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Who rescued who is a common question among people who have adopted dogs. Of course, when we choose to rescue a needy shelter pup there is no doubt that that animal’s life is changed forever, but we also have to give out furry friends a lot of credit for altering the course of our own lives. After all, who can deny that their world completely changed once they had a wagging tail to come home to every day? Not to mention, countless studies have shown that having a pet around can help improve mood and even affect us on a physiological level. People with pets tend to have higher immune systems and lower blood pressure.

Just take a look at this incredible video to see the true testament of the power of this relationship. Eric O’Grey weighed over 300 pounds, had high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes when his doctor gave him the grave prognosis that if he didn’t make a change, he’d be dead within the next five years. Eric turned to a nutritionist for help who suggested he adopt a plant-based diet and adopt a dog for exercise. A bit skeptical, he called up Humane Society Silicon Valley and told them he’d like to adopt a middle-aged obese dog so they’d have something in common … then the rest, well the rest is history.

Years later, Eric is in amazing shape and while Petey passed away from cancer, his memory lives on with Jake, Eric’s second rescue dog. This story just goes to show how much we get from rescuing an animal. If you’re looking to bring a forever friend into your home, check out your local shelter – you never know what a difference they could make in your life!



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27 comments on “Severely Overweight Man Was Told He Would Die in 5 Years – So He Adopted a Dog and His Life Changed Forever (VIDEO)”

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Brigitte Bilodeau
2 Months Ago

This is one of the best story I have watched in months !!!! So inspiring really giving hope , that change is good and yes animals are amazing companions probably the best ...you saved a life and your life was saved too ..good luck with your new friend ....long life to the both of you..


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Brigitte Bilodeau
2 Months Ago

This is one of the best story I have watched in months !!!! So inspiring really giving hope , that change is good and yes animals are amazing companions probably the best ...you saved a life and your life was saved too ..good luck with your new friend ....long life to the both of you..


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Cristiana Amaral
2 Months Ago

Paloma Denaro olha essa história!!


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Le N Jon Niper
2 Months Ago

Wonderful


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Le N Jon Niper
2 Months Ago

Wonderful


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Andrea Gdowski Ripa
2 Months Ago

This is a great story!


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Melyssa Moody
2 Months Ago

Jessica Stansfield Brandon ChargedUp Moody


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Claudia Botero
2 Months Ago

What a lovely story <3


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Awilda Jimenez
2 Months Ago

While I feel Peety rescued you, you gave Peety love and purpose. It's a beautiful and heartwarming story. It is great that you adopted another dog once Peety's time here was over. Thanks for sharing your emotional journey with us. Stay healthy and well and best wishes to you and your new rescue dog.


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Erna Acts
2 Months Ago

Wauwwhat awonderfull story. I love those dogs


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