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A Happy Ending for Julie

Written by PETA | January 6, 2011

Julie started off the new year the way every dog should—in a warm home surrounded by a loving family. But the cutie-pie collie wasn’t always so lucky. She spent the early part of her life trapped at the end of a chain, desperate for a kind word, a loving scratch behind the ears, and much-needed medical attention.

When Julie’s guardians contacted PETA and asked us to help get her treatment for what turned out to be a horribly painful prolapsed vagina, we agreed on the condition that they allow Julie to live indoors. The guardians accepted our deal, but when we went back to check on Julie, there she was, chained again. We convinced the family to grant us custody of Julie and found her a home with a retired couple who fell head over heels for the sweet, affectionate dog. They live right across the street from a park where Julie loves to run and play. She is a joyful girl who sticks to her new parents like glue.

Unfortunately, millions of dogs like Julie are still languishing in backyards at the end of a chain. Many are denied proper food, water, veterinary care, and shelter and have nothing but an overturned trash bin or plastic barrel—or nothing at all—to shield them during freezing winter nights. Countless chained dogs have frozen to death during cold snaps or died of heatstroke on sweltering summer days.

In order to raise awareness of these “forgotten” dogs, PETA has declared January “Unchain a Dog” Month. You can help chained dogs by asking your city officials to propose an anti-chaining ordinance and by taking action to help a lonely, neglected dog in your neighborhood.

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Marla says:

    I do not see a picture of Julie with her loving family. In the picture, Julie is chained outdoors.

  • Rose says:

    God bless you for caring for this beautiful girl. Thank God for people like you.


    I am so happy that Julie is finally in a loving home. My life has been dedicated to rescuing and providing a forever home to my rescues, with me. I wish that there were more people who care about animals like the rest of us do.

  • cindischo says:

    Having rescued (actually stolen) my Roscoe from a life of being chained 24/7 with no shelter from broiling sun and torrential rain, I know how happy Julie must be and I bless Debbie for giving her such happiness.

  • Laura says:

    There is nothing sadder or more frustrating as a lover of dogs, than to see one chained to a stake or tree with no food, water, shelter, and the most minimal human contact. I’m so glad Julie’s former owners gave her up to a loving couple and that she is free from bondage.

  • Claudia says:

    Congratulations PETA and Debbie. I have a question for Shan who commented about having so many pups that her Mom couldn’t take care of them and had to give some away. Why wasn’t the mother of all these pups spayed. It is a crime to keep allowing this dog to continue to have litters then have to give them away. Please have your dog spayed or neutered.

  • Jeanne Walsh Schauer says:

    To read what happened to Julie actually “pained” me!! She looks so much like my happy & healthy 2 year old collie Sasha. I was happy to read on & find out that Julie is now in a wonderful, loving home. Many thanks to you Debbie for giving this beautiful dog a great home. I am a “STRONG” PETA advocate, and I admire all of your fabulous work on behalf of all animals!!!

  • Jan says:

    Debbie, you are an angel. There is a place in heaven for you.

  • Kelly says:

    Wonderfull story! Julie is a very lucky dog! x

  • maria teresa lumare says:

    I’m so happy for this !!!!!!!!!

  • Rex's Mom says:

    This is to Shan. I hope you will get your female dog spayed so she cannot have more pups. If your mother can’t handle them that means there are too many. Please get your dog spayed. To Debbie, thank you for adopting Julie. She is very lucky to have you.

  • Olivier says:

    Great work Debbie!!! Nice to read such positive messages!!

  • Mayumi says:

    Yes unfortunately there are lots of dogs who have the same situation like julie.. Especially here in phils.. almost most of the house that have dog ,,, are treating them like julie. Always chained up outside their house, in the cold weather still outside…Never get the chance to be free. Or to play. And sometimes when they get tired of taking care of them , or when they are old and not cute anymore. They are being sold to dog meat eaters.Sigh i hope it will change…

  • Shannon says:

    Thank God for people like you Debbie. God Bless you and Julie. She is safe now.

  • Tasha says:

    awesome story!

  • Ellie says:

    Good for you Debbie, and Peta! Julie will be forever grateful just as my rescue Collie is. Although she wasn’t mistreated we are her third home and she sticks to me like glue just in case I leave her somewhere. I wish she could understand English so she would know that she’s staying with me for as long as her life allows it! It’s the best thing in the world to take on a rescue dog. Julie is a very lucky girl.

  • Kristy LeCOmb says:

    Such a great story. Thank you for rescuing this beauty…its people like you that can help make a difference. I have 4 rescues, 1 dog,2cats and even a hamster. Lots of luv, kristy

  • Katie says:

    Thank you for taking care of Julie. And wish for all animals to find such a wonderfull place to live.

  • Amanda says:

    It was an honor to give Julie a place to stay while PETA found the perfect home for her. She continues to flourish and blossom now that she has the loving family all dogs deserve. Congrats, Debbie and family!

  • Allison says:

    Hooray for Julie!!

  • Shan says:

    Thanks Debie for giving Julie such a wonderful care We had 7 pups in our house but unfortunately we had to give 3 to others as my mom can’t manage them..Out of 4 one died due to parvo virus..currently we are having 3 pups+ their mothers who are very affectionate .. I would say we are lucky to have these animals as pets I hope more people would adopt pets and give them a good care..

  • Charline says:

    To Julie’s new mom; Along with PETA, you are a true loving hero in my eyes. And most importantly, in Julie’s eyes. Thank you!

  • Suse says:

    Thank you, Debbie, for giving Julie such a wonderful home!

  • Debbie Wright says:

    I am Julie’s new mom and couldn’t be happier to have her. She is the sweetest most loving little girl. She will never have to worry about being chained agained. She is very loved and spoiled and seems very happy in her new home. I can’t imagine life without Julie!!