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Eric & Peety

A Mutual Rescue Film, 2016

In its first year, "Eric & Peety" has had more than 90 million online views! Watch it here.

In deteriorating health, Eric takes the unexpected advice of his naturopathic doctor: adopt a shelter dog. Follow the transformational journey of Eric and his adopted companion Peety that has inspired tens of millions of people around the world.

About the Film

Six years ago, Eric weighed 340 pounds and was diagnosed with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and Type II Diabetes. His doctor told him he had 5 years to live. Then he met Peety—and everything changed.

Peety was adopted from Humane Society Silicon Valley. Jake was adopted from Seattle Humane. Please support local animal shelters and rescue groups in your area.

“Eric & Peety tells the story of Eric O’Grey, who kicked type 2 diabetes and other obesity-related health problems after adopting a shelter dog named Peety.”

From “How Loving a Pet Saved One Man’s Life” by David Kiefaber, AdWeek, March 10, 2016

“Their mutual transformation from overweight, middle-aged social recluses to happier, healthier beings is masterfully presented, with no false sentiment. You will cry, and there’s no point fighting it, but it will be an earned and genuine response to what unfolds here.

The most striking thing about O’Grey’s story isn’t the physical changes—it’s his gratitude toward his companion. The man’s thankfulness for a better life speaks directly to the point Mutual Rescue wants to make: Sometimes the “rescue” part of pet adoption goes both ways.”

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Q&A with Eric O’Grey

Q: What has happened in your life since the film “Eric & Peety” was made?

Eric: After “Eric & Peety” went viral, I received thousands of nice emails and Facebook messages from around the world, I appeared on the Rachael Ray Show, I retained an agent and publicist, am pursuing a speaking career, and have a book that will be released this fall. Best of all, though, my high-school girlfriend found and contacted me after she saw the film. We reconnected after 40 years apart and just got married.

Q: What was the experience like for you being filmed for the Mutual Rescue Initiative?

Eric: Filming “Eric & Peety” was a wonderful experience and made me a local celebrity in my community. The film crew was great and spent two days running trails in Spokane with me and my dog, Jake. Based on their state-of-the-art equipment and filming drones, someone in my neighborhood started a rumor that I was an astronaut, and now, when I walk Jake, little kids run up to us and ask when we are going to the moon.

Q: What was your reaction when you saw “Eric & Peety” for the first time?

Eric: I loved the film and cried when I first watched it. it was hard for me to believe that two days of filming could be condensed into such a moving six-minute film.

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