Obesity in dogs is just as bad as it is for humans. The heart, joints, and arteries are just a few of the body parts that can be negatively affected by too much fat on the body of dogs. For one dog who was 100 pounds overweight, he found new life thanks to his foster mom.
Pam Heggie was determined to help Kai, an overweight golden retriever. Kai was taken to a vet to be put down by his previous owner. The vet called Misfits of Alberta Animal Rescue to try to find a way to save his life. Kai weighed in at 173 pounds which was about 100 pounds too much for his stature.
The vet assured Heggie that any help that she could give Kai would be a big benefit to the dog. The vet also told her that “this is the most overweight animal I have ever seen.” Heggie took the challenge and got right to work.
Kai Struggled Up The Stairs
This was no easy task for Kai nor Heggie. In fact, when they arrived home, it took Kai 20 minutes to climb the stairs to the front door. Heggie took Kai for walks three times a day.
“Literally, he went five to 10 steps, and then he would lay down and start panting,” Heggie said. But even though the initial hard times, they stuck with the schedule. Heggie hoped that it would get easier for Kai with time. And it did! Kai began to lose weight.
Heggie also got Kai in water therapy. The water helped to take some stress off of Kai’s joints. The water also had other therapeutic qualities that were of benefit to Kai.
Soon Kai was walking for much longer amounts of time. He could also get up on the bed and into their vehicle without assistance. He was even able to go to the dog park.
In the end, Heggie adopted Kai forever. He has taught her so much. And there is a lesson here for us all. “He doesn’t worry about yesterday, he doesn’t worry about tomorrow, he just focuses on what needs to be done today and he does it. We can learn a lot from dogs.”