Honey was a 68-pound beagle weighing almost twice her healthy weight. She was unable to move because of her size and would urinate and defecate on herself, leaving burn marks on her belly. Her belly would drag on the ground, making it almost impossible to move except by dragging herself with her front legs.
Her owner was an elderly woman with dementia, according to WGRZ. She brought Honey to the SPCA of Niagara County to be euthanized. The shelter thought that, because of the owner’s dementia, she would forget that she fed Honey and feed her again.
Luckily, the SPCA of Niagara County is a no-kill shelter. Instead of euthanasia, they focused on helping Honey lose weight and transforming her into the healthy happy dog she was meant to be. A vet checked her over and realized she had a thyroid issue that was making her gain weight as well. She was immediately started on medication and an exercise program.
The exercise started off slow, to just get her to move. Caring volunteers at the shelter put Honey in a harness and held her up so she could slowly walk without her belly rubbing on the ground. Slowly, the therapy increased until Honey could walk on her own.
Once she was in a foster home, she excelled. She went on walks, played in the backyard, and twice a week she would walk on a water treadmill for therapy. Along with the new body, her new personality was starting to show. She is a sweet girl, eager to play again.
“I was amazed at how fast it happened,” states Sue Cable, foster mom. Thanks to Cable’s dedication and effort, Honey is shedding weight fast.
Fast forward 6 months, and honey has lost 38 pounds and is on the road to a healthy life. Her transformation of appearance, attitude, and energy level is amazing. Soon she will be up for adoption and looking for her forever home.
Honey has inspired many and has quite the following on SPCA Niagara Facebook page. Video updates are posted for fans to follow, as well as photos. Way to go, Honey!
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Charles Sasser has Alzheimer’s, and has had a rough time with the disease. It’s not easy to navigate life when the world is getting more and more unfamiliar.
That’s what makes moments like the one in this video clip so touching.
It reminds us just how important all the “little things” in life are. When someone is navigating a disease as intense as Alzheimer’s, the tiniest gestures can trigger a world of difference to them; and the clouds can clear just enough for the real person to shine through for a while.
Sasser is a war veteran. He can no longer speak most of the time, which is a major source of frustration for him. His children have watched helplessly as he’s become trapped within the confusion of his mind.
Being able to speak and communicate clearly is something that a lot of us just take for granted. Without really thinking about it, we just assume we’ll always retain who we are.
Sasser’s daughter Lisa shared a video of her dad interacting with the family dog, Roscoe, and it’s absolutely heartwarming. Sasser and Roscoe are best pals, and clearly love each other. It’s a sweet thing to watch.
Sasser can’t speak in most circumstances, but when Roscoe is there, something magical happens. It’s as if Sasser taps back into the man who used to be — and still is inside — when Roscoe is near. Sasser momentarily reclaims his ability to speak.
Seeing him talk to Roscoe is such a treasure. In fact, watching the clip without getting teary-eyed might be close to impossible.
Since posting the video, Lisa has gotten a flood of support. She was hesitant to post it at first, but is so glad that she did. Hopefully, other families who have loved ones with Alzheimer’s are inspired by the video.
The video also reminds us just how valuable and special pets can be. They have the ability to make our lives so much better, and often are truly invaluable to people with illnesses.
We hope that Sasser and his family are able to navigate Alzheimer’s and all its trials as gracefully as possible, and that Roscoe continues to be an inspiration to him.
If you have a loved one who is struggling with Alzheimer’s, take a moment to pass the sweet story along.