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Owner Gives Up On Obese Beagle So Foster Mom Puts Him On A Diet And Changes Dog’s Life

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

An obese beagle was surrendered by his elderly owner to Chicago Animal Care and Control, as they were no longer able to care for him.

The dog was taken in by One Tail at a Time, which cares for endangered dogs from shelters in Chicago. Heather Owen became his foster mom and couldn’t believe his heft.

“The first time I saw him, I was floored by how large he was,” she said.

Despite his size, Heather renamed him Kale Chips as a symbol of the healthy changes he was about to undergo. Heather was determined to transform the 86-pound dog… and she did!

With diet and exercise, Kale Chips lost about 40 pounds. The dog who was once barely able to stand now loves to chase squirrels in the park.

Extra weight on any creature is hard on the joints. It can also cause arthritis and even hip dysplasia.

“Keeping them thin is really important in trying to expand their life expectancy,” said OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton. “It’s not easy because a lot of dogs will just keep eating and eating and eating.”

After Kale Chips appeared on The Doctors to show off his slim new physique, he was adopted by the foster family that had shown him so much love.

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Photo: The Doctors

CORRECTION: February 8, 2018

An earlier version of this story stated Kale Chips had lost 23 pounds. He’d actually lost around 40 pounds.

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