What would a stray dog do to show its devotion for the food offered it by a Chinese Cyclist? How about accompany that cyclist on an 1100 mile trek across Tibet?
Two-year-old Xiao Sa (Little Sa) did just that. Chinese headlines spewed this magnanimous story, making it worldwide news; the story went viral. The 22-year-old, Zhang Heng, found this determined little dog wondering around the streets of Yajiang and offered her a bite to eat never thinking that she would then accompany him and his team of cyclists on a 24-day, 1,833 kilometer trek in the Sichuan province. Once he had fed the dog, Zhang reported to news reporters that the cute dog began trailing the cyclists. Zhang figured she would tire and quit after a bit, but Xiao Sa did not quit! She continued on her epic journey showing dedication and devotion to one who showed her the same.
Little Sa continued across the entire length of the very treacherous route. She climbed about 10 mountains, approximately 13,000 feet doing so. While several cyclists had to quit in some of the more dangerous, exhaustive sections and take a bus, Little Sa continued running – even through heavy storms. In the end, the dog ended up serving as the source of inspiration, not only for Zhang Heng, but for the entire group of cyclists; keeping them going through thick and thin.
At one point in the Anjiala Mountain Range, Heng got off of his bike and began to push it up the steep incline. Little Sa waited for a while and then tired of waiting, returned to his side and licked him; trying to heal his fatigue. The dog ran 30 to 40 miles each day with the crew but would sometimes be carried in a makeshift crate on the back of Heng’s bike.
This dog was so grateful to Zhang for respect and love he offered to her that she was willing to literally go the distance to stay with him. No one knows where the dog actually came from or how long she had been a stray, but stories have been iterated about a little dog that frequented the roads where she was discovered.
Xiao Sa stayed put at night, sleeping on raincoats, sharing rations; custard tarts, boiled eggs and sausages. Her affection was evident.
There were times that danger was imminent; other dogs posed threats. One time an entire pack charged Xiao Sa and Zhang Heng, but true to form, Heng lifted Little Sa and put her on the back of the bike and desperately pedaled them both to safety.
The bond became strong. At first Zhang Heng believed that the dog was following him only as a source for food, but after a while, it became apparent that the little dog truly loved the cyclist. Now Heng has made Xiao Sa his permanent pet although a fellow cyclist, Wang Zi, was also interested in adopting her. The battle of wills was answered by Little Sa herself and for all her efforts, she has now acquired herself an adoring human that got her medical care in Lhasa and then flew her home to Chengdu by passenger plane to be with him.
This story is the ultimate display of unconditional love. It is evident from the context of this report just how far a dog was willing to go to thank the individual that offered her a second chance. Please remember that and give stray or homeless dogs another chance like Little Sa has. Then you can learn just how far they will go to love you in return.