WD contributing editor Clinton Kelly and his ambassadog, Mary, give these deserving rescue animals a makeover to prepare them for their new homes.
I wanted an ugly dog. When I went to a event at eight years ago, I thought I'd be the guy who took the ugly dog that no one else wanted. But the ugly dog was so shy that it wasn't a good fit. Then I spotted Mary. She and my husband, Damon, connected instantly. "She's a Jack Russell terrier," I said. "They are crazy! My friend's dog literally runs up the walls for fun." Damon won out, and we brought Mary home. At first, Mary seemed sad and withdrawn.I thought I was doomed to live with this miserable dog for 15 years! But two weeks later, we'd all bonded. It was a good lesson that there's often an adjustment period. Adopting Mary is one of the best things that has happened to me, and I wanted to help Pet Rescue. After the first donation drive I held, they were able to buy a van to help transport stray dogs. It's so gratifying to know that over the years, our efforts have raised more than $200,000!
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Since many people don't want the ugly dog, I took some time to get the pups in this story in top form. Like many makeovers for people, it's amazing what a bath, trim, blow-dry and a few cute accessories can do! Here I am putting the final touches on Pascale, a wire-haired terrier.
This 1-year-old love muffin stole my heart (though Mary wasn't so sure). In the end, he was adopted into a great home by another family.
Ziggy, a 3-year-old Siberian husky, got the full beauty treatment from Pet Rescue groomer Samantha Carroll (left) and is still available."He's ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼such a good-natured dog,￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼lovable and playful,"says ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Jesse Lipscher (right), the Pet ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Rescue volunteer who is ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼currently fostering him.
Ziggy is officially ready for Santa, thanks to a hat (from $4.99) from .
Sid, a 4-year-old tabby, who is playing with a Holiday Christmas Tree Crinkle Dog Toy($9.99) from , is still available. "He even gets along with dogs!" says Paula Krenkel, Pet Rescue's president.
Mandy, a 1-year old Yorkie mix, was adopted. She's playing with the pillow from 's Holiday Pet Bed Gift Set ($29.99).
Tilly, a sweet and loyal 2-year-old pit bull, has been with the organization for a year and is still available. The breed's negative reputation means they are often left in shelters. (She's holding a Holiday Reindeer Bottle Cruncher Toy ($9.99) from .)
Tyreese, a 1-year-old Bernese Mountain dog mix, has been adopted! He wears a Pet Holiday Christmas Tree Headband ($9.99) from .
Maggie (left) and Glenn are 5-month-old pups who found permanent homes after the WD shoot.
Hugo (right), a 6-month-old domestic longhair, has been adopted. His sister Penelope is still waiting.
aims to help homeless, abandoned and neglected cats and dogs (and any other animals that need rescuing!). Its facility in Harrison, NY, houses up to 40 cats and 30 dogs, and vets spay, neuter and provide other emergency care for the shelter's animals. A network of volunteers foster the animals until they find permanent homes. Pet Rescue operates without government funding, relying on the generosity of donations.
To support Pet Rescue, go to and . You can also find Pet Rescue on , and . You can get updates on Clinton's dog, Mary, on and , too.
From left: Beth McCabe, Giovanny Gomez (with Pascale), Samantha Carroll, Gwen Buchalter, Paula Krenkel (Pet Rescue's President), Clinton and Mary, Barbara Gebala and Jesse Lipscher (with Ziggy).