HOUSTON (KTRK/CNN) – Obese, unhealthy and mourning the loss of his owner, Vincent was surrendered to a county animal shelter in Houston two weeks ago. His prospects didn’t look good. Vincent the wiener dog weighs double what vets said he should, and at nearly 40 pounds his size takes a toll.
“Actually, some people can be kind of mean,” said Melissa Anderson, who has taken Vincent in for foster care. “They’ll say things like, ‘That’s abuse,’ and they’re thinking it’s my dog. Then I’m like, ‘I’m trying to help this dog.’ It just made me realize that people can be pretty harsh.”
Someone dropped Vincent off at the pound after his owner died. Anderson is fostering him through her group K-9 Angels Rescue.
She believes his previous owner fed him fast food because he goes crazy when they pull up at the Starbucks drive thru.
“Vincent was just enormous,” Tipton said. She took a picture and posted it on Facebook to find him a foster parent. Within 15 minutes, dachshund rescuer Melissa Anderson volunteered to take Vincent in.
He’s on a pretty rigorous exercise regime, participating in water aerobics five times a week and playing with her others dogs in the yard. The water aerobics help take pressure off Vincent’s strained joints. Plus, with the 100-degree weather in Texas, it offers a nice cool-down for both Vincent and Anderson.
At first, Vincent would just float in his life jacket. But his endurance is growing. Vincent can now paddle in the pool for about 15-20 minutes, five days a week. Before, he could only waddle around the yard with the other dogs. Now he is able to jog.
“He is really happier now than he was,” said Anderson. She said he keeps a positive attitude and seems to know they are trying to help him.