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Picayune pup’s makeover was so dramatic it could win a contest

Dexter, a 1-year-old Pekingese/shih tzu mix got a makeover and a new lease on life. Now, he’s a finalist in the Dirty Dogs Contest.
Dexter, a 1-year-old Pekingese/shih tzu mix got a makeover and a new lease on life. Now, he’s a finalist in the Dirty Dogs Contest. Hoffmanyork.com/DirtyDogsGallery.com

Dexter’s journey from dirty to dapper could help the Pearl River County SPCA receive up to $5,000.

The little 1-year-old Pekingese/shih tzu mix was surrendered to the shelter in Picayune when his owner could no longer afford veterinarian bills. Not only did he need grooming, matted fur that had curled and embedded in his eyes created eye problems for him. His makeover improved his image and his health, although he likely will need to be on eye drops the rest of his life.

His transformation was showcased in the Dirty Dogs Before & After Gallery, created by Wahl pet grooming products, GreaterGood.org and The Animal Rescue Site. To promote the gallery and to help get dogs adopted, Wahl has launched its sixth annual Dirty Dogs Contest. Dexter has been selected to join nine other dramatic transformations from the gallery in the contest. The public will get to vote on the top three. Animal shelters or rescue groups representing the finalists could receive $5,000 for first place, $2,000 for second place or $1,000 for third place.

Voting in the Dirty Dogs Contest is under way and continues through Aug. 21. To vote for one of the shelters, including the Pearl River County SPCA, visit the Wahl Pets Facebook page. Winners will be announced Aug. 22.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, Dexter has been adopted.

Tammy Smith: 228-896-2130, @Simmiefran1

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