Kai is an adorable, extremely greedy dog. His former master did not limit his rations, so he became obese.
Indeed, when he arrived at the refuge Misfits of Alberta Animal Rescuelocated at alberta to Canada, he weighed no less than 78 kilograms. While breed standards vacillate between 28 and 34 kilograms for an adult Golden Retriever.
The poor animal could no longer walk and could only stand for a few minutes. In addition, he suffered from joint problems and his heart showed signs of weakness.
The vet considered euthanizing him, but a glint in the canine’s eyes dissuaded him. He wasn’t lost, he just had to be helped.
A year of drastic diet
The shelter confided Kai at Pam Heggie, a knowledgeable foster volunteer who finally adopted him permanently. The 55-year-old woman has coached her new friend to a healthy weight so he can enjoy life to the fullest.
His croquettes have been adapted, and he had to give up on charcuterie.
In parallel, Pam made him exercise. The best activity for him was swimming, as it spared his aching joints.
“It took Kai just under a year to lose 45 kilograms”said Pam to Daily Star.
The dog very quickly testified to his joy at having a completely new physical condition. He could again enjoy walks with his mistress and his congeners, play and even go on vacation.
“Summer is his favorite season because he picks all the raspberries from the bushes and the low apples from the tree. He is still very greedy, but we now control what he eats”has explained Pam.
Today, Kai stabilized his weight. Despite his 14 years, he has an Olympic form.
He even found a new vocation by becoming a therapy dog in a hospital. He brings his comfort to the sick as well as to the teams of caregivers.
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