Seven years in the past, Eric O’Gray needed to die. Divorced, depressed and diabetic, he was fifty one years previous and weighed 350 kilos. His all-time low got here the day he delayed a aircraft, as its crew sought a seat-belt extender large enough for his fifty two-inch waist.
After which O’Gray noticed a newly slim Invoice Clinton on TV, extolling the advantages of a plant-based mostly food plan. The subsequent day, the San Jose, Calif., salesman sought out a naturopath, who gave him a number of vegan recipes and a singularly odd Rx: “Undertake a canine.”
The canine he rescued — an overweight, center-aged, matted-fur mutt — rescued him in flip, serving to him to lose one hundred fifty kilos and discover a misplaced love. It’s a story warmly informed in “Strolling With Peety: The Canine Who Saved My Life” (Grand Central Publishing), out Tuesday.
“I by no means actually had a relationship with an animal earlier than,” O’Gray advised The Submit. “I assume I checked out pets extra as trinkets than anything. However the bond I shaped with Peety was stronger than those I shaped with any human being.”
He admits that he wasn’t positive what to anticipate the day he arrived on the animal shelter. He’d informed a staffer he needed a canine he might relate to, and was mortified when Peety shuffled in.
“He was massive and fats and [scratching] throughout,” O’Gray recalled. “His head hung low, and he appeared up at me with apparent disappointment, [as if to say,] ‘You?’ ”
Nonetheless, he determined to provide it a shot, regardless that it was all O’Gray might do to heave the seventy five-pound collie combine into his Chevy sedan. Again in his rental, they eyed one another warily. An equipment salesman, O’Gray carried out most of his enterprise by telephone; however Peety’s “enterprise” demanded they depart the home, one thing the person usually prevented. They began small, strolling to the top of the block and again, a distance of about 200 yards.
However with tofu and greens changing pizzas and burgers, O’Gray’s joints stopped hurting and he discovered he might stroll farther — and ultimately, even run. Peety, in the meantime, began on vegan pet meals after a vet stated it might remedy his pores and skin issues. The scratching stopped. The shared walks grew longer. Inside a yr, O’Gray had misplaced one hundred twenty kilos and his Sort 2 diabetes was declared gone, whereas Peety was 25 kilos lighter.
One nifty aspect impact: Ladies started chatting up the slimmed-down pair — and O’Gray had his first date in 15 years.
Granted, Peety appreciated to drink from the bathroom and rummage by means of the trash,…