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Good news------dogs can lose weight and get healthier too! Do it together!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

This is Waylon's BEFORE PICTURE TAKEN IN AUGUST OF 2007--WEIGHT 98 POUNDS. His top weight was 104 earlier that year when he was placed in his foster rescue home. Now he is the picture of health and looks like a different dog.

It is possible that what you are doing just needs a bit of tweaking.............for you and your animal, maybe some better vitamins and better foods not starving and eating less. Our beautiful Waylon Jennings(named after the country singer by his first owner) has lost down from 90 pounds one year ago to 84 pounds at his check-up today. He is awesome looking as you can see from the profile picture. He also just turned 6 years old a couple of weeks ago and looks and acts younger than he did at age 3. When we adopted him he was a really fat dog, as he was kept in a pen by previous owners who had him since a 4 month old puppy up until about 3 years ago. Then he was turned over to a rescue by another family member, who was a loving person but who could not keep him or give him the exercise they knew he needed to get better.

There at the foster-rescue family's home, playing with all the other animals and kids, he lost down from his top weight of 104 to 98 pounds, when we adopted him in August of 2007. He looked like a big round barrel and nothing like a slim trim Collie. Our vet recommended that we adopt another younger dog to be with Waylon J. and to make him play and move more and it worked. He really lost more weight and was on diet dog food for a year or so and shaped up over the past 2 years and held the 90 pound weight which was good. It seemed to be where he was stuck---weight wise but still he was continuing to be shaping up and losing the flab. It was due to another problem that we actually made the big difference in him and his weight. Waylon J. was having problems with hot spots on his back and sides, which was a new problem for him. They would go away with the medicine put on them completely ........but come back within days and this went on from October past Christmas and they got worse and bigger each time.

Then I read that sometimes hot spots are caused by food allergies which we and our vet blamed on the heat in the house being dry and Waylon J. being inside more this winter. So we found what we thought might be a better up-scale but more enriched brand of food for him (not a prescription one) and tried it and saw the improvement within a week. No more hot spots at all since the food change and our other dog who eats it also has gotten thicker fur and both had already seemed to have their winter coats. Now this couch potato dog of the past is more active and his coat is even more beautiful as he is a long haired Collie and Yellow Lab Mix. Waylon J. is probably part Golden Retriever in there too back a generation or so, as he looks like one from a distance, except for his face which is Collie.

So anyone out there with an over -weight dog, please try and figure out what is going on and what might work for your dog, just as you have to for yourself, change the diet ( and dieting on diet food may not solve the problem), move them and yourself more too, make sure they have all the vitamins they need and the success is bound to come. A healthier dog who will thank you and love you longer. Just wanted to say that it can be done.

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    You've done a wonderful job with a lovely dog!
    4051 days ago
    That is amazing, he looks soooo good now. He is beautiful and you are lucky to have each other.
    4072 days ago
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    Wow - it amazing what one can do with a little consistency and time. Your pouch could teach us all a lesson. Thank you for sharing his journey with us!!!
    4073 days ago
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    Hard to believe Barbie that it is the same dog! What a difference, it is truly astounding!

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    4074 days ago
    What a handsome boy! I'm sure he's so much happier now that he's able to run and play so much more unencumbered. Interesting point about working with several different approaches rather than just the "diet" food.

    4076 days ago
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    Lucky dog! He is doing better than me! LOL And he's very lucky to have found you!
    4076 days ago
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    Thanks Barbie, excellent blog. Such wonderful information. You and your handsome boy is an inspiration of what can be done to improve our health and well being.

    Love the photo of your handsome boy!

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    4076 days ago
  • BEETH52
    love the sunglasses maybe I can get Sammy to loose weight emoticon
    4077 days ago
    He is very lucky to have found such a loving caring family. You are doing great things for all of your pets. You are such a good person!!! Keep up the great work. Waylon J thanks you!!
    4077 days ago
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    He's a beautiful dog! And he's lucky to have you!
    4078 days ago
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