Man helps thirsty stray dog and warms hearts around the world


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The phrase ‘a random act of kindness’ was coined at some point in the early 1980s (which in itself is somewhat ironic). It refers to actions undertaken that are devoid of a selfish undercurrent and are designed to bring happiness to the world. Random acts of kindness usually apply to human-human relationships but its application is often broadened to include dogs!

Local Ecuadorian woman Pamela Altamirano Sanchez became more than a passer-by when she noticed an elderly man watering a thirsty dog from a tap that the animal couldn’t reach. She decided to record the moment on her mobile phone and uploaded it to her Facebook page with the comment: ‘That’s a love worthy of sharing. There are still good people’.

Over the next few days Sanchez’s video attracted more than 10 million views. It was proof (at least for Sanchez) that the acts of love and kindness are appreciated the world over, regardless of to whom they are directed.

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Stray dogs of Ecuador

Ecuador is renowned for its street dogs and many perish through malnourishment, illness and thirst. Dr. Nancy Kay writing for Pet Health Network was astonished by the number of stray animals she saw when she visited Ecuador.

To give you a sense of just how many,’ she wrote, ‘picture an average city block. Now, picture walking this block and seeing 25 to 30 dogs lounging on the sidewalks, crossing the street, looking for food, scrounging in garbage bags and socializing and playing with one another.’

To try to control the huge population of stray dogs in places like Quito many agencies are working together to try to neuter as many animals as possible. Financial assistance by the developed world is beginning to make a difference. A small organization called Amici Cannis, helped by a firm from Colorado, was able to sterilize 85 animals in just one day.

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IMAGE: © Pamela Altamirano Sanchez.

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Nick John Whittle lives and works in Birmingham, UK. He is a specialist copywriter, journalist and theatre critic. Over the years Nick’s family has owned dogs, cats, rodents and birds. The history of animal domestication and of people’s relationship with their pets over the centuries interests him a lot. He cares greatly about the welfare of both feral and domesticated animals and supports ongoing protection of endangered species.