Kai is a charming, extremely greedy dog. His former owner did not limit him in rations, so he got fat.
Indeed, when he arrived at the Misfits of Alberta Animal Rescue, located in Alberta, Canada, he weighed at least 78 kilograms. While breed standards fluctuate between 28 and 34 kilograms for an adult golden retriever.
The poor animal could no longer walk and could only stand for a few minutes. In addition, he suffered from joint problems and his heart showed signs of weakness.
The veterinarian considered euthanasia, but the gleam in the dog’s eyes dissuaded him. He wasn’t lost, he just needed help.
The orphanage placed Kai in the care of Pam Heggie, a savvy foster volunteer who eventually adopted him permanently. The 55-year-old woman trained her new friend to a healthy weight so he can enjoy life to the fullest.
“It took Kai a little less than a year to lose 45 kilograms,” Pam said.
The dog very quickly expressed his joy at the completely new physical condition. He could again enjoy walks with his mistress and relatives, play and even go on vacation.
“Summer is his favorite time of the year because he picks all the raspberries from the bushes and low apples from the tree. He is still very greedy, but now we control what he eats,” Pam explained.
Today Kai has stabilized his weight. Despite his 14 years, he has an Olympic uniform.
He even found a new calling by becoming a therapy dog in a hospital. He brings comfort to the sick, as well as to care teams.
His croquettes were adapted and he had to give up sausages.
At the same time, Pam forced him to exercise. The best activity for him was swimming, as it relieved joint pain.