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Jan 27, 2010 12:34 PM by Associated Press

Fat dog found frozen to a sidewalk slims down

A year after a "morbidly obese" dog froze to a Wisconsin sidewalk, the border collie mix has lost 40 pounds and is slowly returning to an active lifestyle. Jiffy is still portly, but his new owner said he's finally moving "like a regular dog."

The dog weighed about 120 pounds when he froze to a sidewalk in December 2008 in single-digit temperatures. His dense layers of fat probably helped him survive.

Afterward, a court ordered Jiffy's owner to give him up.

Patty and Peter Geise of Sheboygan Falls said that when they adopted Jiffy, he could barely step over a 4-inch-high pipe. Even then he had to rest afterward.

The Sheboygan Press reported that Jiffy now walks a mile at a normal pace.

Patty Geise said it's rewarding to see how much Jiffy has improved.

 

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