Today, I am proud to share a story of hope with you. I think there is a point in everybody's life where that feeling of being hopeless comes into play. But does anyone ever stop and think that our pets can have the feeling as well?
Meet Obie the Dachshund :
This 8 year old pup quickly became an internet sensation and a hero to many, over his journey to weight loss. As you can see from the photo above, Obie was morbidly obese. He could barely walk around. He had to wear a special jacket to cover his underside, because his skin was callused, due to being dragged on the ground.
How did he come to be this overweight?
Obie belonged to an elderly couple, who didn't get out much, and showed their love by giving him food. Not just food, but his entire diet consisted of human food, table scraps etc . . .
The couple explains that they just could not say no to his big brown eyes.
Did they realize the damage they were doing to Obie?
The answer is yes.
When a family member called a rescue facility about Obie, the elderly couple knew it was time for Obie to move on. I am sure that this couple meant him no harm. I am sure they loved him to pieces, how could you not? BUT people don't seem to realize, allowing your pet to get dangerously obese could mean the end of their lives. This, to me, is a form of abuse.
There are a ton of people who's pets are a tad overweight, however Obie was in a DANGEROUS condition. My husky Mika, is in the middle of shedding a few extra pounds that shouldn't be there. But to let your pet get to this state? *sigh*
Obie found a new home.
His new owner is a certified Veterinarian. She knew something had to be done about Obie.
Check out this video to see Obie after he was adopted by his new owner.
As you can see, it was very hard for Obie to get around.
His new mom, instantly began working on him. She changed his diet to strictly low calorie dog food, and provided him with the necessary exercise.
I am happy to annouce, that roughly one year later, Obie has lost 54 pounds!!!!
Obie after he lost weight, and excess skin removed
Check him out! How good does he look?
Obie is explained as having always been a happy pup, but can you imagine how good he feels?
*Obie after he lost weight and excess skin removed*
After Obie lost the 54 pounds, it was time to undergo some surgery.
Nothing cosmetic. Obie had a whole lot of excess skin (as you can imagine) after he lost the weight.
It was making it hard for him to walk, and he had sores on his belly and chest area.
The excess skin had to go!
Check out his before and after shot!
What a difference.
Obie's story has inspired many. And it's no wonder why.
He is a success story, and gives hope to humans and pets all over the world.
Congrats Obie! Here's to a long, happy and healthy life for you!
If you would like to watch a short news clip on Obie, feel free to check out the video below.
Enjoy the rest of your day, see you tomorrow :)