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​Rescued Sheepdog Looks Unrecognisable After Having Nearly 2kg Of Matted Fur Shaved Off

​Rescued Sheepdog Looks Unrecognisable After Having Nearly 2kg Of Matted Fur Shaved Off

A sheepdog whose fur was so overgrown he'd regularly walked into walls and doors, has now had one hell of a trim, with vets removing 1.8kg of hair.

It took three people two hours to clip two-year-old Arlo from head to toe, removing the matted hair that covered his eyes.

The knots were past brushing out and were pulling at his skin leaving him uncomfortable and anxious when he was handled, so the staff at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home had no choice but to clip all of his hair off - giving him a fresh new do.

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Battersea rehoming and welfare manager Rebecca Lodder said: "We wouldn't normally clip a dog with such long hair but as Arlo was in such discomfort, we felt that this was best for his welfare.

Poor Arlo was matted so badly he couldn't see (Credit: SWNS)
Poor Arlo was matted so badly he couldn't see (Credit: SWNS)

"Dogs with long hair require a lot of grooming and attention. This not only helps to keep them looking smart, but grooming is also vital for their physical health and wellbeing, too."

Thanks to his bad experience, Arlo now worries when he's being groomed, but the home is providing positive training to help show him that grooming and handling can be an enjoyable experience.

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He can also see clearly now the fur is out of his eyes and is ready to find a new home.

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Rebecca said: "Arlo seems to have grown in confidence since having a haircut, too. He can see properly and is so much more comfortable with handling.

"He's had a real 'glow-up' and now loves nothing more than running around and playing with his friends."

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Just imagine how much lighter he must feel now - what a weight off!

He's now feeling much better with all that weight off (Credit: SWNS)
He's now feeling much better with all that weight off (Credit: SWNS)

Rebecca added: "Arlo's coat will eventually grow back, so he is looking for new owners who will help to keep him looking like the suave, well-groomed boy that he has become.

"Arlo's new owners will need to show him that it's fun to be pampered and introduce him to grooming at a pace that suits him."

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If only we had a big garden, we'd be first in line.

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Lauren Bell

A freelance journalist at Tyla with an interest in health and fitness, travel and lifestyle topics, as well as highlighting issues for women. She graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2011 with a BA Honours Journalism degree and ever since has written for various platforms, including Mail Online, The Sun, that's life magazine and b-inspired magazine.