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Texas Owner Turns Blind Eye To Dog's Unsightly Appearance

They say a dog is man’s best friend but when it comes to Rusty Fickes and his dog Lucky, it’s the pooch who’s truly lucky to have her owner.

Her appearance is nothing short of shocking: burnt skin, missing eyelids and teeth protruding in every direction.

At a neighborhood dog show in Flour Bluff, Texas she was awarded the title ugliest dog but her owner thinks she could win the national contest he’s seen on TV.

He says people always stop him on the street and ask to take pictures of his unusual pooch and he claims one woman was even brought to tears just at the sight of her.

To him though, she’s just like any other dog.

The bond between them dates back to a cold, wet day some 10 years ago.

Rusty spotted what he thought was a plastic grocery bag blowing across the road.  He says, “My sister said ‘No, that’s a dog stop and back up.'”

He found her scared and hiding in a ditch. She was covered in ants, dirty and starving.

He wrapped her in his jacket, she fell asleep and he rushed her to an emergency vet clinic.

“They looked right at me and they said ‘Mister, we can’t save every puppy.'”

In the days to come, the skin around Lucky’s face began to fall off. Vets speculate she may have gotten into some chemicals.

Still Rusty refused to give up on her.  A decade later he still tends to her wounds. “She doesn’t have eyelids and can’t blink and you have to take care of her eyes for her 3 or 4 times a day,” he says.   Her multidirectional teeth make it difficult for her to eat.

“I think that kind of adds the final touch of appeal if she is going to be an ugly dog champion some day,” Rusty says.

Despite her flaws, he loves Lucky as much as her two siblings Ariel and Picasso.  Though caring for Lucky has been a challenge, he says he’s glad he rescued her and hopes other people will do the same.

“Every dog deserves a chance,” he says.

Story by Elaine Furst for Dog Files

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Imreis11
Imreis11
9 years ago

The dog is adorable!  and the owner too..

Sheryl Castaing
9 years ago

Now that’s what I call a “real man”.

Summer-sun
Summer-sun
9 years ago

Wow, you took the words out of my mouth!

Heather Blackburn
9 years ago

what a lovely man, why can’t all men be as nice? i’m so glad he found Lucky :))

Gabellhoneydew
Gabellhoneydew
9 years ago

this is truley a wonderful person and truley a lucky dog we need more loving , caring people like him in this world some many people dont care and would have just went on down the road . god bless you mister, and little lucky too, she has tuched my heart asi know she did yours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cjustpeachie
Cjustpeachie
9 years ago

WHAT A MOVING STORY OF LOVE AND COMPASSION.  GOD BLESS THEM BOTH!!

Autumn Burgio
Autumn Burgio
9 years ago

What an amazing love story!  This is one of the most beautiful dogs I have ever seen.  And her owner is a hero and a special man!

Nursenansea
Nursenansea
9 years ago

God bless this man for nursing this dog back to health and being dedicated enough to continue to care for her.  There should be a special place in heaven for him.!

Let
Let
9 years ago

Very touching and sweet, but don’t her eyes hurt all the time? 

EskimoMelon
EskimoMelon
9 years ago

What an amazing dog and what an amazing owner. The world needs more people like this!

Selinanapaj
Selinanapaj
9 years ago

It takes a special someone to care for a dog like Lucky. Lucky ain’t lucky, she’s blessed & so is her owner/friend.

Francine
Francine
9 years ago

How sad for that dog, but God bless the owner……and you know damm well that some person threw some kind of chemical on that poor dog……….give that person to me for 2 minutes….. just twoooooo minutes…..

Westiechick2
Westiechick2
9 years ago

god bless this owner good thigs will come to you thanks for saving this poor little dog.u are truly a hero!!

Terri M. Wehrman
9 years ago

I think that is a beautiful man with a beautiful dog regardless of her appearance! great story!

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