Little Timberly was kept outside in the middle of the cold Chicago winter when his mom had fallen incredibly ill. Her owner thought it would be best to keep Timberly outside so that he wouldn’t make her sicker. When a local pet rescuer noticed Timberly shivering in the cold, he contacted The Anti-Cruelty Society. The rescuers were able to convince the woman to surrender Timberly into their care.
By the time Timberly arrived at the shelter, he was completely covered in thick, tangled mats, because the poor dog hadn’t been groomed in years.
“He couldn’t move much and was wary of new people,” Colette Bradley, of The Anti-Cruelty Society said. “He was completely covered in mats of hair and he could only see out of one eye due to an overgrowth of hair. He moved very slowly and couldn’t walk very far.”
Rescuers set about shaving him and soon realized his mats were even more severe than they initially thought.
“They got his head and half of his back freed from the mats, but found a growth close to the skin and determined at that time that it was best for a professional groomer to continue to work on him,” Bradley said. “The next day, one of our volunteers that is a professional groomer came in and, with the assistance of another volunteer and staff members, he was able to finish shaving him and clean up the areas that had been shaved the day prior.”
It took several hours to shave Timberly completely, and when they were done, 3 pounds of fur had been shaved off of his tiny body and underneath it all was a completely different dog.
“He was very happy when the mats came off,” Bradley said. “As they were freeing him from the hair, his body relaxed. He started showing affection to the volunteer holding him and we started to see a bit more of his personality come out.”
Timberly began to warm up to his rescuers and his new surroundings, after being neglected for so long. He is still, however, getting used to being touched, but once he gets comfortable with you, he loves belly rubs and ear scratches. His personality is coming out more every day, and his rescuers are so excited for the day when he can finally go off to a forever family and start his new life.
“He’s come a long way since he first arrived and we’re excited to continue to see him progress,” Bradley said.
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