The Things We Do for Love: "I Helped My Dog Lose 75 Pounds"

Photo courtesy of Jim Carey
Jim Carey with his dogs, Nemo and Mollie.

Caroline Golon, the human behind popular humor blog Romeo the Cat, shares stories of pet owners who have gone the extra mile for their pets in this series, The Things We Do for Love.

Do you ever feel you should take action when you see a pet who needs help? That’s what Jim Carey of Sheboygan, Wis., did four years ago when he learned about an obese Golden Retriever in his community whose life was in jeopardy.

Carey heard about Nemo from his wife’s hairdresser, who lived next door to the dog’s family. Due to poor diet and lack of exercise, Nemo, an 8-year-old Golden Retriever, had ballooned to 170 pounds, more than double a Golden’s healthy weight.

Concerned and unable to ignore the situation, Carey volunteered to take Nemo on daily walks to help the dog lose a few pounds.

Nemo’s family accepted Carey’s offer, and over the next month, Carey walked with Nemo, ensuring he was getting daily exercise. Carey quickly grew fond of the gentle Golden and, sensing the family wasn’t committed to Nemo’s health, offered to adopt him. The family agreed, and Nemo went to live with Carey, his wife, Janet, and the Careys' other Golden, Mollie.

Immediately, Carey consulted with Nemo’s veterinarian and put the dog on a sensible, healthy diet. Then, Carey and Nemo began a dedicated exercise regimen. Although it was the middle of a cold and snowy winter in Wisconsin, Carey walked Nemo several times a day.

Right from the start, “Nemo was willing,” Carey says. “He had the spirit of a warrior, but had all that weight and couldn’t walk far.”

The duo started out by going three blocks at a time, and eventually built up Nemo’s stamina to nearly a mile, four times daily.


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