When Julia Morley first saw Lu-Seal at a shelter in Pittsburgh, the little Chihuahua could barely walk. Lu-Seal tipped the scales at 16 pounds — double the healthy weight for a dog her size.
But once Morley got her home, the now 9-year-old dog began to shrink. “I put her on a healthy diet and walked her as much as she could tolerate, and the pounds fell off,” Morley told The Dodo. “Now she’s a healthy weight and doing great.”
Lu-Seal is more active than ever and has maintained a healthy weight for three years.
But never was her weight reduction more noticeable than when her mother had a brand-new fence put up around her yard.
When I chose the fence, it never occurred to me that she might be able to fit between the bars, but as soon as it was put in place it was obvious that there would be a problem, according to Morley.
When it comes to the greatest snacks, Lu-Seal is always on the hunt for her neighbor Eddie. When Lu-Seal tried to leave her yard to pursue him, the new fence presented a minor obstacle.
Lu-Seal was determined to squeeze through the fence anytime she went outside, so Morley had to act fast. Morley posted about her conundrum on Lu-Seal’s Instagram, and one of the dog’s followers came up with a hilarious solution: placing a “safety spoon” on Lu-Seal’s back.
The spoon idea seemed just crazy enough to work, and the results were hilarious.
“I attached it to her harness with Velcro cable ties and it worked like a charm,” Morley said. “We only used it as a temporary solution. The landscaper came back a week later and installed puppy guards on the fence.”
“I think Lu-Seal was so committed to getting through that fence that she didn’t even notice the spoon on her back,” Morley added. “It didn’t seem to bother her at all and it certainly didn’t change her conviction that her attempts were eventually going to work.”
Lu-Seal has given up trying to climb over the fence because of the puppy guardians there. She hasn’t given up trying to persuade her neighbor to give her treats, though.
Instead, anytime she spots Eddie while keeping a close eye out for cookies, Morley said, “she runs to the gate and waits for me to take her over to meet him.” “Lu-Seal is just incessantly upbeat. She always has a smile on her face, and nothing can seem to get in the way of that.