This Obese Dog Went Through A Shocking Transformation To Save Her Life
Pets rely on us for almost everything. They need their owner to ensure that they are getting enough food, water, and exercise. Our pets need us to watch their health. While it might be nice to give pets scraps from the table, we have to know the limit.
Pearl was a Jack Russell that was overfed by the owner and given almost no exercise. When the pet reached eighty pounds, they abandoned her at a parking lot. Pearl was as good as dead…
1. Chubby Jack Russell
When Hayley Zielinski stumbled upon the dog, she was shocked by the cruelty. The dog was so overweight that the vet gave her only a few weeks to live unless she could drastically cut her weight.
2. Abusive Overfeeding
Pearl was found in 2014 at a car in Augusta, Georgia. The cruel owners had allowed her to pack on the pounds and then abandoned. It is suspected that they fed her a diet of table scraps to get to this size.
3. She Could Hardly Move
When the authorities came to her aid, she was so huge that she could hardly move. They took her to a shelter. However, they had trouble finding anyone who could adopt her since she was three times over the limit of a normal Jack Russell.
4. She Was Handicapped
Because of her huge weight, Pearl was immobile. The rescuers knew that they had to make a decision about her future soon. They suspected that her poor health would force them to euthanize her soon.
5. She Was A Lot of work
No one at the shelter had ever seen a Jack Russell even reach half the size of Pearl. It also meant that they had to do everything for her. When they wanted to take to the vet, they needed to wheel her in. Pearl was facing a life and death situation if nothing was done soon.
6. She Looked Really Sad
Pearl could not do most of the normal things that a pet is meant to do. For instance, she could not fetch a ball or have someone scratch her tummy. Officials described her as one of the saddest dogs they had ever seen.
7. Someone Had to Act
Hayley, a founder of a charity that helps dogs find an owner decided enough was enough. She decided that they needed to increase their efforts to find Pearl a new home.
8. Hayley Takes the First Step
Hayley decided to take up the challenge to reduce Pearl’s weight. However, it would not be easy for both Pearl and Hayley. In fact, it was potentially life threatening for Pearl.
9. It Was Do or Die
At first, Pearl had to lose a pound a month for her nearly 80 pounds. However, Pearl found herself fighting pneumonia. It was caused by the total lack of exercise.
10. Cruelty Was Confirmed
The vets decided to check whether there was a condition, which might have been making Pearl obese. However, they did not find anything. It was quite clear that the actions of her previous owners were what had led her being so obese. They had brutally overfed her without proper regard for her life.
11. Medical Miracle
The doctors were astounded that Pearl could still be alive after being so overfed. They had never seen a dog that has exceeded its normal weight to such an extent. They were concerned that it would soon cause Pearl to succumb to her illness.
12. She Was Suffering in Silence
Pearl’s weight had placed a huge burden on her tiny frame. Her joints had been damaged from the excessive weight. Although she was in extreme pain, there was no way for her to convey to her owners how bad things were for her.
13. Hayley Never Gave Up on Pearl
Hayley knew that unless something was done. Pearl’s weight would crush her to death. She began by encouraging the Jack Russell to exercise often. Besides that, she restricted the amount of food that she fed her.
14. The Fight Was Not Yet Lost
After about six months of exercise and diet, Pearl had lost about 15 pounds. It reduced the pressure on her joints and paws, making it possible for her to walk again. Best of all, she did not require any aid to walk.
15. Pearl Was Not a Fan of Exercises
Despite losing so much weight, Hayley had a problem getting Pearl to do anything. She concluded that her laziness might have been a contributing factor to her weight gain. In fact, she did now not believe that Pearl was lazy because she was fat. Rather, she may have grown fat because she was so lazy.
16. Pearl Kept at it
Although she was lazy, she still had to cut weight. One way that she was forced to exercise was being forced to run for her meals. It allowed her new owners to get her the exercises she needed.
17. How she Got Her Exercise
To get her to exercise, Hayley would throw food away from her. As Pearl retrieved the food, she would be forced to exercise. Hayley even managed to get the dog on an underwater treadmill. That allowed her to get the exercise that she needed to slim.
18. Progress Was Slow, But it Was There
Slowly but surely, Pearl began to take on the form of a Jack Russell. Now she no longer resembled a wiener. It was quite an exciting time for Hayley.
19. Pearl Was Now Moving Around
Her carers had managed to cut down her weight a lot. They now hoped that it would be enough for someone to develop an interest in her.
20. She Lost Nearly Half Her Weight
By March 2017, Pearl had lost almost half her weight. Things were beginning to look great for her. She was no longer a huge mess of fur and fat.
21. What it is Like For Her
Pearl needed some surgery to get rid of the excessive skin that was hanging from her body. For now, she is yet to find an owner who will give her the care and exercises that she needs. However, Hayley continues to provide her with a home.