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While jogging through the Pasadena Arroyo, a Good Samaritan heard whimpering in the brush. Upon further inspection, she found a frightened little poodle, hiding in a poison oak plant. She wrapped the dog in a towel and rushed it to the Pasadena Humane Society.
While poison oak is harmless to dogs, she was in dire need of grooming and a bath. Her once-white coat was brown with mud, thick mats hung from her chest and fur grew long over her eyes.
Animal Control Officer Ashley Hermans was ready for this challenge. "She was a very sweet dog even when covered in all that wet, dirty, stinky, matted fur." It took over two hours to clean the pooch up, but the transformation was phenomenal. If you had seen her before, you would not believe it was the same dog.
It was around this time that a woman named Dorothy came to our shelter. Dorothy knew that she wanted to adopt because, "a shelter dog knows what it means to be lost and will appreciate you more than a puppy that has been with you its whole life."
When she saw the little poodle with her "new haircut" she knew right away that the friendly pup would be her new best friend. She adopted her and named her Gabi.
Gabi may know what it's like to be lost and alone, but now thanks to Dorothy she will spend the rest of her life knowing what it's like to be loved and adored.