What is the longest you’ve ever gone without a haircut? Three months? Six months? A year? Check this out. This dog did not have a haircut for SIX YEARS! That’s 42 human years! How did that happen? Well, the story doesn’t start good, but it sure ends well!
His home was a barn without escape.
Lazarus, a neglected Great Pyrenees dog, was living in some awful circumstances. His home was a barn without escape. In fact, an extensive amount of feces and dirt had piled up over time. So much so that it blocked the barn stall door. Literally, his rescuers had to shovel all of that out of the way in order to gain entrance through the door.
Lazarus had a very thick coat to begin with, and was not the kind of dog who could rely on the shedding process alone to stay even relatively well groomed.
“From the looks of the dog and the door it looked like it had been a while,” C., a dog groomer who requested her name be kept private, told thedodo.com.
Lazarus’s owner was ill and unable to care for him.
Jessica Kincheloe, another groomer, had a request from a neighbor to come and help the dog. Lazarus’s owner was ill and unable to care for him. The rescue was gladly accepted and the initial two-step process included first, getting Lazarus out of the barn and second finding Lazarus somewhere deep inside of his coat of hair!
That was no small task. Both groomers worked hard and the dog within the dog was revealed after cutting and shaving 35 POUNDS of hair! Depending on how you look at it, that’s one entire extra Lazarus, seven full-grown adult Chihuahuas, or three-and-a-half newborn bear cubs!
During the grooming, Lazarus was a little unsure at first.
It should be noted that Lazarus was not completely on board with this whole haircut thing when they first started. Picture the look on the face of Santa Clause if you had just told him he was now required by North Pole policy to shave his beard. You get the idea. During the grooming, Lazarus was a little unsure at first.
He soon calmed down as the hair was shed.
Lazarus came through like a pro, though, and as each chunk of hair flopped to the ground, and especially as the hair was shaved from his neck, he seemed to relax.
“He calmed down and seemed to realize because it was making him feel better,” Kincheloe told the dodo.com.
You’d have thought he’d just won a doggie Olympic medal after the entire process was finished. He strutted his way around showing off his new dew like a model walking down a runway.
“He was OK with the human touch but didn’t seem familiar to it.”
Lazarus did take a bit longer to get used to the whole idea of being petted.
“He was OK with the human touch but didn’t seem familiar to it. He warmed up to us really quick. Especially after offering treats,” said Kincheloe.
Lazarus had found his forever home.
Lazarus changed residences to the Big Fluffy Dog Rescue (which oddly enough seems a bit ironic, eh?), and then a foster home, where they can care for Lazarus and help him adjust until its time for him to find his forever home.
It’s going to take a while to adjust though.
Jean Harrison, founder of Big Fluffy Dog Rescue, told thedodo.com, “Lazarus is proving to be a sweet, loving, grateful dog.”
It took a while for him to adjust to his new life. He “approached a freshly grilled steak cautiously which made us sad,” she said. “But he quickly got the idea and he was incredibly happy to have that steak.”
Harrison doesn’t like the idea that dogs should have to feel grateful. “It means they have seen and suffered too much,” she explained. “We look forward to the day when he takes all of this as his due.”