Dear Labby (Concerned & ChubbyDad)

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Dear Labby

Dear Labby


Dear Labby,

I love dogs and really want to help out my local dog rescue, but I just can’t provide a forever home right now (work schedule & living situation).  How else can I help?


Dear WantstoHelp,  There are so many things you can do to help out and your local shelter or rescue agency would take you up on it in a heartbeat, so call them TODAY. You can:

  • Foster a pet for a short period of time.
  • Help out at adoption events.
  • Donate time, like SlimDoggy does, by taking foster dogs on walks, runs or hikes (helps make them more adoptable).
  • There’s always financial assistance too – don’t forget about that!

Readers – what other ways can WantstoHelp, help?


Dear Labby, I have a friend with a Dachshund that weighs 15 lbs. My friend tells me that she is fine and is only 4 pounds overweight.   I’ve seen those news stories about that poor Obie who weighed 77lbs, maybe I shouldn’t be worried. What would you say to her?

Gratuitous puppy picture

Gratuitous puppy picture


Dear Concerned,  To a human, 4-5 lbs doesn’t sound like a lot – for Biggest Loser Contestants, they can lose that in a day! But for a small dog like a Dachshund it would classify them as obese.  Yes, I said obese. An average miniature Dachshund should weigh between 10-12 lbs.  That 4 lbs. is over 30% of their target weight.  The point is that even a single pound can make a big difference to a dog, especially smaller breeds.

Readers, what do you think – how many lbs does it take before YOUR dog is overweight?


Dear Labby,  Seems I’ve been reading a lot about our pet’s weight problems and that it is the number one health issue that our pets are facing. So my puppy is a little chubby, what’s the big deal?


Dear Dad, I really do believe that this is a top issue.  Dr. Ernie Ward, founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, strongly believes that this is the most important issue we face today regarding our pets.  The reason is simple—there are so many health related problems that are a direct result of your dog being fat including:

  • Shorter life
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure and cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer

And it is so simple to address the issue.  Dog owners can nip these problems in the bud by simply watching how much and what they feed their pet…and maybe getting off the couch and going for a walk once in awhile.

Readers, what do you think? How big a problem is pet obesity? (Pun intended;))


Since our Dear Labby column is a little of this and a little of that, we decided to join 2 Brown Dawgs for This ‘N That Thursday Blog Hop!

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  1. Great advice!
    I have the opposite problem, its my peeps who are the chubby ones BOL, but I am trying to get them fit!
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    • BOL is right! Just keep getting them out there for walks and that will help.

  2. Good advice 🙂 Most of the dachsunds I’ve met were at least 15 lbs lol… Would be nice to see more fit and trim ones out there!
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  3. Pet obesity is a huge problem…Gizmo’s fighting weight is 20# and at one point about 3 years ago he gained 2#…doesn’t sound like much but it was…you could really see the difference and once i realized it we worked hard to get it off and keep it off…He’s maintained that healthy 20# ever since
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  4. Thanks so much for participating in TNT.

    Good topic.

    We have larger dogs and their weight seems to vary depending on their activity level. A couple to 5 pounds really doesn’t matter too much to them. For example, Thunder at 102 is OK, but I like him around 95-97. At 93 he is too thin. It is really hard to keep them at a constant weight during training season. Poor Storm was skin and bones the last time I saw her. They are letting her free feed, but those darn puppies are sucking her dry! lol
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    • It’s tough with real working or sporting dogs. My sister has a Weimaraner they hunt with and during hunting season she eats like crazy, but is rail thin. Kind of like I was when training for the marathon! And pups…well yeah, they’ll do a number.

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