After spending six years in a barn stall, Lazarus is finally getting a second chance. Lazarus, a big fluffy dog, who had spent six years in a ꜰɪʟᴛʜʏ barn stall, got the makeover of a ʟɪꜰᴇᴛɪᴍᴇ after a groomer shaved 35 pounds of matted fur off of him.
Amanda Brooke Charsha-Lindsey with the Big Fluffy Dog Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ shared an inspiring photo of a recently Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ d great pyrenees named Lazarus to her Facebook page on Sunday. According to Charsha-Lindsey, Lazarus was ᴋᴇᴘᴛ in a barn stall for the past six years, and was in dire need of a haircut when groomer Candice Skelton Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ d the pup. Skelton shaved 35 pounds of hair off of the dog, and he is nearly unrecognizable in the before and after shots. Charsha-Lindsey also shared some videos of Lazarus’ progression and a more detailed version of the story to her Facebook page. Lindsey said:” It really took a village. It took seven people to get this dog here and get him out of that situation. There was so much ᴅɪʀᴛ and ғᴇᴄᴇs blocking the door to the barn stall where Lazarus had been living, ᴛʀᴀᴘᴘᴇᴅ in ғɪʟᴛʜ and inside his overgrown coat, it had to be sʜᴏᴠᴇʟᴇᴅ ᴀᴡᴀʏ .”
During the grooming, Lazarus seemed unsure at first. But once hair was clipped away from his neck, he calmed down and seemed to realize because it was making him feel better. In fact, everything seemed new. Lindsey said:” 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.” Lazarus has been taken into the nonprofit Big Fluffy Dog Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ . He’s in a foster home in Virginia, where he will stay for weeks, or months, or however long it takes until he lets it be known that he is ready to be adopted into a permanent home.
Now, Big Fluffy Dog Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ founder Jean Harrison tells that Lazarus is still getting accustomed to his new life. She said:” He approached a freshly grilled steak cautiously which made us sad. But he quickly got the idea and he was incredibly happy to have that steak.”
In the short time since his Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ , Lazarus is proving to be a sweet, loving, grateful dog – though that last part makes Harrison sad. Dogs shouldn’t have to feel grateful, she thinks. She said:” It means they have seen and sᴜғғᴇʀᴇᴅ too much. We look forward to the day when he takes all of this as his due.”