'A new leash on life': 180-pound dog loses weight

When Buddy, an Australian Shepherd, was surrendered to the Hull's Haven Border Collie Rescue in Winnipeg at the beginning of this year, he weighed 180 pounds, or 81 kilograms, and couldn't participate in many day-to-day basic activities that dogs love.

See Full Article

"He could barely walk four or five steps without his tongue turning purple," said Angela Hand, who along with Samantha Gagnon -- both vet technicians -- fostered the animal.

"He couldn't walk very much -- that's a lot of weight on his little legs -- and he was having a really rough time."

The six-year-old pooch's former owners were elderly, and showed their appreciation by keeping him well-fed.

Fearing Buddy would suffer a heart attack, Gagnon and Hand knew that they had to get him back in shape.

Thanks to a strict diet and regular check-ups, the Australian shepherd has undergone a drastic transformation.

Gagnon and Hand kept a close eye on how much specialty food he was eating, and kept treats -- such as cucumbers and tomatoes -- to a minimum.

At first, the progress was slow.

"There were a lot of frequent stops," said Gagnon.

"He would make it like five feet from the deck and he would have to stop."

But every week, his foster parents would take him for weekly check-ins at the Stonewall Vet Clinic where they work.

And after a few months, Buddy had regained his strength and was able to run around with other dogs.

By November, he had lost 45 kg, and required surgery to remove excess skin.

"He had a big lump of skin that would hang down," said Gagnon.

All of these milestones were documented and shared with supporters from across North America on the Facebook page "Buddy's 180 story. A new leash on life."

While Buddy's weight gain was extreme, Hand says that pet obesity is not unusual.

"In the vet clinic, I see a lot of overweight dogs," she said.

"A lot of times people just don't know what they're feeding them, how much they're actually feeding their dog and how much exercise they need."

Now that Buddy is healthy and close to reaching his goal of 30 kg, he is ready for the next step: Finding a loving family to call his own.

Buddy is available for adoption through the Hull's Haven Border Collie Rescue website.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Tory leadership contenders make pitches for votes

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    TORONTO — The last time Conservative party faithful gathered en masse in Toronto it was to hear from former leader and prime minister Stephen Harper. On Friday, they met in the same location, this time to hear from the 13 people vying to replace him. Source
  • Alberta police seek man who steals lottery tickets, flees in stolen cars

    Canada News CTV News
    RED DEER, Alta. -- Police in central Alberta are looking for help to nab a man who steals trays of lottery tickets from convenience stores, then escapes in stolen vehicles. The man went into an Express 24 in Red Deer, Alta. Source
  • Jared Kushner had undisclosed contacts with Russian envoy: sources

    World News CBC News
    U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States during and after the 2016 presidential campaign, seven current and former U.S. Source
  • Russian bankers sue BuzzFeed over unverified Trump dossier

    World News CTV News
    NEW YORK -- The owners of a Russian bank are suing BuzzFeed for publishing an uncorroborated dossier that alleged they were part of a Russian scheme to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Mikhail Fridman, Petr Aven and German Khan of Alfa Bank filed the defamation lawsuit Friday in Manhattan. Source
  • B.C. political parties very close to reaching deal, Green leader says

    Canada News CTV News
    VICTORIA -- Green Leader Andrew Weaver says he's very close to making a deal with either the Liberals and the New Democrats on forming a new minority government in British Columbia. He said negotiations between the parties have intensified since Elections BC confirmed the province's election results earlier this week with the Liberals holding 43 seats in the legislature to the NDP's 41 and the Greens' three. Source
  • Saskatchaheist: Beer destined for Prairie neighbour stolen from Edmonton holding yard

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    About $160,000 worth of beer destined for Saskatchewan was stolen from a holding yard in Edmonton earlier this month. Police said Friday that two semi-trucks and trailers filled largely with beer were stolen at around 7 p.m. Source
  • Tim Kaine’s son, 7 others charged for allegedly disrupting pro-Trump event

    World News Toronto Sun
    ST. PAUL, Minn. — U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine’s youngest son was among eight people charged for allegedly disrupting a March rally in support of U.S. President Donald Trump. Linwood “Woody” Kaine, of Minneapolis, was charged Friday with one gross misdemeanour count of obstructing the legal process and misdemeanour counts of fleeing on foot and concealing his identity in public. Source
  • Former Texas nurse accused of killing dozens of kids in '80s

    World News CTV News
    DALLAS -- A Texas nurse who is in prison for the 1982 killing of a toddler has been charged with murder in the death of an infant a year earlier, and authorities said Friday that they think she may have killed up to 60 young children around that time. Source
  • 'Anti-fascist' activist charged for allegedly hitting Trump supporters with a bicycle lock at clashing Berkeley rallies

    World News Toronto Sun
    SAN FRANCISCO — A former San Francisco Bay Area community college philosophy teacher and “anti-fascist” activist was charged Friday with hitting several people in the head with a bicycle lock during a violent clash between supporters and detractors of U.S. Source
  • D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo's life sentences overturned

    World News Toronto Sun
    MCLEAN, Va. — A federal judge on Friday tossed out two life sentences for one of Virginia’s most notorious criminals, sniper Lee Boyd Malvo, and ordered Virginia courts to hold new sentencing hearings. In his ruling, U.S. Source