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Lazy owner wants innocent pup put down for the most heartbreaking reason

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A dog whose owner wanted to put him down for being overweight is now living his very best life. And it's all because one group of people refused to give up on him!

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 03/02/2021, 21:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:23

Kai the Golden Retriever weighed over 12-stone when he wobbled into his local vets. The vet presumed Kai's owner was looking for advice to help his chowhound fight the flab.

But the vet couldn't believe what she heard next. Because the unnamed owner wasn't looking for diet tips. Instead, he wanted Kai put down! And all because he was too lazy to help Kai live the life he deserved. Some people aren't good enough for dogs!

Kai gets in shape

But many others are, including the team at Misfits Animal Rescue Centre. They agreed to take on the (rather large) mission of getting Kai in shape.

Pam Heggie was in charge of Kai's transformation. She put Kai on a strict diet and got him walking again. 

"At first he went five to 10 steps, then he would lay down and start panting. But we kept at it. Each day he pushed a little harder," said Pam.


Arrival day, March 10, 2018. We weren’t sure how I was going to get up those stairs.

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Carrying all that weight had taken its toll on Kai, so he also had some water therapy to strengthen his back.


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Today, Kai is 100 pounds slimmer and 1000 times happier. And he's getting lots of good boys for all his hard work. He recently appeared on Good Morning America, where he got the chance to strut around the studio and show off his new look to millions of viewers.

We can all learn something from Kai!

Kai will stay with his foster mum for now, although he'll eventually go up for adoption. Pam doesn't know when that will happen. But one thing is for sure - she'll never forget her time with this inspiring pooch!

What food is there for overweight dogs?

"We can learn lots from Kai," said Pam. "He shows you how to do a really big task - one day at a time."


Some pawtographs 🐾

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