day, playing with his MAGSR brother, Lupo (fka Santino), fetching the ball, and chasing deer in our backyard, while accompanying his excitement with a funny sound that we called “the German Shepherd cry”. For a period we moved to California, and he loved to run free on dog beaches. Then we moved back to Maryland, and he loved snowy days, diving in the snow and eating it. Then we had children, and he welcomed them as he had always known them. He became a loving, sweet, patient, furry big brother to them. He was perfectly content in any surroundings, a happy, easy-going, gentle giant. He loved to find treats hidden around the house, and he loved to enjoy them while being praised for being an incredibly good boy. We had him for seven wonderful, fun, love-filled years. Unfortunately in November 2020, our vet found a mass in his abdomen, and after his spleen was removed, he was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma. Although during the next two months, despite being very ill, he was doing well and enjoyed every day with excitement, on February 5th, he developed bloat, and because of his age, and the aggressive cancer, we had to make the painful decision of having him euthanized. He had an enormous presence, was a huge part of our family and our home is just not the same without him. We miss him every moment of the day, he was constantly by our side and shared every moment with us. Every little thing we do now reminds us of our sweet Argo. We hope that during these years we made him as happy as he made us, he was the perfect dog, and we loved him, still love him and will always love him so much. He will always be our four-legged child, our Argo, our good boy.


Thank you MAGSR for rescuing our wonderful Argo and for letting us be his family, we are very grateful for this, and for all that you do for these amazing dogs.


Romina and Sean

February 5, 2021

My husband and I lost our dog, Patton, on February 5th. Patton was adopted after Travis (my husband) found his pregnant mom wandering in the streets of Baltimore about 14 years ago. He brought her to MAGSR where she had her puppies, one of which was Patton. You guys were so beyond kind to let Travis have the pick of the litter and he chose our wonderful boy (though I am sure they were all amazing!). It has been a huge loss for us and we are struggling everyday without him. But, without the life-saving help MAGSR provided, we wouldn't have had a life that was blessed with him in it.


Thank you so much,

Carolyn & Travis

January 21, 2021

Ike (aka Patriot)

With heavy hearts we are notifying MAGSR that Ike (aka Patriot) has crossed the rainbow bridge on Jan 21,2021. We were so blessed to have Ike joined our family on 9/25/2011. He has been our best friend and family member for the 9-1/2 years. He loved us and we loved him so much. Ike was our first German shepherd and the best companion ever.

January 6, 2021


Hello MAGSR –

It is with a very heavy heart and tear filled eyes that I inform you of the passing of my rescue baby, Maddie.

I visited your kennel on May 24th 2014. Maddie was the first dog brought out to me and we hit it off immediately.

We threw ball and she brought it back to me as if we were doing it for years. I took her home.

She has literally been at my side for almost 7 years, a true ROCKSTAR.

A few months ago I thought she was having hip trouble so I took her to the vet. Nothing seemed unusual so we had blood work done and results were not good. The vet said he never saw bloodwork so out of kilter on a living dog.  We went to Metro Vet in Norristown for X-Rays and Ultrasound. She had cancer. Masses on her spleen and an enlarged liver. She made almost two more months with the help of steroids and anti-biotics. I had to let her go last night. She was having trouble getting up and walking up a step into the house.

Thank you MAGSR for uniting us and giving both of us so much joy.

I will see you at the rainbow bridge my Sweet Pea. I love you.

Jeff Passe

December 22, 2020


We are writing to let you know that our precious, sweet Pete passed away Tuesday, December 22nd. 

Pete was known as "Chase" during the (very) short time he was with you.  We adopted him on August 29, 2010 when he was an 8-10 week old pup.  Puppy days are hard, but boy was he worth every second.  He evolved into such an amazing dog.  He always knew what we needed or what was expected of him before we even said anything.  If he didn't know exactly what you were saying to him, you could see in his eyes that he wanted so badly to. 

Pete went everywhere with us.  Massachusetts to visit family?  He was in.  The beach?  The mountains?  Tree farm to tag a Christmas tree?  Wherever we were going, he was in.  He was the absolute perfect dog for our family, and an amazing dog for our boys to have grown up with.

Unfortunately, he fell very suddenly ill in August, at which time we found out he had hemangiosarcoma.  He underwent an emergency splenectomy, followed by metronomic chemotherapy and a regimen of other medications and supplements recommended by his oncologist.  We had three amazing months with him, but then he fell ill again the day after Thanksgiving, and we learned the cancer had spread to his liver and possibly his heart.  The emergency vet said he wouldn't make it through that weekend.  Well, they didn't know our Pete.  He made it through not only that weekend, but a couple more.  Eventually, though, it became too much for him, and we had to make the awful decision to end his suffering. 

I'm sure in time there will be other dogs here at Casa Zanelli, but there will certainly never be another Pete.  He was truly our heart dog, and we miss him terribly.

December 14, 2020

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It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have to write this.

About a year ago after a MRI scan Sylvan was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy, I started taking Sylvan to physical therapy to try and mitigate DM from getting worse. Sadly, over time she started to lose the mobility in her rear legs and was unable to walk fully, could still stand up and move her front legs while dragging the rear legs, but slowly she started to lose function in her front legs. Until a few months ago she was developing a UTI, treated with Antibiotics only to return much worse with blood during bathroom runs. On 14 Dec 2020 I made the final trip to Anna Arundel Vet and had Sylvan put down as her degenerative myelopathy had progressed to a point she couldn't continue.

I provided as much care and comfort to ease her suffering as I held her paw and head in my hands wishing that she would never have to face this hardship again.


James Stanley

December 8, 2020

It is with profound sadness, we announce the passing of our beloved Mina. We adopted her (after fostering her for two days) in April of 2010. We knew after two days that we couldn’t part with her. She gave us 10 amazing years, which we will cherish forever. Thank you MAGSR for having given us this amazing sweet dog. Until we meet again Mina. 

December 7, 2020

One of our Favorite pictures of Jack!  We Love you buddy

It is with deep regret to report the passing of MAGSR alum, Jack.

Jack came to MAGSR from a local shelter. While in his former home, he kept getting loose and ending up in doggie jail. But the last time he did this, his people said they no longer wanted him and told the shelter to keep him.

Their loss! Upon meeting him for evaluation and soon thereafter, we fell in love with him and once again failed fostering. We never had any issues with him being a flight risk. He never gave a resident dog or foster any problem, whatsoever. He was confident and loyal yet friendly and even keeled. He was a wonderful ambassador for GSDs at the house and in public places. Everyone just loved him; it was impossible not to. We adored him and he will always have a special place in our hearts. Our home just isn't the same without him. He was 13 years old.

Here's one of our Favorite pictures of Jack!  We Love you buddy

Monty and Sheri

November 27, 2020

Simba In Greece
Simba in DC

This past Friday, our beloved Simba crossed the rainbow bridge. 

e adopted him from MAGSR in November 2011 and the nine years that followed with Simba were wonderful ones. I always said he drew the Lucky Dog card, as he spent many summers on the beaches of Greece with us where he is pictured below. He swam and fetched stones and was my constant companion abroad and in Washington, DC. 

I’ve owned other dogs, but there was never a dog quite like Simba.
Thank you for your organization which reaches out to help this outstanding bred.

Simba, RIP

February, 2010 to November 21, 2020

Apollo the puppy

Hello, my name is Kate Wood and I called about a week ago about my boy Apollo. We adopted Apollo December 11,  2010. We lost him on November 21 2020.  He had degenerative Myelopathy and could no longer walk.    

Adopting him was one of the best things my family did.  He was a big boy and very intimidating. He was so good though. He loved my grandchildren, all 5 of them.  He would let them lay with him, play ball and play doctor (he was the patient) or anything else they wanted to with him.  I will miss my boy with all my heart, that is still breaking. Thank you MAGSR for allowing my to have one of your angels.