Sometimes when you’re down on your luck, all you have is your friends. For one homeless Texas man named Patrick, his friend was a dog. So, he was completely lost when his dog, Fred Federick, was taken away to the pound.
Wilma Price saw that desperate look in his eyes and decided to help.
She saw him in the Walmart parking lot holding a sign that said “Dog in Pound, Need Help” and looking all scared. She couldn’t bear the thought of two close friends being separated. She ended up writing about her experience which ended up going viral.
“Wow, what a day today has been! I was on the way leaving Huntsville and had to stop to pick up some shots. I ran through Walmart parking lot and I saw a homeless man sitting on the side of the road and the sign says ‘my dog is in the pound help.’ Of course what do I do, I’ve seen every sign in the world except that one,” Price told Love What Matters.
“I’ve seen ‘I need a beer, lost my job, need help.’ I could go on forever but never this sign so I tried to pull to the side and of course, everybody’s pissed off because I’m blocking them and I asked him what his deal was.”
Price decided to interrupt her day to help this stranger get his dog back.
“I gave him my card I asked him how much it was to get his dog out of the pound; he said $120. Well, I had $8 to my name. I told him I’d see what I could do. At first I called the pound to verify the man’s story was true and they said ‘Yes, it was $120.’ I asked him why so much. The pound said because $35 was for an impoundment fee; then they gave it rabies shots, got a heartworm test and yes the dog was negative and put a flea prevention and they said ‘Yes, the dog was in good shape,'” Price explains.
“So now when I don’t have a dime to my name I call a dear friend and sponsor money and I tell her about this guy. She says well go back and find out his story so I did; 30-years-old and his name is Patrick. I talked to him for a few minutes and he told me his circumstances and stuff and I told him well I’m getting the money to get your dog out so let’s go down to the pound.”
When Patrick and Fred Federick were reunited, the two couldn’t have been happier to see each other again.
“Me and Patrick go down to the pound, they give them all his paperwork and they did get a copy of the rabies. Fred Frederick is the dog’s name he was shaking when he came out of the pound it was so happy. Happy to see the man so sometimes you just have to dig deeper and do what’s right in your heart,” Price explained.
“That man loves that dog. On his backpack was the dog’s bowl and toys. He’s helping the dog against the world, the man was very very grateful he had tears in his eyes when the dog came out.”
Price was glad that she could help Patrick out in a time of need knowing everyone needs a helping hand from time to time.
“We’ve all been in a bad situation in our life so remember always pay it forward. You never know who that person might be that you help. But I know for a fact that man loves his dog and he tried to give me the money he had collected. I wouldn’t accept it because maybe he can have some dinner tonight. He said his dog eats before he does,” she said. “Wow, that sounds like me too!”
Price’s story was shared on the Love What Matters Facebook page more than 41,000 times.
“I wish I had the money to get the man a room for a week and let him regroup him and Frederick but unfortunately, I don’t. All I can do is give him his dog and pray that life gives the man a break. I cried after the man andFrederick left. I dropped them back off in the Walmart parking lot in Huntsville, Texas. God, please bless Patrick and Frederick tonight.”
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