Friday, September 19, 2014

Crossing the Rainbow Bridge



Connie says, "Every time I get one of these I just get sick at heart. Every one of our dogs has a special story and a special place in my heart. RIP sweet Dutchie we will always love you.

Dutch came to us from his previous owner in Salina Ks in 2007. They loved him dearly but did not have a fenced yard and Dutch was often out of the yard. After a couple of run ins with animal control there, his family reluctantly decided to send Dutch to rescue in Colorado.

When he arrived we realized what a beautiful, special boy he was so of course he deserved a special home.  It was Dutch’s lucky day that when Phil came with his friend Wayne to look at another one of our dogs that Phil and Vicki just happened to be looking for a dog themselves. Phil fell instantly in love and took Dutch home to meet Vicki where he became a special and very much loved member of their family.

Below is the letter from Vicki informing me of the loss of their special boy":

Dear Connie:  It is with overwhelming grief that we tell you that our precious beloved Dutchie passed away on July 4th.  He was having a wonderful time on a horseback ride with Phil on our property in the early morning when it was still cool.  He was so happy, crossing our water canal (he loved water), chasing wild turkeys, and on the scent of a coyote.  And, he was with Phil, which was the most important thing to him.  (From the moment Phil came to your place and brought him home, they had a special bond.) Phil stopped all along the way to rest and Dutchie was ready to go.  When they got to the back of our place, he turned around and Dutchie was not right behind him.  He was just a little ways behind him and was already gone.  Phil tried CPR, but he had already passed.  He must have had a massive heart attack as he was gone instantly.  We cannot begin to tell you the how devastated we are.  We could not have loved him any more and he loved us too.  We can only find some comfort in knowing that he was doing what made him the happiest and we don't believe that he suffered any.  We miss him terribly and grieve for him daily.  He was our constant companion.  He was never left with anyone and always was with us.  We planned our trips around whether it was cool enough for Dutchie.  We bought him cool pads, a cool vest.  Anything we could do to make him a happy camper.  He even slept on a twin bed.  He was just such a treasure to us; bringing joy to our lives daily.  It was always the three of us.  He was so loyal, protective, smart.  He was not everyone's dog, but our dog.  He loved us.  I could go on and on.  You could set your watch by him.  He ate at 6 AM and 5 PM and had his cookie at 7 PM.  If he was out with Phil when it was time for supper, he would come back to the house, eat, and then go back to Phil.  We loved him so much.  He had just turned eight years old in June.  We thank you every day for rescuing him and could never understand how someone could give up this precious animal.  He was truly a gift from God.  He is buried right behind our house with our other dogs.  They are in a beautiful spot where I can check on them daily. 

"Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unwakened".




I need a home!!


Shadow is looking for a home . He is a very sweet and intelligent 16 month old boy with very high energy. He would make a great police or schutzhund dog where he could run off some of that energy.

If you are looking for a special boy that needs a loving home and have an outlet for some of that energy this may be your boy. Though he loves everyone and would probably be ok with older children he would be a little much for young children. Of couse with the proper training this dog has a super temperament and could do anything.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

from Connie

I received a very sad email this morning that one or our rescued GSDs “Gus” had passed away. I can’t tell you how profoundly sad it makes me when we lose one of our rescues. He was a great dog very much loved by his family Dave and Ellen. Gus was honored by the German Shepherd Dog Club of America as rescue dog of the year in 2007. I have no doubt that one day we will all meet again, but till then you will be missed.

Rescue Dog of the Year - 2007


Gus - 2007


Ellen and Gus 


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Auction starts tomorrow/Wednesday, August 6-August 9

2) You must click the join button at the top to participate. 
3) Bids are placed by clicking on the picture of an item, and placing a whole dollar bid in the comment box.
No bidding until Wed at 8am EST.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Auction and Adoptions/Connie


We are still in need of donated items for our auction. We need to contribute at least 30 items and we now have 5 (Kris Short donated 2 items and I donated 3 J ) You can see we are far behind our expected contributions . I will go online today and buy some things to donate, but not sure that I can do that all by myself. We are doing this auction with Serendipty GSD rescue in Missouri and they have already donated over 40 items so it should be a great auction. I hope everyone will take a look at it when it goes online. We are very much in need of the funds that this auction will bring.

If you want to donate an item contact J.J. at damerosehay1@gmail.com  She is overseeing the donations for us.

It has been a very slow year for adoptions as Petfinder has re vamped their website and people can’t seem to find how to put in applications. I hope this changes before long as we are keeping dogs much longer than usual that need to be in homes. We are now also using adopt a pet to list our dogs and that is getting some results. If you are interested in adopting you can fill out an adoption application on our website at http://GSDRColorado.com


Hope everyone is well and having a great summer. I am enjoying the warm weather as are the dogs. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

      Donated Items needed for silent auction

Just a quick note to let everyone know that we will be having a Silent auction for the rescue In August so we are looking for donations. Donations can be anything; we just ask that they are new....or "gently used" is ok on certain items such as collectibles or antiques. This is an online auction and items will have to be shipped so please keep that in mind when choosing an item. We also ask that all pet related donations have not been recalled for some reason. (Includes treats and toys).

JJ Lounghran will be our go to person for the auction so you can contact her at damerosehay1@gmail.com for all info and where to send the items. We really need to have the items by August 1st  if you are sending to us for shipping. This is something you can discuss with JJ. I know, short notice J but I have people helping with this and this is when they can do it. We need to gather 30 items or more. 

We are doing this in conjunction with Serendipity German Shepherd Rescue in Missouri and all the proceeds will be split between us. I think between both rescues we should have some nice items for auction assuming that we have good participation.

Connie Palmer  Williams - Executive Director
German Shepherd Rescue of Central Colorado

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

March update from Connie Williams

I know, long time no hear from me  J. I have been a bit overwhelmed with running the day to day of the rescue which has far too much bookwork to suit my taste. I always tell our accountant, “I just want to rescue dogs." He of course laughs at me. Summer is coming so we are starting to take in more rescues than we do in the winter. I guess I am just getting old but the last 2 winters have been very hard on my respiratory problems so I am only taking in limited dogs in the winter. I will try to make up for that in the summer I am sure.  I continue to try and find fosters but there don’t seem to be many people out there that want to foster. Fortunately we do have a couple of people that have been a godsend to us this winter. Thank you to Kaila and Kristen!

Right now I am looking for fosters or forever homes for 3 dogs and a forever home only for Jager.

Chai is a 4 yr. old golden sable (sable and white gsd cross). He is a very big but wonderful boy that is OK with large dogs if they don't start trouble but will defend himself if they do.


Then we have Heidi. She is a super sweet girl would probably be best in a single dog home. She warms up to other dogs after a while.


Brandi is a 9 month old female that we know isn't good with little dogs. After being bullied by a pug she finally pinned him to the floor at her previous home; hence her surrender to us. She should be fine with big dogs of opposite sex.

Jager is available for adoption only. Jager is a Czech working line GSD is a good boy but high energy and needs an experienced home.


We are looking for a forever home for our retiring rescue tester kitty Sammie. He is one awesome kitty with no bad habits except for sleeping a lot. He loves everyone and knows how to do a high five for a cookie. He is a great mouser but an indoor kitty. Sammie has decided he doesn't want to test anymore dogs and that it disturbs his sleep to have to have a job so he just wants to be a lap kitty for some awesome home. Sammie is 6 yrs. old, tested negative for feline leukemia and UTD on all his shots. Eventually we will have to have another rescue tester kitty but right now the rescue dogs, Chaddo (Chaddo is incontinent and wears a help me up harness) and my own health are taking up 120% of my time.


We are in need of doing some fundraising so we had a couple of ideas floated to us . I got a letter from AmazonSmile that someone had listed us as their charity of choice and that I needed to jump though a few hoops to get that started sooo….I did that and we are now signed up on AmazonSmile. Now if you make any purchases from Amazon.com do it through AmazonSmile  you can select us to receive a donation from Amazon of 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products. Go to http://smile.amazon.com/ch/26-2033911 and you will be good to go!

Another fundraising idea that JJ came up with is that if you shop at Petco and want to donate your pals rewards to help buy dog food and cookies for the rescue you can just give our phone number (cell 719-207-0323) instead of using your card. We are now getting Petco to deliver our food as they don’t charge a shipping fee and I never seem to get out of here anymore.

Hope this finds all of you well, staying warm and toasty with your happy healthy GSDs by your side.

PS: If anyone hasn’t found it yet we have a Facebook page that is much more active than the old one. It is at