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I was reading the Gaston dogs thread and lots of times we see these dogs in rescue who just make you gasp they look so awful. Ones where you see the picture and have the thought that you would A. like to slit someone's throat who let them get like that and B. make you cry to think of their suffering.

Then a month or so later...you see those same eyes peering out with great mischief and happiness and cannot believe it is the same dog.

I think we need some hope and a place to go for it when we think, well this is the end of the line.

Maybe it will be a short time for some dogs-but...what if? These are those dogs-for however long.

So if you have a picture of a before and an after-one post per dog (multiple dogs-just put them on new posts so the impact is there-every dog deserves their day and their own post) please do post it here! And try to pick your *best* one picture for each before and after.

Dogs that didn't look like they'd have a great life-

Katarina-Before-HW+ and malnourished:


Katarina-After-HW free and now living as a cheese head in WI:
 

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OMG how awesome is that
thanks for sharing
 

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Rafi, after 3 months in foster care (first picture I have of him so looking a lot better than when he showed up):



Rafi, last month:

 

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Oooh, let me show off Dieter!

Before: 61.7lbs of catatonic, plastic-bag-stuck-in-the-rectum, snapping at everything that came near the trap sadness:


After: A big, cuddly love bug who loves kitties, his mommy and daddy and might need a diet soon!

 

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I enjoyed looking at this thread. I would post a picture of mine, but there are none to post! My most senior dog who is 15 and dying of cancer came to my house after a hurricane in 1996. She was emaciated and suffering from mange and heartworms. Her front bottom teeth were worn down to nubs. I decided to keep her and call her Scrappy because I felt like she was a fighter (after all her health problems). I took a whole roll of film of her and would you believe that not one picture turned out? I had never had that happen before with that camera and the film was new (not expired)! My mom said that the "before" pictures didn't turn out because Scrappy didn't want to be remembered looking like that!
 

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Here is one of my last foster ... He is still looking for his forever home and is in a new foster home now.

The day I picked him up


Only one month later...
 

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Kacie, left 21 mos. Onyx, right 5 mos


Kacies first night with us, she was found abandoned after at least 5 days in a trailer with a cat, I adopted her three weeks
after landlord discovered her.
She didn't eat the cat!!
Her coat was matted and coarse, now it is silky soft!
Her teeth were bad, she was on antibiotics because of the bacteria. Pearly whites now thanks to RAW diet!!
She is still afraid of storms and
was a chained out dog in her previous life...


This is her year anniversary Gotcha Day pic,
I am so lucky to have her, look how big Onyx grew in that year.
Kacie picked up ten much needed pounds, I can still feel her ribs thru all her fuzz.
 

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Jane, They are beautiful! What a wonderful job you did with her!
 

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Denver: this was him at the shelter. Barely any fur and weight in at 64 lbs.

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Here is Denver now. He weights in at 85 lbs, and as you can see he has a pretty good coat now. He is pictures with his little shadow Gabriele.... She came to me at 2 weeks old.
 

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Sorry now before pictures of this young lady. This is Kasey, she came to me about 6 years ago from GA and was heartworm positive. She is now queen of the house. Kasey loves to garden, the only trouble with this is I dont know where she moved the squash too.
 

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Heres my little man Rudy. He was 12 weeks old when I got him. When I found him under non-urgent I knew he should be here with me.

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Rudy loves life.
 

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Here is Gabriele.... She was not from this board but deserves a mention. She was given to me by a shepherd breeder, that allowed the rest of the litter to pass away, and then brought me this one last pup along with her mom. The mom did not produce the milk for her so from two weeks old she was bottle fed

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And here she is now with her best friend Denver..... They are always together.
 

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Elsa from Murfreesboro, TN. We didn't know what was wrong with her, other than looking like this in her shelter photo. Later we found out she was shaved because she shed. It was a scramble to save her though and with a lot of help from this board, we did it.


Five months after foster care. She now lives the good life with her mom who is a dog trainer and Elsa is usually her demo dog!

 

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WONDERFUL pics! Thank you Jean, for starting this thread. After the past couple days... its been one of those "cant take anymore sadness" feelings... but this thread is a great reminder, just when we need it most.
 

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Great pictures, everyone! I think it really helps for people to see beyond what the dogs look like in the shelter!

That picture of the dog with mange (Denver?) is what Rafi looked like when his foster dad took him in. His skin was black and hanging off of him and he was covered in fleas. His foster dad thought he was really, really old and it turned out he was still a puppy!
 

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Amazing pictures everyone and fabulous job with these dogs! Sure brings back memories - Katarina, Denver, Rudy... And Jean - it's hard to believe that's Ava. I've seen that picture before and I was shocked the first time I saw it.

Great idea for a thread - LOVE to see the before and after pictures!
 

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Kayto in 2003 when she came up from the Memphis Animal Shelter....





One year later



Now with 29 agility titles, 4 rally titles and 1 obedience title she's officially known as:

Memphis <span style="color: #FF0000">Red Hot </span>and <span style="color: #3333FF"> Blues</span> CD RAE AX MXJ NF AD SSA AJ AG SS SR EAC EJC OCC TG-O TN-O WV-N CGC FFX-AG



 

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Sandy - I'm so glad you posted these pictures. As you know, Kayto is one of my favorite rescue stories! The accomplishments that you both have is just mind boggling. I can't think of a better poster child for rescue!
 

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WOW!! Kayto is STUNNING!!!

Here is one of my current fosters, Ava.


Ava now- a real stinker!! Shows what some love and good food and care can do!
 
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