It’s hard to believe, but the creature on the left is a dog, most likely a Miniature Poodle. Found in the woods by Dr. Brenda Gough and taken in by the Park Road Veterinary Clinic in Brantford, Ontario, Shrek is one lucky pup.
When discovered after a rainstorm, Shrek was so matted he could barely walk. The veterinary staff had to sedate him and give him a medical shave to remove the armor-like, hardened fur, weighing 3.5 pounds, revealing sores and his awfully irritated skin. Photos released on the clinic’s Facebook page are almost impossible to comprehend and will make the most experienced rescuers shake their heads in disbelief. After the shave, Shrek only weighed 8.5 pounds.
Shrek was first scared even of his own shadow, and his blood work showed that he was anemic and hypoproteinemic (which means that there was an abnormally low level of protein in his blood.)
Shrek is now being fostered by Dr. Gough and her family, which includes a 160-pound canine friend, Nordy. He is now eating well and is learning to accept the love with which his foster family has been showering him.