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: 06/30/2016

We adopted 'Kara' last July from your organization. It was the best decision we could have made. From the time we filled out the application until we adopted....every person at MAGSR was so friendly and helpful. We renamed 'Kara' to 'Nakoa'. She was very sick with heartworms when we got her and she has made a full recovery. We can't imagine our life without her. She is the sweetest dog that we have ever her!    


Posted: 06/19/2016
Jax Jax Jax Jax

Jax is the light of our lives. He is always up for an adventure. Jax has completed basic, intermediate, advanced and gotten his CGC! In January of 2015, we joined Wags for Hope as a therapy team. We visit nursing homes, assisted living homes and the READ program at schools and libraries. We also participate in a lot of fundraising events (5Ks usually) for animal organizations. When at home we hang out and do some neighborhood watching from the front porch, or perhaps lounge in our pool in the back yard. Thank you for bringing us together MAGSR, life would be a sad affair without Jax in it.



Posted: 06/15/2016
Polar Polar Polar Polar


We adopted Polar back in Dec 1, 2013. He has come so far since.

The first week was really rough. We lost a couch, a dog crate, a living room carpet and some blinds and so so so many remotes but he has come to feel safe and secure with us and now has free run of the house during the day. Never has an accident and has stopped chewing on things. Even remotes are safe.

He has an incredible amount of energy still. We love the summer because swimming for an hour really tires him out. One of the few things that does.

We also adopted another older female, Naja, and they had an initial power play but have since settled in nicely and have some great play time.

Polar brings a great deal of joy and happiness to us. We are never never alone as he is a complete shadow dog. He was a little aloof initially. I would always joke that if someone else came in to take care of him, he wouldn't have even noticed. But that has changed completely and he is a loyal and true companion.

Thanks so much for allowing us to make him part of our family. He is/was hard work but he is entirely worth it.  And he is very loved and spoiled.

Emily, Henry, Polar and Naja

Posted: 06/12/2016
Otto (fka Ringo)
Otto (fka Ringo)


"Ringo" who now goes by "Otto" was adopted in March 2015, and he has had my back since! He's been loving the farm life and enjoys spending almost every available second outside, burying his toys and playing in his pool. :) His other hobbies include checking on me in the shower, protecting me from the oven, and generally making sure he has my back at all times. He also enjoys snuggling in the lazy boy he has claimed as his own :)

The best part of his unconditional love is that he lets me put funny hats on him and cuddle him against his will... And he never holds it against me, haha!

A huge thanks from both of us for matching us!
Hannah and Otto

Posted: 06/12/2016

Adopted 2013. Katie is a total love bug! She loves hanging out and spending time with her family, going on camping trips to the beach and mountains, and representing MAGSR at the local Meet and Greets. She received her Canine Good Citizen certificate and passed obedience training with flying colors and we couldn't be more proud! Thank you for helping Katie find her forever home with us!

Posted: 06/11/2016
Diego (fka Nicco)
Diego (fka Nicco)

Hard to believe it has almost been a year since Diego(fka Nicco)'s gotcha day and everyone couldn't be happier. He loves all his toys but especially his Kong and his squeaky toys. Loves helping take care of the farm - watering the garden, feeding and taking horses in and out and protecting the chickens. He even thinks he should be able to drive the truck around the farm just joking but couldn't resist taking the pic last night. Just finished our Basic II Obedience and will be working for our CGC this fall. Thanks to everyone at MAGSR for making this match!

Posted: 06/11/2016
Patriot Patriot Patriot Patriot Patriot


My husband and I adopted our sweet Patriot in August 2015. He is the absolute sweetest. He loves belly rubs, his stuffed moose Marvin, snuggles, and walks along the trails. He absolutely LOVED the snow during the blizzard this year too. He is the best family member. Thank you for helping him find his way to us!!

Marissa and Andy Zuk

Posted: 06/01/2016
Heidi Heidi

We wanted to give a update on our dog Heidi, formerly known as Jo Jo, who we adopted in April 2014. When we first adopted Heidi, she was very shy around people and canines alike but obedience classes and regular trips to the dog park helped her to adjust to her new surroundings. Heidi is a very affection girl and loves to play. Some of her favorite things include walks in the city, car rides, playing with her buddies at the dog park, string cheese, playing hide and seek and distracting her doggie friends to steal their toys. She has responded well to training, obeying basic commands and performing several tricks such as 'roll over' and 'high five'. This summer we took Heidi on the trip of her lifetime driving out to Jim's hometown in Northern Minnesota. Heidi was so excited to join us on this 3 day trek across part of the country. Once we finally arrived, she met her best friend Claire, a German shepherd rescue and new member of Jim's parents' family. Heidi and Claire played for a week straight running around together and swimming in the lake. Heidi realized that although shes a good swimmer, she wasn't a huge fan of the water. Luckily Claire was there to cheer her on and encourage her!

Heidi has brought a tremendous amount of joy to our lives. She is an amazing companion to Jim and I. We look forward to what our future holds with Heidi by our side. Without MAGSR we would not have met this wonderful bundle of love. Thank you to the wonderful people at MAGSR and all you do for these dogs amd their families

Jim, Cecilia and Heidi

Posted: 02/02/2016
Rueger (NKA Smokey)
Rueger (NKA Smokey) Rueger (NKA Smokey) Rueger (NKA Smokey)


It has been 4 years since I left for my new home with the Brown Family!! I figured it was about time to give you all an update on how it's going. These people let me sleep on the sofas and beds, give me tons of treats, lay with me tons, and let me go virtually everywhere with them. They even take me to the creek where I get put on the long leash and get to swim. My family calls me a "water horse"...whatever that means.

I even have cat brothers named Bandit and The Kitwin. They're pretty cool, especially when they chase me around the house. And there are these bird things that live in the backyard. My family calls them chickens. I love those things! They never wander to far from me and when I lay down, they like to huddle right next to my sides.

I'm happier than I have ever been. Having a family is great and my human mom promised me I'd never be hungry or roaming the streets again. I like that promise.

Love, Rueger

Posted: 01/28/2016
Baker Baker Baker

Hi Everyone!

I realized it has almost been a year since I've given you an update on Baker!  We have accomplished so much in 2013!

Baker earned his Canine Good Citizen, passed the ATTS Temperament Test, was herding instinct certified, became the 25th AKC Canine Partner to achieve the Coursing Ability Advanced (CAA) title and the 6th AKC Canine Partner (in the world) to achieve the Coursing Ability Excellent (CAX) Title!   He became Certified Therapy Dog.  We were interviewed by Jim Cantore of the Weather Channel.  We have performed in 3 talent shows. We educated a Girl Scout Troop about dog training and care.  Baker has been my training partner for 2 Ironman Triathlons and continues to be the best running partner. We are currently training for a half marathon.   We also biked 100 miles on the C&O Canal last May. (I had a special dog trailer on the bike so he could ride if needed.) Oh, and we have started playing agility too! 

I guess you could say we like to keep busy!

This year we are working on earning our Rally Obedience Novice title and still pursuing the Coursing Ability Excellent 2 (CAX2) title (only 9 more qualifying legs to go). We are also going to try Barn Hunt and K9 Nosework this year.  Thank you again for letting me bring this dog "who be the person at the party with the lampshade on his head" into my life!  We are having a blast and will continue to pursue fun dog sports!

Kate and Ingomar Di Mancini Torsione Pane CAX, CGC, TT  (Baker)

Posted: 01/23/2016
Valor Valor Valor Valor Valor Valor


I wanted to send an update with a lot of pictures on our Valor. He has grown so beautifully! He did a month of advanced obedience training and now has confidence to be off-leash at the dog beach in the summertime and in our 3 acre backyard. He is so sweet and loving and has changed our lives! His happiest days are the days my kids are not in school and he spends every minute with them. He gets along with all other dogs and he has just become the centerpoint to our family.

Thank you so much for making our family complete. Well, almost....we now want to reduce a GS puppy!!! Lol

Samantha, Elwood, Madelyn and Jacob