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Dog Looked Like An ‘Old Man’ Before Love And Care Revealed A Princess

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 June 18, 2024

In the heart of California, a devastating scenario unfolded for a small, one-year-old dog who epitomized neglect. Known as Reese, this frail pup found herself on the brink of euthanasia in an overcrowded shelter. Her life, marked by severe neglect, left her emaciated and suffering from a host of medical issues, including advanced mange and an infected eye puncture. Despite her youth, Reese bore the appearance of a senior dog who had endured a lifetime of hardships. However, her fate took a dramatic turn thanks to the compassionate individuals at Wags and Walks Rescue in Los Angeles. In the nick of time, Reese was saved from her grim fate at the shelter, which lacked the necessary resources to address her medical conditions.


“At just 1-year-old Reese has suffered unthinkable neglect. She is skin and bones, has painful, advanced mange and infections,” Wags and Walks disclosed in a heartfelt Instagram post. The sight of Reese in such a dire state deeply moved her rescuers, compelling them to remark on her complete lack of prior human affection.


Determined to alter her trajectory, the rescue team swiftly secured a loving foster home for Reese. Walker and Rebecca, the compassionate couple, opened their hearts and home to Reese, embracing her with unconditional love. The remarkable support from the community fueled Reese’s rapid recovery. “She is safe with us now and we’re thrilled to share that she’s healing quickly, gaining weight and on the road to a full recovery! We are beyond grateful for this incredible community’s support and Reese’s amazing foster family,” the rescue shared on social media.

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But Reese’s transformation didn’t stop at her health; she blossomed into an unexpected fashion icon. Initially donning pajamas to protect her healing skin, Reese quickly became renowned for her stylish ensembles, charming everyone with her newfound flair. Her foster parents, Rebecca and Walker, ensured Reese had a wardrobe of chic outfits, turning her into a local celebrity. Beyond her style, Reese became the family’s beloved cuddler, relishing the affection she had once been denied.


The culmination of Reese’s journey was finding a forever home. An enthusiastic family reached out to Wags and Walks, eager to offer Reese a permanent place in their hearts and home. The rescue joyously announced, “Tonight she’s in her forever home with an amazing, loving family who loves her as much as she deserves to be,” celebrating this happy ending on Instagram.

Now settled with her new family and a dog sibling, Reese enjoys every adventure, secure in the love and stability she had always deserved. And the icing on the cake? She continues to sport her adorable outfits, living her best life in style.

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