Most of you don't know, but our co-founder, Nancy, was the recipient of this week's (11-15-2017) "Pay It Forward" award from Channel 5 News -- video link to be added when available. We decided that Branson would be the first to benefit from the cash award.

Michael, who adopted Sawyer & Amy from our rescue, Pays It Forward

We first heard about Branson from our Facebook friend, Kathy J. He was in a shelter (and had been there for about 2 weeks) that we have just had to stop dealing with (too many problems and issues, and very little cooperation from staff), so we wondered if someone else could help us help him. We asked Kathy to reach out, and with her vast network of rescue friends she was able to find someone to pull him immediately.

Branson's Freedom Video

Branson was pulled from the shelter this afternoon and transported to Crossroads where he will be picked up by our good friends, Chuck and Jon. He will be neutered in the morning, and then transported to Arizona on Sunday.

Branson is listed as a 10 month old shepherd. His temperament is sweet (as a puppy's should be), but we will reserve any further judgments until we see for ourselves on Sunday when Branson arrives in Phoenix.

It's been a busy day as Branson checks in for neuter surgery

UPDATE 11/19: Branson has arrived!

The first Pay It Forward $100 bill goes to Husky Camp Rescue to pay Branson's fees in California

Branson is probably a shepherd/lab mix ~ more shepherd than lab, but an excellent combination of breeds. He stayed in a hotel last night with our husky rescue friends, and they report that he was good as gold. He can be vocal around new people and dogs, but once he's introduced, he's friendly (and quiet). We'll spend the next several days getting to know Branson and then will be in search of a foster or foster-to-adopt home for him over Thanksgiving weekend.

UPDATE 11/24: Branson came out to the park today to meet his future training partner, Wendy, and also to meet some new friends (his potential foster family).


UPDATE 11/28: In a surprising turn of events (and the one time we REALLY wish we would have had our camera with us), we took Branson in to our vet for his pre-placement checkup. He was checked over, nose to tail; his vaccinations updated; and, as an after-thought, we asked if Branson could be checked to see if he had sutures from his neuter surgery that had to be removed. Upon checking, sutures were found, and so we called in another vet tech to help us flip Branson over for the suture removal. Once he was flipped over, everyone's eyes couldn't help but see the "lump" that was plainly visible in Branson's scrotum! Upon closer examination, the lump was determined to be a TESTICLE!! Branson had been supposedly neutered (not by our vet) on November 17th -- and we know because we paid the vet bill for the procedure and the sutures were there (in the appropriate place).

What the heck? Did the vet "lose count" between one and two? Did he forget to count at all? Was Branson a cryptorchid at the time of surgery and the vet just not bother to look for the other one? Either way, any of these scenarios is completely unacceptable, but ultimately means that Branson is facing yet another surgery and we are facing another vet bill!

Thankfully, Branson's new foster family has agreed to take him on anyway and make sure he gets to his surgery appointment on Monday. Poor Branson. We're not going to tell him; it's going to be a surprise!

UPDATE 11/29: After spending most of the day at Sherry's Pampered Pets for a "spa" day, Branson moved in with his new foster family this afternoon. Second neuter surgery scheduled for Monday.

FOSTER UPDATE 11/30: "First night update: Heís doing great! Well behaved around the house; hasnít even made an attempt to find the cats or head upstairs. Seems to be house trained pretty well - he went to the door and whimpered to let me know he needed to go out. We went for a 4 mile walk, and he did very well on the leash. No pulling, avoided most distractions.

He sprawled out on Lindsayís lap on the couch come TV time, and didnít move for anything. Heís definitely a big ole lap dog! Come bed time, a couple whimpers and a bark in the crate, but after a couple of "quiets," he calmed down and didnít make a peep the rest of the night. A couple of bites of food this morning, but nothing significant.

Heís at the office with me this morning, everyone loves him! Thanks"

FOSTER UPDATE 12/4: "Heís home from surgery and recovering well. Heís not a huge fan of the cone (neither are my calves...)."

FOSTER UPDATE 12/9: "Quick update, heís doing well! Learning his manners relatively quickly. Stay is his Achilles heal, but everything else is going well. The girls are still loving him, and heís been great with the family and coworkers. We did have his first escape tonight... we left for dinner from 4-6 and came home - he had stripped his cone off and bent his cage for escape. It was still locked, not sure how he managed... but, on the bright side... the cats are still alive and he didnít destroy anything other than a bag of bully sticks that were on the counter. He did manage to jump a 4ft baby gate and poop upstairs, but it's hard to be mad when he didnít cause any damage. I'm more impressed than anything. Hah!"

Adoption fee $365.00.

If you are interested in Branson, please fill out our PROSPECTIVE ADOPTER'S QUESTIONNAIRE. You will be contacted by return email. If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, please Email Nancy at This questionnaire link is only for Branson or other white German Shepherds on our site. WE WILL NOT CONTACT YOU until a questionnaire has been completed.

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