A stray dog always eagerly awaits being fed by passersby. However, she never imagines that her desperation for food would make her the subject of ridicule by many.
Zoorprendente has brought you the story of Bolinha, who was abandoned at a gas station far from a rural road in western Brazil. She had been living on the streets for several years, surviving among the drivers who stopped to refuel. Sadly, many people were indifferent to her health and barely fed her with cafeteria scraps. Although Bolinha became obese and a source of ridicule, no one offered to help her.
The poor diet eventually took a toll on the 9-year-old pup, causing her to gradually become extremely overweight to the point of morbid obesity. Sadly, no one paid attention to her diet and she ended up weighing around 40 kilograms.
At this point, many locals only visited the spot to see the famous “ball dog”, but nobody cared enough to get her any help. Bolinha became somewhat of a local spectacle, being very noticeable due to her weight. People would burst out laughing at the sight of her and take photos to share on social media. However, Bolinha needed attention – it wasn’t enjoyable for her to be a “ball”, as she had been dubbed.
Moreover, her physical condition was far from ideal. The unfortunate girl yearned for love deeply. One day, after enduring countless taunts and heartbreaks, the dog dragged herself to a scrap yard and stopped moving altogether. It was at that point when some animal rights activists from a nearby town took pity on her and decided to step in. They discovered her hidden amidst rubble, behind the gas station.
When she was found on the pile of debris, she could barely walk and struggled to breathe. Thankfully, the kind people who discovered her took care of her and brought her to the Animal Protection Organization (OPA-MT).
Perhaps, they gave her the first-ever bath of her life, and she relished the experience. Finally, she felt secure, not craving for food, but malnourished of love and affection. She gratefully enjoyed her first clean water session falling over her body.
Although she was making good progress, it was necessary to regulate her weight to ensure that she could continue to live a healthy life for many years to come. It was urgent for her to shed those pounds that were troubling her.
The team that took care of her faced quite a challenge, but they embraced the task of helping her. She had to walk every day to relieve the stress on her joints, and it was a slow process, but it was worth it. With her new diet, exercise routine, and most importantly, the love she received, she has lost over 15 kilos since being rescued less than a year ago. This is great news for her health.
In the coming days, the plan is to lose an additional 15 kilos to reach the desired weight goal for better physical health. It’s amazing to witness the transformation of this little dog and there’s no doubt that she will achieve her goal. With such determination and the unwavering support of the rescuers who care for her with love, she will attain the weight and health she deserves. Most importantly, she is now a happy and affectionate dog who smiles all the time. The best part is that she will be adopted by one of the activists who saved her.
Bolinha’s weight loss battle and transformation are inspiring people all over the world. We hope that Bolinha spends his golden years in the comfort of his home, never again to be a victim of people’s laughter and neglect. Bolinha, we are incredibly proud of you!
This is one of those stories that both angers and saddens us due to its difficult beginning, but ultimately inspires us with its heartwarming conclusion. Let it serve as a reminder for humans to always be mindful of the nutrition and wellbeing of our furry friends. They deserve care and protection just as much as we do.