Doorbell Dog Can’t Believe Her Eyes


In part two of this series on the Doorbell Dogs of Bulgaria, I’m pleased to introduce you to a dog named Rita who was astonished to find people who would touch her with love.   She had no idea just how powerful this intervention was about to become…..

Doorbell dogs like Rita are found in the villages of Bulgaria and in many other parts of the world. They survive in a chronic state of deprivation with no companionship or shelter from the weather and only scraps of food – typically leftover bread or rice.  People use them as living doorbells that alert them by barking at an approaching visitor.

Rita’s story started last October when a 35-year-old son, living with his parents, went out to buy a black and tan hunting dog at just five weeks old. The little pup was put on a chain and left.  She howled and cried piteously for the first four days and then became resigned to her fate.  Silence ensued from then on and neighbors rarely saw her out of her so-called ‘kennel’.

I Could Not Believe She Was Alive

It was not until spring 2011 that Candy Sasse, Co-Founder of the charity Colonel Angels Bulgarian Street Dogs, became aware of the pup’s plight.  The dogs ‘owner’ was working in the UK and had left the pup for his brother and parents to take care of. Apart from throwing her the odd piece of bread and topping up her water, she had no contact with anyone.

“I saw her outside the kennel one day and could not believe that this skeleton was alive,” Candy said. “We asked the family if we could feed her (which they agreed to) and from then on Rita’s life started to go uphill.”

The Pup’s Depression Vanished!

“My son repaired her so-called kennel. He mended the side which had a gaping hole and changed the asbestos roof.  We filled the inside of the kennel with hay so she could keep warm.  And this was paramount as temperatures were still minus 10 at night. Also, she had pressure sores from lying on the wooden floor.  We cleaned up old excrement outside the kennel and asked if we could start taking her for a walk.”

“Her depression vanished and suddenly she changed into a beautiful young dog full of energy and love,” Candy continues.  “The hard part was putting her back on the chain after her walk.  She hated it and so did I.”

We Jumped At This Chance to Set Her Free

But an incredible opportunity soon arose to get Rita away from there forever when the parents of the dog’s “owner” asked Candy to take Rita since their son had decided to remain in the UK for work.  Candy was ecstatic and immediately scooped up little Rita and carried her home with determination that this dog would never suffer again.

“Today Rita is living in Germany with a loving family,” Candy said proudly.  “She has a house with a big garden and another doggy companion who she just loves.”   Click here to see her in the backyard with her new family.

Bewitching Before & After Photos of Rescued Doorbell Dogs

Yes, Rita got her miracle, and she’s not the only one.  Have a look at these bewitching before & after photos of many of the dogs we’ve rescued.  And if you’d like to help, please consider making a donation today.

Read the rest of the doorbell dogs series:

Dogs as Doorbells: A Rescue Challenge

Puppy’s Dramatic, International Recovery Begins in a Cardboard Box


Yvonne Wey
Yvonne Wey3 years ago

Thank you for sharing this story I am happy Rita is one of the lucky ones in getting a new loving home

Roberto Meritoni
Roberto Meritoni3 years ago

Thanks for sharing

fahad Al fahad
fahad Al fahad3 years ago

nice noted ty :)

Axa T.
Axa T3 years ago

Thank you for the story!

Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley3 years ago

Happily enough, this dog's sad tale had a happy ending--I wish all these poor love-starved beings were as lucky!

Amy V.
Amy V.3 years ago

This kind of treatment of a dog should not be legal in Bulgaria. It is felony neglect, cruelty and abuse. A dog is not a doorbell. Dogs need companionship, a warm dry place to sleep, nutritious food, clean water and medical care. Bulgaria needs to pass anti-cruelty laws and educate people on the proper way to treat our fur friends.

Yvette S.
Yvette S3 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Yvette S.
Yvette S3 years ago

Very sad story with happy end

Alexandra G.
Alexandra G3 years ago

thanks for this beautiful story

john pierce
John Pierce3 years ago

God bless those who help these poor souls out of their miserable homes and into happy ones.