Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Obie, the obese dachshund.

 Obie is a 6 year old standard dachshund who is on a mission to lose about 45 pounds. His current weight is 77lbs. His owners were no longer capable of caring for him and relinquished him. He is in a new home and on a weight loss program. His blood work is normal and he is otherwise healthy. Please follow his journey on FB; Biggest Loser, Doxie Edition.

After months of surgery, diet and exercise, Obie the obese dachshund is on the move again, traveling around Portland, Ore. and teaching students how to keep their pets in shape — and how they can stay healthy themselves in the process.

This past Tuesday, the formerly corpulent canine underwent surgery to remove the excess skin between his legs that resulted from his successful weight loss. Since he was adopted by Nora Vanatta last May, (first as a foster, then permanently in January), Obie has lost 40 pounds, and he’s still got another seven to go.

In the meantime, however, he’s been doing work in the community, helping to educate students young and old. “I took him to one of the private schools in Portland to talk to ninth graders about nutrition,” Vanatta told TODAY.com. “I talked about weight loss in people and in pets, and the students were very smart and very engaged!”


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