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Strudel’s Obesity Was Life-Threatening. But This Dog Turned Her Life Around In The Most Inspiring Way

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We primarily think of the North American obesity crisis as affecting humans exclusively, but it turns out that cats and dogs are having trouble shedding those extra pounds too!

The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention released their estimation that an overwhelming 59% of cats and 54% of dogs in the U.S. are overweight.

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Strudel, a drastically overweight golden retriever mix might just be the mascot for overweight animals, but she’s also an inspiring story for people and pet-owners facing the obesity struggle.

The Right People To Help Strudel

Kristy and John Cotthaus own a dog training and exercise business called Zoom Room located in Virginia Beach. They heard that an obese dog named Strudel had recently been taken in by dog rescue Hearts for Hounds after the death of her owner, and they knew that they were the right people to help.

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At a whopping 81 pounds, the 7-year-old Strudel had numerous health issues like inflamed joints as a result of her excessive weight. Not only is it affecting the dog’s quality of life, but an obese animal with health issues is difficult to find an owner for.

Strudel’s Training Begins

The Cotthaus’ got in touch with the rescue and offered their fitness services at no charge, and they worked with a vet to design a diet plan specifically for Strudel. It seems that she was a natural!

“We motivate dogs with treats, toys, and praise but Strudel was actually easy, it’s almost like she knew what she had to do,” Kristy Cotthaus shared. “We didn’t have to use any treats at all because she was motivated to do the agility [course] with just lots of praise.”

In a short period of time, Strudel has already lost 25 pounds and is significantly more energetic. She actually had to be moved to a different foster care provider because all of a sudden she had the energy to chase the families’ cat!

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“She had lost enough weight that she was fast enough to antagonize their cat so she came to us at the end of August,” said Kristen Horton, Strudel’s current caregiver. “She’s the sweetest animal we have ever met. She is calm, friendly, loves to play, snuggle, and walk, and is well-trained.”

 The Future For Strudel

Whoever adopts Strudel will still have to accept responsibilities like maintaining her activity levels, feeding her special foods, and minimizing her joint strain.

What that person will be getting though, is a “miracle of a pup” according to Horton. Strudel has overcome her obesity and gotten back to the normal life of a dog.

If you need a little inspiration for your own weight-loss journey or that of your pet, think of Strudel and carry on!

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