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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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6:38PM PST on Jan 28, 2015

About the saddest scene to see is a lonely, skinny, hungry, thirsty dog chained to a tree out in a backyard with no shelter from the wind and rain and snow and unrelenting heat and cold. I've just happened to be looking on several occasions when the owner arrives home and the dog is so excited that he wags his tail and whines with pleasure, only to have the owner just pass the dog giving no attention and on into the house. Sometimes I saw a person take a little food out to another dog who is so excited and wants attention even more than food. The food is dropped off and the owner departs without a word or even a pat on the head and the dog meekly eats the little ration given, and looks so broken hearted that a person could shed a tear for each and every time I've seen that happen over all these years. I am so happy that there now is help out there for these poor lonely, loving dogs; who are so grateful for even the slightest of attention or food. Thanks to the heroes who are changing the lives of these wonderful dogs.

11:48AM PST on Jan 28, 2015

Thanks for helping Darla! ☺

7:32PM PST on Jan 26, 2015

no tethering!!!

6:22AM PST on Jan 24, 2015

a lovely story, thanks

4:20AM PST on Jan 20, 2015

thank you for the work you do to help chained animals, Darla is so fortunate to have you and the opportunity to have someone love her back..

4:51AM PST on Jan 18, 2015

I thank all the people that do these things for animals, they have feelings like us, emotions like us, we are not superior in any way whoever said that was living in illusions.
Thank God for all the loving people

4:15AM PST on Jan 16, 2015

tnx! :-)

3:36AM PST on Jan 15, 2015

Oh bless.

3:35PM PST on Jan 14, 2015

Thanks for sharing

1:48PM PST on Jan 12, 2015

Many thanks to the person who cared enough to help a lonely chained animal. I adore people who still have compassion and empathy. Unfortunately these type of people are a dying breed.

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