May 04, 2021

Transformation Tuesday #25 : Pets!

Wow! I was thrilled to see so many submissions for Transformation Tuesday after my plea on Sunday ;) I have enough for this week and next, so I decided to go with a theme today: Pets! There are so many before and afters you can do with pets--before and after adoption, before and after a haircut, before and after telling your dog he's a good boy (try it--I have a few like that of Joey), before and after a bath, etc. Here are a few fun submissions...

My son’s dog, Bo, finally got his summer haircut. He’s an Idaho Shag and was very very shaggy from winter!

- Amber

We adopted Bully (TK Bulls Eye) in 2012. He was five years old. He always had some stray white/gray hair mixed with his beautiful black fur as seen in these stunning photos in the snow.

Fast forward to 2021 and he's 13 1/2 years old. Some people don't even realize he's a black dog. His dermatologist's admin thought he was gray! 

He went from being the youngest greyhound in our house to the oldest. My how time flies.

- Susan

This is our rescue dog, Skipper. There’s a lot of abuse in her past, and she still has the sweetest, most trusting soul. She’s such a happy girl. Here she is before seeing the groomer. We think she looks like Bernie Sanders! She doesn’t love going to the groomer, but she loves the attention she gets after!

- Jennifer, Skipper’s biggest fan

And finally, I thought this would be a good post for an update on "the mangey squirrel". While most of the squirrels that come to my house have names, I didn't get around to naming this one until his fur started growing back.

If you missed the story of this squirrel, here it is in a nutshell (pun totally intended): I saw this squirrel when he'd already lost quite a bit of fur. I felt terrible for him, so I bought some Ivermectin paste (to treat mange) after reading about it on the DNR's website. It was in a syringe meant for a 1,250 pound horse, so I had to be VERY careful about giving him a tiny dose. I put a little dab on a walnut and watched him eat it. The next time I saw him, he'd lost more fur. So I gave him another dose, this time just a tiny bit larger. I have him two more doses over the next couple of weeks, and I've watched over the past couple of months as his fur has grown back in!

His coloring in the photos looks different because of the sunlight/time of day/weather, but if you notice the patches of skin that are slowly filling with fur, you can see that it's him--Patches. He finally has a name instead of "the mangey squirrel", and he's starting to look like a handsome little dude!

I love seeing pictures of pets :) Amber, I would not have even known that was the same dog--he looks so spiffy with the new 'do! Susan, Bully is adorable--dogs that are going gray from age seem so sweet. I love the pic of him smiling! Jennifer, I'm SO happy that you took in a rescue pup! I LOVE how happy she looks after being groomed. I've never taken Joey to a groomer, but now I kind of want to, haha.

Thank you so much for sharing! Like I said, I am thrilled to have posts on hand for next week (so if you sent me one, I am not ignoring it--I'll post it next week) but please continue to send the transformations when you can. Just email a before photo and an after photo to me at: katie (at) runsforcookies (dot) com and don't forget to include your name and a description of the transformation. Thanks!


  1. I just love the rescue dogs, all of them, but Skipper! I give our rescue dog haircuts and baths, and she thinks it's abuse, but she was so sick when we rescued her and we spoil her, then she's a pretty girl and lavishes the attention and compliments, just like Skipper. I think she was just told how pretty she is.

  2. I absolutely love seeing pets pics! All of those doggos are beyond cute! And I love the name Patches for your squirrel! He's looking great!

  3. Oh these pet photos are great. Thanks for making me smile.

  4. I have a new found love for squirrels. I moved into a new place that has a fenced in patio. I am able to let my two cats have some outside time. One day, the cutest black squirrel showed up. Of course, I had to feed him. Well he told his friends and I now have seven that come to visit everyday. If they show up during cat outside time I tell them to come back later and they go back down the fence. The cats and I enjoy watching "squirrel TV" as they each appear to have their snacks.


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