Milagro Muñoz Araya was on her way to work when she saw a dog desperately trying to catch someone’s attention. The dog was frantic and was running across the road.
Araya and her husband stopped their car to see why the dog was frantic. They followed her and spotted the dog’s owner lying on the ground. It looked like he had fallen and hurt himself. He had a cane lying next to him.
Araya ran over to help, while her husband called an ambulance.
Araya said the small dog never left her owner’s side and licked him “like she was telling him everything was going to be fine.”
When the ambulance arrived, it began to rain, and when the man was loaded into the ambulance, his dog jumped in next to him, she sat by him and lay her head on his chest.
The paramedics did allow the dog to stay with the man for a moment, but Araya had to take the dog with them to the hospital because she was not allowed to ride in the ambulance.
Araya is a veterinarian in Costa Rica, which just reinforces the reasons she loves animals and defends them, writing it ”demonstrates once more the sincere and unconditional love of animals.”
Araya checked on the dog and the man a few days later and learned he had been released from the hospital. When she tracked them down and learned the two were living in a van.
The man’s name was Don Jorge and his dog is Chiquita.
“Don Jorge was a little shy when talking he told me that Chiquita is his daughter because she always takes care of him,” Araya wrote on Facebook.
“Chiquita between her lively wagging tail and bouncing all over the place told me she was happy to be next to her best friend again,” she said.
Araya was so happy to see the two were okay but sad to see how they lived. Fortunately, Jorge has a “noble neighbor with a great heart, who takes care of them.”
Araya will be helping Chiquita by giving her a checkup along with spaying and vaccinating her so she stays healthy.
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