Kai was 173 pounds. I was in awe at the
sheer size of the guy. He was like a great big bear. He was taken into the
vet to be put down. I think he was loved
by his previous owners. But maybe they didn’t realize he
was overfed and under-exercised. When I first saw him I thought,
okay I have to do something. There’s no way I can
give up on this dog. Even though he was morbidly
obese and had to have been in pain, he just had such
a happy personality. I decided that I would adopt
him and take him home. Good boy! Yay! It took him about 25 minutes to get up the three
steps into the house. When he got in the
house, he just laid. He wanted to be part of everything, but
he just couldn’t move around that much. The vet said he should
weigh around 75 pounds. You’re talking like a hundred
pound weight loss. I thought, what exactly
have I agreed to? I don’t think he’ll ever run, but I
think we’ll be able to go for a walk. He got hooked on
healthy foods early on. Carrots, blueberries, bananas. But with exercise he
needs to stay motivated. What’s going on, buddy? He panted basically
24 hours a day. Isn’t that the happiest face ever? We started with a water treadmill. He did it happily. But I just felt like he wanted to
go outside and go for a walk. Each day we would try to
go just a little bit further. Well done, buddy.
All by yourself. Is that really necessary? You need to rest right now.
Okay, fair enough. No, no! No. He was so excited to see
the people at the dog park, but it was just too
much work getting up. You’re doing so good, buddy. Good job, buddy. I have a black Lab called Abby
who is extremely active. So it was very helpful
for Kai to have her to keep him motivated. It’s like a big brother and
younger sister relationship. Get your ball. Abby, no! She gave him a little
bit of motivation for what he could possibly
maybe one day do if we dared to dream. Yay! For once! When Kai started to lose
weight I was so proud of him. It was a very big deal for us. You can come downstairs. Come on, you can do it. Come on, keep going.
You’re almost there. Yay! As he got more mobile he could actually go meet
and greet every single person. I started thinking he would
be a really good therapy dog. Keep coming.
That’s my boy. I never thought I’d
see that dog run. I would film every weight
holding my breath. Thinking, this is going to be the
one where we don’t lose anything. And it never happened. He amazed me every day. I’m sure everything hurt. And I’m sure he was exhausted. And he did it happily. I’m so excited. I just
want it to keep going. Lots of people, as they got
to know him would be like, “That’s the same dog?” He could do all the things
you knew he wanted to do. There was no getting out
the door without him. Keep coming, Kai!
Come on! Every day is a new
day, and it’s a great day. Are you fishing? When he was getting skinny,
we went on a big road trip. We stopped at little tourist sites. And he was happy to
jump back in the car and just carry on
wherever we’re going. It was a big deal to me for him to
be able to step in the Pacific Ocean. Here we are buddy.
It’s the Pacific Ocean. If we drove ten minutes or
twelve hours, he doesn’t care. As long as he gets to go with me. Get up. Get on the scale. Come on.
Good boy. Sit. Good job, buddy. Good job! When Kai hit the target
weight I couldn’t believe it. Old Kai.
New Kai. It took just under a year for
Kai to get to his target weight. I’ve never been so excited or so proud of anything in my whole life. Now that Kai can be more social he’s on his way to
becoming a therapy dog. Are you going to
be a therapy dog? Are you?
Yeah? Today’s the big day.
Our final evaluation. He’s actually going to be
in front of patients. At least one of us isn’t nervous. Regardless of what happens,
whether he’s successful or not, I’m just so proud of him. I’m honestly more worried about
me screwing up than him. I just really hope we do well. Maybe just gentle. He likes to be pet
kind of up here. Leave it. – Can I read you a story? So I’m right up in his space. He could care less. – He just wants
you to pet him. – I know. That’s all you want. – We’re done! We’re finished. We
did our final evaluation. Kai was a superstar. So now we wait. Kai, we just got our text. You passed!
You passed! You’re a therapy dog! Way to go big guy! Do you even care? Huh? Do you even care? Kai makes you feel like you are the
most important person in his world. He just taught me so much along
this whole weight loss journey. He’s always been
so amazing to me. He lost weight every single
time we went to the vet. Hey there big guy! He has come farther than I
ever dreamed that he could. He will stay a very happy dog
with me for the rest of his days.