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Makeover: Ruff Love, Ruff Housing help a pup out
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Makeover: Ruff Love, Ruff Housing help a pup out

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Michael’s journey began on the side of the road in Alabama.

He wore no collar, no ID tags, no microchip — his history wiped clean.

A couple found him, spent weeks searching for his owner, and eventually gave the 3-year-old Silky Terrier to a relative in Charlotte.

But Michael’s story didn’t end there.

When the owner discovered he was heartworm positive, she gave him up.

That’s when Ruff Love Rescue came in.

Animals with medical conditions often are less likely to be adopted, says Sue Rogers, who founded the Greensboro-area nonprofit in 1999. So it’s dogs like Michael that Ruff Love focuses on. They provide medical treatment for their rescues and then find them a forever home. That’s her wish for Michael, who is patient, friendly and loves to give nose kisses.

“He’s happy-go-lucky,” Rogers said. “He’ll be a good companion dog.”

To aid in Michael’s adoption, 1808 added a twist to its monthly makeover feature by giving Michael a new summer cut. Ruff Housing, a canine care center in Greensboro, donated the grooming, and pet stylist Jen Fields gave him his new ’do.

“His makeover will give him a fresh new look — and hopefully a new life,” Rogers said.

First, Fields trimmed Michael’s nails and shaved his matted fur. (Silky Terriers require grooming every 4 to 8 weeks, Fields said.) Next, she applied an oatmeal shampoo to soothe Michael’s dry skin, followed by a no-rinse, tearless face wash (FaceTime) and conditioner. After a blow-dry, Fields snipped the remaining locks covering Michael’s face to reveal his sweet brown eyes. For a final touch, Fields dressed Michael in a flashy bandana and sprayed a few spritzes of coconut perfume.

Michael’s makeover gave him more pep in his step. As he trotted around Ruff Housing that afternoon sporting his new haircut, “Walkin’ On Sunshine” played from the speakers above; it seemed a fitting theme song for this dog’s new beginning.

Carla Kucinski is a writer and dog lover. She lives in Greensboro with her husband and their rescue dog, Molly. Contact her at kucinskicarla@gmail.com or follow her blog at bookendsblog.com.

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