Terrified, Matted Pup Gets Happy Ending: Diamond’s Before and After

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 1:30pm
Diamond before and after

Last year in Texas, a scared little white pup named Diamond arrived at the City of Abilene’s municipal shelter. She was dirty, painfully matted and very scared. No one knew it at the time, but she was also deaf.

If Diamond had arrived at the shelter a year earlier, she may never have found her happy ending. But the folks who work at the City of Abilene shelter are especially dedicated and strongly committed to saving animals’ lives. Naturally, they jumped at the chance to take part in the ASPCA’s Carroll Petrie Foundation Dog Rescue Project, unveiled in September.

Part of the ASPCA Animal Relocation Initiative, the Carroll Petrie Foundation Dog Rescue Project helps cash-strapped municipal shelters like Abilene’s relocate dogs to off-site adoption programs, rescues or private shelters by providing municipal shelters $50 per dog placed. That money can be spent on vet care for an animal, transportation of the pet, or on anything else that will help move the animal out of the shelter.

For Diamond, this program was a godsend. Abilene was able to use the Petrie subsidy to move her to The Pawed Squad rescue. After a desperately needed grooming, Diamond revealed herself to be an adorable little Bichon Frise! She also came out of her shell and showed she would make a wonderful companion.

Soon after rescuing Diamond, the Pawed Squad was able to place her in a loving home that cherishes her every day. Her deafness was never an issue for these awesome adopters.

Congratulations to Abilene, The Pawed Squad rescue and Diamond’s happy family. We’re so glad the Carroll Petrie Foundation Dog Rescue Project is changing lives like hers and thousands of others.

Want to help support our efforts to find homes for thousands of homeless pets like Diamond? Please consider becoming an ASPCA Guardian today.

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When I was younger, I rescued and placed several Bichons (my first Bichon pet was a rescue).

One thing I've learned about this breed is they really like to look nice. Plus, getting them professionally groomed from a completely matted state is hard on the dog, and a sacrifice on the part of either the rescuer or the groomer donating the grooming. We're talking either hours of careful dematting or a scary close shave for the dog.

But having my other foot in the professional dog show world, I learned that Aussie Melamiracle's Leave In Conditioner works wonders. You may need to use an entire small bottle on a badly-matted dog, but it is so worth it! The first time I had to leave a rescue with a groomer (because I was working full-time), I also left my bottle of this as well. Before I even got to work, 20 minutes away, the groomer called me to tell me in an awe-struck voice that the dog was already de-matted! She hadn't had to shave him down at all, and was proceeding to give him a nice, proper Bichon cut! As a result, I was able to find a family for him pretty quickly. His previous owner was elderly and unable to groom him due to arthritis or get him groomed because of income restraints, and was going into a nursing home so really no rehab was needed, other than getting his coat back into shape. He went to a nice family who continued to cherish him for another decade.

I highly recommend this if you can find it. I believe the name has changed, but there is a still a pink kangaroo on the label. I talked at length to the vet who developed it for her Shar-Peis before I started using it on my dogs, and I highly recommend it for all Bichons or any dog with skin problems--the shampoo, at least, while the Leave-In Conditioner is indispensable for coat maintenance for breeds with coats that tend to mat. It makes brushing them out a snap.

Lynn J

God bless all of you at the ASPCA and all agencies that help animals and the good folks who bring them there! You are all GREAT!!!
God bless that little Diamond too! What a cutie!!! I hope her new family is foever blessed too!

Janice Mullaly

I live in CT and would be willing to do transporting.

Pat Weinstein

Thank you ASPCA for all your hard work. I will never stop contributing to your organization.


I live in Madison, Wisconsin. Willing and able to transport within a 100 mile radius.


This sounds great. I wish there was a rich benefactor out there who could get this much excitement and offers of help for cats. I love dogs but there are a lot of cats who need furrever homes too. :'(


What a beautiful story ... I wish all story had such an awesome ending!

Sally Frederick

Good Going Abilene - my home

Gerrie Beck

Thank you SPCA for all the wonderful work you do, and thank you for the family that adopted that little Bichon. I'm having a party later this month and have asked everyone to bring a check for $10 made payable to the SPCA. You're great!

Lynn Burkett

If we could only get everyone to feel this way, there would not be any homeless pets or a need for shelters. Please consider special needs animals. They make great pets. Our Rachel was rescued the day she was to be put down. Her crime? She is blind. She knows her way around the house and yard, is so sweet and loving. It has been an honor to be her family for the past four years.