Nate, a Sheltie from New Jersey, was recently inducted into the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association’s Hall of Fame for losing weight and returning to normal dog health.
When Charles Blackford’s mother asked her son to take in her beloved Sheltie as her dying wish, he knew he had his work cut out for him, as the dog was extremely overweight, according to CBS 13.
"My mom would, of course, over the weekend make him ham and eggs and English muffins," Blackford told the news source. "What that did was just add the pounds on him."
His mother was also not able to provide Nate with a lot of exercise, as her own health kept her from taking him for lots of walks.
When Blackford took over as caregiver, he put Nate on a healthy diet that resulted in him dropping nearly 40 pounds.
According to the Humane Society, in order to provide the proper nutrition to ensure your canine stays in good dog health, you should consult with your veterinarian regarding what to incorporate into their diets and how often your pet should be fed.