Dog with badly knotted fur gets rescued—after an epic makeover, she ‘chooses’ her new owner

This poor little dog was neglected by its previous owner. When she was brought to the animal shelter, the staff couldn’t tell the dog’s front from its back.

Shocking stories of innocent animals being subjected to abuse is not new. It’s hard to comprehend why someone would get a pet to later abuse and eventually abandon.

There are, however, stories of animals who were abandoned but were rescued and adopted into loving families. Such is the story of Ellen, a little dog from Chicago.

When Ellen was found at the shelter by staff from The Trio Animal Foundation, she was in such a bad shape that they couldn’t figure out which end was front or back, or whether the dog was male or female. On their Facebook page, they wrote: “Flies and gnats swarmed around the pup and what appeared to be the dog’s back legs dragged on the floor and left a watery trail… just like a snail.”

Giving this dog a makeover was no easy task. The fur on her front legs was heavy and extremely knotted. Ellen needed a specialist. The staff took her to a grooming salon at Mutt Hutt. It took an hour and a half to cut off all the unnecessary hair from Ellen. The dog groomer took 2 pounds (approx. 1 kg) of fur from the pooch. During the whole process, Ellen didn’t growl or bark even once!

When the dog was finally groomed, the staff wanted to name her. They ended up with Ellen, as in the TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, because they wanted the name to remind them of something positive.

But the rehabilitation process had yet to be completed. It was time to teach Ellen how to socialize and trust humans again. Three TAF therapy dogs—Geiger, Miller, and Antler, helped Ellen in this process. Ellen quickly recovered her lost trust for people and became a happy dog again.

The poorly treated dog finally had to be put in caring hands. The foundation was now on the lookout for a new home for her. They went through 200 applications in order to find a proper family for the dog.

Finally, they were left with three families. With the hard decision of choosing only one, the decision was left for Ellen to make. When she saw a boy named Linus come and visit, she immediately ran to him. “She made it very apparent that this was the family that she wanted to call her own,” said Naiden.