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Vet Student Takes Neglected Golden Retriever on Weight Loss Journey, Thousands Flock to Insta to Watch

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Despite the challenge and schedules of veterinary school, a 24-year-old woman in California is fostering a very overweight dog to the tears and delight of thousands who follow the pair on Instagram.

As the months passed, the pounds have melted away, and as the weight comes off, a sparkling canine personality is emerging that has the young woman certain she’s found a partner for life.

Neglected, obese, and suffering from pneumonia and hyperthyroidism, Frannie the golden retriever was on death’s door when Annika Bram became aware of her plight. As it happened, Bram’s golden retriever Georgia, who had just died, was also extremely overweight when Bram adopted her. She helped Georgia lose 85 pounds in their 5 years together.

Learning from a canine rescue organization Rover’s Retreat that Frannie was going to be euthanized, she felt that Georgia had brought this dog to her, because she knew she was the person who could take care of her.

Contacting Rover’s Retreat, she offered to foster Frannie, who she learned weighed 125 pounds—about double the normal heft of a female golden.

Sydney Maleman, the president of Rover’s Retreat, told the Washington Post that Frannie never had proper veterinary care and was medically unstable. She believed they had got to her just in time. As Frannie recovered what was left of her strength, Maleman knew Bram was the right person to foster her.

“Annika just kept following up,” said Maleman. “After talking to her, we just knew that she was going to set Frannie up for success; she was willing to do everything and anything for a dog she never met.”

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Legally Blind Texas Student Defies Odds, Gets Accepted into Veterinarian School: ‘Anything is possible’

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Faith Snapp had always grown up around animals; and though she couldn’t see them, she “always loved them.”

Now, she’s on the road to becoming perhaps Texas’ first-ever blind veterinarian, and she spoke to Fox News recently about her journey, and about how anything is possible if you believe it’s possible.

Born quite prematurely, Snapp has about 10% vision. Her right eye can detect motion. Her left is more suited to colors, large print, and shapes.

“My entire life, my family has raised horses and goats for as long as I can remember,” Snapp shared with FOX 26 Houston. On top of the farm critters, Snapp had a guide dog since the beginning of high school.

She says she never let her disability get in the way of her living her life, and as long as there was accommodation and people to support her, she felt there was nothing she couldn’t do.

Case in point, Snapp was recently accepted into Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine after years of volunteering in local animal clinics.

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Shortage of veterinarians leaves north country pet lovers scrambling in an emergency

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To save her dog, Tracy Weeks resorted to lying as to who owned it in order to get the local emergency care that saved its life.

“I live penny to penny and my dog’s surgery was $1,059,” Weeks, of Watertown, wrote in an email to the Times. “I had to do it as she is all I have, as I lost my husband to suicide a few years ago, so she’s my best friend.”

A lack of veterinarians in the north country has caused a scramble, especially when emergency, off-hours urgent care is needed for a pet, which equates to a road trip to as far away as the Albany area. Meanwhile, new pet owners could be out of luck as that veterinarian shortage also limits some practices from accepting new clients and their pets.

“They want you to rescue animals, but how?” Weeks wrote. “We can’t get care.”

It is a familiar complaint heard by veterinarians like Dr. Christopher J. Jank, co-owner/partner at Watertown Animal Hospital, 1445 Washington St.

“A lot of pet owners aren’t happy that it came to this,” Jank said. “Some of them are also realizing that it wasn’t sustainable the way we were doing it. You can’t do it all 24/7.”

Fewer veterinarians are available in the area due to retirement, medical issues and relocation, Jank said, adding that there is also the “inability to work normal office hours, burnout, young children at home and corporate policies.”

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