As many of our reader’s know, at the DailyDog we enjoy sharing good news stories from across the doggie-verse. The story of Obie the (formerly!) obese Dachshund fits the bill nicely, we think!
Initially belonging to elderly owners, Obie the Dachshund suffered from too much food, a well developed expertise at using those big brown eyes to obtain extra treats, and a distinct lack of exercise.
Adopted by a veterinary nurse, five year old Obie from Oregon in the US has undergone a massive transformation in the last 12 months. He has shed 23 of his 35kg top weight and has even been treated to cosmetic surgery to remove the bags of skin left over from his weight-loss regimen.
The combination of a strict diet and good exercise has resulted in Obie (the name is short for Obese) becoming a Facebook sensation, as thousands of people follow his journey. He has become an inspiration for many people who struggle with their own weight problems, and from the pics we have seen is clearly loving life again.
Obie was initially so overweight he had trouble walking at all, and when he did it caused chafing to his belly. His new owner began Obie’s transformation by starting him on a regimen of water-based exercise, progressing to a treadmill and then beach-work and other standard forms of exercise. Of course this was combined with a calorie-controlled diet in order to attack both contributors to Obie’s obesity.
The unspoken message from Obie to those humans struggling with weight issues is of course a good diet and appropriate exercise can transform one’s life completely. Obie’s story is also a message to dog-owners who find themselves being worked over by an affectionate personality and a set of big brown eyes on four-legs. The message is, for the sake of your dog keep him/her on a strict diet and make sure you both get plenty of exercise together on a regular basis – you’ll be glad you did!