Man’s Told He Had 5-Yrs To Live, So He Goes To A Shelter And Asks For An ‘Obese’, Middle-Aged Dog

| Published on September 12, 2023

In times of unexpected challenges, a touch of love and encouragement can work wonders in putting us back on the right path. Such was the case for Eric O’Grey, whose life was forever changed by the arrival of a rescue dog named Peety. Their heartwarming tale of reciprocal salvation stands as a testament to the profound impact of affection and the extraordinary bond shared between humans and animals.


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Eric was struggling with his health. At 51 years old, he weighed 340 pounds and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. His doctor warned him that if he didn’t make significant lifestyle changes, he wouldn’t live much longer. Feeling desperate and alone, Eric sought help from a nutritionist, who suggested he adopt a rescue dog to help him get active and lose weight.

That’s when Eric met Peety, a middle-aged, overweight dog who had been abandoned by his previous owners. The two instantly connected, and Eric knew that they were meant to be together. As they embarked on their journey to better health, Eric and Peety became inseparable. They went on daily walks, gradually increasing their distance and pace. Eric also switched to a plant-based diet, and both he and Peety began to shed the excess weight.

Over the course of a year, Eric lost an incredible 140 pounds, and Peety lost 25. But their transformation went beyond just the physical. Eric’s newfound confidence and happiness radiated from within, and he found himself making new friends and even falling in love. Peety, too, blossomed into a happy, loving dog who brought joy to everyone he met.

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Sadly, in 2015, Peety passed away from cancer. But his legacy lives on in Eric’s continued commitment to health and wellness. Inspired by their journey together, Eric became a certified running coach and now helps others achieve their fitness goals. He also advocates for animal rescue and adoption, sharing his story to encourage others to open their hearts and homes to animals in need.

In 2016, Eric and Peety’s story was featured in a short film called “Eric & Peety” as part of the Mutual Rescue initiative. The film highlights the incredible bond between the two and the transformative power of love and companionship. It serves as a reminder that sometimes, the best medicine is the love of a furry friend.


|Image/Source Credit: Mutual Rescue via YouTube Video


So, if you’re feeling down or struggling with your own health journey, consider adopting a rescue pet. Not only will you be saving a life, but you might just find the support and motivation you need to turn your life around. After all, as Eric and Peety’s story shows, the love between a human and their pet can truly be a mutual rescue.

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