Monday, 11 August 2014

A story of hope - Obie the Dachshund


Welcome to this weeks "Oh My Dog!"
Today, I am proud to share a story of hope with you. I think there is a point in everybody's life where that feeling of being hopeless comes into play. But does anyone ever stop and think that our pets can have the feeling as well?

Meet Obie the Dachshund :
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This 8 year old pup quickly became an internet sensation and a hero to many, over his journey to weight loss. As you can see from the photo above, Obie was morbidly obese. He could barely walk around. He had to wear a special jacket to cover his underside, because his skin was callused, due to being dragged on the ground.

How did he come to be this overweight?

Good question.
Obie belonged to an elderly couple, who didn't get out much, and showed their love by giving him food. Not just food, but his entire diet consisted of human food, table scraps etc . . .
The couple explains that they just could not say no to his big brown eyes.

Did they realize the damage they were doing to Obie?

The answer is yes.
When a family member called a rescue facility about Obie, the elderly couple knew it was time for Obie to move on. I am sure that this couple meant him no harm. I am sure they loved him to pieces, how could you not? BUT people don't seem to realize, allowing your pet to get dangerously obese could mean the end of their lives. This, to me, is a form of abuse.

There are a ton of people who's pets are a tad overweight, however Obie was in a DANGEROUS condition. My husky Mika, is in the middle of shedding a few extra pounds that shouldn't be there. But to let your pet get to this state? *sigh*

Obie found a new home.
His new owner is a certified Veterinarian. She knew something had to be done about Obie.

Check out this video to see Obie after he was adopted by his new owner.



As you can see, it was very hard for Obie to get around.
His new mom, instantly began working on him. She changed his diet to strictly low calorie dog food, and provided him with the necessary exercise.

I am happy to annouce, that roughly one year later, Obie has lost 54 pounds!!!!

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Obie after he lost weight, and excess skin removed

Check him out! How good does he look?
Obie is explained as having always been a happy pup, but can you imagine how good he feels?

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*Obie after he lost weight and excess skin removed*

After Obie lost the 54 pounds, it was time to undergo some surgery.

Why?

Nothing cosmetic. Obie had a whole lot of excess skin (as you can imagine) after he lost the weight.

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It was making it hard for him to walk, and he had sores on his belly and chest area.
The excess skin had to go!

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Check out his before and after shot!
What a difference.
Obie's story has inspired many. And it's no wonder why.
He is a success story, and gives hope to humans and pets all over the world.

Congrats Obie! Here's to a long, happy and healthy life for you!


If you would like to watch a short news clip on Obie, feel free to check out the video below.



Enjoy the rest of your day, see you tomorrow :)


40 comments:

  1. I have seen soooo many fat dogs before. Nothing quite this extreme though. I've seen Obie before. I just can't even imagine a dachsund weighing that much. Insane!

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    1. It is definitely insane. I don't even have a clue how poor Obie even managed to walk the way he did!

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  2. Good for Obie!! We are glad to hear that he is all right now!

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  3. He must be so happy so run and enjoy life again!

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    1. Oh I know, can you imagine the feeling?! So happy for him!

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  4. Yes glad all is well with Obie. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  5. We, of course, followed Obie's story closely over at SlimDoggy. So proud of him and he is hopefully an inspiration for others.

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    1. No doubt you did! I love this story! Obie is such a success!

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  6. That's just an amazing transformation, I can't believe he ever got to that point to begin with. So many people think food=love with dogs. I'm so glad he was able to find a new home with someone who took the time and dedication to get him into a nice lean looking dog again, it's really the most amazing dog transformation I've seen. 54 lbs lost, on one little Dachshund.. He looks great now, and so happy. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I know!!!!!
      I was shocked at the transformation! I am so so happy for Obie and his family!

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  7. We follows Obie on fb so we knew his story about his great weightloss. But such an amazing story can't be told too often :-)

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  8. Holy moly! I remember reading about Obie, but never saw his after photos! Wow! What a difference and congrats to Obie and his new family for helping him lose the weight! Bets (Sweet. Dog. Life.)

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    1. I'm so glad you came by to share in his success!
      It is a huge difference and i'm so happy for him!

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  9. Wow! This story is AMAZING! I'm so happy for Obie! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. I've seen his pictures before, but never that video. The poor guy was panting just from trying to walk! I'm just so glad he got to where he needed to be and is doing so much better now! 54 pounds is really amazing.
    Lots of wags and woofs from the crew at Wag n Woof Pets



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    1. I know right? Poor thing! I am very grateful he found himself a good home!

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  11. Wow! Good for Obie! Hope he stays happy and healthy!

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    1. Me too!
      Thanks so much for dropping by :)

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  12. Wow, what a story! We're so glad Obie lost the weight...and is healthier now.

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  13. No we didn't know about Obie but wow 54 pounds lost? Wow!!! We are so happy for him and his new lease on life!

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  14. Wow Obie looks like a different dog now!! I can not imagine how he could have lived being THAT overweigh???? I am glad teh Vet lady took him & was able to help him slim down & get him the surgery he needed!
    I have a friend here who adopted an English Foxhound approx 4 yrs ago. Sadie Mae was a bit underweight in the beginning so she needed a bit extra food. Sh was running alot with her owner who was training for short marathons so Sadie never gained any weight. Then the woman got sick & no one in the family would even walk Sadie...she is now overweight...not grossly but enough I can see the dog is unhappy. I had a quiet word with the woman but it made no difference. I worry Sadie's heart will give out....poor dog needs better care than she is getting....I even offered to walk her & I am disabled....(they live less than a block away). No response...*sighs*
    Thanks for sharing this story Jenna.
    Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue too x0x0x0

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    1. Aw that is so sad :( And she didn't even reply to you? See, people are just so naive or uncaring when it comes to the health of their pet sometimes!!
      Thanks so much for coming by, and I truly hope Sadie's pawrents smarten up, for her sake!

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  15. Yay for Obie! He looks awesome and I'm sure he feels 100% better!

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    1. I know! I am just so happy for him and his new pawrents! He has a good caring home now!

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  16. OMD!! What an inspirational story and an amazing dog! I cannot believe a dog could even get that fat! He looks amazing in the after shots. He must be so much happier. Great story, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Your very welcome, and thank you for coming by to read his story. I can't even begin to imagine how much happier he is, and how much better he feels!

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  17. Thanks for sharing this amazing story!

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    1. Your very welcome!
      Thanks for coming by to read :)

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  18. *gasp* thank Ceiling Cat that Obie was treated by and adopted by a knowledgeable vet. And just look at him now. we also see very obese cats in rescue but the woofies seem to get the worst of it and mostly the small breeds. Shameful not matter how old you are...and surely elderly peeps have family and friends and neighbors who can see a dog or cat being abused with excess food

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    1. You absolutely right.
      I believe the family member who called in about the dogs obesity was one of the elderly couples own family members. So someone cared enough to call, at least. I am so glad he found a great new home, and is getting the help he so badly needed!

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  19. OMD!! Put that dog on the Biggest Loser TV show! That is incredible!!!

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