Drastically Overweight Beagle Has An Inspiring Journey To Recovery


It’s an unfortunate truth that almost everyone will struggle with weight issues at one time or another. For some, these issues can be controlled with a proper diet and exercise; for others, they can actually cause serious health risks and irreversible damage.

This was almost the case for one severely overweight beagle when he was surrendered to Chicago’s One Tail At A Time rescue organization by his owner. Tipping the organization’s scales at 85 pounds, this beagle was in serious need of a workout regimen.

Luckily, he was committed to losing those pounds—and when he finally did, he looked like a completely new dog!

When this beagle’s owner surrendered him to One Tail At A Time, a no-kill animal rescue center in Chicago, he tipped the organization’s scales at a whopping 85 pounds! For reference, a healthy beagle should only weigh somewhere around 20 to 25 pounds.

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“Our jaws dropped when we saw that number. He’s the most overweight dog we’ve ever seen,” One Tail At A time cofounder, Heather Owen, said in an interview. “He literally had to be wheeled out in a wagon, he was so heavy.”

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“When we posted [the dog’s] photo on Facebook, we got a lot of negative reactions,” Heather recounted. “But we have to remember this was an elderly person, and they probably needed help. We want to find ways to help people care for their animals instead of admonishing them for when things don’t work out.”

The hefty pup was likely between seven and eight years old. He was given the name Kale Chips, because “that’s pretty much what his future looks like.” Luckily, he was determined to trim down!

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Now, just a little over a year after Kale Chips was surrendered to the shelter, he not only had a new forever home, but he’d lost half of that weight! Amazingly, he’d gone from 85 pounds to just about 44. Dang, Kale Chips! Lookin’ good!

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Just look at that new rockin’ bod! Kale Chips is definitely ready for swimsuit season, huh? He looks so much happier than he used to, not to mention, he has a new home with a bunch of doggie brothers and sisters, too. That’s a heck of a turnaround!

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This is one crazy transformation! Way to go, Kale Chips. Your bod is looking seriously great, dude. Keep up the good work!

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