A skin infection. That’s what her erstwhile owners said on the phone before coming to abandon her at the shelter. When we saw her we were gob smacked. A skin infection?! There was not a hair on the bulldog’s squat body. She stood meekly in the corner as her leash was handed over to the shelter staff and her old owners beat a hasty retreat. While she was led in to the shelter the adoption team stood around despairingly, who in the world would adopt a cherry eyed, hairless bulldog? What we forgot to factor in was the ‘shelter miracle’, a term we use for abused dogs that come to Friendicoes and flourish. With 2 months of love, good food and endless supplements her coat slowly but surely began to grow back. Even better was the change in her attitude as she grew confident and started to play and gambol with the other canines. She caught her lucky break when a family in Jangpura decided to adopt a small dog; they took one look at her and were sold. Layla, as she is now known, sports a gleaming coat and an air of contentment.
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