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“She Cried While She Ate”: Unchained Dog Overcome With Joy

“She Cried While She Ate”: Unchained Dog Overcome With Joy

By Kristie Hendricks, Dogs Deserve Better Representative for New York

I received a call about sweet dog chained to a tree, needing to be spayed and perhaps re-homed. The caller knew that the owner would allow the spay, but was unsure if he would allow me to re-home to a family who would allow her indoors.

Upon my arrival, I found Darla chained to a tree in a very secluded backyard, way down a hill where she could not even see the home. Her shelter was a very rickety box with holes and lots of space for wind, water and snow to get in. She spent more than three years living there and had puppies that were given away at the grocery store. When she saw us coming, she was so happy that she whimpered and cried. She did so as I petted her as well; she was just so happy for the love and attention.

The owner said she wandered into his yard and he kept her there because he was fearful that she would be put to sleep, since she was a pit bull. With some education and compassion, he decided to let her go.

When I got her home, she cried while she ate. She was just as overwhelmed with emotion as was I. Darla is one of the sweetest dogs I have ever met. She loves everyone and appreciates every ounce of love she gets.

For All the Darlas Out There…

There’s a connection among all chained dogs. They’re all terribly lonely. They all suffer hunger and thirst. They all shiver in the winter cold and bake in the summer heat. And they all deserve better. They’re sisters and brothers in a web of neglect and we aim to do something about it.  If you can help us in our quest to rescue chained dogs from suffering, to educate neglectful owners and to pass laws against chaining, we need you now. Please visit us here to make a donation.


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6:08AM PDT on Jul 2, 2015

As much as I try, I cannot get it through my neighbor's head that having un-altered cats and dogs and leaving them outside virtually all the time is not good. Another neighbor did the math on the cats Mr. R has had just in the past year: 19! How many he still has? Counting the latest batch of kittens his now missing female had: 6. His record with dogs is no better. They always seem to disappear when they reach adulthood. One froze to death when left chained outdoors two winters ago. People who get animals and then don't give them the care or love they need should be banned from ever owning animals!

8:22PM PDT on Jul 1, 2015

Thanks, Kristi for being so compassionate. I hope Darla spends the rest of her life unchained and loved.

2:10AM PDT on Jul 1, 2015

Men are cruel to men and to animals
Sometimes, they have really extravaganza excuses for their behaviors

6:24PM PDT on Jun 30, 2015

Yes they all deserve better, to bad there are so many out there, alone with their pain and suffering in the hands of...what should I said? Careless subhumans who don't deserve to have a wonderful creature like a dog.

4:30PM PDT on Jun 30, 2015


4:52AM PDT on Jun 30, 2015

Thank you Kristie. God bless you & gorgeous Darla.

5:40PM PDT on Jun 29, 2015

They should chain the previous owner.

6:58AM PDT on Jun 29, 2015

So sad that this is a reality for many dogs. As a little child, we'd visit my grandparents and they had a dog that was chained his whole life. We always gave him attention, and he was so overcome with joy that he mauled us with his long nails. Makes me cry thinking about him:'-(

5:52AM PDT on Jun 29, 2015

Thank you for giving Darla the good life that she deserves.

4:56AM PDT on Jun 29, 2015

Thanks for the info. Can't understand how people can think chaining up a dog is normal.
It ain't!

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