It had to be shoveled away since there was so much dirt and excrement blocking the door to the barn stall where Lazarus had been living, imprisoned in filth and within his enormous coat.
“It seemed like it had been a while by the appearance of the dog and the door,” says a dog groomer who asked to remain anonymous.
A neighbor had requested C. and another groomer, Jessica Kincheloe, to assist the dog, whose owner is terminally sick.
They went to his residence about a week ago and liberated him from the stall, then from his coat, removing around 35 pounds of hair in the process.
Lazarus seems uncomfortable at first throughout the cleaning.
“He calmed down and appeared to realize because it was making him feel better,” Kincheloe recounts after his hair was cut away from his neck.
In fact, everything appeared to be brand new.
It’s similar to walking.
Lazarus has been adopted by Big Fluffy Dog Rescue, a non-profit organization. He’s in a foster home in Virginia, where he’ll stay for weeks, months, or as long as it takes for him to let it be known that he’s ready to be adopted into a forever home.
Jean Harrison, the founder of Big Fluffy Dog Rescue, tells The Dodo that Lazarus is still learning to his new existence.
He “approached a newly cooked steak carefully,” she adds, “which made us sad.” “However, he immediately grasped the concept, and he was overjoyed to get the steak.”
It’s also nice to be gently petting and cared over.
“He didn’t appear to like being touched by humans, but he didn’t seem to be used to it. He warmed up to us in no time. Especially after you’ve given out sweets “Kincheloe agrees.