His name may have been Lucky, but sadly this pup was anything but lucky.
Lucky, who was born in a puppy mill and has a facial deformity, was abandoned by numerous owners and nobody wanted to adopt him. Despite his unusual facial structure, the dog is the same as any other loving dog.
The four-footer hopped from shelter to shelter as he was passed around different families. He was even given to families for free in the hopes of Lucky having the happy life he deserved, but sadly nothing stuck. He was neglected time and again.
Lucky lived with a family in Austin, Texas, for a while but he was forced to stay outside 24/7 due to their cats not taking kindly to him. He was tied to a tree, was barely fed and didn’t have a warm place to sleep. He certainly didn’t feel love with this harsh family.
When the family decided to move, they got rid of Lucky and left him at another animal shelter. The poor dog couldn’t catch a break.
The shelter found a family for Lucky to live with shortly after, but it wasn’t long before they too returned the pup to the shelter. It seemed that so many people couldn’t see past Lucky’s deformity to love him for the sweet dog he was.
But it took one social media post for Lucky’s fortune to change…
One day, when one of the shelter volunteers took Lucky out to get groomed, she had an idea to post a few pictures of him on social media. Knowing the power of social media, she hoped that it could help find Lucky the loving home he needed. When Jamie Hult saw the pictures online, she knew instantly that she wanted to adopt Lucky.
It just happened to be somebody in my dog rescue world, so right away I contacted him and said ‘I want that dog. I don’t even want to foster it, I wanna take that dog.’
But adopting Lucky came with its hardships. He had been so severely mistreated and malnourished in the past that he had severe medical problems. The poor dog didn’t have a microchip and he had fleas and heartworms. But Lucy’s medical issues didn’t put Jamie off; they made her want to help even more.
It was a tough time for Jamie and Lucky, but thanks to Jamie’s kindness, Lucky made a full recovery. It was tough and go as to whether Lucky would make it through his treatment and he almost didn’t make it. He spent a whole week in an oxygen tank, but Jamie wasn’t willing to let him go. No matter the cost.
I ended up spending like $8000 for treatment to get an MRI just to see what was going on because he was infested… He was like skin and bones. It was a touch-and-go and we almost lost him once. I said to my vet, ‘I don’t care – for this particular dog just do whatever you need to and I will pay whatever it is. Don’t hold back.’ And he made it. He’s healthy. He’s in the free and clear.
After everything that Lucky had been through, Jamie decided to give him a complete fresh start. She changed his name to Beau Tox because he ‘looks like he needs botox and that’s okay,’ Jamie says. Also because the vet bills cost so much that she can no longer afford to have botox…
But when you love someone dearly, you will sacrifice anything to help them. Money is no object when it comes to good health. Beau Tox has now been living with Jamie for over a year and he has never been happier. He never stops smiling and loves running around and playing in water. Not to mention Beau Tox is now a father to two tiny puppies.
Some people are still apprehensive about approaching Beau Tox and laugh at his face, but Jamie shrugs it off. She even dresses him with little bow ties to make him look less ‘menacing’ to people. But Beau’s face is changing every day.
It literally changes every day. It really mushes to one side, or one day it’s pointy, one day it’s full and squishy – his face changes so often he doesn’t really look the same every day.
Beau loves his new exciting life. He is a smart dog and he is intrigued by everything. The family foster and adopt kittens, who Beaux loves taking care of, and he watched the tarantula for hours. He is excited by everything.
Beau has finally found the forever home he deserves thanks to a kind woman seeing past his unusual facial deformity to see the beautiful soul within.