Our Pet Column

Published weekly and read widely in The Watch, Telluride Daily Planet and Telluride Inside…and Out as well as this website the Pet Column offers insights from the Second Chance’s pet of the week on a variety of topics.

Who rescued who?

Who rescued who?

Eric O'Grey’s life had hit rock bottom. His weight had ballooned to 320 pounds, and he was spending more than $1,000 a month on medications for high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol.

n 2010, a physician told him to buy a funeral plot, because he would need it in five years. He was 51 years old. He decided to visit a nutritionist. She told him to go adopt a shelter dog. He followed her advice and told the shelter, "I want an obese middle-aged dog, like me." That's how he met Peety. That is how Eric’s life changed forever.

Beginning with half hour walks with Peety, over the course of a year Eric and Peety began a running regiment and he lost 140 pounds. Peety lost 25. Eric got off the meds. The dog helped keep him from backsliding into his old, unhealthful ways. "He looked at me like I was the best person on the planet, and I wanted to become the person he thought I was." Eric is now a healthy and transformed man who enjoys running in marathons.

This story is covered in an emotionally uplifting and inspirational short film featured in the Bow Wow Film Festival which successfully hit Telluride, Ridgway and Montrose as part of its national tour. The film represents the Second Chance Humane Society’s mission of promoting the human-animal bond and if you missed the Film Festival you can catch this film, “Mutual Rescue: Eric and Peety” on Youtube.

At the end of the film Eric leaves us with the compelling truth of his whole story “who rescued who?” I hope you will watch it…while keeping in mind that I am ready for my chance to change a human’s life too. As a two year old Heeler/Terrier mix with a huge heart and optimistic outlook I will do just that.

My name is Candy. I arrived at Second Chance with my litter of four who I raised with total devotion. I have seen them all off to loving homes and feel it is my turn now. I get along great with other dogs, adore a good belly rub and planting kisses on unexpected chins. A home and family of my own is all that is missing in my life. Let me be your Peety…

More of a cat person? Well cats can be “Peetys” also. My friend Calypso is a beautiful four year old female with a striking Tortoiseshell coat. She arrived at Second Chance along with her four feline friends whose owner had recently passed away. Calypso knows what good family life was about, and having lost that is just as hard as never having it (like me), so she is feeling a bit lost without a person to call her own…

Second Chance Humane Society Animal Resource Center and Thrift Shops service San Miguel, Ouray & Montrose Counties. Call the SCHS Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter, Volunteer, Feral Cat, or other Programs. View our shelter pets and services online: www.adoptmountainpets.org.

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177 County Road 10
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