Trixie and Lucy Owens
Trixie and canine carer Lucy Owens beside the pile of foul fur, and (inset) Trixie before her haircut.

A Yorkshire terrier was so matted when handed to Dogs Trust Manchester that staff thought it didn’t have a tail.

But when the team started to remove the fur, they found there was a tail, but it was completely stuck to its legs. The dog’s eyesight was also impaired due to a huge lump of matted hair above its left eye.

Hair today…

The eight-month-old dog, named Trixie, weighed 2.1kg until canine carers at the rehoming centre removed 0.2kg of hair. Now Trixie is not only lighter, but also brighter and her tail never stops wagging, say staff.

Rehoming centre manager Dawn Bishop said: “Her severely matted coat meant she couldn’t go to the toilet properly and was also having trouble seeing.

Total transformation

“It was terrible, but as soon as we had removed the matted fur, she had a good shake and it seems to have transformed her personality as well as her looks. She is a gorgeous, lively little thing who loves a cuddle.

“She has made lots of doggie friends and now needs to have the opportunity to build her confidence. We are looking forward to finding her a wonderful family she can happily spend the rest of her life with.”

  • If you can offer Trixie a home, visit Dogs Trust Manchester, go to or call 0300 303 0292.
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