Happy Tail: A senior Dalmatian loses weight, gains new life

dalmatian.JPGHere’s a “spot-on” Happy Tail from Sandra in Spring Valley, CA:

We had decided that we wanted to give a loving home to an older dog as we had space and a lot of love to give. We had seen Spot on Petfinder and went to the El Cajon Animal Control to see him.

He was 11 years old, extremely overweight, arthritic, and deaf, but his personality shined through. Even though it was very hard for him to get up with the extra weight and the arthritis, he came over to greet us, wagging his tail.

We went home and discussed it, and decided we wanted to share our home with him. We went down to the shelter and adopted him the next day.

He was so happy to come home with us, he climbed over me in the driver’s seat and jumped out as soon as got home. His energy level tripled once he came home with us. Within two days he fit in so well it was as if he had lived here all his life! His wonderful personality, indomitable spirit, and loving nature completely won our hearts and made him a permanent member of our family.

We immediately put him on a diet and made sure he got plenty of
exercise. By his first checkup he had lost 15 lbs., and only had 25
more to go. He gained more energy, stamina and agility. He is so loving
and protective, he wins us over daily.

Even though most people
wouldn’t have considered him because of his age and limitations, we
feel very privileged to have Spot in our family! In the time we’ve had
him, he has gained such a youthful outlook that it’s hard to believe he
is 11 years old. We love him and are so happy to have him as part of
out family!

See more pets at El Cajon Animal Control.