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Free Holiday Makeovers for Minnesota Rescue Dogs

The holidays are the time for makeovers, so why should rescue dogs be left behind? As KARE 11 reports, Adore Dog Salon in Minnesota provided a festive makeover to the dogs at Underdog Rescue MN. The foster-focused nonprofit aims to increase the dogs’ prospects for adoption during this holiday season.

Anne Hendrickson and her children welcomed a dog from a Missouri puppy mill, a two-year-old Cockapoo. Underdog Rescue made the match. Unfortunately, the dog is unwell, suffering from an ear infection, as well as from Giardia — a parasite.

Describing the dog’s condition, Hendrickson explained, “She was matted to the skin and constantly biting at her skin due to the pain.”

She calls the dog Princess Peach, even though “her name on the website is Felicity.”

Princess Peach, along with her two puppies, moved in with Hendrickson about a month ago. While the animals settled into their new home, Princess Peach ventured out on Nov. 10, receiving a free makeover session at Adore Dog Salon. 

In Hendrickson’s words, “Despite all that neglect, she still took such good care of her babies.” Continuing, she added, “I’m glad today at Adore Salon, she got to be the one taken care of for once.”

Festive bandanas and ribbons for a dozen foster dogs 

Adore Dog Salon is located near the rescue’s headquarters in St. Louis Park. The business gave new holiday looks to almost a dozen dogs. According to the salon owner, Isadora Foley, all groomers volunteered their services for the day, sprucing up the dogs in holiday style.

In addition to baths, blowouts, fur cuts, and nail trims, the dogs were adorned in Christmassy bandanas. The pups also got to sport red and green ribbon curls on their ears. 

Foley mentioned that they’ve done donation grooming twice this year, and had even hosted a similar event last year as well. She credited her team with the collaborative effort, which they all hope will expedite the adoption process for these dogs.

Kirsten Eitreim is a professional pet photographer who has adopted two rescue dogs from the organization. She also came forward to volunteer for the event. As such, she took before and after photos that will go on the online profile of each dog. 

Eitreim described the pups, saying, “They come out of just a bath and a blow dry, and they already look 10 times better and it’s amazing.”

In fact, Princess Peach ended up looking exactly like a princess. Her foster parent exclaimed, “And whoever gets her is going to get a really special, amazing dog.”

Foley explained that while some of the dogs visiting the salon are already featured on Underdog Rescue’s website, others have yet to be listed. Presently, the website showcases over 80 adoptable dogs and puppies, along with details about the adoption process.


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