Getting my hair did

April 11, 2009

The groomer says Lo-Ro needs improvement.

The groomer says Lo-Ro needs improvement.

Lorenzo successfully made it through his first grooming with mixed reviews. The groomer said he gave lots of kisses but he did not appreciate getting his hair cut. The “day of beauty” was something entirely new to Lorenzo Romar. Most of the dogs that were rescued from the Snohomish puppy mill were filthy with feces and urine matted coats.

It is especially important for dogs like Yorkie’s to be groomed on a regular basis. Their hair can easily become tangled and matted if ignored. Certainly, this was the case when Lorenzo first arrived to humane society by way of the puppy mill. Not only does matting create havoc for a groomer, but for the pet as well. Mats put tension on the skin of animal, resulting in skin abrasions and a world of pain. Brushing Lorenzo has become a daily routine for us, as he adjusts to living in a new environment.

Lo-Ro: So fresh and so clean

Lo-Ro: So fresh and so clean

Lorenzo keeps his cool with Dr. SpencerLorenzo keeps his cool with Dr. Spencer

Lorenzo found the veterinary table for the first time, under our care, on Monday. We really didn’t know what to expect, because little is known about his history and he’s received very little medical attention.

The Human Society took care of the neutering and a few of his vaccines – but he was in need of a rabies shot and thorough examination. Rescue dogs from puppy mills, they say, usually arrive with tooth decay (he had a few of them removed) and contract kennel cough (or Tracheobronchitis, which he had) among other things. 

Weighing in at 3 lbs 10 ounces – or the super featherweight class – the doc says Lorenzo could stand to gain only a half-pound. To which one of us replied (hint: not Alex), I’ve had cats bigger than that! Humoring us, the doc replied that he was sort of like a cat… a cat-dog


Overall, doc said Lorenzo was in extremely good shape, considering the circumstances. Estimating he was likely to be closer to 4 years-old – he did anticipate that Lo-Ro would be back in a year, to pull his top row of teeth. As it stands, he’s missing a few in the bottom, which makes his tongue stick out ever so slightly (more on that later…). Pulling anymore would, and it would unravel!

Good news is – LR’s in good health, has a solid liver and won’t need to gain much more weight back. Only thing left is a sample… and they ask that it be fresh


Finally, a special shout out to Dr. Stuart Spencer and the fine people at the Queen Anne Animal Clinic – they were amazingly helpful, knowledgeable and incredibly kind. The grand total, out of the door, was a generous $112. Because we rescued him, they were nice enough to waive the examination fee – and told us we shouldn’t need to come back for another year!

More to come, including photo documented evidence from Alex’s first (and second) canine shopping sprees…


Lorenzo gets his first view of the city

Lorenzo gets his first view of the city

Back in January, nearly 600 dogs were rescued from the Snohomish and Skagit Counties in Washington State. These dogs were subject to the harsh conditions of a puppy mill – a glorified designer-dog factory where animals are forced to breed with little access to food, space or human interaction. 

On Friday, March 20, 2009, we met “Alvin” – a frail, but adorable male Yorkshire Terrier who they believed to be three-years old – at the Seattle Humane Society in Bellevue, WA. 

His owners to-be riding high from a Washington Husky win in NCAA Tournament – a scrappy little Yorkie left the rescue facility with a purple collar, a loving family and his new identity: Lorenzo Romar

As these horrible operations continue to be invaded by authorities, the number of homeless pets will climb. It is our hope to bring awareness to this cause and attest that these lovable victims can make great pets in their second shot at life.

Check back daily for updates and observations as Lorenzo Romar, the canine, adapts to a normal life post-puppy mill.