PHOENIX - It wasn't a miracle drug or a trendy fad diet, but good old-fashioned exercise and portion control that helped a pudgy pooch named Chiquita shed some much-needed pounds.
"Now that she can get around, we've noticed that she's got that bubbly pep to her step," said Ashliegh Goebel spokesperson for the Arizona Humane Society. "When we take her for walks she's right at the end of the leash running around."
The three-year-old Welsh Corgi came to the shelter back in August weighing a whopping 40 pounds.
"Her owner fell on hard times and wasn't able to take care of her anymore," said Goebel. "She could barely walk around, let alone jump up a sidewalk curb. It was really sad to watch."
After losing 16 pounds (nearly half her weight) with the help of a foster family, Chiquita was ready to find her "furever" family.. And it didn't take long for someone to snatch her up.
"I just fell in love with her as soon as I walked in the door," said Sharon Leary, who just lost her former dog last week to old age. "I'll probably feed the dog better than I feed myself."
Chiquita is far from the only "round hound" either. Research shows that more than half of dogs and cats are classified as overweight or obese.
"We like to call it the "fat gap phenomenon", where pets are actually obese but pet owners refuse to acknowledge that," said Goebel.
There's even an FDA approved drug to help manage the weight of obese dogs.
Animal experts say even though it's hard to say "no" to those begging eyes, try to limit table scraps and fatty foods. It's important to remember that all animals need exercise, just like us.