Obie – Obese Dachshund Media Star Locked in
Obie – Obese Dachshund Media Star Locked in Custody Battle – Obie a 5-year-old dachshund who weighed 77 pounds when his elderly owners gave Obie up for adoption, made headlines after his foster owner Nora Vanatta put Obie on a weight-loss plan and publicized his efforts on a Facebook page titled, “Biggest Loser, Doxie Edition.” Vanatta, a certified veterinary technician, told the New York Daily News that she initially agreed to care for the Obie — who came to her with the name AJ — for a short time.
On the ”Biggest Loser: Doxie Edition” Facebook page – the one Vanatta set up for supporting Obie through his weight loss — she says the lawyer’s claims are simply untrue.
“I made it clear that this was a positive thing and that it wasn’t about bashing the previous owners or exploiting a fat dog,” she wrote on Wednesday. “Obie has a story and a mission to share and help other people.” Obie certainly has a lot to share. At just 5-years-old, the dumpy dachshund is twice the size of a normal doxie. Obie is currently undergoing a low-fat, high-protein diet, as well as a special hydrotherapy regime, Oregon Live reported.
I myself am a dachshund lover and I know how hard it is to resist those eyes when I am eating – my little Annie is such a beggar for my breakfast, lunch, and supper and it would be so easy to keep on feeding her but after reading Obie’s story I have to resist those eyes for Annie’s well-being J Many are not able to properly care for a dachshund for various reasons…
The Dachshund Rescue Web Page is a strong believer in spay and neuter programs. There is absolutely no reason for a pet not to be sterilized and several very good reasons why they should. Consider these sobering facts from the Humane Society of the United States website:
- Estimated number of cats and dogs entering shelters each year: 6-8 million (HSUS estimate)
- Estimated number of cats and dogs euthanized by shelters each year: 3-4 million (HSUS estimate)
- Estimated number of cats and dogs reclaimed by owners from shelters each year: 30 percent of dogs and 2-5 percent of cats entering shelters (HSUS estimate)
- Estimated number of animal shelters in the United States: 3,500 (HSUS estimate)
- Estimated percent of dogs in shelters who are purebred: 25 percent (HSUS estimate)