An overweight Dachshund dog in Houston, Texas, is getting a second chance at life thanks to K-9 Angels Rescue. CNN affiliate KTRK reports.
A Dachshund named Vincent lost his owner in Houston two weeks ago when his owner died.
Vincent was overweight, but the shelter put out a message on their Facebook page, and within 15 minutes, dachshund rescuer Melissa Anderson volunteered to take care of Vincent.
When Anderson took him home, Vincent got sick after eating the healthy dog foods she gave him. “I am not sure what the previous owner fed him, but I think it was all fast food. He was literally detoxing the first week,” Anderson said.
Vincent eats a special dog food; Anderson offers him green beans or carrots as “treats” but he hasn’t really gone for those yet.
Anderson said when she went to a Starbucks drive-thru one day, Vincent got really excited by the sound of the intercom. “He jumped on my lap and stuck his nose outside the window, just sniffing away.”
Vincent is also on a rigorous exercise regime. Anderson leads him in water aerobics five times a week and has him play with her others dogs in the yard. The water aerobics help take pressure off Vincent’s strained joints.
At first, Vincent would just float in his life jacket, but he progressed to being able to paddle in the pool for about 15-20 minutes, five days a week. he is also able to jog with other dogs — after dropping from 38 LBS to 35.2 LBS in a two week period.
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