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9 lessons we can learn from this heartbreaking dog rescue story (VIDEO)

Ally Hirschlag is a producer/actor/writer who lives in Brooklyn, NY and buys way too many toys for her cats. She contributes to several publications, including Bustle, and The Nerve, and enjoys writing about all things woman. In her spar...

Eric and his dog Peety rescued each other and taught me a lot about the power of pet friendship

There's no doubt about it: adopting an animal can change your life. Just like falling in love, if you allow an animal into your home and heart, you'll be amazed at how much better your life will become.

Eric was in trouble before he met his dog companion. He was over 300 pounds and had Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and a host of other medical issues. His physical state kept him isolated and embarrassed, but that wasn't the worst of it. His doctor told him that if he kept going the way he was, he'd be dead in five years.

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So, instead of giving up, Eric made the brave decision to get help. He spoke to a nutritionist, who recommended adopting a dog because it would force him to get out of the house and be more active. Eric went to the local shelter and asked for "an obese, middle-aged dog." Soon he was nose to nose with Peety, the dog who would come to save his life.

The whole story was shared by the Human Society of Silicone Valley over the weekend in an incredibly moving and wonderful short film. Caution: This video will likely turn you into a puddle of tears, so if you're at work, you may want to wait and watch it somewhere more private.

Eric & Peety (from Humane Society Silicon Valley)

Eric weighed over 300 pounds, had type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and his doctor told him he would be dead in 5 years unless he changed. They suggested a dog. Eric went to the Humane Society Silicon Valley and said he wanted an obese, middle-aged dog, so they would have something in common. What happened next transformed their lives.

Posted by SFGate on Sunday, March 6, 2016

Everyone feeling a lot of feelings? Good, me too. Here's what this amazing mutual rescue story taught me.

1. It's never too late to get help

Eric and his dog Peety rescued each other and taught me a lot about the power of pet friendship
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As long as you have the will to change, you can make it happen.

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2. All dogs are capable of performing miracles

Eric and his dog Peety rescued each other and taught me a lot about the power of pet friendship
Image: SFGate/Facebook

Even "obese, middle-aged dogs."

3. Sometimes love can come in surprising forms

Eric and his dog Peety rescued each other and taught me a lot about the power of pet friendship
Image: SFGate/Facebook

It's not always going to look like you expected it to.

4. Little changes can make a world of difference

Eric and his dog Peety rescued each other and taught me a lot about the power of pet friendship
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Thirty minutes of walking per day. One year. More than 140 pounds lost.

5. Sometimes saviors need saving, too

Eric and his dog Peety rescued each other and taught me a lot about the power of pet friendship
Image: SFGate/Facebook

Eric saved Peety just as much as Peety saved Eric.

6. Unconditional love is the best medicine

Eric and his dog Peety rescued each other and taught me a lot about the power of pet friendship
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The love and support from friends and family is invaluable. This story is a great reminder to let our loved ones know just how much we appreciate them.

7. Love can encourage you to achieve your greatest ambitions

Eric and his dog Peety rescued each other and taught me a lot about the power of pet friendship
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Eric weighed 300 pounds, and now he's running marathons. All because his dog never stopped believing in him.

8. Losing someone you love is the hardest thing there is

Eric and his dog Peety rescued each other and taught me a lot about the power of pet friendship
Image: SFGate/Facebook

There is no pain greater than losing a loved one. Unfortunately, it's something everyone will have to deal with at some point, but it's a great reminder to cherish every special moment we get to spend with the people and pets that mean the most to us.

9. You can find love again

Eric and his dog Peety rescued each other and taught me a lot about the power of pet friendship
Image: SFGate/Facebook

You will always miss the ones you loved, but the strength they instilled in you will be with you forever.

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