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90-Pound Homeless Beagle Makes Jaw-Dropping Weight Loss Journey

Written by: Amber LaRock
Amber LaRock is a writer and reviewer for iHD. She is a Licensed Vet Tech with 12 years of experience in the field, and she now creates informative content for pet parents.Read more
| Published on October 7, 2019

Wolfgang the Beagle was found wandering the streets of Arizona, carrying around a debilitating amount of excess weight. Luckily for Wolfgang, he has found a new set of owners who are dedicated to bringing him to health!

It’s not every day that you find a 90 pound Beagle wandering the streets as a stray. The team at the Arizona Beagle Rescue knew there had to be more to this stray pup’s story, and decided to welcome him into their rescue for further care.


Upon examination, Wolfgang was found to have a thyroid condition that can make it quite difficult for him to lose weight. Aside from medication, he would need a dedicated team of helpers to achieve the weight loss he needs to survive. Erin McManus and Chad Schatz were up for the challenge and welcomed Wolfgang into their home.

Almost immediately, Wolfgang began the process of shedding his unwanted pounds. His new parents make him a special diet of lean meats and vegetables each, as well as being diligent with his much needed thyroid medication. With the level of obesity that Wolfgang is experiencing, it will take more than a diet to bring him to a healthy weight. The couple soon found a list of ways to get Wolfgang moving at his own pace!


Some of Wolfgang’s favorite activities include swimming around the pool with assistance from his fur dad, playing in the yard with his new four-legged siblings, and most impressive; his aqua exercises at a rehab facility.

This chunky pup’s new favorite exercise is his aqua aerobics on a doggie treadmill, all while having his favorite toy in his mouth at all times! Since beginning his rehabilitation, he has been able to increase his speed and is significantly more comfortable during his exercises.


Since starting his weight loss journey 6 months ago, Wolfgang has lost an impressive 22 pounds! Wolfgang now loses a consistent 1-2 pounds each week and is continuing down a healthy weight loss path.

His owners are so proud of his incredible resilience, and his ability to keep his spirits high during every step of this process. Erin created an Instagram account to track Wolfgang’s progress, and she is amazed by how many people Wolfgang continues to inspire each day.


Wolfgang sure is an inspiration for anyone who is on a similar journey to a healthier lifestyle. We can’t wait to watch him crush all of his goals!

Featured Image: Instagram/@obese_beagle

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