by Amanda Just
Categories: Animals, Causes.

If you’re a fan of animal rescue stories AND extreme makeovers, keep reading!

After a rough rainstorm one day, Dr. Brenda Gough’s husband looked out on their large field and thought he spotted some old carpet near a bush. When they went outside to investigate, they realized that the “old carpet” was the horrible matted fur of a small abandoned dog.


“He was terrified, shaking horribly, and we couldn’t tell if he was ill or injured, only that he couldn’t run very far because the matts were not only so heavy, they had caked his legs together,” said Dr. Gough.

The poor unfortunate pup was taken to Park Road Veterinary Clinic in Brantford, Ontario, where Gough works, where the vets lovingly named him Shrek after the swamp creature from the popular Pixar film. With Shrek treated under anesthetic, the team removed three and a half pounds of matted fur, as well as a burr that was stuck to his eye.


Shrek was anemic and protein deficient, but with TLC and lots of good food, he’s bouncing back. He was timid and scared around other people at first, “scared of his own shadow,” according to the clinic staff,  but he’s warming up to all the new kind people in his life.


“He is more comfortable with other dogs than with people, although he is learning that snuggling on the couch, warm and dry, loved by children and family, is actually pretty awesome,” said Dr. Gough. “He is still terrified and nervous, but looking for human contact, and learning all about love.”


All the publicity surrounding Shrek’s story led to the rescue of 12 other dogs kept in poor conditions at a nearby puppy mill.

Like most fairy tales, this one starts out really sad until the heroes come in (Dr. Gough, her family, and the Park Road Veterinary Clinic) and save the day.

Photo credits: Park Road Veterinary Clinic

About Amanda Just

Amanda Just is a longtime vegan who loves to promote compassionate living in fun, creative ways. As a writer, she has contributed to This Dish Is Veg,, and many other blogs, websites, and newsletters. As an activist, she champions many causes, from veganism and animal rights to environmental protection and human rights. Amanda resides in Tampa Bay, Florida.

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  • Muriel Corchero Medrano

    oh god he´s estremely beutiful

  • Maleficent

    Omg! He looks just like my rescue poodle, Max! Wow!