JoAnna Lou
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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! sponsors abandoned pup
Ripley's amazing before and after photos.

I’ve heard a lot of inspiring rescue stories, but recently I read about a Poodle from Louisiana with a particularly incredible story, and the most amazing makeover I have ever seen. This tenacious pup could’ve given any of the Worlds Ugliest Dog winners a run for their money… until he got the second chance of a lifetime.

A couple weeks ago, a dog was found in a ditch, covered in insects and so matted he couldn’t walk or eat. Fortunately he was rescued by My Heart’s Desire, a local animal rescue group.

The poor pup was so matted that he had to be sedated in order to shave off all of the hair.  It took him one week to walk again. The rescue group named the Poodle Ripley after Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, since they could barely believe there was a dog under all of the mats.

When officials at Ripley’s Believe It or Not heard about their namesake, they were so inspired that they sponsored his care by making a donation to My Heart’s Desire. When Ripley is adopted, the company will be sending him home with a gift card to a local pet store for food, grooming, and toys.

Love for special animals is not new to the company. Founder, Robert Ripley, was a pet lover and even had a one-eyed dog named Cyclops.

After grooming and lots of love, Ripley the Poodle is now doing well and is looking for a forever home. My Heart’s Desire says that Ripley is a social butterfly and is constantly wagging her little stub of a tail. 

With her amazing turnaround, Ripley is a perfect example that you should never judge a book by its cover!


JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.

Photos provided by Ripley's Newsroom.

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Submitted by Anonymous | November 5 2010 |

So happy to see this little girl is going well. :) I hope the rest of her life is a great & loving one.

Submitted by Anonymous | November 5 2010 |

That dog is so lucky to have wonderful people like you! I love dogs and I can't imagine how you must of felt when you took him in! God Bless the work you do!

Submitted by maggiesbuddy | November 6 2010 |

OMG! I'm so glad someone recognized her as a living, breathing creature. I'm sorry it's not possible to donate to all the needy shelters as they all do the most valuable, life saving work. Wouldn't it be something if previous owners had inadventently "chipped" her? and you'd find them and they'd go to jail, be neutered and spayed, and live a humbled live forever! Well, not going to happen, but Ripley will have a good, pampered home and that counts for a whole lot.

Submitted by Carolyn | November 6 2010 |

What a survivor this little girl is! How terrified and miserable she must have been. I am so glad her life has been turned around, thanks to the good people at My Heart's Desire.

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