Obie got headlines and TV appearances back in 2012 when he weighed in at 77 pounds. That is over 50 pounds more than his ideal weight. He was so fat he dragged the ground and he had to wear a vest to protect his belly.
Obie was sweet and loving and knew how to get his former elderly owners to overfeed him people food. He never met a cookie he didn't love.
When they could no longer care for him, Nora Vanatta, a veterinary technician, took custody. When she put him on a weight loss diet with special food, the pounds dropped off. Because of his extreme weight, Obie isn’t into much exercising, but the high protein to calorie ration diet helped him maintain lean muscle mass while burning his fat for energy.
You may remember there was a custody battle between Vanatta and Jenell Rangan, owner of the Oregon Dachshund Rescue, who thought Obie was being exploited. But Vanatta kept ownership.
For a year he lost about a pound a week. He got down to his ideal weight of 23 pounds and has kept it off for a year.
After he lost 40 pounds he had so much excess skin that he needed tummy tuck surgery. Veterinarians removed two and a half pounds of skin and today he looks sleek and slender.
Vanatta remembers the milestones: the first time he was able to run, the first time he was able to lift his leg to pee…
Over half, 52% of dogs in this country are overweight. Maybe a calendar of Obie on the wall would be a good reminder to fat dog owners...er, owners of fat dogs. You can get his calendar here for $25 including postage.