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Dog With Deformed Face Returned To Shelter Dozens Of Times, Finally Found Forever Home
He was deemed unadoptable, but she fell in love with him.
Cedric Jackson
04.20.18

Lucky was born in a puppy mill with a facial deformity, and he wasn’t ever too lucky in life. Nobody wanted him because of the way he looked. Instead of being sold, he was given away.

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His first family didn’t care for him properly, and he ended up in a shelter.

He was eventually adopted out for free to another family, who also neglected and abused him. The circle continued for months, and it looked like the deformed dog just wasn’t going to find a home.

Eventually, a family brought him to a shelter where a volunteer took his photo while he was on his way to be groomed. She posted it online, hoping someone would want to adopt the dog, and a woman named Jamie happened to see it.

Jamie said:

“It just happened to be somebody in my dog rescue world, so right away I contacted him and said ‘I want that dog. I don’t even want to foster it, I wanna take that dog.”

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So, she adopted him.

Lucky had been neglected and malnourished for so long that his health was declining. He was covered in fleas and full of heartworms. He had never seen a vet, and they weren’t sure if he was going to survive.

Jamie added:

“He almost didn’t make it. He was in the oxygen tank for a week. I ended up spending like $8000 dollars for treatment to get an MRI just to see what was going on because he was so infested… He was like skin and bones. It was a touch-and-go and we almost lost him once. I said to my vet, ‘I don’t care – for this particular dog just do whatever you need to, and I will pay whatever it is. Don’t hold back.’ And he made it. He’s healthy. He’s in the free and clear.”

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The next struggle was getting people to accept the dog.

Most people simply didn’t like the way he looked, and although Jamie thought he was adorable, others were afraid of him. She also gave him a new name to match his new life. She called him Beaux Tox because she thinks he looks like he just needs to get Botox. She also started working to distract people from his appearance.

She explained:

“When I first got him I really wanted him to be associated with people, but people kept asking about his face and they would laugh at him. I was like ‘Don’t worry, go ahead and laugh.’ I started making ties for him. Just so that it would offset his face and just maybe the tie would draw it in where he’s cuter, where he’s not as scary.”

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It’s been over a year since the Jamie adopted Beaux, and he is doing amazing.

He has finally found the person he was supposed to be with, and he is clearly happy. He has made a lot of progress during his time with her.

She said:

“The thing about Beaux is he is extremely smart, he is happy, his face it is a deformity. It literally changes every day. It really mushes to one side, or one day it’s pointy, one day it’s full and squishy – his face changes so often he doesn’t really look the same every day.”

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Although Jamie may have saved Beaux, she feels like he was meant to be with her all along and has made her life better, too.

She added,

“I’m grateful I got Beaux, and we still rescue and foster. He’s fostered kittens. Beaux Tox is good with anything. He’s good with kittens, baby skunks, cats. He’ll watch the tarantula for an hour. He’s very intrigued by everything… for him, everything is exciting.”

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By Cedric Jackson
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Cedric Jackson is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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