Hi everyone! Dachshund Mommy here. A lot of you were curious in yesterday's post as to how/why Nola has lost weight, so I figured I'd tell you.
Let me say first that Nola was by no means overweight. At all. All she needed to lose to be at her ideal weight was around 10ozs to 1lb, so it's not like she had some huge and dramatic weight loss. I'm basing her ideal weight on the fact that:
1) As much jumping as she does (no matter how much I try to stop her), she needs to be as lean as possible. 2) It's scientifically proven that lean dogs live longer, healthier lives, and 3) Nola will be starting agility (for now, just in our backyard) later this year and extra weight is a big no-no. 4) The less weight she's carrying around, the less of the risk of IVDD (back problems, for you non Doxies)
|Before. Chunky. No tuck up, thick chest, chubby thighs, ribs felt if you poked hard enough.|
|Before. Not too bad, but could be better.|
|After! Nice tuck up, lean legs, ribs easily felt but not seen, deep but slim chest.|
She's now pure muscle, and it honestly was not that hard at all to get her to where she is. All I did cut down her "actual" homemade food down to once a day, and give her an afternoon snack of plain, fat free yogurt (which is good for them!), resist sharing unhealthy food with her and instead give her salad, fruit ect, use healthy treats during training (i.e. freeze dried raw treats, carrot, apple, strawberries, chicken meat, pineapple ect) and put her out in the yard to chase around the minions, in addition to me going out to kick around her ball every evening.
The weight just came off! She's so much healthy looking and acting now, and has more energy. If you work at it, it's not hard at all to get your dog to lose weight.
Since I rambled on enough about that, here's week 3 of the August Photo A Day Challenge! Which of these is your favorite?
P.S. This week's aren't the best, but we've been SO busy!
|Day 15: Ready|
|Day 16: Food|
|Day 17: Faces|
This picture is terrible. I apologize.
|Day 18: Inside|
Taken with my iPhone 3s
|Day 21: Cool|
My lens was foggy and created an awesome effect
|Day 19: Hole|
I have no idea why Blogger won't let me post this chronologically.