Having a haircut every so often is rejuvenating and somehow makes one feel new. Even without salons and barbershops, humans can still cut their hair, given that they’d have scissors. The same cannot be said with animals, and so, they need human assistance so they can be cared for.
In a small barn in Tennessee, there lived a seven-year-old Pyrenean mountain dog named Lazarus, neglected and alone.
During his years in the barn, the owner would just leave him food and water, and that’s it. He never had the opportunity to experience the outside world, sunshine, or running in the fields.
You see, the owner had a mental illness, which could explain why he didn’t bother to care for the dog properly. For seven long years, the poor dog spent this entirety isolated in the barn, practically covered with his waste.
The thing with Pyrenean dogs is that they particularly have fur and undercoat that are twice as thick as other dogs’. With the accumulated years with no proper grooming, Lazarus had to carry this burden; literally.
Then One decisive day, the owner called for a relative to assist him, as well as to feed Lazarus. When he saw the dog, he was appalled and felt pity seeing the dog’s condition. Being a concerned person, he urged the Big Fluffy Dog Rescue to intervene.
By the time they got there, they were already in for a challenge. To get to the dog, they had to dig the dirt that barricaded the barn’s doors. Once successfully entered, the sight of matted fur covering the dog was an unexpected shock to them.
The owner of the rescue group, Jean Harrison, remarked that Lazarus lacked muscle mass because of the weight of the fur, so most likely, he hadn’t done a lot of walking for the past few years.
The two volunteers who came knew that it was a challenging task, so they started buzzing away. It took several hours to fully get rid of the fur, weighing a whopping 35 pounds, and finally free Lazarus.
They took him to a foster home in Virginia for his recovery. Most of the time, he was just frightened and nervous, but who could blame him? Luckily, little by little, he trusted the people who saved him.
In no time, Lazarus got adopted by none other than Charsha-Lindsey, one of the rescue volunteers who came to his aid that day.
Charsha said that the case of Lazarus was probably the worst one she had encountered. But by seeing Lazarus now, with fresh fur, well-groomed, and up and running, she says that it’s worthwhile.
It wasn’t just the rescue group and the former owner’s relative that helped Lazarus. He also helped himself because of not giving up hope that one day, of being in a nice family experiencing genuine happiness and affection.
Source: Did You Know Animals? via YouTube