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77-pound dachshund seeks to lose 40 pounds
upi ^ | Sept. 11, 2012

Posted on 09/12/2012 8:29:59 AM PDT by JoeProBono

PORTLAND, Ore., - An Oregon woman has started a Facebook page to support her quest to help the 77-pound dachshund she adopted lose 40 pounds.

Nora Vanetta, a Portland veterinary technician, said she adopted 5-year-old Obie the dachshund from his elderly owners when they were no longer able to care for him due to their deteriorating health and she discovered he weighed more than twice as much as he should, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday.

Vanetta started the "Biggest Loser, Doxie Edition" page on Facebook to support her attempt to get Obie to lose 40 pounds and to track the canine's progress.

"He is extremely sweet and loving," Vanetta wrote on the page. "He was obviously loved and is a joy to work with. The ageing owners just couldn't say no to those big brown eyes."

Vanetta said Obie's current regimen involves dieting and hydrotherapy, as he is currently too large to exercise.

"I plan to do swim therapy with him and treadmill work once he starts to lose a little," Vanetta wrote. She said Obie "may eventually need to have excess skin surgically removed."

The page includes a link to a PayPal account for Obie's fans to donate funds to his healthcare and weight loss effort.

"I feel tremendously blessed to be involved in his rehabilitation and I am amazed at the outpouring of love and support that I have received," Vanetta wrote. "My hope is that he can be an inspiration to any person or animal trying to lose weight."


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: dachshund; dog; doggieping

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1 posted on 09/12/2012 8:30:03 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono; Joe 6-pack

Poor fat doggie ping


2 posted on 09/12/2012 8:31:27 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (Joe Biden is reported to be seeking asylum in a foreign country so he does not have to debate Ryan.)
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To: JoeProBono; Joe 6-pack

Poor dog. :(

Joe 6-Pack, a sad doggie ping, but one that the doggie ping list members might find of interest.


3 posted on 09/12/2012 8:31:50 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

Computer Hope

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

4 posted on 09/12/2012 8:34:39 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: JoeProBono

I’m not unaware of the humor potential of a picture like that but it is, pure and simple, just a case of animal abuse or grevious negligence. I hope the poor dog can be saved.


5 posted on 09/12/2012 8:35:48 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Hopey changey Low emission unicorns and a crap sandwich)
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To: JoeProBono

Too often, dog owners fall into that “he thinks he’s a person” mindset and overfeed their dogs to the point of killing them. Unless that weight gets off that dog in short order, he’s going to die soon. The heart can’t stand that level of obesity. Thankfully, the vet tech is working to get that extra weight off.


6 posted on 09/12/2012 8:41:02 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If Obama is reelected, America will deserve every mockery that follows.)
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To: JoeProBono

THAT is sad.

Abusive, abd very, very sad. I hope the dog lives long enough to lose the weight.


7 posted on 09/12/2012 8:43:01 AM PDT by Monkey Face ("Vegetarian" is another word for a lousy hunter.)
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To: Monkey Face

abd = and


8 posted on 09/12/2012 8:43:57 AM PDT by Monkey Face ("Vegetarian" is another word for a lousy hunter.)
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To: JoeProBono

We have a mini-longhaired red who recently dropped almost 4 lb. just from changing her diet to the proper feeding portion and time. It took her less than a year.

40 lb. is ambitious, but it sounds like the owners are doing the best they can. God bless them and their efforts!


9 posted on 09/12/2012 8:46:20 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: JoeProBono

Who doesn’t love having a really fat wiener dog but honestly that’s just unhealthy


10 posted on 09/12/2012 8:47:31 AM PDT by Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh (I cling to guns and religion.)
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To: JoeProBono

Poor dog doesn’t need a facebook page — just a diet and some exercise.


11 posted on 09/12/2012 8:49:27 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: JoeProBono
The page includes a link to a PayPal account for Obie's fans to donate funds to his healthcare and weight loss effort.

How much does it cost to NOT feed the dog?

12 posted on 09/12/2012 8:51:47 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Monkey Face


13 posted on 09/12/2012 8:53:35 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono
looks like the doggie;
likes food even more...
just sayin'

14 posted on 09/12/2012 8:58:26 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; w/ different flie$" :^)
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To: JoeProBono
LOL!..is that a (carryin' :) strap?

15 posted on 09/12/2012 9:01:36 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; w/ different flie$" :^)
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To: ShadowAce

Not feeding the dog altogether would cause its body to work to *retain* fat to keep the dog alive.

A high protein diet, plus exercise (as the dog is able) is a better choice.


16 posted on 09/12/2012 9:08:59 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“77-pound dachshund seeks to lose 40 pounds”

I bet not. I bet the dachshund would like to eat even more.


17 posted on 09/12/2012 9:10:39 AM PDT by JLS
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To: JoeProBono

Poor Doggie.

His troubles are going to get worse. I just heard Pres. Obama has scheduled a luncheon in Portland for later this week.

~burp~


18 posted on 09/12/2012 9:11:53 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: skinkinthegrass

“... is that a carryin’ strap?”

Of course not, silly. Don’t you know Dachshund purses are all the rage!


19 posted on 09/12/2012 9:15:53 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: momtothree
“... is that a carryin’ strap?” /// Of course not, silly.
Don’t you know Dachshund purses are all the rage!
LOL!...don't they clash w/ the Alligator ....Surfing Smiley
boots / swimming goldfish earring?

20 posted on 09/12/2012 9:28:37 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; w/ different flie$" :^)
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To: momtothree


21 posted on 09/12/2012 9:28:52 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: momtothree

“... is that a carryin’ strap?”

Of course not, silly. Don’t you know Dachshund purses are all the rage!

Ha, at 70lbs I think there is enough for a steamer trunk there.


22 posted on 09/12/2012 9:30:09 AM PDT by edhawk
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To: Responsibility2nd
I just heard Pres. Obama has scheduled a
luncheon in Portland for later this week.
that's gonna need more slaw and/or....Surfing Smiley
mustard for that lill' puppy.

23 posted on 09/12/2012 9:33:12 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; w/ different flie$" :^)
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To: JoeProBono

Back in the day when I had dogs, I would fast them at least once a month, just like I did myself. It didn’t hurt them a bit, and they still loved me in the morning.

;o]


24 posted on 09/12/2012 9:40:30 AM PDT by Monkey Face ("Vegetarian" is another word for a lousy hunter.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
I just heard Pres. Obama has scheduled a
luncheon in Portland for later this week.
that's gonna need more slaw....Surfing Smiley
and/or mustard for that lill' puppy.

25 posted on 09/12/2012 9:41:23 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; w/ different flie$" :^)
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To: JoeProBono

I cannot believe you found an actual picture of one! LOL!!


26 posted on 09/12/2012 9:42:24 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: momtothree

27 posted on 09/12/2012 9:46:28 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition


28 posted on 09/12/2012 10:13:53 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

It’s especially dangerous because dachshunds, because of their unusual length, sometimes have back problems and spinal disorders as they get older. Extra weight worsens the odds.


29 posted on 09/12/2012 10:22:13 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero


30 posted on 09/12/2012 10:33:47 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono
Doxies tend to have back problems because of their length, I can only guess how much trouble this poor pup is going to have.
31 posted on 09/12/2012 11:12:02 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Monkey Face

My dog just called you a bad word. ;)


32 posted on 09/12/2012 11:12:27 AM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: JoeProBono
Too much *want.*


33 posted on 09/12/2012 11:13:42 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Ditter


34 posted on 09/12/2012 11:29:57 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Daffynition

I’m figuring that poor boy isn’t a happy camper in deep snow. LOL!


35 posted on 09/12/2012 11:34:59 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: muir_redwoods

I can find no humor at all.

That is horrible.

I love my dogs enough to ‘say no’ to them.

What they “want” is not always what they should have and God gave me the thumbs and bigger brain to ensure their best interests are being served.


36 posted on 09/12/2012 12:15:09 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep, the clowns will eat me)
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To: ScottinVA

*And* his spine.


37 posted on 09/12/2012 12:18:59 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep, the clowns will eat me)
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To: momtothree
To put this is in proper, horrifying perspective, *this* dog

only weighs 20 pounds less than *this* dog

I can't even wrap my mind around that...:(

38 posted on 09/12/2012 12:27:48 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep, the clowns will eat me)
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To: JoeProBono; All

Oh God Love it! That’s terrible!
It is very, very easy (esp for women, with our ‘if you love it, feed it something delicious’ mentality) to overfeed. Treats do not equal love, though. Good care & quality time equals love.
I bet my Doxie friends are freakin out. 37 pounds seems like an awful lot for a Doxie. 37 pounds is dangerous for an Eskie & they’re quite a bit bigger (taller & more muscular).


39 posted on 09/13/2012 12:49:47 AM PDT by KGeorge
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To: Joe 6-pack

I hope the poor abused animal can survive.


40 posted on 09/13/2012 2:53:21 PM PDT by austingirl
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To: JoeProBono

In that picture he looks more like a seal than a dog.


41 posted on 09/13/2012 4:42:09 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: Joe 6-pack

Oh my, that’s such a shame that they let him get that way. I keep my Yorkie on an adult Purina dog food now so that he won’t gain weight.


42 posted on 09/15/2012 6:32:27 PM PDT by potlatch (~~And the truth IS what counts, RIGHT ? ~~)
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