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The Story of Gao Ying and Her “Best Friends”

 

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She is 62 years old, yet, she is strong enough to move what looked like a push cart with a disabled dog in it. “Look how he’ll move his body. He couldn’t move almost half of his body so he looks like he’ll wiggle his way to his room”, she added, eyes fully focused on her pet. Slowly, she moved towards the hallway that contained rows and rows of metal cages for her dogs. “Here is his room, I’ll tell him to go and see how he wiggles his way”. She opened the metal compartment, and indeed, the German shepherd slowly moved, painstakingly dragging half of his body towards a small space he shares with another dog before he surrenders to the ground, then barked twice, as if to say “thank you, Gao Ying”.

Gao Ying saves dogs – stray dogs, disabled dogs, dogs in the marketplace about to be killed to sell for their meat, dogs found by policemen (or dog catchers), and dogs given by her neighbours. She doesn’t say no to any of them. She accepts them all.

In late 1990’s, Gao Ying, fresh from moving back to Tianjin after living in Australia for some years, realised that her pet dog was nowhere to be found. Looking for it on the street, she realised that there are so many stray dogs, thin, unhealthy, and some filled with scabies, begging for water and food. She felt sorry for them and thought of maybe helping them in any way she can. 

That single incident moved Gao Ying’s life and she was never the same since then. In 2003, her compassion for homeless and disabled dogs motivated her to rent a space in an old factory in the Hebei District where she began placing homeless dogs she found on the road, or disabled dogs abandoned by their owners. She also does not hesitate to buy a dog or two in the marketplace. As there are meat vendors who sell dog meat, Gao Ying is found pleading vendors not to kill these dogs, and would try to bargain, yet sometimes buying dogs at an expensive amount – some she bought for more than CNY 2000.

“People started telling me where they found stray dogs and I’d go find them. Later, people from the neighbourhood would bring homeless dogs they found on the street and give them to me. Even local policemen would inform me of stray dogs and ask me to adopt them. These dogs need a home and I can provide them that, even though my place doesn’t give them the best condition, at least it saves them from aimlessly walking on the street without food and water,” explains Gao Ying, speaking words with emphasis, intensity and volume, otherwise her words would sink in the midst of barking and noise.

Currently, Gao Ying has 92 dogs under her wings. Out of these 92, about 30 of them are disabled. Some with eye defects while others have feet paralysis. These dogs require special attention yet Gao Ying does it with care and love, tending to each of them, making sure their needs are met in the best way she can provide.

“I have to admit it’s not easy doing all of these. I’m already 62 years old yet I only sleep 3 to 4 hours a day. My husband also helps but he works during the day so I really don’t want to bother him, I want him to rest well at night. Sometimes, some people from the neighbourhood would come and pay me a visit and help me in cooking, cleaning, and bathing these dogs. Today, I am sick with fever but I have no choice but to tend my pets. Luckily, I have some people visiting me here and helping,” shares Gao Ying as she pointed at the man cooking food and the two elderly women trying to clean the place.

A chorus of dog barking welcomed Gao Ying as we moved into a room with about twenty small cages of dogs of short breed like Pekingese, Pugs, Shi Tzu, and Pomeranian; Gao Ying raised her voice and tells her pets to keep quiet. Surprisingly, pets stopped barking and listened to what Gao Ying said, “today we have some visitors so you better keep quiet!” Beside this room is Gao Ying’s bedroom, small, yet still containing three small cages under her bed. Gao Ying’s world is a total dog-dom!

In her room, Gao Ying showed photos of her son. He is an Australian citizen and works there as a chef. When Gao Ying and her husband decided to move back to Tianjin after living in Australia for several years, their son was left to finish his studies in Australia. They used to live a comfortable life with a house of their own, a company they ran, and a more-than-enough budget for daily expenses, yet Gao Ying and her husband lost all of it in exchange for dogs’ love, which Gao Ying describes as “pure and unconditional.” Annual rent for factory space, dog’s daily food expenses, and many other bills absorb all the material wealth they used to have. Yet, there is kindness and happiness in Gao Ying’s eyes, like finding meaning in the life she now lives. 

“This dog is blind”, Gao Ying says as she reaches for a Pekingese and bring it to her arms. Indeed, the Pekingese is physically blind, but it sure is not blind to the truth that Gao Ying loves him. Kindness, whether it is towards man or animal, is a language everyone understands. A dog is a man’s best friend because a dogs’ love is loud and expressive, and this can be heard and felt from the blind Pekingese’s comfortable surrender into Gao Ying’s arms.

(Whether you want to adopt a dog from Gao Ying or send her donation in cash or kind, you may reach her at +86 138 2108 8028. Add: Zhendong Logistics, Xu Zhuang Zi, Dongli District 涓滀附鍖哄緪搴勫瓙鎸笢鐗╂祦闄㈠唴閿呯倝鎴挎梺 Gao Ying also welcomes volunteers to help in her dog shelter. Any help you extend would mean a lot to her and her 92 “best friends”. Be a big help now!)

 

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