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The Great Doggie Diet Debacle: My Hilarious Quest to Slim Down My Pudgy Pooch
Oct 12, 2023
Ladies and gentlemen, gather 'round, for I have a tale of epic proportions to share. It's a story of courage, determination, and a whole lot of kibble. It all started when I realized my furry friend, Cindy, was packing a few too many pounds for his own good. Yes, my dear readers, we were about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime: the great doggie diet debacle!
9:AM, Saturday morning
It all began on a sunny morning when I decided to weigh my beloved dog, Cindy. The scale's digital display blinked in horror as it read "OvErLOaD." Was my dog really that heavy? I chose to ignore it and blame it on a faulty battery. Cindy was just fluffy, not fat, right?
Well.. I’ve got to do something about that!
First stop…the vet.
11:AM, Saturday morning
We just left the vet’s office
I guess there is no denying it, now.
My vet confirmed that Cindy needed to lose some pounds. Armed with a bag of “dog food lite,” I embarked on Operation Slim Doggo. It started with an enthusiastic pep talk in front of the mirror. Not for Cindy, but for me! This time, I vowed to stick to Cindy's diet as diligently as I could. This time, I will not let her cute bouncy tresses persuade me otherwise. I’ll just have to stop her stubborn habit of stealing snacks!
2:00PM, Saturday afternoon
Cindy had a meltdown when he realized that I had moved her beloved treats. They’d gone missing from their usual hiding spot. But, yet she persisted. She gave me puppy dog eyes that could melt the coldest of hearts, and I wavered. But I persevered! Wasn’t I just full of resolve only moments ago as I stood in front of the mirror?
I suppose there is no turning back now…for Cindy’s sake!
4:00PM, More Saturday Afternoon Drama
No time like the present to start on a daily exercise regimen. Our walk started slow. It was a wobbly affair as I got used to walking her on leash. No surprise...she protested every step. Every tree, lamppost, and fellow canine passerby demanded her immediate attention. She even tried to play dead a couple of times during our walks.
I guess she was trying to make a point.
6:00PM, Time to Give her the New Diet Snacks
I figured that I would get her new calorie conscience snacks. Doggie Diet Snacks…I didn’t know such a thing existed. Neither did Cindy and she showed her disgust!
Instead of relentlessly pleading for her new healthier treats, the neighbor's cat became her new target. Perhaps she thought it might be fun to see how good cat fur is on a growling stomach. She soon found out, though, that while she saw the cat as a potential alternative to those bland kibbles, the cat wouldn’t quite cooperate with being Cindy’s newest indulgence. Alas, cats are quick, and our chubby buddy just couldn't catch a break, or a cat, for that matter.
Two Weeks Later, 9:00AM Saturday
We’ve been at it for two weeks now. And, I’ve noticed some really remarkable changes in Cindy!
Cindy's clever antics escalated. She learned to open cupboards and raid the pantry, though she continued to look for her prior more tasty treats. She is getting close to the cat, even though I know she will never catch her. And she is more excited about her walks that every before.
Cindy and I can’t wait until the big weigh-in!
Well, mostly I can’t wait to see Cindy’s progress.
11:AM, Saturday morning
Well…we are at the vet’s once again!
Had our hard work paid off?
I gathered the courage to step on the scale, both Cindy and I holding our breath. The number on the screen decreased, and Cindy had managed to shed a few pounds.
As for me, well, my stress eating may have led to a few extra pounds, but that's a story for another day.
So, what can I tell you about dieting with your dog?
First and foremost, dog diets are not for the faint-hearted. They require dedication, patience, and nerves of steel. Secondly, my dog may be a foodie, but he's also a furry friend who needs my love and attention more than an extra biscuit.
In the end, Cindy's weight loss journey was a roller coaster ride filled with laughs and unforgettable moments. She may not have become a svelte supermodel dog, but she's healthier and happier, and I've learned that there's more to life than snacks.
So, here's to our pudgy pooches, their delightful antics, and the hilarious hijinks they inspire on the quest for a healthier, slimmer future. Cheers to Cindy, my faithful friend, and his incredible doggie diet debacle!
Remember that dog obesity is a real thing. If your dog is carrying around too much weight, here are some things you can do:
1) Change her diet. Perhaps its less fat rich foods and more natural food?
2) Less treats are best. Treats are great rewards for being good. But, too many treats may stretch her waist line.
3) Feed only once a day. She might be grumpy in the beginning, but she will soon begin to expect her feedings at the same time every day. No problem!
4) More exercise. We haven't met many dogs that don't like to walk! Most of them love the new smells of outdoors!
5) Wait while you still can! Delay spaying her, (or neutering your boy) until her hormones have distributed through her body.
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