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‘Skinny Vinnie’ Makes His Foster Home A Permanent Residence

'Skinny Vinny' makes his foster home a permanent residence

Sunday, June 19, 2016 06:25PM

A wiener dog that gained national attention for his pudgy frame — and again later for his incredible weight loss — finally has a family.

The husky dachshund arrived at his foster family’s home with the name ‘Fat Vincent’ but after he shed 38 pounds, he earned a new nickname: ‘Skinny Vinny.’

Fat no more

Now it appears that Skinny Vinny’s foster family has decided to keep him around permanently.  The dachshund recently was adopted by them.

Congrats on finding a permanent home, Skinny Vinny!


April 15th 2016

Local News Video   HERE

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Skinny Vinnie: The Overweight Dachshund Who Lost Half His Size And Gained A Forever Home

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After nearly a year of diet and exercise, Fat Vincent has transformed into Skinny Vinnie!

The 9-year-old Dachshund from K-9 Angels Rescue of Houston began his weight loss journey at 38 pounds last August, making him morbidly obese for a dog of his size.  Now the pup is walking with a cheerier swagger, weighing in at a healthy 15 pounds.

His foster owner Melissa Anderson, who recently decided to adopt him, tells PEOPLE he is a much happier dog now.

“He’s a very good example of strength and endurance,” Anderson, 54, says.  “All of the things that have happened to him — it kind of helps put your life in perspective.  We all marvel at his accomplishments because we’ve been here with the whole time and not for one day has he been reluctant or expressed any kind animosity about all of the things he’s had to do like limit his food and follow the rules of this house.”

Vinnie was rescued by Anderson and her family last August and she suspects one of the reasons he weighed so much was from eating non-dog food with his previous family.


“I typically go through the Starbucks drive-thru in the mornings and the first time I went through with him in the car, he absolutely freaked out,” Anderson previously told PEOPLE in December.  “He jumped up into the passenger seat and then he came over to the window.  I think he was probably getting a lot of fast food — when the owner went through he also got something.”

After agreeing to foster Vinnie, he was put on a healthier diet combined with swimming up to four to five times a week and walking for about an hour a day to not only lose weight, but also lower his cholesterol level.

Now Vinnie is much more mobile.

“I’ve got like four steps down to my yard and getting up and down those steps he couldn’t do,” Anderson says.  “So, I had to carry him down the steps and up the steps, but now he just zips right up them.  It’s really made a huge difference in his energy level.”

Vinnie has also experienced great change in his emotional being.  In December Anderson said the initial signs had pointed to depression.

“First of all, he didn’t eat for two days.  This is a huge dog that obviously has a tremendous appetite.  Then he goes under the covers and just pretty much stays there,” she explained.  “He still has a little bit of an occasional sadness to him.  He’s very happy when he’s out on walks, in the swimming pool, he loves to cuddle, but he gets his feelings hurt easily and he goes under the covers.”

Anderson says he would spend most of his day on his side barely lifting his head up.

“It was just really sad.”

But by mid-October, after a few months of exercise and a better diet, his spirits were lifted.

Anderson (who has three other Dachshunds) says her initial plan was to find him a forever home with another family, but she fell in love with him too much to give him away.


“I can’t imagine letting him go.  He’s always looking to see where I am and when I leave and come home, he’s the happiest dog in the house that I’m home,” she says.  “It’s just that feeling I have that he’s worried [about] when am I going to leave and never come back again.  I can’t do it.”

Anderson, who strongly advocates for dogs like Vinnie to be rescued from shelters, says he has also added a lot of happiness to the lives of her husband Mike, 62, and daughter Emily, 17.

“We just want him to know what a forever home is like,” Anderson says.  “I thought I could find him the best home ever with all the publicity he’s gotten — he’d probably be flying on private jets, you know.  But, I just feel like I don’t want him to go through it again.  I just really feel like he needs to stay right where he is.”

To learn more about Skinny Vinnie’s weight loss journey, pick up the current issue of PEOPLE Magazine — on newsstands now!

UPDATED 06/09/2016 AT 5:14 PM ET

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Meet Skinny Vinnie: Local Dog a Star After Big Weight Loss


KHOU11 – Houston
April 15th 2016

Local News Video   HERE

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‘Skinny Vinny’ LIVE in Times Square

Our Dachshund Goes from ‘FAT VINCENT’ to ‘Skinny Vinny’

**  Vinnie on his way to New York  **

Good Morning America (live) April 13, 2016   HERE

life&style, New Zealand, April 12, 2016   HERE

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Dachshund Goes from ‘FAT VINCENT’ to ‘Skinny Vinny’

ABC13 Houston

Thursday, March 31, 2016 09:57AM CT
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There’s a leaner wiener dog that will soon be looking for a new home.

The husky dachshund arrived at his foster family’s home with the name
‘Fat Vincent’ but he’ll be adopted out as ‘Skinny Vinny.’

A lot of sweat and dedication helped Vinny shed half of his 38 pounds.

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What an Amazing Adoption Count this past Weekend!

Adrienne Balfour Huertas's photo.

“I am so thankful to all the FOSTER HOMES who clean up, transport, love and train our dogs so we can have weekends like this.

These adoptions are Harris County Veterinary Public Health Division dogs, who, mostly, had run out of time in the shelter.
(Editor’s note: When a dog runs out of time it is killed by shelter staff. )

If you’d like to become a foster for K-9 Angels Rescue – Houston, TX please send me a message.”

Mary Tipton
Co-founder and Intake Coordinator

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Happy Tails! – CHAMP (pka Big Al)

Hi, I’m Champ, formerly “Big Al”.  I spent the first year of my life stuck in a cage with little food or water.  K-9 Angels rescued me last October, and my parents, who were initially planning to foster me, decided to adopt me instead.  When I came home with them I was super skinny and scared of many things, but in time my mom & dad have helped me learn to trust, and my doggy pals Zack & Lili have helped me learn to play.  I’m smart and learned all my basic commands in no time.  There isn’t a lot I won’t do for a slice of turkey pepperoni, and I’ve gained a much needed 20 lbs.Cuddling is my favorite activity, but I also enjoy long walks on the beach, playing with toys from my toy box, fetching and chasing and running around in my backyard.   I’ve even started jumping into the pool with my mom!

I think I’m the lucky one, but my parents think that they are!  They tell everyone that they’ve won the doggy lottery, because I’m the happiest, most loving, affectionate dog in the world!

Thank you K-9 Angels, thank you from all of us!  XOXO
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