When I first saw Cash’s picture I’ll admit that I judged him harshly. His head was way too big for his body – he had a pig belly! It was only upon reading his description on Petfinder that I gave him a second chance. He was “devoted, gentle and sweet” and at 2 years old was ready to live out a long life in a new home. It was a happy accident that I stumbled upon him at the shelter – I’d gone to see another dog but recognized him immediately. He looked very mellow and a bit overwhelmed so I introduced him to my other dog and the rest is history.
His description said he was 50 lbs but I could see that he was probably a bit over that. I was shocked when I got him to the vet and found that he was 70.4 lbs! Holy mackerel! He had about 15 lbs to lose and on a body that small that’s a huge amount. Imagine someone was 210 lbs and had 45 lbs to lose so he could be 165. You could tell when he walked – his front legs bowed out to the side and his gait was uneven. I worried he might have joint damage but the vet assured me with a strict diet and consistent exercise he would be as good as new (sound familiar?). If I care enough about a dog to ensure he lives a healthy lifestyle, why wouldn’t I care enough about myself to do the same?
Just six months later – look at him! He’s down at least 10 lbs and looks like a totally different dog. Happier too 🙂 So inspiring!