After moving to Los Angeles, Reddit user trickygonzalez never planned on getting a dog. He works at home at his own business, but travels frequently, and his girlfriend works nine hours a day. So, no dog for the couple, right?
Well, life doesn”t always work out like you plan.
While walking home with some friends, he stumbled upon a mop of fur on the sidewalk. It was a dog, and it seemed to be having trouble walking.
After waiting for someone to claim it (and no one did), the couple flagged down a police officer who suggested they take it home and try to look for the owner in the morning. That”s how this pile of fur ended up in trickygonzalez”s house.
The dog was kind of a mess.
A call to animal services turned up nothing, and because its fur was so matted, trickygonzalez couldn”t tell if the dog was male or female. He decided to call it Lady.
Lady got a much-needed bath…
…and a haircut.
This process took more than two hours.
Thanks to the haircut, it was discovered that Lady was, in fact, a male.
He then became Mr. Lady. They also found a collar under all that fur, but no tags.
Over the next two weeks, Mr. Lady”s rescuer put up fliers and contacted local shelters. Mr. Lady actually had a microchip, but the information was years out of date, and the person on record could not be reached.
Mr. Lady was taken to the vet to make sure everything was in order. He also received the classiest travel accommodations.
He was very brave at the vet, and received all of his vaccinations.
Then it was off to the groomer. While trickygonzalez had given him a much-needed haircut, Mr. Lady was still pretty grungy.
After the groomer, Mr. Lady was a whole new dog!
It was discovered that Mr. Lady was pretty portly, but trickygonzalez says that the haircut made a huge difference in the dog”s comfort. He became much more active, “like he could move again,” and seemed more comfortable.
Mr. Lady started settling in.
And he”ll probably be on a bit of a diet.
But he”s much happier now, and it looks like this is going to be his new home.
Though they weren”t planning on getting a dog, trickygonzalez says that he feels he and Mr. Lady were meant to find each other, and he”ll just have to adapt to having a dog. As another strange coincidence, a FedEx deliveryman recognized the dog one day while delivering a package; he”d been feeding Mr. Lady half a sandwich every day while Mr. Lady was on the street.
Mr. Lady got a happy ending and a loving home, thanks to the kindness of strangers. But there are still many more animals out there that need help!
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