The Daily Telegraph - Saturday

Short back and sides gives shaggy dog story a happy ending

- By Benedict Smith

Rescued sheepdog transforme­d after groomers shave off 11lb of tangled fur

Many are fond of a shaggy dog story, but for one old English sheepdog it proved an unpleasant experience.

Barney, which had not been walked by its owners for five years, has undergone a dramatic transforma­tion after 11lb of matted fur was removed by groomers.

The dog was taken in by the RSPCA from a house in south London, where it had struggled to eat or drink as fur was covering its eyes.

It had never been exercised, socialised or groomed, but is now said to be thriving after the charity’s interventi­on.

Chloe Wilson, an animal rescue officer, said: “He was so matted that he had to be sedated by a vet to be clipped.

“It was so bad that the matted fur was covering his eyes and it affected his eating and drinking. The total weight of his matted fur was 5kg [11lb].

“Thankfully he had no ongoing health concerns as a result of the matting. He looked like a completely different dog after his extensive grooming.”

Barney is available for rehoming through the RSPCA’s Millbrook Animal Centre in Woking, Surrey.

Sue Walters, who manages the centre, said: “When Barney came in to us, he was so shut down and scared, but our team gave him lots of time to trust them and he has come on leaps and bounds. He now really enjoys his walks with the people he knows and trusts.”

The charity is looking to rehome Barney with an adult-only home and owners with experience of old English sheepdogs.

Ms Walters said the dog needs a home that will go slow with it and give it time to settle and adjust to a new family and domestic environmen­t.

“He needs an understand­ing home where his new family realise that it may take a bit of time for him to bond with them,” she added. “Barney has been through a hard time and he is becoming such a loving dog and really does deserve the best.”

‘He was so matted that he had to be sedated by a vet to be clipped’

The organisati­on said that Barney will need patient owners, who are prepared to housetrain it and teach it to travel by car.

It will also require regular grooming and clipping in its new home, but because this will be so unfamiliar, this will need to be done slowly and be a “positive experience”.

According to the Kennel Club, old English sheepdogs require daily grooming and a large garden. In Barney’s case, this will also mean a 6ft fence to make sure he does not escape.

Despite its lack of socialisat­ion, Barney enjoys meeting other animals, and can be rehomed with a family who already own a neutered dog.

 ?? ?? After
Barney the old English sheepdog was rescued from a home in south London – where it had not been exercised, socialised or groomed for five years – and taken to an RSPCA centre in Woking, Surrey
After Barney the old English sheepdog was rescued from a home in south London – where it had not been exercised, socialised or groomed for five years – and taken to an RSPCA centre in Woking, Surrey

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from United Kingdom