By Josh Saunders
A podgy pooch who was so round she looked like a STRETCHED OUT WATERMELON has transformed her life after losing nearly half her bodyweight thanks to FROZEN VEGETABLES.
Miniature pinscher mix, Sandy, 10, was so large she would get out of breath after taking several steps and had massive pockets of fat that hung from her chest and behind.
The curvaceous canine piled on the pounds while living at a pet rescue ranch where she would scoff other pets’ food and rarely exercise – weighing at nearly THREE STONE (40lb).
But seven month ago, she was fostered by Sneha Gudapati of McLean in Virginia, USA, who reduced stocky Sandy’s diet by half and gave her frozen vegetables to snack on.
She coupled the regime with two walks between one and three miles a day, which helped her to lose over a stone (15lb).
Now the rescue dog who was abandoned by her owners, is hoping to celebrate her new lease of life in a new home.
Sneha, a systems analyst, said: “She was not overweight after being rescued, but when living at a ranch for another rescue she was not exercising and eating other dogs’ food.
“She was probably bullying them and eating their food, it got to the point where she became massively overweight.
“She was really round and couldn’t move very much, she would get tired after a couple of steps and looked like a stretched-out watermelon.
“Despite being massively overweight she always would try to run up and down stairs, it was difficult for her and she would pant a lot.
“I read that frozen vegetables are a great way for dogs to fill-up when reducing their food, it’s a good treat for them to lose weight and is good for digestion.
“I cut her food drastically and gave her frozen vegetables like beans and peas, as well as carrots.
“Anything that was frozen and uncooked as a snack would fill up her tummy, so she wouldn’t feel as hungry after I reduced her food.
“She is definitely much more energetic, when chasing the squirrels she jumps, runs and barks at the same time.”
Sneha who was volunteered with Lost Dog Rescue for five years, took in Sandy last September.
She believes her weight loss success is down to the vegetables filling her up, as well as the dog’s active and playful nature.
Sneha said: “I first started her with half a cup of dog food, which I reduced to a quarter cup in the morning and night, then one cup of solid frozen food in the morning.
“I used to give her food in toys, so she would have to solve puzzles and work to get the food, like an interactive thing for her.
“She was also very active and wanted to go on long walks, but she was really big, massive and fat on her backside and had massive fat around the front.”
Last month, Sandy was rushed into the vets after she stopped breathing and it was revealed she has congestive heart failure.
Despite the life-limiting disease, Sneha is optimistic that the dog will continue to battle on and could have a long life ahead of her.
She said: “Unfortunately her life has been cut down drastically because of her health issues, which is kind of sad, but we are hoping she can still find her a home.
“I’ve changed her diet completely since then, she’s on medication and seems to be improving.
“I hope with the food change, exercise increase and everything else keeping her calm she will live longer.”
Sneha is hopeful that Sandy will still be able to find a new home but in the meantime is embarking on a doggy bucket list.
She added: “I have been thinking about bucket list items, I used to take her all places from the wine shop to Home Depot, Marshalls and more.
“I want to do more activities with her and need to come up with something she will enjoy very much
“I think for her, my wish is she can be in a home with a yard, that way she can run after the squirrels.”
For more information visit: www.lostdogrescue.org/dog/sandy-min-pin/?status=for-adoption
SANDY FACT BOX
BEFORE WEIGHT: 40LB
CURRENT WEIGHT: 25LB
WEIGHT LOSS: 14LB
DIET BEFORE: HALF A CUP OF DRY FOOD TWICE A DAY
DIET NOW: QUARTER CUP OF DRY FOOD TWICE A DAY AND FROZEN VEGETABLES