After living her life outside for nine years Spirit found herself out of a home when her elderly owners moved into senior housing. The Manitoulin Pet Rescue heard about her and offered to take her and re-home her.
When Spirit came to me she was very overweight and severely matted.
She has been with me for a couple of days. On first trip to the vet she weighed in at an astonishing 101 pounds. She should weigh between 50 and 60 lb.
But for all her extra weight she is surprisingly agile and jumped with her front paws on the table to get a treat from the veterinarian. So it is a diet for her. I will also be walking her every day and working on getting the mats out. I might have her shaved as they are quite thick and close to the skin. From the picture you will see that I also need to lose weight and get healthy, so I have decided to diet with her. Lets see who loses 40 lbs first.
So here we are going for our walk. You really can see the difference between the two dogs. Spud on the left is a healthy, fit, 55 pounds and Spirit is like a table top. Follow us for updates on Spirits and my weight loss journey!
Spirit is severely matted and the mats were pulling on her making it painful to play. I spent several days working at the mats trying to get them out, but finally realized that they were so close to the skin that here was no option but to have her professionally groomed.
She had some difficultly getting up on the grooming table even thought we lowered it and gave her some steps but she was willing and eventually we got her up there. It took quite a time to shave. We left the fur on her back as that was not matted, and it gave her some protection from the sun.
Now Spirit can get up into the car but still needs the steps. The white blur is Spud jumping up into the car after Spirit gets her hind legs up and in the car
Now she can start enjoying being a dog. Lots of walks with my dog Spud will help with the weight loss. There are lots and lots of places we can go to have long off leash walks in Manitoulin island. This video show us on a hot day on a snowmobile trail. It is perfect, as there are no cars and the trail is wide and fairly level.
Now after 3 weeks another vet visit to see how the weight loss is coming along, but the scales only show a 2 lb loss. Considering that amount of exercise she is getting and the reducing diet she has been eating it was decided to do some blood work to see if there is an underlying medical condition that might be hindering her weight loss.
When the blood work came back from the Lab it showed she had low thyroid function. This would account for the lack of weight loss and the general lethargy she exhibited. Fortunately this was an easy fix.
During this time Spirit caught the eye of a lady just recently moved to the island, and she came to visit her. She made a heart warming connection with Spirit and decided to adopt her. Maybe the fact that there was no issue in giving thyroid pills to Spirit sealed the deal.
Spirit is now in her new home, walking, losing weight and growing her fur back to its original glory.