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: 12/10/2018

My husband and I adopted Arrow last November 2017. Since then Arrow has learned simple commands, but mainly we have truly seen his character come out in the best way. He is a playful energetic pup.

He loves playing with our other GSD Myla and they love to chase squirrels in the yard and chase each other. Furthermore we have done more research on Trip-paw dog care and have been persistent in insuring he is exercising but not wearing himself out in the summer months and year round.

Overall he is living his best dog life and we look forward to many more years with him. 

Posted: 12/10/2018

Sterling is living his best life!

He enjoys long walks and loves car rides. So much so that we had to get goofy doggy goggles to protect his eyes when he sticks his head out the window.  He is spoiled with endless toys and loves to chase tennis balls. His favorite toy is an orange squeaky ball that no longer squeaks and is torn in half.  He loves meeting new people. 

Posted: 12/09/2018
Willow Willow Willow

I adopted Willow in August 2017. We celebrated her 1st Gotcha Day in August and her 2nd birthday in October. Her favorite toys include her Planet Dog Orbee ball and Jolly ball. She also enjoys her dog puzzles, chewing on antlers, and running laps in her newly fenced backyard. Willow spent a lot of time this past summer swimming at her grandparent’s pool with their two dogs. She also got a feline sister this past spring when the neighborhood outdoor cat decided to move in. I plan to do additional training with her this spring and summer. She brings so much joy to my life and I can’t imagine my life without her.

Posted: 12/09/2018
Elke Elke Elke

We are so pleased with our MAGSR Alum, Elke a Dutch Shepherd.  We adopted her in October 2017 and it’s been a wonderful year of training, playing fetch and simply enjoying her love of life.  She’s been on camping trips, visited the grandparents at the lake and in general goes everywhere with us.  She is our protector especially keeping us safe from squirrels and has been very accommodating of our fosters dogs.  She is an all around fabulous dog! Thanks for bringing her into our lives.

Posted: 12/09/2018

I just wanted to tell you how much we love Thor. We adopted him September 9th 2018, and he has quickly become an irreplaceable part of this family. We are very proud to announce he has passed his AKC Canine Good Citizen exam, and continues to flourish. We are so thankful to have him in our lives, and are so glad we found MAGSR when we did! 


Posted: 12/09/2018

We previously rescued another German Shepherd named Rocky from a shelter. He lived a full life and was a wonderful dog; more importantly a family member. When we lost him we didn’t think we would ever adopt again. Losing Rocky was so painful.

Then one of your volunteers, Marie Wauters, recommended we look at Riley. We made an appt to look at a few dogs. However, we met Riley first and looked no further.  The connection was undeniable. We did the paperwork and she jumped right in the truck ready for the one hour plus drive home. She never wined or paced or did any of the things we expected.  She came right into our home and laid on her bed like she knew it was waiting for her. We have never had to crate her...not once. It is uncanny how she walked into our lives like she had always been here. We love her more than words can express. My husband is retired and is fortunate enough to share his days with her. I do get evenings and weekends. ️  She loves to go for rides and is such an important part of our lives. She has brought so much joy to our lives. She has also taught us that the pain we feel when our fur-babies cross the rainbow bridge is worth it for the amazing bond we share. We know how much it means to these animals to find a loving forever home. 

Thank you for all that your organization does to take care of them and to find them not just any home but the right one....the one best suited for both the dog and the owner(s).

Posted: 12/09/2018
Lady Lady

Lady will have been with us for 2 years this Feb. She is an amazing dog, who loves Catherine (my 8 year old daughter) and treats her like a sister. She now also lives with a two year chocolate lab, and loves nothing more than to run into the river to swim and play.

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: 12/08/2018

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: 12/07/2018
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

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.