First Step – Admit Your Dog Has a Problem
A couple of months ago, our bulldog, affectionately nicknamed Wonderbutt, (but often called Pudgy Butt by my husband), was declared to be obese by his vet. I was certain he – the dog- would be a good candidate for The Biggest Loser. However, it appears they have a silly requirement that participants be human. Considering the stellar quality of reality show competitors in recent years, I would think adding canines to the roster would be a step up. Guess that’s why I don’t make the big bucks.
As I was hunting for information on Wonderbutt’s latest dog food, however, I found that The Biggest Loser does have some interest in chubby pets. The show is coordinating with the makers of Science Diet to offer a site with tools for learning how to slim down your pet – as well as a sweepstakes prize package that includes a trip to the finale of The Biggest Loser.
It’s too bad I don’t have any desire to actually attend the finale of The Biggest Loser. Money – or new sofas that haven’t been chewed up by Wonderbutt – would be a much bigger incentive.
But I still thought it was helpful to take a look at the site. I was gratified to see that my hometown, San Antonio, TX, is not on the list of the top 17 Chubbiest Pet Cities. (Although, if you note the path at the top of the picture, these can also be referred to as “Cubby Pet Cities”.)
Houston is on the list, so I probably should warn our cousins, the Globetrotters, to be mindful of what they are feeding Monte and Lola.
Getting a recommendation to confer with my vet was a bit redundant. That’s kind of how I got here in the first place.
The exercise tips were interesting. I think the Dog Squat Tease might be fun to do, except that Wonderbutt has a tendency to fall flat on his back when we try this game – which might be painful for him on our concrete floors. And then I would have an Upward Facing Dog who would have a very reproachful look on his face.
Speaking of which, Doga is an option I found on the internet that seems to be catching on, but I think Wonderbutt is relaxed enough already.
It seems to me that the most obvious weight loss solution warranted for our dog is to try to find an obese cat exercise partner and let nature take its course.
Or, perhaps he should just stop eating our dang sofa. I’m pretty sure at least 11 of his overweight pounds is the cushion foam he ingested. I would send him to a therapist, but he would just eat the couch.