Perhaps you’ve heard something that’s less than pleasing to the eye described as “so ugly it’s cute.” Sometimes that’s a way to highlight a creature whose lack of attractiveness (in some people’s opinion) gives it a sort of goofy charm.
But beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and there’s no better example of that than Beaux Tox the Texas dog. This yellow Labrador retriever is simultaneously quirky-looking and downright adorable.
According to the Fort-Worth Star Telegram, Beaux Tox began life in an incredibly sad way. The male pup, who was initially named Lucky, ended up spending years of his life locked in his former owner’s backyard.
What was the reason for such poor treatment? The dog and the owner’s wife’s cats went at each other like, well, cats and dogs. So the dog lived his life outside, even during the hot Texas summers.
Then there was the matter of the puppy’s looks. Unlike his six brothers and sisters, the dog was something of the runt of the litter.
Smushed up in the womb, his face grew in a malformed manner, his eyes misaligned, his brow and cheekbones wrinkled knots of bone. Think of squeezing a piece of bread before toasting it, and you have the idea.
Fortunately, Jamie Hulit learned of the dog’s plight. Hulit fosters numerous dogs, but she decided right away that she’d rather adopt this malformed pooch.
“[I] didn’t even want to foster him,” she told Fox News. “I just want to adopt him right away.”
She was quick to rename him, too. “I couldn’t see anything lucky about this dog,” she said.
“And I always give animals I rescue a new name, kind of as their new lease on life. I named him Beaux Tox because he looks like he needs injections.”
Beaux Tox’s veterinarian didn’t think that he would make it at first. The yellow lab was painfully thin, weighing a mere 42 pounds.
He also had heartworms, a progressive parasitic disease that can kill dogs. In fact, Beaux Tox’s condition was so bad that he had to spend about a month in and out of an oxygen tank.
One particularly difficult aspect of the dog’s former treatment was that his first owner had never even tried to housebreak him. Upon arriving at Hulit’s home, he immediately trotted over to her couch and urinated on it.
Fortunately, none of it impacted the dog’s enjoyment of life. He even likes going to the vet.
“He thinks he owns that place. After all it was his second home there for a while,” Hulit said.
However, Hulit still mourns Beaux Tox’s lost early years. “I see neglect as a form of abuse,” she explained.
“Maybe it’s not the same as physical abuse, but it does manifest itself physically. You could tell, even at his lowest points, he just wanted to live, to pull through,” she concluded. “He was all-in, so we went all-in on him, too.”
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