In a dog version of Super Size Me, a dog from Ohio that lived on a diet of fast food is well on his way to a healthy weight after spending years drastically overweight.
When Dennis and his current owner first met, he was a massive 56 pounds and looked more like that girl from Willy Wonka instead of the usual long and thin dachshund. Dennis did not so much sit as he rested on his fat rolls and could not take more than a few steps without being winded. Needless to say, things did not look good for a dog that was only being fed a diet of White Castle burgers.
His owner, Brooke Burton, first saw Dennis at the house of her relative. Being struck by his condition and overcome with emotion, she immediately persuaded them to let her adopt Dennis.
“Out walks Dennis, and I couldn’t believe it,” Burton says. “I wasn’t even sure what breed of dog he was supposed to be because he was so large.”
She immediately took steps to slim Dennis down by placing him on a steady regimen of dry dog food, regular walks that steadily got longer and lots of good old fashioned affection. As he was five times the average weight for a dachshund, it took some time, but results soon began to show.
“In the beginning, you could tell he was very depressed, that he really didn’t feel good at all. He didn’t have much of a personality. After he lost weight, this bossy little demanding man popped out. He’s into everything, he wants to play with everybody,” says Burton.
He is now down to 20 pounds, but has a bit of a way to go on his road to recovery. Although he occasionally suffers from loose skin issues, Dennis now happily chases squirrels in the backyard and bosses around the three other rescued dogs that live with his pet mom.
This is an important tale to pudgy dog owners everywhere. Some dog breeds have a more voracious appetite than others, but when it comes down to it, food is not love. All your dog really wants is your affection and attention, even if their eyes say they want that entire jar of peanut butter on the counter.