It's a contest Maisy's in at her veterinary clinic, to see which dog can lose the most weight.
Even though she needs to shed about 5 pounds, she's actually the least overweight dog in the group!
After watching this video, though, I don't know how.
Ok, so...I was at Maisy's veternary clinic a few weeks ago picking up her heart worm pills (by the way, this dog LOVES her heart worm pills...they are like candy to her!) & I saw a stack of fliers on the counter.
They were for a weight loss seminar where onwers could get some tips on how to help their dogs lose weight. A drug representative for Pfizer was also going to be there to pitch a weight loss drug.
I know Maisy's a tad overweight, but I also know I'm not giong to put her on a drug. I still signed up, though, so that I could get some other ideas on how to help her slim down a bit.
So, this past Saturday, I attended the weight loss seminar.
Me, along with 5 other dog owners.
It was almost like therapy.
Because we all admitted that we are the reason our dogs are overweight. I mean, I let Maisy eat Fruit Loops, powdered donuts & cheese. I also let her drink chocolate milk.
Not all the time, but more than I should.
One woman told the group that she feeds her dog pizza. Pizza!
Part of the presentation was about low-calorie treats, including green beans & raw carrots.
Guess who HATES green beans & raw carrots?
We've tried EVERYTHING to get her to eat green beans & carrots. I sat at the table & ate some, hoping she'd beg for some, which she did. But, when I gave her a bean, she carried it to the living room, dropped it on the floor & came back to the table.
So, at that point in the presentation, I asked what other low-calorie treats I could try.
The doctor said rice cakes & canned pumpkin.
The next part of the presentation was the weight loss drug. I listened to what the guy had to say, but I'm not convinced that we need to put Maisy on it.
Towards the end of the seminar, as we started talking more & more about our dogs, the doctor suggested a contest for us & our dogs...a Biggest Loser type contest.
This Saturday, we're supposed to come back to the clinic, with our dogs, to weigh them & take "before" pictures.
We'll go back for "weigh-in's" every 2 months, for 6 months.
At the end of the 6 months, we'll all gather back as a group for a final weigh-in & "after" pictures.
The dog that's lost the most weight, gets some sort of prize from the clinic. Our group suggested a free round of annual vaccinations.
And, the best part is the dogs don't have to be the medicine to compete.
So, wish Maisy luck. Because we're gonna need it!
P.S. Guess who LOVES rice cakes & canned pumpkin?