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Update on Obie, the 77-lb dachshund

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  • Update on Obie, the 77-lb dachshund

    Don't feel like digging up the old thread, but here's an update on Obie...

    Nora, his caretaker, has reached an agreement with Oregon Dachshund Rescue (who were suing her for custody of Obie) and Obie gets to stay with her forever. Here's his celebration at the lawyer's office: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFg0h...ature=youtu.be

    He's now down to a svelte 49 lbs (from 77 in August) and seems to be a very happy dog.
    "Remain relentlessly cheerful."

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  • #2
    Oh wow! I'd love to see some updated pics. (how does a daschund end up at 77lbs!?!?!? OMG!)
    A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.

    Might be a reason, never an excuse...


    • #3
      Have not heard of this before. Crazy, just crazy.


      • #4
        Earlier thread here ..



        • Original Poster

          She has a Facebook page--"Biggest Loser, Doxie Edition"--where she posts pictures/updates constantly. He still looks ginormous at first, but when you look at his "before" pictures, OMG... https://www.facebook.com/BiggestLoserDoxieEdition
          "Remain relentlessly cheerful."

          Graphite/Pastel Portraits


          • #6
            I follow Obie's progress on Facebook too. I was happy to hear he will be staying where he is. He seems happy and she is doing a great job with his weight loss. Of course, as a dachsie owner, I always enjoy the pictures!



            • #7
              He's looking so much better then in the earlier photos!

              I can't stand people that abuse their animals but turning them into the doggy equivilant of the 800lb woman. I groom a pair of 90#+ corgis. They can barely walk, and their bellies drag the ground. Our bottom kennels are 5" off the ground - they can't get in without help. They wheeze constantly and they have to stop every few feet to gasp for breath. It's heartbreaking. The family used to have a cat that was just as fat, but she died young. Shocking, I know.


              • Original Poster

                My Italian grandma was the worst with this--my parents would drop us off there for the day along with our miniature poodle, and that dog would spend the next eight hours straight stuffing her face. "Look at her," my grandma would berate my mother as the poodle waddled slowly over and collapsed panting on the ground, "she's starving. She ate an entire plate of meatballs today, she was so hungry. You don't feed her." And then she'd give her another pierogi.

                I was shadowing at the vet's once when I was in high school and saw surgery on a cocker spaniel so obese that the vet was pulling out globules of fat and setting them on the table to get at the relevant bits. My older mini dachshund was 21.5 lbs when I got her--her belly almost dragged on the ground.

                At least in Obie's case, it seems that his owners had some issues with dementia and kept thinking they hadn't fed him. That happened with my younger dachshund, whose owner's mother had dementia and kept giving him cans of cat food all day.
                "Remain relentlessly cheerful."

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                  Originally posted by gaitedincali View Post
                  He's looking so much better then in the earlier photos!

                  I can't stand people that abuse their animals but turning them into the doggy equivilant of the 800lb woman. I groom a pair of 90#+ corgis. They can barely walk, and their bellies drag the ground. Our bottom kennels are 5" off the ground - they can't get in without help. They wheeze constantly and they have to stop every few feet to gasp for breath. It's heartbreaking. The family used to have a cat that was just as fat, but she died young. Shocking, I know.
                  That is horrifying!! I can't even imagine a 90# Corgi - those wretched people! The fattest dog I've ever seen was a Beagle, that must have been 75#. Don't know if the poor thing was ambulatory or not as the owners were pushing it around in a shopping cart. And here I am stressing because my girl is 1.5# over her ideal weight...
                  "Horses lend us the wings we lack." ~ Pam Brown