Vincent, an overweight dachshund, is on a weight loss journey after reaching an unhealthy 38 pounds before the death of his owner

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated September 05, 2015 03:35 PM

Talk about fitspiration – meet Vincent, the morbidly obese 7-year-old dachshund who’s on a journey to recovery.

Vincent was surrendered with grim prospects to a country animal shelter in Houston after the death of his owner just a few weeks ago, CNN reports.

Weighing in at 38 pounds, the pup was nearly double the healthy weight for his breed, and had high cholesterol and body deformations that put him at risk of nerve damage, according to the network.

Luckily, Mary Tipton, the intake coordinator for dog rescue organization K-9 Angels Rescue, spotted Vincent at the Harris County Animal Shelter, where she is a member of the board of directors.

Tipton shared a photo of the dog to Facebook, and quickly found him a foster parent in dachshund rescuer Melissa Anderson.

Anderson, who has spent the past two weeks starting to help Vincent get healthy, is documenting the experience on the animal’s new Facebook page.

“I am not sure what the previous owner fed him, but I think it was all fast food. He was literally detoxing the first week,” Anderson told CNN, adding that Vincent suffered from vomiting and upset bowels when he ate healthy dog foods.

He is adjusting to his new lifestyle and has a regimented exercise routine, which includes water aerobics five times a week, Anderson told CNN.

“He is really happier now than he was,” Anderson said.

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“What a day! Ms Lauren and Ms Melissa moved me to the big pool since I kept trying to swim to the side for a rest. I also took a ten minute walk! These two are hard core! I included a photo of me resting afterwards,” Vincent’s caretakers wrote on Facebook, Thursday, sharing a clip of him hitting the pool.

Vincent has already made strides in his journey to becoming “Skinny Vinnie” – he’s down to 34.8 lbs. Check out more of the little guy’s impressive fitness routine.