While the occasional treat at the dinner table isn't the worst thing for a dog, sometimes owners can take it too far. That was the case for Strudel, who was placed in the care of dog rescue group, Hearts for Hounds, after her owner passed away.
When she arrived, Strudel weight a whopping 81 lbs. That's already pretty big, but consider the fact that she's also only 7 years old! She was visibly obese when she got to the shelter and was lying down constantly from being too heavy to move around.
Not only was Strudel in pain from her inflamed joints, due to other serious health issues, she was deemed unfit for adoption because of the strain it would place on a new family. It seemed as though she would have no home but the shelter for the rest of her life.
However, Strudel found help in a very unlikely way, and you won't believe the transformation she has made!
When Kristy Cotthaus and her husband John found out about Strudel they decided to take action. They run a training program for dogs called Zoom Room Virginia Beach and knew they could help this pup reach a healthier life. Though apparently, Strudel didn't need much convincing!
"We motivate dogs with treats, toys and praise but Strudel was actually easy, it’s almost like she knew what she had to do,” says Kristy.
Her progress is already showing, and that's not the only upside! Along with a healthier physique, Strudel has been placed into foster care while awaiting a forever home. She now loves to chase cats, play with children, and sometimes just run around!
While there is still training she needs to undergo and a special diet from now on, everyone has hope for this miracle of a pup! Watch their whole transformation below!