My name is Leo B Special Needs!

Golden Retriever/German Shepherd Dog Mix Dog for adoption in Hagerstown, Maryland - Leo B Special Needs
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Crossing Paths Animal Rescue - Vickies MD chapter

Facts about Leo B Special Needs

  • Breed: Golden Retriever/German Shepherd Dog Mix
  • Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn - With White
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 11269965
Please contact Vickie ( for more information about this pet.




Great dog that loves being outside and going for walks!


Leo is a 2 yr old, male, Golden Retriever/Shepherd mix that is gentle, loving and special~ He has only known life as an unwanted stray until coming into rescue recently. He has never known a soft bed, being inside or loving hands.  When he was rescued he was just a little skittish of sudden movements and was on the cautious side yet was very loving and gentle from Day 1.  He quickly warmed up (loves men) and spends his days relaxing in the sunshine, stretched out in the grass.  He prefers being in an open play yard setting over a kennel.  He has been in a large wire crate a few nights and whined at first, then settled down for the night.




After Leo was rescued, his foster parents noticed he would favor his back leg at times, holding it up or walking lightly on it.  Leo was xrayed at the vet and it was found that he has been shot (more than once) and the bone in one leg had shattered!  This occurred during his puppy stage and the bone self healed the best it could, which is why it gets sensitive at times. The other leg also has a couple pieces of metal from the gun shot in it.. Surgery is not going to fix this and amputation is not an option since the other leg has damage too.  Leo walks just fine, despite his old injury, just favors his leg at times.  He LOVES going for walks and is perfect on a leash.  His future adopter needs to understand that he will need to be on joint medicine and when needed, something for pain.  He would do best in a home without stairs and really needs a fenced yard since its his favorite place to be (all he has known).  His foster parents are working on acclimating him to being inside.  He has done great inside each time he has been brought in. He just isn't used to it.




Leo has medium long yellow fur that is soft and beautiful.  He has beautiful white teeth and intelligent eyes.  He has a wonderful disposition and likes other dogs.  He doesn't seem to like cats very much, from a distance anyway.  Leo is also great with children.  He has never had any toys so he isn't sure what to do with them yet.  What he does enjoy is human companionship and treats! He lets his foster parents when a stranger comes in their yard or a wild creature wanders onto the property.  He also howls beautifully, like a wolf, when a siren goes off.  If you are interested in adopting a loyal, loving special dog who just got a bad start in life, then Leo would be perfect for you. 

Posted 5/17/17 RW  Revised

As Celebrate Home Dogs, the total fee, which includes adoption and transport, is only $200.00.  Our goal in lowering the fee is simple.  We want to get them into your home as quickly as possible, they need their own beds (or yours) in their own home. This all includes quarantine, worming, all vaccines, heartworm testing, heartworm and tick/flea preventatives, neutering, health certificate, transport, and complete medical records.


 **It is rare that we know with certainty the ages or mixes that make up our wonderful dogs, but we do our best to be as accurate as possible based upon our many years in rescue.**

Adoption: $200 which covers quarantine, shots, worming, food, medical records, spaying/neutering,  and an Alabama State Health Certificate.

Transport, if needed :     We consider the transport to be of great importance and, as such, take particular care of the dogs during the trip from Alabama. We make every effort to arrive with healthy and minimally stressed dogs.

About Crossing Paths Animal Rescue - Vickies MD chapter

About Our Rescue Group...

Crossing Paths is a 501(c)3 animal rescue organization based in Locust Fork, Alabama.
Several times per week, Mary Ellen Tidwell, the President of Crossing Paths Animal Rescue, visits one of the many the high-kill facilities in Alabama and removes as many adoptable dogs as she can accommodate in her own kennels and foster homes. Dogs which are adopted by families in the Northeast are transported every two to three weeks to PA/NJ/NY/MD and various locations in the Northeast.
When the transport leaves to bring the adopted dogs north, Mary Ellen returns to the high-kill facility to fill the vacancies left by the adopted dogs. What does this mean for you?

Come Meet Our Pets...

Adoption Event

Sept 17, 2016

2600 S Eagle Rd
Newtown, PS

Our Adoption Process...

We are not a shelter, our dogs are in a network of foster homes. We have transports of adopted dogs to Hagerstown, MD area and as far north as Newtown , PA (and points along the way) at least every 3 weeks.

Please see our website for adoption and transport fee info.
If you are interested in any of our dogs, the first step is to submit the application found on our website.

List any dogs that interest you in order of preference. If you don't see anything right now, check back often as we update frequently. ( Note that there are 2 links on our website adoptable dog page):
When your application is approved, we will put you in touch with the dog's foster mom/dad who will answer any questions you may have and so that the foster may get a feel for your situation and determine if the dog will be a good fit for your particular household. If all that ends on a positive note, we'll finalize the adoption (process payment) and schedule the dog for transport, if needed.

If you are uncomfortable adopting a dog without a prior face-to-face meeting and you are in the PA/NJ area, we have adoption events several times per year at local pet stores in Newtown, PA or Lawrenceville, NJ for which we bring up 15-20 adoptable dogs. Watch our website for up coming events.

* PLEASE NOTE: We review the applications in order of receipt and many of our potential adopters who are otherwise qualified miss out on a dog that has stolen their hearts because the application came in later than others of equal merit. Here's my advice: file the application ASAP. Don't waste time sending an inquiry asking info on the dogs and if they are available. We , on the front lines, don't know each dog personally; what we do know is in the description we have provided . We will let you know if the dog is available or not upon receipt of your application and give you the opportunity to select another.