Obie the Obese Dog
Posted by flyingshrimp on September 23, 2012
In the United States, over a third of the adult population are fighting obesity. Some say that by 2030 over half of the american population will end up becoming obese. This comes to no surprise to many because of the way our society works. Most of the healthy food like fruits and vegetables are much more expensive and less convenient than the McDonalds down the street. Unfortunately humans are not the only ones that have trouble fighting obesity. Five year old dachshund, Obie, was reported to be 77 pounds which is approximately twice the size of a regular dachshund.
The photo above is a picture of the 77pound dachshund, Obie.
Obie was originally owned by an elderly couple that lived in Seattle. They loved Obie so much that to show their affection they would just constantly feed him. Feeling bad for Obie, a relative of the couple looked for someone to take care of the dog. And the woman to respond was named Nora Vanatta. She was a veterinarian technician but in her days of working she never saw anything like Obie. Obie is the world’s fattest wiener dog so she had to put Obie on a diet in hopes to reduce his weight by nearly 40 pounds to get him to normal weight. Vanatta said:
“My hope is that he can be an inspiration to any person or animal trying to lose weight. It is so important to introduce pups and kids to a healthy lifestyle and food choices as early as possible.”
Vanatta has even started a program called Biggest Loser, Doxie Edition in order to help rally some donations to help Obie lose weight, to let others track Obie’s progress, and, most importantly, to inspire others that they can lose weight as well if they try hard enough. Obie’s exercise is very limited at his weight so he is put on a special therapy called hydrotherapy regime. Vanatta is planning on adding a treadmill to his exercise program after he is able to lose some more weight.
This video above shows that even a walk for fresh air is a work out for Obie.
If anything we should all learn a lot from Obie. We can all learn that its never too late to get healthy, you should always be supportive of others, and to never be afraid to ask for help. Similar to a third of the US population, Obie is obese. With Obie trying to get back to normal weight should be a role model that if a dog can do it, then we can too. Also Obie could have never even attempted to do this without the support of Nora Vanatta or the support of everyone who were kind enough to send in a donation to help. If you have a friend who needs help, you should assist them rather than ridicule them. And finally we can all learn that asking for help will turn out to be better in the long run. If the elderly couple’s relative did not ask for help, no one would have cam to the aid of poor little Obie. Everyone should be able to learn one thing or another from the accomplishments of this one dog.