From a Dog’s Mind – A Day on a Chain

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It’s morning time, the sun is rising higher by the minute and the heat is beating down. I accidently spilled my water bowl in the night as my cold chain got wrapped around the bowl.

I sit, staring at the door to the warm house. As I patiently wait for my bowls to be filled again. I can see my humans walking about the house through the open windows.

My tail taps ever so lightly on the cold ground when I see them walk to the door. But they never come out.

Clouds start hovering over, covering up the glorious sun. My humans still haven’t come out to give me a drink or a nibble of food.

I grow tired and lay my fragile body on the ground. My tail wrapping around myself to keep me somewhat warm as I can feel little trickles of water dropping down.

I think it is almost noon now, still no humans. I can smell and see them yet but I believe they have forgotten me.

Wait! Here comes the man. Is that a bowl I see? And food I smell?

The man sets the food in front of me and fills up my water. Food never tasted so good, but it’s gone so quick.

I get so excited that I race after the man, jumping and straining my chain. My water spilled again. The man turned around and yelled something at me as his hand came down on my head. “Down.” He demanded.

I whimpered a little bit and back up. He refused to fill up my water.

Laying back down, at the end of my chain, the man retreats back inside. I think I scared him off.

A nap in the trickling rain leads to the afternoon. My little humans are back! As they come outside I wag my tag so happy to see them!

But they run passed me to their own toys. I try running after them but my chain wasn’t long enough.

Maybe I’ll sit here and wait patiently. Hours seem to drag by but still they didn’t want to play with me.

It’s growing dark outside now. The little humans ran back inside and I could see them all around the table eating food. Oh, how I wish for more food.

My paws lead me back to my tree that the chain was wrapped against. The stick I chew on laid there but I didn’t feel happy enough to chew on it.

I felt thirsty and hungry. Cold and forgotten. The night drags on as I lay my head to rest again. Morning will come and maybe my humans will remember me.


If this were only true. For dogs that stay on a chain, this is their life.

Supporting this kind of life for a dog can only be classified as abuse. No dog should have to live, waiting and wondering when their next meal shall be.

I guess this post came to me because we recieved a stray from our neaby reservation whom was living his whole life alone. Looking and searching for food, a warm place to sleep, and someone to love him.

We have hopefully already found a home for Tyson, pictured below. Updates on Mr. Tyson will come! He has been treated for severe mange, fleas, and given an antibiotic to help clear up his battle wounds! Mr. T here is an older dog as his teeth are badly worn down.

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By | 2017-10-25T14:33:01+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Advice, Archives, Health Care, Housing|17 Comments

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  1. Debbie October 4, 2017 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    I started tearing up reading this. In our old town, there are very few tethering laws and we had several neighbors whose dogs lived like this. I went to great lengths to try to help one of them. Took her for walks, gave her extra food and treats at my house, even got her a new dog house and blankets. The owners took away her new dog house and used it to get a second dog.. chained on a different part of the property where they couldn’t even see or interact with each other. She took away the blankets, and after a while didn’t let me walk her anymore. I’m so sorry for all the dogs like Tyson, and my sweet neighborhood dog Jade, who are forced to live such sad, lonely lives. I hope Tyson gets his happily ever after really soon and gets to know love and be part of the family.

  2. Jill October 4, 2017 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    This breaks my heart and I so wish every state had an-anti-tethering law. Most of these dogs are less excited about the food being brought than the potential hugs and pets they think they may get….it kills me to think of them so excited to have a “person”, only to be let down over and over. So happy that Tyson is getting a chance to really feel the love every dog deserves!

  3. Ruth Epstein October 4, 2017 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    When I read these stories I want to chain the humans to show them what it is like, it kills me inside each time. Thank you for posting this and sharing Tyson’s and many others stories. Tyson is one of the lucky ones today but there are so many that are not.

  4. Golden Daily Scoop October 4, 2017 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    This absolutely breaks my heart. I will never understand how a human can be so cruel to an animal. We are keeping our paws crossed for Tyson and looking forward to hearing a happy update that he truly deserves.

  5. Lori Hilliard October 4, 2017 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    I read this on my lunch hour and was crying as I read it. How can anyone ignore the pleading in the eyes of an animal? I’m mystified by people who get a dog only to tie them outside. What is the point? Thank you for raising awareness and taking part in rescue efforts.

  6. Marjorie and the Dash Kitten Crew October 4, 2017 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    I can’t believe people buy a dog then tie it up in a garden or shed. Why bother? Unless its ferocious it won’t DO anything. People who do this are mentally challenged – or plain evil.

  7. Lola The REscued Cat October 4, 2017 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    I’m crying. These stories break my heart and make me angry at the same time. People who can’t treat their pets with respect don’t deserve them, and those that abuse them deserve to go to jail. I’m looking forward to updates on Tyson.

  8. Dear Mishu October 5, 2017 at 1:00 am - Reply

    This is so sad. If those humans only knew what kind of love they could receive from those dogs if they only treated them with some basic care and kindness. I agree that those humans should go to jail.

  9. Shelby @ For The Love of Paws October 5, 2017 at 2:37 am - Reply

    So so sad… breaks my heart. I can’t imagine or even fathom why someone would do this to a poor creature. Thank you for spreading awareness!

  10. Sandy Kubillus October 5, 2017 at 2:44 am - Reply

    I felt so sorry for the dog and loved your writing. I don’t know why people get dogs and then abandon them to being tied up or locked in a garage. It’s pretty rare these days that I see a dog tied up all day, so I think we must have laws against it now. When I was a kid it was fairly common.

  11. Beth October 5, 2017 at 3:07 am - Reply

    Although it was painful to read, the perspective rings true. I feel so sorry for pets who are unloved and neglected. I like to think that the world is becoming more compassionate, but it could just be wishful thinking.

  12. Sweet Purrfections October 5, 2017 at 3:57 am - Reply

    I know these type of situations are happening, but I always hate reading about them. I can’t imagine anyone getting a pet and totally ignoring it. However, I do remember some people telling me that my previous cat was “just a cat” when she was dying of cancer and I was so upset. It’s so sad!

  13. Kamira Gayle October 5, 2017 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    This is so sad. It’s a shame so many people treat their dogs this way or even worst. It’s no way to live. It’s really no life at all only existing. I hope Tyson finds his forever home soon.

  14. Jana Rade October 5, 2017 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    Such stories always make me cry. Cookie did spend the first year and a half of her life this way, though she at least had enough food and water. These things should never happen to dogs.

  15. Stephanie Seger October 5, 2017 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    Absolutely heartbreaking and an unfortunate reality of many dog’s lives. I am so happy you are shedding light on this despicable cruelty! No dog should be forced to live this way. If people don’t want a dog to live with them in their house as a member of the family, they shouldn’t get one. What is this teaching those children? Things like this make me so mad – the ignorance and selfishness is almost too much to take sometimes.

  16. Maria October 13, 2017 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    Just to think about this I feel so sick…
    Every time I read something like this I just run straight to my dog and hug him…I love him so much and don’t understand how people can do things like this.
    I don’t get how humans can be so awful 🙁

  17. Monika November 2, 2017 at 8:21 am - Reply

    This is so sad and I can’t believe how heartless people can be to do this to their pets, instead of treating them with respect and being their best friends. 🙁

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