The pet owner opens her shop at midnight to give a stray dog a life-saving haircut

No one can say for sure how this dog named Lucky got stuck in the middle of a busy Florida street last Wednesday night – but it was clear from his condition that he is very familiar with difficulty. His body is wrapped in a surprisingly fluffy mass of hair, implying that he had the saddest past.

But thanks to the rescuers, both are now behind him.

Kari Falla owns and operates BGE Grooming, a pet salon in Seminole County. When not serving customers’ dogs, Falla donates her time to the rescue animals some necessary makeup to help them attract potential breeders.

So when she read on FB that a good Samaritan had found and saved Lucky from the path a short time earlier in that pitiful state, Falla knew she had to help – despite that means going back to work at midnight.

“As soon as I saw the post, I knew the dog needed help IMMEDIATELY,” Falla said. “I contacted the finder, and I told them to meet me at my shop at midnight, and I would brush him for free.”

For Falla, who was no stranger to rough-looking dogs, Lucky’s case was far too bad.

“It’s the most disturbing situation I’ve ever seen in my life,” she said. “He smelled like death. He couldn’t go. He couldn’t poop. His whole body was like a mummy. He has been infected with fleas. He has a very long string that looks like an outer lanyard attached to his skin from the mats. ”

However, she refused to call his situation hopeless.

Over the next three hours, Falla carefully began to free Lucky from his old prison.

Slowly but surely, the dog’s true self began to reappear.

It was 3 a.m when the grooming was completed – a long and arduous process that the dog accepted without complaining.

“He was so grateful and happy that we’d groomed him,” Falla said. “Looks like he knew we’re helping him.”

This is the fur that Lucky left.

And here’s how he looks when all is said and done.

After that, Lucky got a bath – perhaps for the first time in his life.

Lucky was then taken to a vet, who determined that he was blind and deaf. He didn’t have a chip to track his master – but despite all that, he’s in good hands.

It’s only been a few days since Lucky was first rescued, but his life is much better than before. A foster family brought him in to show him how a dog should be treated, and it began to flower.

“Lucky is thriving in his foster home and doing well!” Falla said. “He’s getting better every day.”

When the time is right, Lucky will be ready to adopt a forever-loving home – to restart his life as a cherished pet.


Seeing that dramatic change, both physically and emotionally, in a dog like Lucky is what makes Falla’s work so valuable:

“We love animals very much and feel very passionate about helping others in difficulty. We take care of all the rescue and shelter dogs for free and don’t even think twice about that.”, she said.
“Our salon’s motto is that a bit of kindness can go a long way, and in this case, it saved a life.

There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a dog wagging its tail in happiness after being groomed. Haircuts can make ALL the difference in the world. The dog that once came in, sad, depressed, exhausted, long limbs, dirty ears, left our shop, jumping up and down, wagging its tail, feeling happy and confident in itself. “