Neglected Bulldog Gets a Dramatic Makeover You Have to See

A Second Chance for Lucy the Neglected Bulldog

As an animal rescuer, I have seen many cases of pet neglect. But when I first met Lucy, a 2-year-old bulldog surrendered to the shelter in terrible condition, my heart broke. Her owner had clearly not cared for her properly. Lucy’s skin folds were filled with debris and she had a ruptured anal gland, leaving painful sores on her behind. She was lethargic, uncomfortable, and anxious about being bathed. I knew Lucy needed help right away.

Neglected Bulldog Gets a Dramatic Makeover You Have to See

“Be Gentle With Me”

The shelter’s groomer, Mel, began gently assessing Lucy’s skin while the vet tech, Brenda, explained her medical issues. Mel cautioned that bulldogs require special care because of their facial folds, skin allergies, and bodies unfit for jumping. She showed how Lucy’s face and body folds easily collect dirt and moisture, causing infections. As Mel cleaned inside Lucy’s wrinkles, she cringed, seeming to say “be gentle with me.”

Neglected Bulldog Gets a Dramatic Makeover You Have to See

Mel’s expertise was crucial. “This breed, you have to be so careful,” she explained, detailing the special needs of bulldogs like Lucy. From their inability to jump to the necessity of keeping their facial folds clean to avoid infections, Mel’s knowledge was invaluable. As she worked, the dirt and irritation on Lucy’s skin became evident. “You definitely could get infections and everything,” Mel pointed out, emphasizing the care needed for Lucy’s unique breed.

Road to Recovery

Fortunately, antibiotics, medication, and a soothing bath eased Lucy’s discomfort substantially. We dried her folds thoroughly to prevent bacteria. Watching Lucy try to hide from the blowdryer, then trust Mel as she patiently dried each crevice, reminded me that empathy and care, more than any medicine, can nurse wounds.

Neglected Bulldog Gets a Dramatic Makeover You Have to See

Though her road to full recovery will require diligent care, Lucy’s clean fur and new bandana restored her dignity. I was overjoyed when our shelter found Lucy the perfect adopter committed to maintaining her needs. Witnessing her transformation from neglected and afraid, to healthy and loved, is why I dedicate myself to animal rescue. Though challenging, every animal’s life deserves a second chance

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Neglected Bulldog Gets a Dramatic Makeover You Have to See

This story isn’t just about Lucy. It’s about all the animals out there needing a second chance. “I’d love to have you be a bigger part of all of this,” I invite everyone, encouraging them to hit the subscribe button and become a member. Sharing Lucy’s story might put a smile on someone’s face and inspire more people to follow and support our mission. Lucy’s journey is a testament to the power of care, love, and the right home.

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