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Skeletal Dog Now Runs Free Across 10 Gorgeous Acres

Skeletal Dog Now Runs Free Across 10 Gorgeous Acres

Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 favorite. It was originally published on February 8, 2012. Enjoy!

Written by Dogs Deserve Better Georgia Representative Holly Bell

Titus was my first chained dog rescue. I drove by him unaware for three years, but one day God turned my head to see him chained in a backyard, through thick woods. When I found the house, Titus and I locked eyes and he started barking. I wanted to go to the door but my nerves got the best of me.

I could not stop thinking of him, and so I prepared brochures and dog treats and went to the door to offer my assistance for what I thought would be fence repair. But to my surprise, they wanted to surrender him!

Turns out that Titus was a house dog for the first year of his life, but when twins were born three years prior, they no longer had time for him. He hated being alone and separated from his family. Not understanding why they did that to him, he began to escape and then life got worse as he endured day after day on a chain. The family allowed me to meet him and commented “he is small, but we feed him.” He was so thirsty that he picked up his bowl and began pacing with it. I watched heartbroken as he drank two huge pans of water.

After getting a surrender form signed, former Dogs Deserve Better Rep. Pam Cheatham agreed to foster him. Titus enjoyed his freedom on Pam’s farm and learned many tricks very quickly. His blood test revealed heartworm and severe malnutrition, but he gained 12 pounds in 10 days under Pam’s care and found his forever home with a fantastic couple who recently lost their elderly shepherd. Titus, renamed Reagan, now lives inside with his family and enjoys 10 acres of freedom to run and play. Finally, the life he deserves!

Three Great Ways To Help Chained Dogs

1.  Volunteer: Dogs Deserver Better is seeking people to provide foster care, to adopt  and to investigate reports of neglect. Find out about volunteer opportunities.

2. Intervene for a Dog Near You: If you know of a dog in need, you may be his only hope and there are so many different ways to save a life.  Read 20 Ways to Help a Chained Dog

3. Donate: Dogs Deserve Better is a partner of the Harmony Fund and we’re raising money to carry out rescues and to push forward with an array of campaigns to ban round-the-clock chaining in several states.  There’s an old saying that “nothing is for free in this world” but we’d like to see a day when all dogs are ‘free.’

This dog is on the verge of rescue. We truly need help in the form of foster homes and donations for so many dogs.

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7:19PM PST on Feb 17, 2015

Thank you for this positive story. Every action we take helps . . . whether in our own community or somewhere nearby.

8:57PM PST on Feb 10, 2015

Wow! Thank God for people who care!

8:56PM PST on Feb 10, 2015

Wow! Thank God for people who care!

9:46AM PST on Feb 10, 2015

Perfect article ~ Thank you so much for sharing.
Always get involved - first hand experience on this.

7:34AM PST on Feb 6, 2015

I can't imagine chaining a family member outside, no matter how difficult it was to have them inside. Such a sad situation with a terrific ending for this guy!

9:02AM PST on Feb 5, 2015

A huge THANK YOU to the people of for all that your organization has done/continues to do for dogs that are chained up and living miserable lives. If the laws had not been changed for their benefit, many still may have been suffering needlessly. The human attitudes must be changed to help people to see just what kind of CRUELTY this is. Every state should have laws against chaining animals up (dogs, in particular) and leaving them to suffer in this manner. Animals (pets) need love and compassion. Thanks for sharing this article/story.

5:36AM PST on Feb 4, 2015

As for the most part the world is inhabited by cruel people, without the slightest love for others, the more with reference to an animal. Thank God, there are still people like Pat Cheatham already is aware that an irrational animal is not stated is no grade below those said rational, which is why we have no right to treat them in a different way than we would treat a brother or a faithful friend. Touches our hearts to know that Titus, the dog, now lives on a farm, already left behind malnutrition and is surrounded by love. Thank you, Father, for this happy ending, and is right, Pam, that He is watching what you are doing.

11:57PM PST on Jan 31, 2015

I vividly recall someone once relating going past a property and for years, rain, hail and snow, a dog was chained in the yard, it was vicious - who wouldn't be? He said, it wasn't even ignorance, because these people had a spoilt lap dog living in the lap of luxury in the house. I often wondered how he could go past this house every day, upset about it, but still ignoring the dog's plight. Some people really need a dose of their own medicine.

9:16PM PST on Jan 31, 2015

Glad they aren't my parents Thank you so much for Titus rescue!!!!!!!!!

2:39AM PST on Jan 31, 2015

So, here we have a couple who acquire a dog, probably don't train him and when baby comes along he gets kicked outside through no fault of his own. That's bad enough, but how can you chain up a social being and not even bother to take care of him. If they wanted to surrender him why didn't they do it before he was almost dead?What, was it too much trouble to go outside and show him even a modicum of care and affection? Thank goodness for his guardian angel who saved his life. And look at him now, a magnificent and proud dog. I shudder to think that people who can neglect a dog this severely are allowed to have children.

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