Part pig, half seal, half canine and all valuable, Lu-Seal the canine is strolling just a little simpler now thanks to an inspiring weight-loss journey.
The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pup belongs to emergency room physician Julia Morley, who adopted the Chihuahua from Humane Animal Rescue in October 2016.
Morley went to the shelter planning to undertake a bigger canine, however ended up with a small canine in an enormous body.
Lu-Seal was 16 lbs. when she waddled in Morley’s residence. Since she was dwelling as stray earlier than she ended up at Humane Animal Rescue, the shelter employees isn’t positive how the 10-year-old canine packed on the additional weight, however believes Lu-Seal had an proprietor who appreciated to overfeed her earlier than she ended up on the streets.
Wanting to offer her new pooch a superb shot at an extended life, Morley took Lu-Seal to the veterinarian instantly after adopting her.
“They suggested feeding her 250 calories a day. So I counted her calories and measured her food and counted her treats and started her on a strict exercise regimen,” the proprietor advised PEOPLE.
It didn’t take lengthy for the weight to start out falling off, and as Lu-Seal misplaced kilos she gained mobility.
“At first she could only walk maybe a block at best and then would just sit down and give. But as the pounds fell off and she got fitter — now we walk about a mile a day,” Morley stated.
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Lu-Seal additionally gained followers, too. At the begin of her weight-loss journey, Morley created a Instagram account for the plump pup and stored monitor of her pet’s progress with weekly weigh-in posts.
Morley says she began @lusealdog as a result of she thought Lu-Seal was a particular creature, and shortly realized others thought she was particular, too. “People we’re really rooting for her. It was incredible.”
When Lu-Seal hit her objective of eight lbs. in October 2017 lots of her 12,200 followers turned up for her victory celebration at a Pittsburgh brewery.
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Now, svelte, lively and social media well-known, Lu-Seal spends her days enjoying in the park together with her “big pack of dog friends” and utilizing her Instagram account to assist different obese canine discover success.
“I get a lot of messages from people asking how to help their dogs lose weight and it’s fun to give other people advice and help them get through the process,” Morley stated.
Lu-Seal is sticking to her resolutions in 2018. While she does will get a number of extra treats nowadays, she continues to be maintaining to her 250 energy a day food plan to ensure she doesn’t put her additional kilos again on.