Sissy is 12 years old and a Lhasa Apso so badly matted it was difficult to tell that she was a dog. She was one of five Lhasa’s that came to Suncoast Animal League in horrible condition.
The five dogs came into Suncoasts Animal League’s possession at 12:30 am on February 23, 2017. I made the hour drive and arrived at 1:30 am at Island Dog Outfitters to begin grooming the dogs.The drive was not a pleasant one given the horrendous odor associated with the dogs. When it came time to start the grooming process on Sissy, it was difficult to figure out where to start. Her ears where matted to the side of her head. Her chin was matted to her chest and her face was so matted that her muzzle no longer fit into a bowl. Feces hung like dreadlocks to her backside and her four paws were the size of boxing gloves. Her nails barely protruded through the matting and later on, we found them to be over four inches long. The matting over her eyes prevented her from seeing and we would later find out that the matting caused permanent damage to her eyes. Her teeth were wrapped with matted hair. Her body was entombed within the matted hair. The grooming that began at 1:30 am and ended at 9:30 am, with all five dogs, who would come to be known as the Fab Five, being groomed.
That same day, all five dogs were seen and examined by a veterinarian. It would begin a medical odyssey that would cost over $7,000 and end on April 2nd with Sissy and the other four Fab Five members, getting adopted at a “Lunch with the Lhasa’s”event. In between, the Fab Five became FaceBook phenoms.
Sissy is thriving in her new home and is getting the individual attention she so richly deserves. It goes without saying that Sissy would not have been adopted without being groomed but the truth of the matter is, she wouldn’t have survived without being groomed. Grooming freed her from her own body and provided her with a new life.