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A shelter-based wellness journey


Blue, a Great Dane/Pit Bull Terrier mix awaiting adoption at the Humane Society of Summit County, and longtime shelter volunteer Ted Moore are teaming up to make a big change for their health and help other pets awaiting adoption along the way. Follow their journey to wellness through exercise, eating better, and other lifestyle changes through Ted's monthly blog. Cheer Ted and Blue on and help shelter pets in the process by giving in honor of the progress they make to reach their $5,000 goal. All funds raised will support health care for animals awaiting adoption at the Humane Society of Summit County.

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February 13 - On the Trail of a Healthier Lifestyle

If you've been following along since all this started a few weeks ago, you already know about my partner, Blue, and our commitment to drop about 20% of our body weights. We're doing that together with the guidance and encouragement of Dr. Melisa Kauffman, the staff veterinarian at the Humane Society of Summit County, and my general practitioner. Both docs have assessed our current situations, helped us set our objectives, and talked us through the changes we need to make to achieve these goals safely and responsibly.

This past weekend was all about getting started. Blue and I ...

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February 4 - The First Walk

And so, the journey begins. Well, it really started last Sunday, when Blue, about 40 of his canine friends, me and a dozen or so other HSSC volunteer dog walkers, strolled along 4 miles of snowy trails in a Twinsburg township park. Blue did better than me, judging by how my legs felt the next morning, but it was good to kick off our transformation with all our friends in such a beautiful place.

Which sort of begs the question: If Blue and I are on a journey, where are we going? Glad you asked.

As many of you know ...

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January 4 - A New Year's Resolution

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, in 2017, the latest year for which data is available, an estimated 60% of cats and 56% of dogs in the United States were overweight or obese. According to Dr. Ernie Ward, the founder of the Association, "Obesity is the number one health threat pets face." Adds Dr. Christopher Byers, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, "This increasingly common condition decreases a dog's life span, increases its risk for various cancers, and causes orthopedic problems-just to name a few of the possible [consequences]."

Dogs and cats waiting in shelters for their ...

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