Golden Retriever Puppy Escapes from Hoarder During Flood and is Saved By Family


A Golden Retriever named Bran was found wandering the streets during floods that hit Atlanta in 2013. He was in very poor shape when Blaine Hale first spotted him sitting in the rain. When Blaine pulled over, Bran immediately came to him and wagged his tail.

Blaine took him home and nursed him back to health. It wasn’t until later that his new family learned that Bran had been living in the woods after running away from an animal hoarder.

This is Bran’s story:

“We found Bran in the middle of a flood on the east side of Atlanta. He was just sitting by a mailbox in the rain, looking pathetic. I pulled over and called him to me, he immediately came, wagging his tail. He looked incredibly skinny and rough.

“Long story short, we found out he had been in the woods for over 3 months because he ran away from an animal hoarding situation. I immediately loaded him up and took him home.

“This is a picture of him in the tub. He was too dirty to be anywhere else and no amount of bathing cleaned him.”

“This was the next morning. Looking rough and extremely exhausted. He pretty much slept for 3 weeks straight after we found him.”

“The following morning I took him to a vet for his first check up. He was 25 lbs under weight, not chipped, not tagged, and had most worms a dog could have. That included, hook, round, ring and heart worms. We then proceeded to brush out all his knots. His tail had become one big dread lock.”

“Next was all the tick picking.”

“This tiny amount quickly escalated to around 200 ticks over the course of 2-3 days of picking.”

“3 days later, [he was] already looking so much better.”

“We had to keep him isolated from the other dogs until he was cleaned up and tick free. My other golden kept him company.”

“He got a name! Bran! He was found on Brannen street.”

“He quickly became my shop dog because of how calm and passive he was.”

“So passive.”

“Treating a ring worm flare up 🙁 Sorry buddy.”

“He doesn’t mind the cone one bit.”

“He helps out with the laundry.”

“Just like most goldens, when I come home, he must find the nearest object to bring to me. If he can’t find his toys, the next in line is a shoe or a remote.”

“He got the coins taken out of his coin purse and was on meds so I had to take him to work to monitor him. He did so well at the office.”

“Bran and Addie, my other golden.”

“They end up snuggling each other a lot, when I’m busy.”

“Good feet warmers.”

“Hello, let us in so we can go back out again.”

“He loves baths.”

“Handsome man.”

“Happy Holidays! We’ve had him for about 6 months now and he’s gained a lot of weight. I’m happy to announce that he is 100% every worm free and is the most amazingly sweet dog ever. He’s just over 1 year old now!”

Bran is so fortunate to have been found by a loving family, and from the looks of things they were very lucky to find him too!


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