SlimDoggy Blogiversary

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SlimDoggy.com was launched in December of 2012. It’s hard to believe we’ve been evangelizing about health and fitness for your dogs (and cats) for two years now. We think this milestone calls for a celebration and a retrospective look at some of our favorite and most popular posts.
 
We also want to hear about YOUR favorite SlimDoggy post or SlimDoggy photo. Every SlimDoggy friend who leaves a comment and tells us about their favorite SlimDoggy post/photo will be eligible for our big SlimDoggy Giveaway. You don’t want to miss this prize package chock full of SlimDoggy swag and some of SlimDoggy Jack’s favorite treats.

 

Popular SlimDoggy Posts

Our two most popular posts stirred up a minor controversy when we commented on the overweight Labrador that won at Westminster last spring. We wrote two posts – one making a statement about why Labs don’t ever win at Westminster and a follow-up post asking when did overweight Labs become the new normal. We received a lot of negative feedback from breeders who were too busy supporting the erosion of the breed standard to realize their dogs are overweight and suffer because of it.
 
Obesity is our thing, we KNOW about pet obesity, and no amount of smoke and mirrors talk about ‘substance’ and ‘breed standard’ is going to convince us that some of those dogs aren’t overweight. We said it then and stand by it – a Lab is a sporting dog, and if a dog gets winded walking around a show ring, then that is not a health standard to be upheld as ideal. It’s up to the breed clubs to put a stop to it. Many breeds have held the line against breeding practices that lead to health problems – why can’t the most popular breed in the country do the same?
 
Okay, I’ll get off that soapbox. Thankfully, our weight management and calorie awareness posts are always fan favorites. Our most popular include: Calorie Requirements for your Dog and What Should Your Breed of Dog Weigh?

Jack & Maggie

One of our first and one of my favorite photos of SlimDoggy Jack & Maggie

 
Our list of dog life spans is one of our most frequently visited pages and of course the Dog Food database gets many visits, even though it’s only been available on the website since earlier this year.
 
A suprisingly popular post is from our Mythbuster series: Dogs Hate Cats and Vice Versa.
 
And luckily many of our FitDog Friday posts made the “Most Popular” list, including:

  1. Hind Leg Exercises: The SlimDoggy Squat
  2. Benefits of Strength Training
  3. Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Exercise
  4. Six Exercise Tips for Senior Dogs

 
Stay tuned for more of our Blogiversary Retrospective where we review some of our favorite photos and our most commented on posts.
 

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  1. Happy Blogiversary. The Lab Club did send a letter around to judges clarifying that the standard is not fat labs. It addresses some of the other issues in the breed which can hinder working ability every bit as much as weight. I think it will change, but it will take a bit of time.

    Here is a link to the pdf if you have not seen it: http://www.thelabradorclub.com/uploads/file/LRC%20Letter%20to%20AKC%20Judges.pdf
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    • Thanks for sending this. I”m glad they did it and maybe over time the judges will take heed and expect the Labs to be in shape like the Chessies!
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  2. As you know, we love slim doggy! Once and a while we wish we were a popular breed, but usually , we are happy being obscure as we are not overbred and with so few of us our breed hasn’t been destroyed as many have or are becoming. We feel sorry for German Shepherds and their “new” stature too as that is not a healthy thing but it wins shows. Keep up the good work and those labs at the show were awful!
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    • I think it would be fun being obscure – you get lots of attention that way!
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  3. As the parent to five Treeing Walker Coonhounds and three cats (all rescues), I really liked your post “Dogs Hate Cats and Vice Versa”. It’s surprised me to find so many people who insist that dogs and cats just can’t live together. Some of my favorite photos I’ve taken over the years have been of the interaction between canine and feline at our house.

    • Not being a cat owner I’ve always worried about that – but I see and hear too much evidence of the opposite!
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      • I did have some issues when I adopted my Kyoko. She is a Treeing Walker Coonhound and was almost starved before ending at the kill shelter in SC. She had gained some weight before getting to me, but was still emaciated. She’s no longer starving, and in fact is downright chubby (I have her on a weight management food), but she did have a pretty strong prey drive when it came to the cats – especially Moko. I really had to watch Kyoko around the cats at first. Now she still sniff them but doesn’t really do anything else. Two of the other dogs love to play with the cats, and the cats have learned out to “tease” the dogs and it is hilarious to watch.

  4. Happy Blogiversary! Yes, the Labrador Retriever Club (LRC), parent club of the AKC, sent a letter to the judges regarding fat Labradors and how a Labrador is a sporting breed, and should be able to work in the field. But from my standpoint as one who shows her Labrador, the standard has not changed that much. My dog is in shape and a great specimen of what a Lab should be, and yet judges “like” fat Labs. I have been told to have my Lab gain weight and frankly, an additional 5 pounds was not enough to look like the other Labs. UKC is a better forum to show in for dogs who work; however, I imagine it will be another 5-10 years to see any change. I really appreciated your blogs on show Labs and comparing them to Angus steers! You were totally correct in that ‘only show dog people’ seem to think their Labs are not fat. I don’t show AKC with him anymore because I was obsessed with making my boy FAT. “Too much tuck” and “he needs to look wider” were comments from people who wanted me to win and who were correct in their assessments in the show dog ring. He is too active and will sustain injuries if he is fat. Thank you for bringing this to everyone’s attention and please continue the good work!

    • I’m glad the Lab club is trying to effect change – I do think it will take a long time to move that mountain though. I’m glad you haven’t caved in to the pressure. Your dog will live longer with fewer health problems that dogs intentionally “beefed up”.
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  5. Thank you for 2 years and many more of Slimdoggy. Just love all your information and pictures. You are so helpful with exercise and calorie counting as well as ingredients. I love all Jacks bacon pictures and posts. He is one bacon alcoholic.
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  6. Wow…Happy Blogaversary. You guys have made a difference in the dog world. Helping people become more aware of health and fitness is a great accomplishment.
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  7. Slim Doggy! I love y’all! My favorite posts are the ingredient posts and stories about Tino. And avocados. Happy blogiversary!!!
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  8. Happy Blogoversary! Many thanks for so much helpful posts. Seems I read more ingredient lists on dog food bags now than e-books :o) but it’s worth the time, Easy’s weight and his much better skin and fur are the proof :o)
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  9. Happy 2nd Blogiversary! You know that I am a devote fan and as a result, a constant work in progress to be a better pet parent. Here’s to continued success! ☺
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  10. Happy blogiversary! You have been such an inspiring healthy living blog for both humans and pets. Here’s to many more years!

  11. Cheers to two years in the books and many more to come. I’m a research junkie, so I always appreciate the exhaustive efforts you put into each of your posts.

  12. Happy blogiversary! I love the theme of your blog!
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  13. Happy Blogiversary! Important work you’re doing.
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  14. Let me take this opportunity to tell you how much I’ve learned and changed since reading Slimdoggy. I laugh at times when others are impressed as I blurt out information in conversations that I’ve remembered from reading your posts πŸ™‚ fear not – I quickly tell them about you! You have forever changed the way I not only look at food for Harley, but also how I prepare and what I eat as well. Congratulations on your blogiversary – I wish you nothing but success as you continue to educate and inspire the rest of us!

    • Thanks so much for the kind words – we’re so glad we’ve helped to make a difference for you and Harley!
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  15. Congratulations!! We love that you promote health and wellness, especially for our lab friends who have a healthy appetite!!
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  16. I know the fat Lab posts stirred up a lot of negative comments, but it’s a conversation that needs to happen more often. Yes, they should have “substance”, but that substance should be bone and muscle, not blubber. A Lab in motion should ripple with muscle, not jiggle like Santa Claus!

  17. Congratulations on two wonderful years. My dog and I like to stay in shape walking and playing in the water. I used the dog food data base to determine what I should be feeding Artie. The difference in a good food is amazing. When we first adopted him he was skinny, his teeth were yellow and his coat and skin were not healthy looking. He is now a happy, healthy glowing dog with white teeth and the vet says he is at a perfect weight.

    • So glad to hear that. We’ve seen the same in Jack & Maggie too. Maggie’s coat in particular is so much fuller and shinier and softer then when we first adopted her. Nothing like good healthy food. For dogs and humans!
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  18. Happy Blogiversary!! I forgot that you started out just a few months after I did. I think you’re doing great things in bringing more awareness to pet obesity. My hubby and I have always been conscious of keeping our dogs at a healthy weight, but your information and advice is such a great help in doing that, and we didn’t have that before (I use your widget on my side bar all the time to be sure we’re feeding the dogs the right amount, there’s been a lot of calculating with a growing puppy in the house!). I’ve also become more active with the dogs, doing different things instead of just walking or playing fetch…I never would have thought of exercises like the SlimDoggy squat on my own!
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    • Thanks for the kind words – so glad our rants on food and health have been helpful!
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  19. I loved your posts on the overweight Labs. When I saw that dog on TV last year, my thought was “My God, that Lab is fat!” None of the other breeds were overweight. Just the Lab! So my favorite post from you this year is definitely “When did overweight Labs become the new normal?” I also enjoyed the discussions in the comments of that post.
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    • Those were my exact thoughts…and why we HAD to write something!
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  20. Happy Blogaversary!!! We love reading your blog and hope to do so for many years to come! BTW, we loved the overweight lab post!! πŸ™‚
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  21. Happy 2 year Blogiversary! I just recently found out about your wonderful blog, and already appreciate it a lot! I am ALL about responsible dog ownership, including a pup with a healthy body and a visible waistline!

    I hadn’t read your post about overweight labs until I learned about it in tonight’s comments, and HAD to check it out. I agree with everything you said, particularly the fact that overweight dogs have a much smaller lifespan than their healthy & fit counterparts. I wrote an article about the problem of pet obesity in August of this year. It was actually one of my first few articles ~ only started blogging about my passion in early August.

    I was recently at my very first (all-breed) dog show in Winston-Salem, NC. I did, indeed, notice that the majority of the labs being shown WERE chubby. It struck me as odd, so I find your article about the shift in lab breed standards especially interesting.

    I personally couldn’t care less that some people may think I’m being too extreme in my views about healthy dog food, and that I’m sticking scrupulously to measuring out our pups’ food portions, as well as NEVER allowing begging and handing out table scraps. Only because the majority of people follow a certain trend, doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do.

    Way to go, Slimdoggy, you have found one more follower in me!

    P.S. My favorite article so far has been the one about turmeric. Our girl Missy had to go through tumor-removing surgery and just finished her first chemotherapy session. She has 3 more to go. I will be adding organic, ground turmeric to their meals from now on.
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    • Thanks for your kind words. We love having converts and others that spread the message of health and fitness for our dogs – it’s seems so natural to us! I hope the Tumeric helps Missy – keep us posted.
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  22. Happy Happy Blogoversary to YOU!!!

  23. Happy Blogiversary!!

    I’m working with a 10 month old puppy right now for training that is already overweight. Ugh. πŸ™
    I’m trying to help his parents understand that in addition to training, he needs more exercise and mental stimulation and less food!

  24. Happy Blogiversary! We absolutely love what you are doing here. Obesity is a huge issue in humans and pets and something that needs to be addressed. I always learn so much when I visit here. Thanks for helping to keep our pets healthy and happy πŸ™‚

  25. Happy Blogoversary so proud of you all! (and fans of you, big time)
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  26. Congratulations! Yours is one of my favorite blogs.
    My favorite post I think was the discussion about the lab at West minster. I agree with you, and referenced your post in many “real life” conversations on the topic. I also like your fitness posts. They give me great ideas on how to keep my dogs fit for agility and life in general, while helping to prevent injuries and spending time together having fun.

  27. Congratulations! I love that you tackle this very difficult subject day in and day out. Obesity in pets is a real threat to their health, and preventing it can do so much for improving their quality of life. Thank you for all that you do!
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  28. Happy Blogoversary to you!!

  29. I was so shocked when I read your posts about Westminster; I couldn’t believe those dogs were being considered anything remotely close to a breed standard. I loved that you stood your ground and made such a great point about pet obesity. It’s shocking how pet obesity is such a wide spread epidemic here in the US and in Britain. As dog owners we have the direct responsibility of controlling what our dogs eat, and how much they exercise. I love this site, and I’m looking forward to reading many more great posts from you in the future. Here’s to a fit and fun life with our dogs and a happy new year.

    • I have an update on the Westminster post coming up pretty soon. The Labrador Club sent them a letter – they are beginning to push back! Thanks for reading us – Happy New Year!
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