It was early a late August morning, and temperatures were forecast to be in the 90s to below 100s. We had new neighbors across the street and they tied a bull to a tree next to it. their houses. The dog started barking continuously around 7am that morning.
When I was 10 years old, I went out to water the plants. The poor dog was barking and lunging at her chain. By this time, it was 97 degrees outside. I realized she didn’t have any water or even a plate to hold it, so I filled a bucket and gave it to her. Then I noticed she didn’t have a plate of food. The next-door neighbor saw me crossing the street with water, so he ran over. She went home and filled a plate of food for her.
When the dog’s owner came home, she brought my treat and asked me not to water or feed it. She started keeping her inside after that. People never stay long in this house across from me so I know it won’t be long before they move out.
Anyway, as time went on, I worried about the poor little dog. One morning in January, it was cold and rainy. I saw the little dog walking down the street from trash can to trash in search of food. I called her over and brought her in. I feed her and water her. She curled up on the floor in front of our wood-burning fireplace and went to sleep. She was so malnourished that you could count her ribs and vertebrae. She was also pregnant.
I contacted the police and explained what the situation was. They said they would send animal control to my house. By the time animal control arrived, I had decided to do whatever I had to do so she wouldn’t have to go back to such terrible living conditions. Animal control caused the owner to surrender to the dog.
Long story short, I adopted her. Two months after I adopted her, she gave birth to 12 beautiful healthy babies. That was three years ago, and she was the sweetest little girl. She has never worn a necklace or a tie since I have her and never will. She is spoiled rotten and my wife and I love her dearly.
Story sent by Barbara from Paris, Texas.
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