Mutual Rescue: Eric & Peety

The video is a creation of Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV), an independent, non-profit organization, whose aim is connecting people and pets, maintaining a shelter medicine program, and educational programs, celebrating the love between people and their pets. A love story between Eric and his god Peety has been made into a short film.
    Language Notes and Explanations
  • creep up= rise
  • through the roof= very high
  • squeeze into= try to fit in
  • spilled vs. spilt= spilt was once the standard past tense and past participle of the verb "spill", but in modern English the word has mostly given way to "spilled".
  • backyard= American English often used for back garden
  • pen: a small enclosure
  • dude= American slang term for "fellow" (synonims: friend, bro, guy)
  • buddy= great friend, companion (synonim: mate)
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[0:06] In 2010 my doctor told me to buy a funeral plot, because I would need one within the next five years. But I'm still here because a shelter dog saved my life.

[0:26] When people see a photo of who I was five years ago, they can't and often don't believe that it's me.

[0:32] My weight crept up to 340 lb (three hundred and forty pounds), my blood pressure was through the roof, super high cholesterol I had type-2 diabetes and was taking over $1000 worth of medications a month.

[0:44] You know, I just felt really uncomfortable around other people, and I became separated from society and I just stopped living.

[0:54] I went on a business trip - you know small airplane seats are - I could barely squeeze into one and basically spilt over both sides.

[1:04] They had to delay the flight because they didn't have a seat belt extension that would fit me.

[1:09] There was a gentleman next to me and he just looked in complete disgust and he looked at me and he goes "I'm gonna miss my connection 'cause you're too fat".

[1:13] That really was my bottom point that's the point that I I really decided that, you know, I'm either gonna die or have to do something.

[1:25] I look in the phonebook and I found a nutritionist near me. One of the first things that she asked me to do was to go adopt a shelter dog, who would force me to go outside, would force me to become more socially interactive.

[1:40] So I went to a local shelter and I remember telling the lady I would like an obese, middle-aged dog so that I would have something in common with him, and when I walked in the room we both looked at each other with like a look of "Really?"

[1:59] I took him home that night... neither of us knew what to expect. In over a period of time we really had formed an inseparable bond and one that I've never really experienced with another person or animal or anybody.

[2:16] We began walking for at least a half an hour a day, every day and over the course of a year, just by changing what I ate and walking with Peety I lost about a 100+ (a hundred and forty plus) pounds.

[2:30] Everything about my life improved, I got off all meds, I no longer have type-2 diabetes, Peety also lost about 25 pounds so we did it together, it was like a miracle.. "There you go... Hi, Peety!"

[2:40] So I read over Peety's paperwork when I adopted him and it turns out that he was left alone in a backyard, and nobody played with him. He had arthritis, and all kinds of rashes, and his skin was just itching all the time.

[3:01] He was wondering what - what ever happened to him... he'd gone from being in a situation like I was, where he didn't have any friends and he didn't know anybody and really became a proud dog. "Peety, ready for the next stop? Peety is a good boy!"

[3:24] Beyond unconditional love, Peety taught me absolute loyalty: he looked at me in every sense as though I was the greatest person on the planet. I decided that I wanted to be the person who he thought I was. One of the things that I dreamed of doing was running up a full marathon and he looked at me like "you can do it" and I went out and I did it!

[3:53] This entire process brought me out of my shell and made me a different person. I knew that he was getting old, and his time was coming: they discovered a really large cancerous growth on his spleen and there was really nothing that they could do. I knew that he was gonna die.

[4:15] I just lay with him on the floor, he just looked at me and I could tell that the life had just passed out of him, and that was the end, and I just sat there and I held him, I loved him so much.

[4:43] I just was so sad and, you know, still not over it. About six months later after a race, suddenly just came into my mind "Just drive over to the shelter right now", and I did it and there was a dog that had been put in the adoption pen four minutes earlier.

[5:04] His photo wasn't on the wall, he wasn't on the website, and I just looked at him, and he looked at me and it was like "Dude, let's get out of here!"

[5:20] Jake is a completely different dog, Jake loves to play and we started training and he now runs 10-mile distances with me and we're going to do our our first half-marathon together. He's the best running buddy I could possibly have!

[5:40] So really, thanks to Peety I wake up every day wanting to be the best person that I can possibly be. He completely transformed me into a different person. I think about it now, "Who rescued whom?" I mean, did I rescue him or did he rescue me?