We all stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. Whether that’s our parents or our grandparents, most of us can say that we wouldn’t be who we are today without someone helping us along the way. When we do reach success, it becomes our responsibility to help those who helped us.
It seems dogs understand this lesson just as well as humans! In the slums of Brazil, one story shows us just how caring a dog can truly be.Living in the slums of Brazil isn’t an easy life. They are often dangerous and incredibly impoverished. Thankfully, that didn’t stop one woman from deciding to take a dog she found back home with her.
Living in a poor village, she couldn’t help all the animals.
In all of our lives, we often fail to help when we have the ability because we think, “If I can’t help them all, I won’t help the one.” Even in poverty, this kind woman knew that even though she couldn’t help ALL the stray animals that lived around her, she could help one.
Adopting a dog and taking it home, she never expected what happened next.
There is always a learning curve when adopting a stray animal, and this woman knew that. The dog that she adopted was still a bit uncomfortable with staying inside someone’s home, especially after so many years spent on the streets.
Knowing this, she built the dog an enclosure outside her home while he got comfortable.
As the dog got used to his new life of love, he was still allowed to roam around as he needed. He would often come and go during the day, and his stretches of staying in his enclosure got longer and longer.
One day, the woman woke up in the night and realized the dog was missing.
Thinking little of it (he was prone to explore), she went back to sleep. When she woke up again the next night and the dog was gone, she started to get curious! She decided she was going to follow her dog the next night to see where he was going.
Following her dog, she never expected to see what she did.
Quietly creeping behind her dog, she eventually followed him down the street. On the street was a woman waiting with a back in her hands. The dog immediately walked up to the woman with his tail wagging!
After the dog walked up, the woman lowered the bag and let the dog eat the food that she had brought for it!
This entire time, the dog had been getting food from someone else on the street! Even with this shocking revelation, it wasn’t the craziest part! The woman tied the rest of the food up and placed it on the ground. The dog picked it up and trotted away again!
His owner followed him for the second time, having no idea what was going to happen next.
Eventually, the dog arrived at an abandoned plot of land, bag in mouth. Dropping the bag, he sat and waited. Soon after, stray animals emerged from the various places on the property, and all came forward!
The whole time, the dog had been feeding his old family back at home!
Goats, dogs, and kittens were all living off the food that the dog brought back each night! The animals that took care of him were now being taken care of BY him.