Heartbreaking Encounter: An Unconscious and Chained Dog’s Desperate Cry for Help on the Streets

Amidst a Tranquil Stroll: A Tale of Compassion and Rescue

One fateful Sunday evening, as I wandered through the familiar streets of São Paulo, an unexpected and heart-wrenching sight crossed my path. In the dimly lit corner of the street, I encountered a pitiful scene that shook me to my core: a defenseless dog, unconscious and chained.

Approaching cautiously, I could see the dog’s once lustrous fur now matted and soiled, a poignant testament to its prolonged suffering. The rusty chain, cruelly tight, had inflicted visible discomfort and injuries upon the poor creature’s neck.

The dog’s once-vibrant eyes, now dimmed by fear and pain, made feeble attempts to summon help with raspy, plaintive barks, yet it seemed invisible to the indifferent passersby. My heart ached witnessing this desperate cry for aid go unanswered.

Without hesitation, I knew I had to intervene. With trembling hands, I carefully examined the chain, realizing it had become embedded deep within the dog’s skin, causing severe wounds. Gently, I reached into my bag for a pair of scissors and painstakingly began to free the dog, mindful not to inflict further harm.

As the chain fell away, the dog slowly regained consciousness. Its trust in humanity had been shattered, but it tentatively accepted my reassuring touch. Tears welled in my eyes as I contemplated the cruelty it had endured.

The next steps were clear: I needed to seek immediate medical attention for this suffering soul. Cradling the dog gently in my arms, I embarked on a mission to find the nearest animal shelter or veterinary clinic capable of providing the care and rehabilitation it so urgently required.

This encounter served as a stark reminder of the paramount importance of compassion and empathy toward all living beings. It was a resounding call to action, a plea for change.

The surviving puppy found refuge with me, and I promptly alerted the relevant authorities to collect the deceased dog. According to the Samson Law, the owner of these animals will be held accountable for their actions.

Let us collectively work toward a world where such heart-wrenching encounters become rare, and compassion prevails.

Best dog of the year, paws-down

STARK COUNTY — Years of training have come to fruition for a Stark County couple whose dog was named National Shoot to Retrieve Association’s 2023 Dog of the Year on Oct. 28. Dean and Kristy Goodall’s dog, Cowpie, a 5-year-oldGerman Shorthair, took home the honor despite a recent infection that left everyone wondering if she would even survive.

The NSTRA competition, which was held in Amo, Ind., included 192 dogs, Dean Goodall said. He is Cowpie’s handler during competitions.

“You’re facing the best dogs across the entire country and to come out the last dog standing, it’s just an incredible feeling,” Dean Goodall said. “We’ve been so close so many times. But to finally win one, it’s just a dream come true.”

During the trials, two dogs compete against each other at a time. They are put in blinds with their handlers while five birds are planted on 40 acres of land. The dogs then have 30 minutes to find the birds, he said.

“We walk the field, there’s two of us, side-by-side, and your dog has to actually hunt for it,” Kristy Goodall said. “Then, when they smell a bird, they have to stop and point. Once they establish point, they can’t take another step until the bird’s in the air.”

The handler kicks around, until the bird flies into the air and then they shoot the bird. Once the handler shoots, they are not supposed to move, she said.

“Then the dog has to go find the bird, pick it up, bring it in and put it in your hand,” Kristy Goodall said.

Judges score the dog on several criteria, including obedience and retrieval, she said.

During the trials, Dean Goodall could tell Cowpie didn’t have the lung capacity she once had, due to an infection she endured after she competed last year. He wasn’t sure she would be able to finish, let alone win.

“When you’re out hunting, your dogs always have their noses in the grass running full speed through the grass,” Kristy Goodall said. “It’s kind of known to happen where they suck those grass seeds down into their lung tissue. Instead of going down through their esophagus, it actually lands inside the lung, and it creates a huge infection.”

The only solution for Cowpie was surgery, which required a veterinarian to open her rib cage to operate on the infected lung tissue. The surgery couldn’t guarantee she would survive. After the procedure was complete, Cowpie was then isolated and confined for two months while she healed.

“She slowly recovered and then she got pregnant and had puppies last summer,” Dean Goodall said.

The couple started getting Cowpie back into shape when her puppies were old enough to be sold.

“A year ago at this time, I didn’t think she’d be alive,” Dean Goodall said. “Now a year later, here she is winning the trial that almost killed her.”

The Goodalls, who live on a farm near Dickinson, have nine dogs. They train eight of those dogs for hunting and competition.

“You know, you start hunting in September and you’re done in December, and what do you do with your dog the rest of the year?” Dean Goodall said. “National Shoot to Retrieve Association simulates hunting conditions in a trial setting, but it’s a very competitive trial situation.”

They have been competing in the NSTRA trials for more than a decade. Although he quit for a few years, Kristy encouraged him to get back into competing in dog trials.

“I have that competitive drive and I wasn’t going to do this unless I could do it at the very top level,” Dean Goodall said. “So we got after it and we took it serious and we started pushing ourselves and trialing all over and getting better dogs and training better. And pretty soon we were placing in almost every national trial.”

He said Kristy’s success in training horses helped drive them to continue doing better with their dogs.

“Kristy’s hit the top of the world in the horse world — she’s won five world titles in horses,” Dean Goodall said. “Cowpie has finished fourth in the performance national trial before. She’s won two regional championships and now she’s the first dog we’ve owned that’s won a national.”

They run their dogs regularly to help keep them in shape, they said. All their dogs are well trained from basic commands to hunting commands.

“In the fall I’ve been wild bird hunting after work every day that I can get out in the field,” Dean Goodall said. “We end up training our dogs against each other, but they get tired of competing against each other. They know it’s practice. There’s a big difference between the intensity of an actual trial and going out and practicing.”

When they do well during trials, the Goodalls often reward their dogs with a steak or other treat. However, they say the trials are a reward in themselves, since the dogs love to do it.

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