A formerly obese dachshund is almost ready to strut his stuff straight into a new home now that he’s fell 21 pounds.
That’s a lot for the little puppy, who could scarcely stroll when he weighed in at 38 pounds and landed at Texas’ Harris County Animal Shelter eight months ago, after his owner died, according to CNN . The 7-year-old puppy, who became known as “Fat Vincent, ” had high cholesterol and was at severe danger for a slew of serious health problems.
Luckily for Vincent, Mary Tipton of Houston dog rescue group K-9 Angels Rescue was at the shelter when the pooch indicated up. She posted a photo of the enormous pup online, and a dachshund rescuer Melissa Anderson contacted her within 15 minutes, offering to foster the puppy and guide him on his journey to fitness. She’s been documenting Vincent’s adventures on Facebook since September.
His regimen includes a new, healthy diet, long walks and even water aerobics in Anderson’s pool.
It wasn’t easy at first. Vincent was “detoxing” after what Anderson suspects was an all-fast-food diet, and when she took Vincent out for walks, passers-by would attain mean comments and presume she was to blame for his weight.
These days, Vincent has a new love for strolls and a more upbeat attitude.
“He is the sweetest, funniest, happiest guy now, ” Anderson told CNN .
The pup even has a new nickname: “Skinny Vinnie.” He’s not up for adoption yet, according to ABC 6, though K-9 Rescue has plenty of other adorable puppies for adoption on its website.
Though most pets don’t get as plainly fat as Vincent, obesity is a common issue for cats and dog. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention estimated in 2014 that 17.6 percent of dogs in the US were obese and 36 percentage were overweight. The numbers for cats also didn’t look good, with an estimated 28.1 percent obese and 29.8 percent overweight.
Many pet owners simply don’t realises when their pets have gained too much weight.
“Whenever their veterinarian tells them their pet needs to lose weight, they often can’t believe it because they don’t see it, ” Steve Budsberg, the director of clinical research at the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine, said in an APOP release .
And though some people think it’s cute when a pet has a few extra pounds, excess weight can lead to serious health repercussions like diabetes, high blood pressure and arthritis.
The bright side is, if Fat Vincent can lose weight, your pet definitely can, too.
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Tessa the doberman has a hard task. As one of the most fearsome guard dog breeds in the world, she has to look tough all the time. Otherwise, the other puppies will patently make fun of her. That’s why something tells us she wouldn’t be too happy to have this video of her floating around the Internet.
When she was still a puppy, she was confronted by the tiniest and apparently most terrifying toy in the world. Instead of calmly approaching it, and being the tough puppy she wants you to think she is, her reaction was far more priceless…
Poor Tessa, your owners have the perfect blackmail video now. But don’t worry, we’re sure you can get back at them by holding a pair of their favorite shoes captive!
Dogs speaking English is so passe. The new hot thing: Puppies speaking cat.
If you think it can’t be done, this video, which clearly shows a woman teaching a dog to meow, should change your mind.
Sure, this dog doesn’t have a purrr-fect feline accent down yet — but we’re sure that’s on the horizon. The puppy will be conversing with cats in no time.
Now you really don’t have an excuse not to learn a second language .
H/ T Mashable
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Some people say that dogs are dumb, but I don’t buy any of that nonsense.
Having a few of these critters myself, I can tell you with certainty that the stunts they pull in order to sneak food is proof positive that they’re intelligent. Require more evidence than that? Well, this person’s dog can tell the difference between people and animals…and not only in real life.
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While this human was watching his favorite cartoon one day, his puppy started freaking out. The reasons for will leave you feeling totally convinced that our four-legged friends are smarter than they let on.
Okay, he didn’t realize that one of them was a dog, but to his credit, Brian is one severely weird excuse for a canine.
Pretty impressive, right? I bet he sets those brains to good use around the house.
There’s something truly … special about watching a puppy try to remove peanut butter from the roof of his or her mouth. On the one hand, the dog is enjoying in the savor, but he or she probably also feels a little betrayed that there’s so much work involved with get all of that goodness.
Thankfully, though, that sloppy determination always prevails, and in the end, they WILL lick up all that peanut butter…even if it means looking like a dummy while doing it. One photographer, in particular, shot a series of tongue-smacking photographs and compiled them into an adorable new book.
Greg Murray is a Cleveland-based photographer who works with local animal shelters and specializes in taking photos of pets.
His most famous work in so far might be “For The Love Of Peanut Butter, ” a series which captures puppies thoroughly enjoying a spoonful of the delicious nut-based paste.
Murray told ViralNova that he got the idea where reference is and his fiancee Kristin rescued a mastiff named Bailey. Murray loved get Bailey all drooly( as they are generally do) and take pictures.
He found the best way to do this was to feed her a little peanut butter!
Inspired by Bailey, he began photographing his clients’ pooches feeing peanut butter too!
As part of Murray’s process, the dogs are only devoted one or two spoonfuls — too much peanut butter isn’t good for dogs.
He then takes 25 -7 5 photos of the dog’s desperate attempts to lap up all that deliciousness.
He says that some of the dogs have a hard time sitting still, but the majority of members of the time, “they’re so focused on the peanut butter, that even the most fidgety dogs stay put until they’re finished.”
Murray stresses that he only lets puppies consume peanut butter that doesn’t contain Xylitol, which is harmful to pups.
As of Friday, Murray will have photographed over 125 puppies for this project. All these photos and others can be found in his upcoming book For the Love of Peanut Butter: A Photo Booth . To check out more of Murray’s work, visit his website. There, you can even committee him to photograph your pets, weddings, and events! You should also follow him on Instagram.
You may like to pretend you make the rules in your house, but the truth is it’s a dog’s world and you’re only living it.
All signs point to the fact that while you pay the bills, your dog is living her best life. If you’re not convinced, read the 21 red flag listed below. Sorry to be the one to tell you that you’re existing under a tyranny, but you had to find out some time.
1. There is a dog bed or blanket in almost every room.
2. Your personal home odor is a mix of Febreze and wet dog.
3. No matter how often you Windex, glass surfaces always have a permanent nose or tongue print.
4. Your antique rug doubles as your dog’s favorite chewing toy.
5. Table and chair legs are covered with bite marks — it’s kind of a evolved into a look.
6. Your lavatory bowls don’t genuinely have that much water in their own homes.( Slurp, slurp .)
7. Your schedule depends on the time a four-legged animal needs to go to the bathroom.
8. Every framed photo in your home contains a picture of your dog.
9. You sweep and vacuum more dog hair than human hair.
10. You spend as much money on kibble as you do on groceries.
11. You’ll wear black, but don’t bother with the lint roll at this point.
12. When you’re not home, you leave the Tv on to entertain your puppy. Animal Planet always satisfies.
13. You never, ever leave chocolate out on the table.
14. When you have people over, someone is bound to trip over a squeak doll.
15. Your bed has two sides: You and your significant other’s side and the pooch’s side.
16. You don’t instantly clean up when you accidentally fell food off your plate. Person will get it.
17. You often find your socks and underwear scattered about in random places of the house.
18. Every year there is at least one bone-shaped item underneath the Christmas tree.
19. There are plastic turd containers in the pockets of every coat you own.
20. There’s always shredded chicken in your fridge because it’s your pup’s favorite treat.
21. After a long day , nothing feels better than coming home and being greeted by your best bud.
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