It was a normal day for 2 PETA volunteers. They were out delivering food, treats and bedding to a neglected dog in a run down yard in rural North Carolina…
They played a while, took some pictures and went on with their day. Back in the office the next day, as they their colleagues some pictures from the previous days, one co-worker, Jessica Cochrane, couldn’t take her eyes off a particular dog. A black chow chow mix. She was sure this was the dog she had regularly visited years before that suddenly went missing, but she had to be sure. Keep reading to see what became of this heartwarming doggy tale…
When Edith was found on a bare patch of dirt in Virginia, she was all alone and totally starved of affection. The black mix chow chow had owners, but they had neglected her of all the bare essentials a dog like her needs.
Starved of Everything
Little Edith’s owners had chained the cute fluffy dog to a metal post in the grounds of their back yard and given her just an empty trash can, thrown on its side, for protection against the sun, wind and rain. In her small confined space, all Edith could do was to run as far as her chain allowed.
An Angel Appeared
One day in 2006, however, a angel in the shape of Jessica Cochran noticed the poor animal. As luck would have it, Cochran, is a fieldworker for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA) Sam Simon Center Headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia.
Showing Some Love
Cochran gave Edith something important that had been missing in the little dog’s life so far: A simple thing. Something that doesn’t cost anything. Love and affection. And she certainly wasn’t shy about her job at hand.
Cochran immediately felt a connection with Edith and fell for this playful dog’s loving charms. Sadly, Edith’s owners didn’t seem interested in giving her up to a better home, the PETA worker started visiting the playful pup regularly.
An Immediate bond
“She always really craved affection,” Cochran said in an interview with PETA. “She would instantly flop over to get her stomach rubbed. I felt a bond with Edith right away”.
It’s so hard to ignore a dog that just wants to be loved, so Cochran and other PETA volunteers were more than happy to chip in and help. And it seems that they did more for Edith, the dog retained her playful nature for all the years that she was visited.
Cochran treated Edith like she was her own dog, and every time that she visited, Edith would welcome her with kisses or roll onto her back for a belly rub. She was a very low maintenance dog who cared more for company than for treats .
Cochran would bring treats and toys, and she would make sure that the dog always had enough food and water. She even bought Edith a doghouse to protect her from extreme weather conditions.
When Jessica first started to visit Edith, she was a young, bouncing bundle of soft, fluffy, black fur. As the years passed by, Edith’s puppy-like optimism and enthusiasm never dimmed.
Not Meant To Be Isolated
By nature, dogs are very social animals and are not made for confinement. They need space to run around. Often you find dogs react badly to being chained and left in isolation for so long, but not Edith. She was never aggressive or withdrawn, and it’s highly likely that her visits from Cochran and the other volunteers kept her sane.
All Of A Sudden, Gone
Cochran would go and see her cute furry friend for seven years. But then one day in 2013 when she went to pay the dog a visit, Edith was gone. Cochran was very worried about her and obviously feared the worst. Neglected animals face a lot of dangers, including diseases, parasites and dehydration.
Starting To Worry
The house and yard were deserted, and was becoming obvious that Edith’s owners had moved away. She had know way of knowing where or how to contact them. “When we found out Edith was moved and we didn’t know where she went, I was definitely really worried,” Cochran said.
A Black Dog
Some 2 years later, a pair of PETA volunteers were doing some routine visits to neglected animals, and they tended to a very scruffy looking senior black dog near a shabby North Carolina trailer. They gave the affectionate canine a little fuss, took some photos for reference and then carried on with their day.
Identifying Her Old Friend
Cochran was absolutely stunned when the next day she was looking through the photos her colleagues had taken and instantly recognized Edith. She checked the owner’s name, and confirmed that it was her old friend, Edith. Without a minute to lose, she rushed out to see her.
Amazingly the dog instantly recognized her. “I think that she remembered me, she was jumping around and went into flop over for a stomach rub,” Cochran said. After a conversation with Edith’s owner, it was revealed that they were moving on to a place that didn’t allow pets.
In fact, PETA had thankfully found Edith just when her owner was looking to give her a new home. After a relationship spanning close to a decade, Cochran was finally able to adopt Edith and give her a real home without a chain insight! And of course with all the belly rubs she could ever want.
Edith and her new owner are making up for lost time, and the lovable pooch is experiencing a life that she never had the chance to before, everything is new to her, long walks, traffic and even running in the fields.
Adoption rates are much lower for older dogs, so Edith finding her forever home, with someone who loved her all along, is especially wonderful “I love her personality. She’s just really the goofiest, funniest dog. She’s excited to meet everybody; she’s still ready for every adventure,” Cochran laughed.
A Happy Ending
Cochran went on, “If I could go back to 2007 and tell Edith something, I would tell her that one day she will go home with me. It may have taken close to ten years to get where she was supposed to be, but Edith is finally home, and the we couldn’t be happier.”
[Featured image credit: PETA @ Youtube]