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Woman Noticed Matted Dog Protecting Himself From Those Who Wronged Him

Written by: Julie Hunt
Julie Hunt is an avid dog lover and writer for, and has a background as a veterinary technician. She rescued a beautiful former bait dog named Rory.Read more
| Published on February 23, 2024

Sadly, encountering stray dogs on the streets is a frequent sight as a result of callous people abandoning them to fend for themselves. Yet, even more distressing is when these animals are subjected to such extreme abuse that they retreat to more perilous surroundings to escape human interaction. This story is about a neglected dog who was found struggling to survive on a busy roadway in dire need of assistance. During an annual trip, a woman came across what appeared to be a traumatized dog that wanted nothing to do with humans. He ran around, darting in and out of traffic.


She stopped her vehicle to inspect the dog, astonishingly finding him still alive against all odds. Covered in filth, with tangled fur, and subjected to potentially freezing night temperatures, the dog had evidently been suffering for a long time before she discovered him. Her own dog, Watermelon, noticed the distressed animal, and she hoped her dog’s presence would provide some comfort.

When she couldn’t capture the stray, she let Watermelon out of the vehicle to allow the other dog to see that the woman didn’t pose a threat. This indeed seemed to ease the pup, who showed signs of relaxation around Watermelon, prompting the woman to carefully approach and offer her assistance. She was able to get close enough to pet him and ease his nervousness.


Without hesitation, she welcomed the dog into her car, creating a cozy spot for him to warm up and rest. Given her travel commitments, an immediate visit to a groomer and vet was not possible. Yet, seizing the first available chance, she took the dog to a groomer, significantly transforming his appearance.

The journey continued, with Watermelon gaining a new companion, enhancing the trip for both. Upon concluding their travels, it was time to return home. The dog, now named Chusan, sensed a newfound security and care with his new guardian. She provided the nurturing he needed to recuperate from his previous hardships. Chusan took delight in playing in the park and exploring his new environment.


Above all, his bond with Watermelon grew, the pair becoming inseparable since their initial encounter, a relationship that persists to this day. This story exemplifies the profound impact a single act of kindness can have, dramatically altering a dog’s life and offering him the joys and pleasures he had once been denied.

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