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Matted Stray Gets A Shave And Checks Out His New ‘Plucked-Chicken’ Bod

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 October 10, 2023

Lenny, a stray dog with severely matted fur, desperately needed help. His appearance was so unkempt that it seemed unlikely he would ever find a forever home. However, thanks to the dedication and compassion of a group of animal lovers, Lenny’s life took a turn for the better.


When Lenny was first discovered, his fur was so matted that it was difficult to determine his breed or even his true color. The poor dog was clearly miserable, and his rescuers, Ally and Lauren, knew they had to act quickly to help him. They began by carefully shaving off the matted fur, which was pulling painfully on Lenny’s skin. As they worked, they discovered that the dog’s ears were in terrible shape, and he smelled strongly of a combination of unpleasant odors.


Despite the discomfort he must have been experiencing, Lenny remained patient and cooperative throughout the grooming process. In fact, he seemed grateful for the attention and care he was receiving. As his rescuers continued to shave away the matted fur, Lenny began to show his appreciation by giving them affectionate kisses.

Once the grooming was complete, Lenny was a completely different dog. His true color was finally revealed, and he appeared much happier and healthier. At this point, Lenny’s story caught the attention of a woman named Christina, who saw a post about him on Instagram. She immediately fell in love with the pup she claimed looked like ‘a plucked chicken,’ and decided to adopt him.


Christina knew Lenny would need a slow introduction to her family, as he initially feared men. However, when Lenny met Christina’s husband, he immediately walked up to him, put his paws on his legs, and began licking his face. It was clear that Lenny had found his forever home. Over time, Lenny has continued to open up and become more comfortable with his new family. He is now a loving and affectionate dog who simply wants to be close to his people. His new mom believes that taking a chance on a dog like Lenny is more than worth it.

Lenny’s transformation is incredible. By giving him a chance, his rescuers and adoptive family have not only changed his life but also experienced the joy of witnessing his remarkable journey. There are many precious animals waiting to be adopted in shelters and with rescue groups. Please consider opening your heart, and home, to an animal in need.

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