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

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.

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

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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

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Even “obese, middle-aged dogs.”

3. Sometimes love can come in surprising forms

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

4. Little changes can make a world of difference

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Thirty minutes of walking per day. One year. More than 140 pounds lost.

5. Sometimes saviors need saving, too

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Eric saved Peety just as much as Peety saved Eric.

6. Unconditional love is the best medicine

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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

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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

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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

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

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