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Groomer Transforms Neglected, Matted Dog Into a Dashing Gentleman

Written by: Julie Hunt
Julie Hunt is an avid dog lover and writer for, and has a background as a veterinary technician. She rescued a beautiful former bait dog named Rory.Read more
| Published on May 30, 2024

Whenever one encounters a dog that is dirty and matted, it’s a clear indication that the dog is being abused and isn’t experiencing the joyful and healthy life he or she deserves. Such was the plight of Chewie, an adorable eight-year-old dog who was left behind after his family moved out of their rental home.
Chewie found himself without a family, love, or anyone to look after his well-being. Fortunately, his luck changed when he was discovered by compassionate rescuers who were determined to give him a better life.


Upon his arrival at the rescue center, Mel, the groomer at the facility, greeted him with open arms and a heavy heart. She was appalled that anyone could let such a lovable dog fall into such poor condition. Mel quickly set about giving him a bath and a much-needed haircut, knowing that matted fur could be hiding anything from wounds and fleas to irritated skin.

Mel carefully began to trim the tangled mats from Chewie’s face and then his body, horrified to discover a large belly hidden beneath the unkempt fur. “Something surprising she notices almost right away. Despite being abandoned, he is overweight. Being severely overweight is also a sign of neglect,” Rocky Kanaka revealed in a TikTok video.


Another troubling discovery was an ulcerated eye, likely the result of an injury, an attack from another animal, or abuse. Yet, throughout his grooming session, Chewie remained remarkably well-behaved, impressing everyone at the shelter with his calm demeanor during his spa day.


Mel continuously praised him, reinforcing how well he was doing through positive affirmations. Once Chewie was clean, dry, and groomed, with his fur combed, nails trimmed, and even his mustache neatly shaped, his true charm was undeniable. It wasn’t long before the Frosted Faces Foundation, a nonprofit animal rescue in Ramona, California, decided to intervene and take Chewie under their wing.

Chewie is now enjoying his days in the California rescue, happily awaiting a family that will provide him with the love and stability he has always deserved. To see Chewie’s full transformation and how handsome he is now, play the TikTok video below.

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