Over 54% of dogs in the US and 50% of dogs in the UK are obese. Chubby dogs are cute, but canine obesity is no laughing matter. Obesity puts dogs at risk of arthritis, liver and kidney disease, injury, diabetes, and heart failure.
But one lucky obese dog from the Loughborough Dogs Trust lost a third of his body weight and found a new home in the process!
Taolo Terzaga originally brought Mike, the hefty Labrador, home as a foster. Mike needed a place that was flat and easy to maneuver. The dog settled into his foster home so nicely that Taolo decided to adopt him.
Taolo kept Mike on a strict diet and started him on 10-minute walks — Mike’s hips were bad and even short distances left him winded. Taolo slowly increased Mike’s walks and the pooch began to lose weight.
When Taolo first brought Mike home he weighed 120 pounds and could barely walk. Seven months later, he weighs 80 pounds and is one of the most jolly and energetic dogs at the park.
Watch this adorable video and see Mike in action. He loves chasing balls, playing with other dogs, and enjoying a normal, happy dog lifestyle.
Mike won the second-chance doggy lottery — he was adopted and regained his health and vitality. Three cheers for happy endings!
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