Need some new #fitspo in your life? Look no further than Dennis, the once-obese dachshund, who gained notoriety after reaching 56 pounds (four to five times the average size of a dog his breed) in 2013. Less than two years later, Dennis has dropped the weight, proving that body transformations are possible, and some people just shouldn’t be dog owners.
According to the Associated Press, 26-year-old Brooke Burton adopted Dennis from a relative who was feeding him as if he was a college student in the middle of a finals week bender. The diet, which included things adult humans shouldn’t even be consuming (ahem, White Castle burgers) quickly led the pup to blow up and become sad and lethargic. “In the beginning, you could tell he was very depressed, that he really didn’t feel good at all,” Burton told the AP. “He didn’t have much of a personality. After he lost weight, this bossy little demanding man popped out. He’s into everything, he wants to play with everybody.”
Now, Burton has 12-pound Dennis on a strict diet of dry dog food, and has increased his daily exercise with “lots of love and affection.” This might be the most heartbreaking/adorable visual of all: “Dennis lost so much weight that he started tripping over the folds of excess skin that were left over and getting infections. He has had three surgeries at the Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center to get rid of it.” If Dennis can stop eating burgers and shed that much weight, surely you can deal with your Chipotle addiction.
[Photo Credit AP/Brooke Burton]