HOUSTON (KRON) — A nearly 40 pound dachshund adopted from a Houston animal shelter has been exercising and put on a special diet, after his new owner says she believes the dog had previously been living on fast food.
7-year-old Vincent is twice the size of what veterinarians say he should weigh. His cholesterol was high and the dog was in danger of suffering nerve damage associated with being overweight. His previous owner died and Vincent was placed in a shelter.
Enter Melissa Anderson. Vincent’s new owner, who has experience with dachshunds now has him doing water aerobics, has him jogging in the yard and is routinely taking him on walks. And of course, she’s making sure his diet is a healthy one.
“I am not sure what the previous owner fed him, but I think it was all fast food. He was literally detoxing the first week,” she said. Anderson said Vincent got sick during his first week after being rescued.
She says she’s convinced Vincent’s original owner fed him fast food because every time they go through a Starbucks drive-through for coffee, the dog goes wild with excitement, perhaps a reminder of his previous fast food eating life.
Vincent now eats special dog food and his treats include green beans and carrots.
Anderson acquired Vincent through the group, “K-9 Angels Rescue.” Under her care, the dog has already shed a few pounds.