When Jimmy Shiba adopted Squishy, the poor pup was suffering from morbid obesity.
Squishy weighed in at 59 pounds and was so overweight she could barely walk.
In an interview with The Dodo, Jimmy explained that when he first got Squishy, he’d take her for walks but she could only go 200-300 yards before laying down to rest.
Jimmy was determined to help Squishy get healthier and live her best life, so he kept working with her, even when that meant he often had to pick her up and carry her home because she was too tired to keep walking.
Slowly but surely, Jimmy was able to increase the number of steps Squishy was taking. Their walks started to increase and eventually, they added in some stairs to the mix!
As Squishy’s weight started to drop, her energy seemed to increase and her personality began to shine. It took a lot of work, but Squishy was finally able to run! Jimmy could tell that Squishy loved to run and play and move, but she’d been so overweight before that she hadn’t been physically able to.
With Jimmy’s help, Squishy was able to get her weight down to 30 pounds – losing half her body weight in the process!
“She definitely inspires me all the time…I’m really proud of how far she’s come,” Jimmy said to The Dodo.
Now that Squishy is able to run and play, she loves spending time at the dog park and going for adventures. She’s like a whole new dog!