Branch is a gorgeous little Chihuahua mix who lives with his doting family in Utah where he is spoiled rotten. Branch loves to play with his stuffed fox - which happens to be his favorite toy - and loves to stop and smell the flowers! His life is like a dream, the kind of life any dog would love to live.
While his life is like a dream right now, the start of Branch’s story is like that of a nightmare. This sweet, loving dog was forced to endure horrific beatings and neglect at the hands of the person who was supposed to love and care for him when no one else did. The extent of everything that he suffered remains unknown to this day, but what we do know is enough to break our hearts.
Branch’s original owner beat him severely, leaving him with a scar on his right eyebrow - and terrified of life. He didn’t know how to react around toys because he’d never had them. He was scared of loud noises and would often flinch away from any fast movements. He’d been neglected, and hadn’t received any medical care, even when he was in desperate need of it.
When the owners were tired of abusing him, they abandoned him at a high-kill shelter, not caring what happened next. Luckily for him, the Humane Society pulled him out and brought him to one of their Utah shelters where he would have a better chance of finding the perfect forever home. There, he began the long journey to recovery and finding his perfect home.
On August 19, 2017, Branch went to an adoption show in the hopes of finding his new family. He was terrified of all the loud voices and busy chaos of the adoption show; he was shaking, terrified. As the day went on, all his friends in nearby cages were adopted and went home with their new families, one by one. Twenty minutes before the adoption show ended, a woman wandered into the event and immediately fell in love with Branch.
Branch was scared at his new home, terrified that his new owner would turn out to be abusive to him, too. He would run from squeaky toys, not understanding the high pitch. As the two bonded, he began to learn how to play with toys and how to trust his new mom. Branch learned to overcome his horrific past to become a happy and well-loved pup. Today, he loves to play tug-of-war with his rope toy, and going everywhere with his momma. It’s safe to say, he’s living the good life now.