Buddy, an Australian Shepherd from Winnipeg, Manitoba, weighed 81 kilograms when Hull’s Haven Border Collie Rescue received him. Australian Shepherds usually weigh around 25-32 kilograms, which means Buddy is overweight. His former owners, an elderly couple, gave up on him because they could no longer take care of him.
A weight loss plan
Samantha Gagnon and Angela Handwork at the shelter as volunteers. They took care of Buddy and gave him a foster home. They also took it upon themselves to come up with a weight loss plan to help Buddy survive. The once overweight Australian Shepherd went through an amazing transformation while staying with them.
He went from being obese to healthy. Buddy used to be so heavy that he could not perform most of the tasks that healthy dogs can do. He struggled with walking and running; his tongue turned purple after taking a few steps. The initial progress was slow, but Gagnon and Hand never lost hope. They were determined to help Buddy improve his health.
After a few months, Buddy’s weight dropped to 36 kilograms. It became easier for him to walk, run, and jump just like other dogs. He also had to undergo surgery to remove the excess skin from his body.
Happy and healthy
Buddy had a positive aura when he lost all that excess weight. He also became more friendly towards other dogs. The shelter hopes that pet owners will learn a thing or two from Buddy’s transformation story. Obesity is a common issue among dogs; that’s why it’s important that they get just the right amount of exercise and food.
The Australian Shepherd’s transformation is an inspiration. It shows everyone that small, consistent efforts can go a long way. The progress may be slow, but the rewards are worth the long wait.
Credits to Buddy’s 180 Story. A New Leash on Life.