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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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11:55AM PDT on Mar 29, 2015

More education is needed for these ignorant humans to understand how cruel it is to chain dogs.

10:04AM PDT on Mar 29, 2015


10:04AM PDT on Mar 29, 2015

So happy.

8:35AM PDT on Mar 29, 2015

I cried as I read this! Thanks for saving Darla, she will show you her eternal gratitude for the rest of her life! My rescued girl is laying right next to me at the moment, and she has taught my other dogs a thing or three since I adopted her. One of the best things I've ever done!
Peace and Love!

5:27AM PDT on Mar 29, 2015

Thank you so, so much for saving this loving animal. I really appreciate all the love and time you give her

9:59PM PDT on Mar 28, 2015

Both of my dogs were abused and chained away from their humans actual homes before we got them. They both arrived in awful states when my mother gave in to my begging and finally decided to take them in. Hearing about you taking in a dog who was chained makes me really happy because you are one of the few people actually willing to take in an animal that you don't know the nature of just so you can give said animal a better life.

4:37AM PDT on Mar 28, 2015

Pls sign my petition and share:
Hon. Liz Sandals: Introduce a new course called "COMPASSION" for Grade 1 and Grade 12.

8:46PM PDT on Mar 24, 2015

You're a soul saver, Kristie!! Darla is the lucky soul. Woof.

Great story. It hurts me to imagine her (Darla) happiness at a bright future... that her lonliness had been so incredibly sad.
I hope she's still doing wonderfully today :)

3:08PM PDT on Mar 23, 2015

Darla´s beautiful, I´m really happy she´s been rescued, tethering dogs out- or inside should be forbidden for good, every dog deserves to live free with his/her family, as a furry family member,I already signed countless petitions against dog tethering, not only here on Care 2, hope it helps!!!

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