I’m seeking investors to help me finance a television show called The Biggest Dog Loser. Ok, the title may need to be changed but I’m imagining a show where doggy trainers help man’s best friend to lose weight.  I’d be happy to make Jack a contestant on the show because he needs to drop a couple pounds and I’m not sure I’m the right guy to be his trainer.

I took Jack to the vet last week for his annual round of shots and routine grooming. As soon as the vet said “let’s get you on the scale Jack” I knew I wasn’t going to like the result. Over the past couple months our exercise routine has been nonexistent due a problem with one of my feet.  It is only in the past few days that I’m fully recovered. For Jack that meant he went about two months his usual assortment of treats but without his vigorous walks. I wasn’t surprised to find out Jack was now overweight but was taken aback with the vet told me he was a few ounces shy of 30 pounds.

I explained to the vet that it was my fault because our exercise consisted of fetch in the backyard due to my bad foot. I put Jack on a weight control dog food about a month ago and switched to low calorie and weight control treats. Of course the problem is he was receiving way too many treats. He wasn’t seeing any benefits from the healthier treats because he was taking in the same amount of calories as he was when he was on the other treats.  To my relief the vet did say Jack was built bigger than the average pug and could handle the extra weight but suggested losing some weight now would be better for him long term as it would prevent breathing and knee problems. He even laughed when I told Jack “see you’re not fat, you’re just big boned!” I promised the vet that Jack’s exercise regimen would increase and I’d limit the treat intake.

That was a week ago. We have gone for nice walks that have left Jack exhausted every day since the trip to the vet. Jack still receives his treats but they are smaller in number than before. Each potty trip is no longer rewarded with a snack.  I made a promise to Jack that I’d make a sacrifice in this too and I’m giving up ice cream. Neither one of us are doing too well with the sacrifices yet. Yesterday Jack went to the cabinet where the treats are kept and just barked at the door to magically open so he could go in and raid the supply. Ah, if only it were that simple.

Since Jack is incapable of setting a goal for weight loss I told him he could lose three to four pounds and my goal would be 15. We’re two guys who love to eat and plop on the couch so this should be interesting. I got him into this mess and I’ll get him out but it sure would be nice to have one of those TV trainers to bark at us when we need it.

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Comment by Karen Pug Mommy on March 29, 2012 at 8:41am

That would be fun to meet up!  I am about 30 -40 minutes away from the park. 

Comment by Helena Brown on October 5, 2011 at 10:23am
Jack, I so know where you are coming from. I hate Hektor getting fat, but he is always putting on the weight. We had to lose weight after we took him off  his dry food, it was difficult to get what he was eating right. Then we got him going down and we added oil to his food, then my Hubby was giving him a little bit of fatty salami at night and I had not cut his main meal down. Now we have cut his main meal down, cut down on his snack at night, and am hoping he is going down again. We have trouble with his exercise as well, because depending on the weather, either too warm or too wet he has shorter walks, and now he has developed a cyst which seems to come up after long walks which is related to his allergies apparently. So tell Jack that Hektor sends his commiserations for his problems and says he understands what he is going through, his Vet is always on about his weight too.
Comment by Jack on September 27, 2011 at 2:06pm
Jack's vet is very fit but he's been crabbing about Jack's weight since he was a pup. I think Jack is just a bigger pug, like one Pugman's boys. Do I give him too many treats? Absolutely! Jack seems to be doing ok with fewer food rewards. He's doing  a lot better than I am in laying off the sweets! Looks like our evening walk will be in the rain. Not much fun for either of us but I want to keep to the routine.
Comment by Di's spoiled kids on September 27, 2011 at 2:05pm
Good luck to you and Jack, because I know this is hard to do just as it is hard for a person to watch their food intake, it is just as hard for us to help four legged friends
Comment by Pug Chick on September 27, 2011 at 10:04am

Just another note.  I get the biggest kick out of my vet telling me Puga needs to loose weight.  As said vet is a huge man that never gets out of his rolling chair to examine his patients....LOL

Comment by Pug Chick on September 27, 2011 at 10:02am
I can so relate.  Our walking routine has been non existant this summer due to the extreme heat.  But it is starting to cool off a bit so I must come up with a new excuse...lol  Good luck to you both.  I too will NOT give up chocolate, it's all that keeps me sane...lol  Well on retrospect I think it lost the battle....LOL
Comment by Pugnacious on September 26, 2011 at 8:32pm
Great Post! Good luck to you and Jack.I will never give up my chocolate..:)

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