What would you do if your doctor told you that you had about five years to live? When Eric O’Grey was faced with that question, he didn’t think the answer would be as simple as adopting a dog.

In 2010, Eric’s doctor told him he should buy a funeral plot because he could die in five years. At the time, he weighed 345 pounds. He had a lot of health complications, such as type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

He spent more than $1,000 every month for his medicines. Aside from these expenses and health problems, Eric struggled emotionally from low self-esteem and a sense of shame because of his weight.

He didn’t feel comfortable around people. He isolated himself from others. In his own words, he basically “stopped living.” He lived like this until one incident pushed him to do something about his weight.

While on a plane for a business trip, the flight got delayed because the cabin crew couldn’t find a seatbelt extension that could fit him. The man seated next to Eric complained that he would miss his connecting flight because Eric was too fat.

That was his wake-up call. He consulted a nutritionist for his weight problem. One of the things she asked him to do was to get a dog. She said a dog would help him have an active lifestyle.

So Eric went to the local shelter and got an overweight, middle-aged dog named Peety. Both of them didn’t know what to expect at first, but as time passed, they became close.

Eric and Peety had some things in common. They both needed to lose weight. And they were both alone. Peety was found in a backyard with nobody tending to him or playing with him. He had rashes and arthritis.

The two of them began walking for about 30 minutes daily. Eric also made changes to his food intake. Within a year, he lost 140 pounds.

Consequently, his health improved. He no longer had type 2 diabetes. He also dropped all his medications. The good news is, Peety also lost weight – 25 pounds.

Things were doing great for them until the doctor told Eric the sad news that Peety had cancer. After some time, Eric’s furry friend passed away.

Even though Peety was gone, Eric continued on his journey to healthy living. As he reflected on what happened, he couldn’t help but wonder if he rescued Peety or if Peety rescued him. Watch their touching story below.

Source: Mutual Rescue via YouTube

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