Lazarus, a Great Pyrenees, lived alone in a barn for seven years. His former owners weren’t intentionally neglectful, but they appeared not to know any better. They thought it was enough to merely give the dog food, water, and a roof over his head.
Lazarus’s owners were homebound due to terminal illness, so they had to ask somebody to feed the pooch. The young man they hired arrived with his girlfriend, C, a dog groomer. Nothing could prepare the couple for what they saw.
Accumulated dirt and excrement blocked the door to the barn, so they first had to shovel some away. Once C and her boyfriend got inside, they saw Lazarus lying on the dirt, 35 pounds of overgrown fur weighing him down.
The canine couldn’t even walk. Moreover, the tangled hairs pulling on Lazarus’s skin were causing him a lot of pain. Furthermore, it’s a wonder the dog survived the summer heat with all that fur.
C and her boyfriend persuaded Lazarus’s owners to give him up. C then contacted Jessica Kinchelhoe, another groomer, and the two of them immediately got to work shaving off the dog’s coat.
Big Fluffy Dog Rescue in Tennessee took in Lazarus for rehabilitation and treatment. After seven years without medical care, the pooch had a host of health issues.
He had a broken tail, a few small tumors, and skin irritation. Lazarus was also unsteady on his feet due to lack of exercise and the extra weight his body had to bear.
A woman named Amanda Brooke Charsha-Lindsey volunteered to foster Lazarus and help socialize him. He was already seven years old then, but everything was new to him.
He proved to be a friendly pooch who loved getting affection from his foster mom and playing with his canine siblings. Surprisingly, even after years of being stuck in a barn, Lazarus still prefers staying indoors.
The dog eventually became a foster fail after Amanda fell in love with him and couldn’t bear to let him go. Lazarus recently celebrated his 10th birthday, but he still has a youthful sparkle in his eye.
We hope the Great Pyrenees gets to spend many more years with his loving family. Watch Lazarus taste his first steak shortly after his rescue in the video below:
Sweet surprise for my sweet Lazarus. Steak dinners are only the start handsome boy.I know the steak wasn't cut. I do have other pups (lots!) who use the yard, and since Laz wouldn't take smaller pieces from me, I couldn't risk any pieces being left in the yard. He didn't mind one bit about chewing it a bit more, promise.#fortheloveoflaz
Posted by Amanda Brooke Charsha-Lindsey on Monday, September 5, 2016
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