For four hours, dog groomer Megan Pearson is busy shearing a Tibetan mastiff. The TikTok community is speechless – for two reasons.
They are extremely good watchdogs, intelligent and lively. But above all, Tibetan mastiffs impress with their size and dense fur. With a shoulder height of up to 66 centimeters and a weight between 64 and 78 kilograms, they cannot be overlooked. An eye-catcher is their impressive fur, which is hard, dense and woolly and covers the shoulders like a lion's mane.
Tibetan mastiffs impress with their lush fur - but that needs a lot of care
The special feature of the Tibetan Mastiff: Its dense coat is beautiful to look at when well-groomed. However, if grooming is neglected, exactly what Megan Pearson from Ontario shows in a TikTok video happens. You can see a Tibetan mastiff with completely matted fur, which may not have been groomed with a brush or scissors for over a year.
With the clip, Pearson wants to "raise awareness of why it's so important to meet pet care deadlines." She writes: "This is a very serious case that could have led to serious health problems for this sweet dog. It was a four-hour appointment. Luckily, she's doing much better now!" How much dogs can suffer from matted and unkempt fur is also shown by the story of dog Lucy, who also had to be helped by a dog groomer.
Criticism of the catastrous condition of the, praise to the dog groomer
The video of dog groomer Pearson, who can be found on TikTok under "meganjaimee", shows how she gets to work and frees the from her lumps of fur piece by piece. At the end, the shorn four-legged friend can be seen and there is a huge pile full of fur on the floor. In the clip, the dog undergoes a real transformation thanks to Pearson. But it's not just the complete change of type that amazes the TikTok community. Many are shocked by the condition of the Tibetan Mastiff as it was before shearing.
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"Cruelty and neglect at its finest," reads one of the more than 600 comments. Another user said: "As the owner of a big, fluffy dog, it breaks my heart. I know how hard it is to keep up with the care, but the mats are so painful." Many hope that in the future the owners of the Tibetan Mastiff will take care of their four-legged friend more intensively and have the sheared regularly. A dog is so matted that even the rescuers can't even see the animal behind it.
TikTok community horrified, but also happy that the Tibetan Mastiff was helped
In addition to the criticism, the community also expresses a lot of praise for Pearson: "Great job. I bet she feels much better." Because while other dog groomers rejected the Tibetan Mastiff, Pearson took care of her and simply had to help her. In the end, the owners explicitly pointed out the risks of such a bad condition and will send them a reminder for the next appointment, as she reveals to Newsweek.
Reactions to the video, which has been viewed over 470,00 times, are a mixture of horror at the condition the dog was in and praise for Pearson, who spent so much time helping the dog. Here is a small selection of the comments.
- "Poor girl, I'm so glad to see her smile again. She will feel ten years younger. Amazing job you've done."
- "I wouldn't give the dog back to the owner, he needs an owner who takes good care of him. The dog has suffered from its fur for a long time. 🥺"
- "Poor baby, she's beautiful. This is certainly a case of neglect. You did a great job with her. 🥰🥰🥰"
- "Great work, respect 👍"
- "In Sweden, this would be reported to the police and the owner would not get his dog back, and an animal ban would be imposed."
- I know you said you weren't here to judge, but I am. 😡 Thank you for helping this cute puppy."