The Heartwarming Story of a Woman’s Generosity Towards a Homeless Man and His Furry Companion Outside Walmart

As she gazed upon the sign, her heart felt heavy. In front of the Walmart, stood Patrick, a homeless man with a look of desperation in his eyes. However, unlike other beggars, he wasn’t holding up a placard begging for food or money for himself. Instead, his sign was requesting help for his closest friend. This scene touched her soul and inspired an act of kindness that could only be described as angelic.

In our society, it is not uncommon to see homeless people with their loyal pets by their side. While there are debates and criticisms regarding this practice, it usually only becomes an issue when the pet is put in danger. However, these individuals often go to great lengths to provide for their furry friends, making sure they are fed, sheltered, and have a place to call their own despite their living situation.

In Houston, Texas, a woman named Wilma Frice was touched by the sight of a homeless man standing outside Walmart. His sign was made from cardboard and read “Dog in pound, need help.” The message was simple, yet heart-breaking, as it showed the love and dedication of a pet owner who was experiencing tough times.

Patrick, a homeless person, wasn’t asking for help for his own benefit. He wasn’t looking for food or money from people who walked by him. Instead, he was making a plea to those with kind hearts to help his beloved companion, Franklin. Unfortunately, Franklin had been taken to the pound because Patrick couldn’t afford the $120 required to get him out.

Wilma Frice expressed her thoughts about meeting Patrick to, describing him as a gentle and kind person who was going through tough times. She noticed a sadness in his eyes, similar to that of a young boy who had experienced a significant loss.

Upon receiving the necessary funds from Wilma, Patrick took to Facebook to express his gratitude and share a heartfelt message. As someone who is currently homeless, he was deeply moved by the kindness of Franklin and his owner. Patrick’s life’s work has been dedicated to helping homeless animals, and he hopes that his actions will inspire others to do the same. He reminds us that we all have the potential to experience difficult circumstances, and it’s essential to empathize with those who are struggling. Patrick is committed to ensuring that the animals he cares for have everything they need and never end up back on the streets. He feels grateful for the unconditional love he has received from these animals and hopes to continue making a difference in their lives.

Kindly take some time to spread this incredible story among your loved ones. It serves as a gentle nudge that extraordinary acts of kindness can come from unexpected sources. In times of need, an angel may just appear before us- just like what happened to this man.

Best dog of the year, paws-down

STARK COUNTY — Years of training have come to fruition for a Stark County couple whose dog was named National Shoot to Retrieve Association’s 2023 Dog of the Year on Oct. 28. Dean and Kristy Goodall’s dog, Cowpie, a 5-year-oldGerman Shorthair, took home the honor despite a recent infection that left everyone wondering if she would even survive.

The NSTRA competition, which was held in Amo, Ind., included 192 dogs, Dean Goodall said. He is Cowpie’s handler during competitions.

“You’re facing the best dogs across the entire country and to come out the last dog standing, it’s just an incredible feeling,” Dean Goodall said. “We’ve been so close so many times. But to finally win one, it’s just a dream come true.”

During the trials, two dogs compete against each other at a time. They are put in blinds with their handlers while five birds are planted on 40 acres of land. The dogs then have 30 minutes to find the birds, he said.

“We walk the field, there’s two of us, side-by-side, and your dog has to actually hunt for it,” Kristy Goodall said. “Then, when they smell a bird, they have to stop and point. Once they establish point, they can’t take another step until the bird’s in the air.”

The handler kicks around, until the bird flies into the air and then they shoot the bird. Once the handler shoots, they are not supposed to move, she said.

“Then the dog has to go find the bird, pick it up, bring it in and put it in your hand,” Kristy Goodall said.

Judges score the dog on several criteria, including obedience and retrieval, she said.

During the trials, Dean Goodall could tell Cowpie didn’t have the lung capacity she once had, due to an infection she endured after she competed last year. He wasn’t sure she would be able to finish, let alone win.

“When you’re out hunting, your dogs always have their noses in the grass running full speed through the grass,” Kristy Goodall said. “It’s kind of known to happen where they suck those grass seeds down into their lung tissue. Instead of going down through their esophagus, it actually lands inside the lung, and it creates a huge infection.”

The only solution for Cowpie was surgery, which required a veterinarian to open her rib cage to operate on the infected lung tissue. The surgery couldn’t guarantee she would survive. After the procedure was complete, Cowpie was then isolated and confined for two months while she healed.

“She slowly recovered and then she got pregnant and had puppies last summer,” Dean Goodall said.

The couple started getting Cowpie back into shape when her puppies were old enough to be sold.

“A year ago at this time, I didn’t think she’d be alive,” Dean Goodall said. “Now a year later, here she is winning the trial that almost killed her.”

The Goodalls, who live on a farm near Dickinson, have nine dogs. They train eight of those dogs for hunting and competition.

“You know, you start hunting in September and you’re done in December, and what do you do with your dog the rest of the year?” Dean Goodall said. “National Shoot to Retrieve Association simulates hunting conditions in a trial setting, but it’s a very competitive trial situation.”

They have been competing in the NSTRA trials for more than a decade. Although he quit for a few years, Kristy encouraged him to get back into competing in dog trials.

“I have that competitive drive and I wasn’t going to do this unless I could do it at the very top level,” Dean Goodall said. “So we got after it and we took it serious and we started pushing ourselves and trialing all over and getting better dogs and training better. And pretty soon we were placing in almost every national trial.”

He said Kristy’s success in training horses helped drive them to continue doing better with their dogs.

“Kristy’s hit the top of the world in the horse world — she’s won five world titles in horses,” Dean Goodall said. “Cowpie has finished fourth in the performance national trial before. She’s won two regional championships and now she’s the first dog we’ve owned that’s won a national.”

They run their dogs regularly to help keep them in shape, they said. All their dogs are well trained from basic commands to hunting commands.

“In the fall I’ve been wild bird hunting after work every day that I can get out in the field,” Dean Goodall said. “We end up training our dogs against each other, but they get tired of competing against each other. They know it’s practice. There’s a big difference between the intensity of an actual trial and going out and practicing.”

When they do well during trials, the Goodalls often reward their dogs with a steak or other treat. However, they say the trials are a reward in themselves, since the dogs love to do it.

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