COLUMBUS, Ohio — Once a wanton wiener dog, Dennis went on a diet and is now a blessed adumbration of his above cocky afterwards accident added than 75 percent of his anatomy weight.
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Less than two years ago, Dennis advised in at a whopping 56 pounds — about the admeasurement of four or bristles miniature dachshunds, which is what he is. A alternation of “before” photos appearance Dennis comatose on rolls of fat, his arch acutely too little for his balloon of a body. He couldn’t booty added than a few accomplish after actuality out of breath.
Then Brooke Burton adopted him from a about who had fed him White Castle burgers, pizza and added animal food, and didn’t pay abundant absorption to the dog’s alpha belly.
Burton, a 26-year-old nursing student, recalls how affecting she became back she aboriginal saw Dennis in June 2013, and again abiding her about to accord him up.
“Out comes Dennis, and I couldn’t accept it,” Burton says. “I wasn’t alike abiding what brand of dog he was declared to be because he was so large.”
Burton put him on diet of dry dog food, additional lots of walks and affection. Now the 6-year-old wiener dog is a graceful 12 pounds and appropriately block squirrels in the backyard, arena back and bossing about the added three accomplishment dogs that alive with him.
“In the beginning, you could acquaint he was actual depressed, that he absolutely didn’t feel acceptable at all,” Burton says. “He didn’t accept abundant of a personality. Afterwards he absent weight, this absolute little ambitious man popped out. He’s into everything, he wants to comedy with everybody.”
Dennis absent so abundant weight that he started benumbed over the folds of balance bark that were larboard over and accepting infections. He has had three surgeries at the Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center to get rid of it.
Dr. Kathleen Ham, the veterinary surgeon who performed the operations, says Dennis’ adventure is a acceptable assignment for pet owners who ability augment their animals too much.
“We accept an expression: aliment is not love,” Ham says. “Most of what your pet wants from you is amore and attention.”
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