Diane and Tony Rowles have seen everything. After leaving their home in the U.K. in the mid-2000s and making a new home in Rudozem, Bulgaria, the husband and wife came across the many stray dogs living in the local streets — and often mistreated by their neighbors.
They figured that these animals would be better off in the care of the shelters in their community, but then they made a shocking discovery. They learned that the nearby shelters were just as bad as living on the streets, so the couple started the ‘Rudozem Street Dog Rescue’ to help their furry friends.
After many years of saving stray dogs, the Rowles had seen enough strays for them to assume that they had seen it all. That was until they found one dog that seemed impossible to save…
When the Rowles found this unforgettable dog, she wasn’t exactly difficult to locate on the streets. Her terrible condition made her stand out from the crowd, and it was clear she needed help. The dog had a skin condition that made her lose her fur, and she clearly hadn’t been properly nourished in a long time.
The Rowles picked her up and took her to the vet, knowing that she was in need of some serious medical care as soon as possible. With her small frame and low weight, she tucked right into his arms to be carried to safety.
The dog was in awful condition, both emotionally and physically. She looked scared as they kept her in a crate, clearly not knowing that she was going to get help soon.
Nonetheless, she turned out to be quite the fighter, cautiously approaching the water they had laid out for her. With her poor condition, it looked like even drinking was a struggle.
Due to her ferocity and ability to never give up, the rescue team chose to name her Khaleesi, after the Game of Thrones character. She was ready to reborn from the ashes of her past, miserable life.
They gave Khaleesi her first-ever bath after she had some time to recover. One could only imagine how good that felt after being on the streets for so long with a skin condition that desperately needed to be treated.
Despite her fears, Khaleesi soon became more comfortable around the rescue team. It was like she knew that they were there to make her feel better and end her suffering.
Khaleesi had begun to show evidence that her condition was improving. Little tufts of fur were growing in, and she started to put some weight on her bones.
Throughout her weeks of recovery, she remained calm and sweet. No amount of hardship could get in the way of her kindness!
When Khaleesi started to explore her new surroundings, her personality really started to shine through. Now she was on the mend and able to explore the outdoors in safety, rather than being stuck on the streets.
Throughout it all, she continued to visit the vet for consultations on her recovery. They made sure to examine her skin to see how it was healing.
She needed to have a cast to assist in the healing of one of her legs.
Khaleesi was getting the greatest possible care, and appeared to know that she was bound to get well soon.
Eventually, her fur began to grow back!
Finally, her renewal started to really show itself.
Her caretakers were truly happy to see her get better.
So much work had been put into helping her, and it was all worth it.
Her transformation was astounding to behold…
Khaleesi felt the love, and she was giving affection back.
She’s so sweet!
It’s incredible to think that she’s even the same stray dog that they found wandering the streets.
Whereas she had once been so close to losing her life, now she was prepared to live her life full of happiness.
Look at that smile!
What a transformation!
It’s difficult to believe that we’re looking at the same dog as before. Khaleesi went from being broken and beaten to looking like a new dog. What a fighter!
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