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Bald Puppy Becomes Peach Fuzz Baby With Pampering From Mom And Pack

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 20, 2023

When a five-week-old puppy named Pixie wandered into someone’s yard, she was in terrible shape. Weighing only four pounds, she appeared to be burned from having Demodex mange. The skin infection caused her to scratch herself to the point of having scabs and sores. The concerned homeowner called animal control, and Pixie’s journey to recovery began.


Pixie’s foster mom, Daphne, took her in and immediately gave her a medicated bath in her kitchen sink. As the scabs and wounds began to heal, Pixie looked bald before her fur came in. At such a young age, she needed to learn social skills from other dogs, and Daphne’s pup Elliot became her closest companion.


Elliot and Pixie had similar beginnings. Elliot was also found alone as a stray and had to work hard to grow up big and healthy. Daphne’s pups taught Elliot how to be a dog. They were patient with him and made him feel welcome. Elliot took on the same role for Pixie, helping her learn social cues and bringing out her puppy energy.

Despite her small size, Pixie had no fear and quickly bonded with the pack. She was a quick learner and became an affectionate and outgoing puppy. After about a week or two, her condition began to improve, and new hair started to poke through her skin. She soon transformed into a “peach fuzz puppy” and eventually grew a beautiful brindle coat.


After about six weeks with Daphne, Pixie was ready for adoption. It was difficult for Daphne to give her up, but she knew that fostering was worth it to see the incredible transformation. Pixie quickly found the perfect family and has grown into a happy, healthy dog.

We are elated that Pixie recovered and found her forever with a family who will cherish her. This story reminds us that fostering is an essential part of dog rescue. Without people like Daphne, dogs like Pixie would perish in shelters. Please consider opening your heart and home to a foster pet. They need us!

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