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Dog Dumped on Barren Mountaintop Gets Rescued by Vacationers

Dog Dumped on Barren Mountaintop Gets Rescued by Vacationers


Written byZara W-Pof Wellington, New Zealand

My cousin, my sister, her boyfriend and Iwere traveling through the mountainous region of Peneda-Xeres, which separates Spain and Portugal. It’s pretty desolate with scrub and pine and lots of enormous bare-rock cliffs.

We hadstopped at a lookout on top of a hill to enjoy the view and stretch our legs, and whenI turned around to go back to our car, I found myself face-to-face with a very sorry-looking young dog.He was huddled into a patch of dry grass in the full glare of the sun and wasn’t moving, just panting in the heat. None of us had noticedhim for a while because he was lying so still and hematched the color of the scrub. We tried talking to the dog, buthe was unresponsive and seemed sunk in misery.

He Had to Be DesperatelyThirsty

We got our water bottles and lined a depression in the ground with some plastic wrap to make a drinking bowl for him. He immediately drank all of the water and perked up a bit. Next weoffered our lunch (some cheese rolls we’d packed) and hegobbled up every scrap. The dog looked in relatively good condition and showed no fear of us, so it was clear that until recentlyhe had been looked after by humans. Yet the hilltop we were on was shadeless and desolate, and there had been no source of water for miles. We decided to takethe dogto an animal shelter so wecoaxed him into the back of our car and we set off down the hill.

We stopped at the nearest village, about half an hour’s drive down a dusty road, to ask directions. A local man started chatting with us and through a combination of my rusty French and my cousin’s better Spanish, we explained where we’d found the dog and what we planned to do. The man told us that people came to the region to hunt boars and that the dogs who weren’t brave or strong enough were often abandoned at the side of the road to their fate.

He took a look at the dog, who was recovered enough by now to even waghis tail and bark at the local dogs who’d come to take a gander. Although the village was small, the dogs looked happy and well-cared for and the man explained that in these parts dogs were treated with respect and affection and that the hunters’ behavior was frowned upon by locals. The man considered for a bit and then offered to take the dog off our hands and give him a good home. We let the dog out of the car, andhe capered around with the other dogs. The man wouldn’t accept any money for the dog and promised to take good care of him.

In the space of an hour, the dog we’d found slumped hopelessly in the baking sun had been transformed into a creature bursting with joy.His spirits had risen as we drove down out of the mountains, and nowhe seemed to sense that his circumstances had changed for the better. We lefthim racing around in a frenzy of excitement, greeting all the local dogs and sussing outhis new owner.

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6:56PM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

What a great story. Whoever dumped him will get what they deserve.

3:42PM PDT on Aug 9, 2013

Thank you for sharing :)
Thank you to the kind portuguese man and to you who have helped save a life !!

3:07PM PDT on Aug 9, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

7:44AM PDT on Aug 6, 2013

Thank you for sharing

10:34AM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

I am glad they found him a home. Many do not find homes and end up in shelters where they are put to sleep.

6:26AM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

wonderful - thanks for helping him.

4:51AM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

Never abandon any animals

6:53PM PDT on Aug 4, 2013

Thank you.

5:36AM PDT on Aug 1, 2013

and agree with Michelle S.

10:41AM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

In the state of Arkansas they use dogs for hunting deer, disgusting I know. What is worse is that if the dogs don't find their way back to their owners they are left abandoned out in the woods to fend for themselves. Many of these dogs are still very young and are expected to learn from the older dogs. If they get lost they have no one who cares and no one looking for them. They are not considered pets. Arkansas has been slow to enforce the laws regarding animal abuse and animals used for hunting are considered exempt. :( I so highly respect and love anyone who picks up a stray and helpless dog and makes their lives better! Thank you!

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