|The first facebook posting from Brando's finder read, "Did you lose your dog at Riverbed Park near Mira Loma, CA? Found on Saturday and is now being taken to the Riverside Main shelter. He's not neutered, about 1-2 years old (est based on his teeth). Very friendly." We tried to head the finder off to see if it was possible that they could hold him, but we were too late. Brando was already turned over to the shelter, and we anticipated, with that temperament, that he would be claimed by his owner(s) or adopted in no time at all.
The second facebook post appeared several days later, reading, "Due out 11/16/20 - Sure hope my family can recognize me by the side of my face. Ridiculous picture on my link. This is the picture that's supposed to help save my life."
Thankfully, Brando's finder provided the above pictures and said that he was, "very friendly with people and other dogs."
An inquiry at the shelter on November 18th by our facebook angel, Kathy J, told us that Brando's owner had NOT come for him and that he had not been adopted. We moved as quickly as we could to get him out. We were told that there was a long list of adopted dogs that were waiting for spay or neuter before they could leave the shelter, so they couldn't tell us when Brando would actually be in our hands, but we dotted the "i's" and crossed the "t's" to make him ours.
UPDATE 11/20: We received a call from the shelter asking us if someone had been to the shelter today to pick up a German shepherd. We explained that, no, we hadn't because we were told there was going to be a wait and we would be notified when Brando was ready for pickup. Apparently he HAD been neutered and no one had let us know! Chuck and Jon are scrambling to get an appointment to pick up Brando tomorrow and transport him to Arizona -- only trouble is, we have nowhere for him to go!
Our thanks to the folks at Doggie District who have offered Brando a place to rest and recuperate until he goes up for adoption in about a week!
UPDATE 11/21: Thanks to Chuck and Jon at Husky Camp, Brando was picked up at the shelter this morning and is on the road to Quartzsite. From Chuck, "OMG!! I LOVE THIS BOY!!" Chuck explained that "He's a hugger and very tall. Doesn't jump up on you; just lays himself into you."
Brando was checked in to Doggie District this evening, and our volunteer, Jordan, was already there to meet him. "Okay I LOVED him. Every time I say this is the sweetest dog, but they are all so wonderful. But Brando really is the epitome of gentle giant. He's huge but carries himself in a calm manner -- he did show his personality a little more during the latter part of our brief visit. I was surprised he knows sit and shake really well. He was hesitant to sit but he definitely knows how to do it. He gave us a little shake too :) more like a high five, haha! He's so sweet and will make a great companion. He's young enough to be able to do some more training with ease -- he loved the treats so much. He's also a big snuggle bug! I can't wait to see him again!"
Brando is definitely underweight and will be given some time to recuperate, settle in and gain some weight. We are still shaking our heads at how someone could have let this boy slip through their fingers. He reminds us very much of Rogan and we definitely think the 2 of them could be related.
Adoption fee $425.00.