Hiking around the Bay with your dog
If you enjoy hitting the trail with your dog, check out these dog friendly hiking options around the Bay. Please visit the park websites for current information before heading out - just click on the respective headings below for easy access. Remember to dress in layers, and bring sunscreen and plenty of water for both you and your dog. Happy hiking!

Enjoy heavenly Bay Area views, especially at sunrise and sunset. Loma Alta Open Space Preserve is part of Marin County Parks Preservation and Recreation. MCPPR offers 25 additional parks or open space preserves which feature dog friendly hiking trails. 

The Presidio contains more than 24 miles of  hiking trails and eight scenic overlooks . The Presidio is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is proud to be the only park in the National Park Service to designate areas for responsible dog walking off-leash. GGNRA trails, beaches, and open spaces are available to enjoy with your dog!

Only 20 minutes from downtown Oakland, Anthony Chabot Regional Park is a beautiful 3,314 acre year-round public park and campground with 70 miles of hiking and riding trails. Explore the grasslands, chaparral, and shady eucalyptus groves, or the shores of Lake Chabot. 

Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve is a 366-acre site near San Carlos with trails for hiking and dog walking, including an off-leash area. Pulgas Ridge is part of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, which is a collection of 26 open space reserves - 11 of which offer dog friendly hiking trails. 

Vinnie's legacy
By Maria
You have probably heard the quote “Rescuing one dog won’t change the world, but the world will change for one dog!”. But is this really true? Let me tell you the story of Vinnie and then you can decide.

Let’s start at the end to get the sad part over. Vinnie died this summer just short of his 16th birthday. He was in my life for over 14 years. At the time I met him, my little Chihuahua mix had just died of cancer and my border collie, Decca, needed a new companion, so I could not take as long to mourn as I might have liked. Someone in my vet’s office mentioned a poodle mix that Grateful Dogs Rescue was having trouble placing but thought he might be a good fit for me.

Vinnie had attracted the most applications GDR had ever received at the time for a dog. He was that cute! But had been adopted and returned 3 times (food protective, not hypo-allergenic, bonded to one person more than the other), but none of those issues were a problem for Decca and me. So, I took him home and changed his name to Vinnie. His original name was too cute for such a little tough guy. I decided he was the Joe Pesci of cockapoos and chose the name Vinnie. He was about a year and a half old at that time and he and Decca became best friends.

Almost 2 years after adopting Vinnie, I helped trap an abandoned dog in McLaren Park. I asked Grateful Dogs if they would take this dog if I fostered, and he became my first foster dog. I thought this was going to be a one-off thing and didn’t plan to continue to foster. But, 4 months later I was asked if I would consider fostering another dog, and then one thing lead to another and I have now fostered over 50 dogs. Vinnie, being who he was, gave most of these foster dogs a hard time while Decca, and then Shayna, gave them a nurturing environment to get ready for their forever homes.
In the 12 years since my second foster dog, I have case managed dogs, screened dogs at the shelter, screened foster applications, done website updates, answered the emails, and so many other tasks, and despite at first refusing offers to join the board, I now find myself as board president.

So, let’s circle back to the beginning of the story. Is it true by rescuing Vinnie, the world was changed for only one dog? Well, it was definitely changed for me. The world was also changed for all of the other foster dogs and the people who adopted them. And so on and so on, one step at a time, the world will continue to change and Vinnie’s legacy and memory will live on.
Say hello to Kit!
Everyone who meets Kit describes her as super sweet. She is very calm and quiet. She loves to be close to her humans and snuggle on the couch. She loves to give kisses. She is house trained, loves going for walks and loves to run! Kit is very quiet and doesn’t bark. She knows sit and shake. Her fur is short and soft, and she doesn’t seem to shed. She’s almost perfect.

  Olive and her Forever Family
By Bailey
My husband adopted Olive in 2006, two years before we started dating. At the time he was a dog walker in the city and Olive fit perfectly into his life, going to work with him daily. On our first date we took Olive to Fort Funston. I remember thinking he was wonderful, and I walked away completely in love with Olive. The next year we married and Olive became a family dog, gaining a new Mom and eventually a baby. At first it was an adjustment with a new baby in the home, but after a few short months the two created an inseparable bond. Olive is now 13 and has two human sisters and a kitty sibling. She has enriched our lives with her love and playful nature. We are incredible grateful to Grateful Dogs Rescue for placing Olive with Nathan.

Hunter, age 9, wanted to share her story about Olive as well:
When I was younger Olive was such a big part of my life and she still is today. Olive came into our family before I was born and even before my parents met. When I was a baby, I remember playing with Olive and throwing her little tennis ball around the room. We got even closer as we grew up and we became best friends. Then my little sister was born. I had a hard time adjusting when she was born but Olive was always there to cuddle me. Whenever I am having a hard time I go outside and play with Olive and feel better. Olive is the best friend I could ask for. 

Training tips: Treats!
Even something as simple as a dog treat can get pretty complicated. How many? How often? What kind? When to give one and when not to? 

Just keep it simple. Give a dog a treat immediately (within 1-2 seconds) after he or she does something you would like them to do. Therefore, you must have the treat handy and be watching for the behavior you want your dog to repeat. Take “sit” for example. Hold the treat close and just above your dog’s nose. Move it slowly upward and toward him and if he follows your hand and sits…give him the treat and say only one word, quietly - “Sit”. Do not say “Can you sit?” Just keep it simple. The treat should be presented right in front of your dog’s mouth, using your fingertips or in your palm if he is not gentle. Repeat the process until it becomes one motion. After some practice, you will no longer even need the treat. Just a hand motion and the word “sit” will be all you need. This example applies to almost all the commands you will be using at the beginning stages of training.

Treats can vary from kibbles to the most delicious things (for dogs) you can find. Keep in mind that feeding your dog table scraps can reduce your training treats’ effectiveness. The best and tastiest treats should be reserved for tough or important skills, like calling your dog back to you.

Some trainers go straight to yanking on a choke chain while others believe in a literal constant shower of treats, even when a dog is just sitting. But neither extreme is necessary. Overuse of treats is a common mistake and too much of any food can become common and maybe fattening. Just like with humans, finding the balance of moderation is important as certainly more than one treat at a time may be in order when you get a great response to your request! But remember to combine treats along with praise and touch - these are often overlooked rewards that are also very effective.

Need more Training Tips?
Articles from previous newsletters can be found on the GDR website. Click here .

Rudy , the handsome German Sheppard in the photo above, is available for adoption. 

Sharing is caring!
We know not everyone can be a foster or an adoptive dog parent. But everyone can help advocate for our furry friends! It’s as easy as staying engaged with Grateful Dogs Rescue on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Follow, Double Tap, Tag, Like, Love, or Share. Just a few simple clicks or taps when you see a GDR post can truly make a difference. 

Greater visibility means great results! Rescue dogs looking for their forever home will be seen by more potential adopters and the big issues our rescue community face every day gain more awareness. Whether that’s calling attention to overcrowded shelters or driving donation efforts for a dog who needs medical treatment, every little bit helps and is appreciated. 

GDR’s Summer 2019 adoption count from May 1st to July 31 st :
  • 21 rescue dogs found their forever homes!! 
  • 14 of those dogs were featured in posts on GDR’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
  • And at the time of this publication, another 5 adoptions are currently pending…so that’s a potential total of 19 social media maven pups who have found their forever homes this summer!

Let’s keep those adoption applications rolling as we get into the Dog Days of Summer!

Like, Love, Share - help spread the word! 

Just click on the social media icons at the bottom of the newsletter to find GDR posts.

A heartfelt thank you!
Grateful Dogs Rescue is approaching its 30th anniversary. Our fall newsletter will feature a section devoted to the history of the organization and its growth over the years. But, before we reach this remarkable milestone, we want to take a moment and say thank you to everyone who contributes to GDR’s mission of rescuing shelter dogs not made available for adoption and fostering them until loving homes are found rather than letting them be euthanized.

GDR is an all-volunteer organization and through the efforts of such dedicated and kind people, we are able to save dozens of lives every year. Thank you to our fosters who open their hearts and homes. Thank you to the folks who volunteer their time to work adoption events or help transport dogs around at a moment’s notice. Thank you to all who generously make donations and support our cause. And of course, thank you to our adopters who give GDR dogs their second chance at a happy life and the forever family they deserve. 


How Can You Help?

GDR is an all-volunteer group! There are many ways you can help:
  • Foster
  • Transport
  • Home checks
  • Photographing our dogs
  • Help spread the word by sharing our available dogs on your social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, NextDoor
  • Or you can make a donation!
Donations are our life’s blood and are always put to good use! Almost all our funds go to pay veterinary bills. Your donations help rescue dogs receive basics care like vaccinations, spay/neuter procedures and help with more extensive medical needs such as dental cleanings, treating skin problems and major surgeries.
Donations can be made via PayPal, check or cash. Some employers will match your donation; check with your HR department!

If you donate $250 or more you are eligible for a portrait through Pet Food Express’s My Mutt program

Do you shop on Amazon? Then sign up for Amazon Smile and designate GDR as your preferred charity. GDR receives 0.5% of the cost of your eligible purchases.

Did you know that Facebook has birthday fundraisers? Two weeks before your birthday FB will ask you if you want to dedicate your birthday to support a cause, requesting donations instead of gifts. Please select Grateful Dogs Rescue!
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