Poor Rosie was so severely matted when rescuers got to her, she could barely move.
She was found crawling along the forest floor, her scared face hardly visible, her eyes almost entirely sealed over with hair.
And she was crawling because the massive clots of hair surrounding her legs made walking too difficult.
When a kind-hearted soul found her and contacted the Humane Society, the Society’s communications manager Crystal Arnott was just stunned:
“You couldn’t even tell which part of her body was her head or tail, it was that terrible.
We’re fairly certain someone left her out there in the woods. It seems as her condition got worse, the owner fell in over their head and just wanted rid of her.”
But at least Rosie was still a friendly, loving pup; she offered no resistance whatsoever to a much-needed shave and a bath.
However, when all the hair fell away, the vet realized Rosie’s hair wasn’t her only hurdle…
Unfortunately, she had irritated skin from all the ingrown hair, along with a terrible kidney condition. Even most of her teeth had fallen out!
It seems clear now that Rosie’s former owner just thought she was too much trouble, and dumped her in the woods.
And though the kidney condition persists, the rejuvenated pup is definitely feeling better. Said Crystal:
“This is something she’d been living with for at least a year, if not longer.
But now, when she’s walking around in the grass outside, you can tell just how relieved she feels.”
Rosie is currently on a special diet so she gains some weight back and despite the kidney problem, “she has an amazing appetite.”
And at long last, the perfect adopter came along and decided to take Rosie home. This was exactly the end Crystal and the Society was hoping for!
“She’s just a sweet little girl and we’re very happy she got help when she did.
[She found] an amazing home where she’ll be loved for all the time she has left.”
And that’s what matters! 🙂
Source: The Dodo