Kari Jo http://photos2.meetupstatic.com/photos/member/7/9/6/a/member_153631082.jpeg


The Oakland German Shepherd Group http://photos2.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/e/1/d/e/global_13017822.jpeg 20091206
Oakland, CA 94601
No. 001


Los Angeles, CAUSA 90038
Hometown: Los Angeles

Organizer since:

December 6, 2009



founder, The CA Working Dog Foundation

Tell us about your GSD! Name, age, personality, where he/she came from.

Arlo, rescued in November 2009 at 1 yr old from Westside German Shepherd Rescue of Los Angeles. Arlo is super sweet, playful, energetic, and knows when to back down - so he generally gets along great with any dog! Jasko, a DDR Shepherd also adopted from WGSR in April 2011 at a year old. Severe abuse & neglect case. Now? total dreamboat.

What kind of activities do you like to do (or would you like to do) with your GSD?

I presently reside in Hollywood, CA, where I run the CA Working Dog Foundation with Lucie Swan. We love dog parks off-hours, hiking, beaches, camping, leisurely walks, you name it - we're up for it!

What are you most hoping to get from or out of this group?

Let German Shepherds be German Shepherds and play with wild reckless abandon! Barking and running amok is welcome and encouraged!

Does your GSD have any specific issues (behavioral/training/health) you would like help with?

Arlo, though recently mastering how to open and close the refrigerator, is eternally challenged when it comes to "recall".

Are you aware that we have a $7 annual fee to join, and that a portion of this is donated to Westside German Shepherd Rescue of Los Angeles? If not, it's explained in the Welcome Message and "About" page.


What Kari Jo is saying about this Meetup Group

Great way to socialize with other GSDs and their parents!

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  • Julie Land

    Hi Kari Jo, I haven't been to a meet up with you guys in a long time. My GSD Annette died in 11/2013 of Degenerative Myleopathy. I'm very sad without her. I will be getting another GSD when I am ready. Take care. Julie Land

    Dec 28, 2013 7:26 PM
  • Joyce Webber

    The Oakland German Shepherd Group

    Hey, Kari Jo. Thanks for the long-awaited paws-up at Pt. Isabel! Uhhhh... recall... REcall? What-the-paw is that? We WILL post. Thank Dog for your meetup, you SoCal DEfect. :)

    Oct 24, 2013 1:30 AM
  • Jeff Arcio

    Thanks Kari,
    I'm not new to GS's and have worked with a number of rescues. Where there any issues with the GS you adopted or basically they were what you expected?

    Oct 26, 2012 7:47 PM
  • Jeff Arcio

    Hi Kari,
    I going to WSGSR on Saturday hopefully to find a GS. How long was the process there?

    Oct 26, 2012 12:50 PM
  • Susan Smith

    Kari we are running late for Pt. Isabel... call cell 6905929 sue

    Aug 13, 2011 1:48 PM
  • Diana

    Thank you for the welcome. Our main reason for joining was in the hopes of there being the meet ups for "special dogs" like our anxious Ruby. I didn't see any posted on the calendar going forward ( or in the past). Do they still happen?


    Jun 28, 2011 1:03 AM
  • Jeannine

    Thanks Kari Jo! I'd love to hear your ideas on confidence building. He recently had the chance to go through some agility tunnels, and I've noticed that when we play fetch at the beach and he finds the stick in the ocean, he seems more confident. Or maybe my wishful thinking. :)
    This is my first dog and he's very sweet with family, but skittish of strangers - barking etc. I want to make sure that I'm being a good leader for him, so any advice is appreciated!

    Jun 08, 2011 12:56 AM
  • Karen

    RED SOX NATION - San Francisco/Bay Area, CA

    Hey Kari Jo, I did not see you at the game last week. Give me a call [masked]

    Apr 25, 2011 1:55 PM
  • Ann Armstrong

    I will help in anyway I can. I must say though I have never been much of an organizer. We are usually at PI daily, (weather permitting) but would need some direction as to what needs to be done. Look forward to seeing all who come on Saturday morning, Hi from Ann, Jim and of course Terra

    Apr 06, 2011 2:07 PM
  • Deborah Lindsay

    Thank you! Look forward to meeting you.

    Mar 18, 2011 7:18 PM
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