There's no doubt about who rescued who in the case of Eric and Peety.
They rescued each other.
In 2010, Eric's doctor told him to "buy a funeral plot" because he was going to need it within "the next five years."
Eric had type 2 diabetes and was so obese that a flight he was one got held up because the airline attendants couldn't find a long enough seatbelt extender.
Instead of giving up, Eric got a dog -- a black-and-white rescue pup named Peety.
Peety was also middle aged and overweight. He'd been left alone in a backyard before winding up in the Humane Society Silicon Valley.
Together, Eric and Peety began to walk, then run.
Together, they got to live.
"He'd gone from a situation like I was, where he didn't have any friends, and he didn't know anybody, and really became a proud dog," says Eric, in the above video.
"I'm still here, because a shelter dog saved my life."
This film about Eric and Peetey is the first in a series being created by Humane Society Silicon Valley
, called "Mutual Rescue
From now through the end of April, HSSV is asking folks to share their own stories
, of how they and an animal saved each other.
“Every day, we witness the transformative and profound impact - on both lives - of connecting an animal with a person,” said HSSV President Carol Novello in a statement.
Four of the submissions will be chronicled in their own short films - love stories, one and all.
Featured image via Mutual Rescue/YouTube