"I'm either going to die or I have to do something," O'Grey said in a video about his journey.
O'Grey began seeing a nutritionist, who suggested something unexpected - she told O'Grey to adopt a shelter dog.
Having a dog would force O'Grey to leave the house, get some exercise and dedicate his time to something, she said, and so he decided to give it a shot. O'Grey went to the Humane Society Silicon Valley, and told them, "I would like an obese, middle-aged dog." He wanted to have something in common with the dog he adopted - and something that they could work toward together.
That's when he met Peety.