Pet obesity can contribute to a multitude of health problems, and one dog's weight loss success story is an inspiration to all.
A Virginia Beach dog training service has taken notice of an overweight dog in need of her forever home, and made it their mission to get her on track to reach a healthy weight, according to a Huffington Post report.
The seven-year-old dog, a Golden Retriever mix named Strudel, weighed 81 pounds when she was taken in by area rescue group Hearts for Hounds. Far too heavy for a dog of her size and age, Strudel was beginning to show signs of physical distress, including arthritis.
When Zoom Room Virginia Beach heard about the girl, they knew they wanted to help get her to a healthy weight and offered their services for free.
Working with a veterinarian, Zoom Room owners Kristy and John Cotthaus came up with a diet plan to coincide with an agility course designed to get Strudel moving at a safe and steady pace.
Kristy Cotthaus told the news outlet via email:
"We motivate dogs with treats, toys, and praise but Strudel was actually easy, it's almost like she knew what she had to do. We didn't have to use any treats at all because she was motivated to do the agility [course] with just lots of praise."
With a manageable plan in action and consistency from her trainers and rescue team, Strudel has already dropped 25 pounds and is already proving to be an active girl, chasing her former fosters' cats which unfortunately required her to be placed in a different home.
Strudel is still searching for the perfect forever home, and her rescuers hope to find an active, cat-free family that can commit to her prescribed diet and exercise regimen.
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