In the words of Bob Marley, “…every little thing is gonna be alright.” For a little dog living on the streets with nowhere to go and no one to turn to, nothing could have seemed further from the truth. But thanks to Krystal Ward, owner of Pinky Paws Rescue, things did turn out alright for a dog named after the inspirational singer.

Krystal first learned of this special pup three years ago, after a family friend informed her of the dog and his dreadful (literally) condition. When she arrived at the location, Bob Marley was so scared he tried to fight. This tough little dog was soon headed to a new life where he would be loved, safe, and even have friends.

Bob was extremely matted – this sort of matting prevents the skin from breathing, traps in moisture, and is extremely difficult to remove without causing further pain to the dog. Matting of this magnitude often results in skin infections, physical disorders, and behavioral issues. Thankfully, this handsome boy has some great parents caring for him now and will never again have to “worry about a thing.”

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Three years later Bob is still undergoing behavior modification, but look how much better he looks! Krystal wrote about his latest breakthrough: “He did the most amazing thing when hubby picked him up. I was sitting on the floor dogs all around. He ran in on my lap and loved on me he was so happy! The thing is he didn’t snap at all. He mainly snaps at me when other dogs are around…”

 

Bob Marley continues to make progress both physically and mentally. Krystal reported that the vet informed her that he gained four pounds. It also seems Bob has a special bond with his dad Allen and gets pretty darn excited whenever he comes around.

Dogs like Bob Marley, who endure neglect, abuse, or abandonment, can continue to have behavioral problems for an indefinite amount of time, which is why it is so important to make sure you are ready to take on the responsibility of having a dog. Adding a pet to your family is a lifelong commitment that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Make sure every member of the family understands that a pet should be cared for in sickness and health, in good times and bad – just like you would any other family member. Additionally, having a pet can be expensive. From healthy pet food, vet bills, beds, toys, grooming, and more, be sure that you can financially handle caring for a pet now and in the future.

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