“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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natasha p
Past Member 18 days ago

so sad

Karen V
Karen V27 days ago

Glad Darla was rescued !!!

Glennis W
Glennis W27 days ago

A very touching story Thank you for caring and sharing

Ann B
Ann B27 days ago

why oh why do idiots think they needs pets that they dont feed -walk- play with and WORSE chain them outside in heat and cold and leave them there!!!!! the fines and laws need to be much harsher

joanne p.
joanne p1 years ago

so cute! :)

Angie P.
Angie P1 years ago

No better life for a dog than living with a family inside, in a warm bed, and getting plenty of love. No animal should be left chained outside alone.

Melissa DogLover
Melissa DogLover1 years ago

such a touching story-- thank you for unchaining this dog and finally giving her freedom!!!!!

Patricia L.
Patricia L1 years ago

This brings tears to my eyes!

Lolli M.
Lolli M1 years ago

To cause so much harm to someone just with your ignorance and carelessness would certainly end if I got my way

suzie c.
suzie c1 years ago

poor baby