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She was then forced to return to the parlour to get her own pet, and return the presumably peeved pooch that she’d been given in error.
Tykesha Cherry shared a photograph of the back seat of her car, which at the time was occupied by a dog that was looking pretty miffed.
That’s because instead of being her dog – a 10-month old Maltese poodle called Lucky – it was another similar dog called Bentley.
The 31-year-old thought nothing of the fact that ‘her’ dog looked a bit different when she picked it up.
It had just been at the groomers, after all.
Eventually though, she called her boyfriend to report that the dog had been acting off with her and looking at her shiftily.
Then, after repeatedly calling her dog’s name with no response, she noticed that there were differences between the dogs’ fur and paws.
That’s when she decided that there must have been a mistake and headed back to the groomers, where she was presented with her actual dog by an embarrassed member of staff.
Luckily, she hadn’t yet driven home. That would have been much worse.
Tykesha, from Chesapeake in Virginia, said: "I went to pick up my puppy, I went in and the lady at the desk said 'Oh, you're here for Bentley?'. I said, 'no, I'm here for Lucky'.
"As she's walking away to fetch the dog, I was dealing with the receipt. I look up, and there's a dog in my face.
"I didn't get a chance to get a good look at him, all I saw was white.
"I go to the car and I put him in. He turned around and I thought 'he looks so different, am I tripping?'
"When you have the two pictures together, you can see it. I kept calling his name and he just wouldn't turn around.
"He wasn't growling at me, he was the sweetest dog and very much clingy. I know he looked mean in the photo, but he wasn't at all.
"Bentley had a very different personality to Lucky. Bentley was barking out the window - Lucky doesn't do that, Lucky is a crier."
"When I picked Bentley up, he was jumping towards my neck, like he wanted me to hold him close. I was thinking 'what's wrong with you? Why do you keep doing that?'.
"Lucky has pink paws. Bentley's paws were crusty, like he'd been walking around for a while.
"I also saw from looking at the pictures that Bentley had a pink nose, while Lucky's was black."
She continued: "To make sure I video-called my boyfriend, Quinn, and showed him the dog. He said 'uh, he does look different'.
"I told Quinn I was about to start driving and he said 'don't. I'm starting to think that isn't Lucky.'
"I was looking at his paws and his ears. I realised Lucky didn't have that weird thing around his eyes. That's when I knew this wasn't my dog.
"It looked like he had eye boogers, I knew my puppy didn't have that.
"I jumped straight out of the car and ran back immediately. It was the same woman stood at the door, and she said, 'hi Bentley!'
"I was like 'this isn't my dog, where's my dog? Where's my puppy?'
"They were shocked, everybody was in shock.
"I get the mix-up, they're both white, but I thought they'd have tags in the back or something.
"I definitely felt relieved when I was reunited with Lucky. Like what was I feeling wasn’t wrong in regards to him looking different."
After her post went viral, Tykesha reached out to the salon after they were ‘bullied’ online.
She hasn’t said that she’ll never return, but it might be a little while yet.
She concluded: "I would go back to them, but it's too soon. I reached out to them the next day because people were bullying them online.
"I didn't want people to do that, that wasn't my intention. I called them and they were very appreciative.
"They said 'you felt how you felt, we can't be mad because we messed up'.
"The owner also said the workers were surprised I wrote it on Facebook because I seemed very happy and not upset when I left.
"I said 'that's because I basically had a heart attack before I left, that's why I couldn't show my frustration'.
"By the next day, I was laughing. It's funny.
"I wasn't that mad for long anyway, not by the time I called up. The post is funny, so I'm going to take the good and the funny out of the situation."
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