Meet Obie, the 77-lbs Dachshund That's Struggling to Lose Weight

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Oregon resident Nora Vanatta took on quite the task last month when she decided to adopt Obie, a 5-year-old dachshund that had been overfed to the point of morbid obesity. While the maximum weight for the average dachshund is around 32-lbs, poor Obie, as of four weeks ago, was weighing in at 77-lbs.

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Since the adoption, Vanatta, a former vet tech, has been putting Obie through a weight loss program that includes a special diet (custom made by a Purina pet food representative) and hydrotherapy to reduce stress on the dog's joints (at this point, he is unable to go for walks). Vanatta's goal is for Obie to eventually lose 40-lbs and has set up the Facebook group Biggest Loser, Doxie Edition to chart his progress as well as a PayPal account to raise money to cover the cost of his care.

Obie's former owners were an elderly couple who over fed him because they, according to Vanatta, "couldn't say no to those big brown eyes." (Yeesh.) Eventually, they were forced to give him up when faced with their own declining health. Luckily for Obie, his adoption might have been the best thing to have ever happened to him.

70-lb. Dachshund put on Biggest Loser-style program [Shine]

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DISCUSSION

Sigh. As a former vet tech myself, let me tell you this is not unusual. So many pet owners really do equal food with love. And yes, most of them are elderly and lonely and their dogs are their babies. I had an owner who fed her Pomeranian a plate of eggs and bacon for breakfast every day, as well as banana cream pie (but she put SPLENDA in it, so it must have been fine!) and other crap. We'd go hoarse from trying to explain to her that a 20-lb Pomeranian was NOT OK. And the dog died. So she turned to her other dog, and on and on.

I think it's hard for some people to equate what a calorie in a human means to a calorie in a dog. A Milkbone is equal to an entire candy bar to a dog, even bigger dogs. A square of cheese? It's a cheeseburger. A chicken nugget, it's as if we ate a 20-piece. Which is why I've taught my dogs to love carrots and green beans as their treats. It's an epidemic.

This poor dog, I hope it gets the help it needs. It borders on animal cruelty what they did to him.