Kai the Golden Retriever weighed a astounding 173 pounds when Pam Heggie started fostering him — more than 100 pounds overweight for an adult golden retriever.
Her veterinarian, told her, “This is the most overweight animal I have ever seen.”
Kai’s previous family took him to the vet to be euthanized because he had a hard time getting up. However, the vet stepped in and contacted the Misfits of Alberta Animal Rescue, which helped put Heggie together with Kai.
She didn’t even know where to start when she started fostering him.
When she first got home with Kai, he was so overweight it took him 20 minutes to climb the stairs and get through the door.
But she knew they could make progress.
She started taking him for walks three times a day, before work, right when she got home and in the evening.
Slowly but surely and step by step, Kai began to lose weight and become the healthy dog he was meant to be.
Heggie also took Kai to water therapy, where he was able to strengthen his back legs and increase his stamina and of course she had him on a strict diet.
Day by day Kai got stronger and was able to reach previously unattainable goals: walking to the end of the block, getting up on the bed, getting into the car on his own, climbing stairs, barreling to the front door and even running in the dog park.
"I look at him and forget how broken he was," she said. "Now he’s just a regular dog doing regular dog things like everybody else.
"Now, Heggie can’t imagine her life without Kai and moved to adopt him.
Nearly a year after she took him in, Kai has lost a full 100 pounds!
Watch Kai’s amazing transformation in the heartwarming video: