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Old 12-23-2011, 08:26 PM   #46 (permalink)
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ok so he is 57lbs now and the vet said he is perfect. He even said I should maybe go to a little over 3/4 a cup twice a day for the winter. Now I have heard of people saying they put on winter weight but I thought it was due to less exercise by being colder out not due to change in diet? Kinda like why keep messing with it why not just try to maintain. and he said that he is worried he would be too thin.

So I know he isn't too thin. I took some pics and could not really notice much of change so I made some video (but if you think picture is better let me know)

I think he look OK and could still stand to lose some, the vet says he is perfect and would be ok adding a pound rather than lose anymore. What do you guys think? (the 720p is less jumpy)

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Old 12-23-2011, 08:31 PM   #47 (permalink)
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I'd say more tuck up is needed. I think a few more pounds ( 2 or 3 ) would be good for him but I like my dogs on the leaner side He does look good though for sure! Such a cooperative boy on the treadmill LOL! Love it. I may try Bella on one this winter as well.
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Old 12-23-2011, 08:40 PM   #48 (permalink)
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I'd say more tuck up is needed. I think a few more pounds ( 2 or 3 ) would be good for him but I like my dogs on the leaner side He does look good though for sure! Such a cooperative boy on the treadmill LOL! Love it. I may try Bella on one this winter as well.
yeah he loves his treadmill (or maybe its the cheese, lol) i figure he is gonna run for a half hour a little nibble isn't killing him. Totally try Bella on it, I am sure she would love it. he runs when I say treadmill to the spare room, lol. I don't really like the lean lean lean but I like him to be healthy. I agree though, i thought he could lose 2lbs, not increase his kibbles any! Thanks!
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Old 12-23-2011, 08:59 PM   #49 (permalink)
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I think he's looking good. A lot of vets think they are supposed to be chunky. They use Labs and Goldens on the weight comparison chart for visual comparisons. People always tell me Ecko is too skinny when I think he's fat. If you can see his tuck and the tone of his muscle and you are comfortable with the way he looks and seems to feel, then that is his perfect weight. :-)

Ecko is a Mill dog too. I say "Mill up" and he's on facing the right direction and waiting. He can even do it without being leashed. I just have to stand near him and he goes until I stop it. All that for a biscuit. Wish it'd work for my chunky butt. LOL!
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:18 PM   #50 (permalink)
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Mel's gonna be the next Richard Simmons. LOL!!
I think he's looking good. A lot of vets think they are supposed to be chunky. They use Labs and Goldens on the weight comparison chart for visual comparisons. People always tell me Ecko is too skinny when I think he's fat. If you can see his tuck and the tone of his muscle and you are comfortable with the way he looks and seems to feel, then that is his perfect weight. :-)

Ecko is a Mill dog too. I say "Mill up" and he's on facing the right direction and waiting. He can even do it without being leashed. I just have to stand near him and he goes until I stop it. All that for a biscuit. Wish it'd work for my chunky butt. LOL!
haha I hear that! I don't know much about a proper tuck should look like since I have only seen the drawings so that's why I wanted to check and see what others feel. I want my boy healthy so I appreciate the feedback. I wish I had someone monitoring my kibbles and helping cheer me on when I am on the treadmill, lol. I tried taking the leash off once, poor boy flew off when he mis stepped and kinda flew off the back and then recovered, bad mom! Now I like to play it say lol when he has had enough, he jumps up to try to shut it off too, little goober...
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:53 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Figured I could update Mel's weight loss thread.

I first had to change his food to find one that didn't cause him allergies. Once I found that (about a year later and a few blood tests to see if he wasn't losing due to thyriod or something else) I was able to focus on the finding what amount worked best. He now gets 1/2 cup of Acana Pacifica in the morning and a 1/2 cup at night. Since the time change and walks have been earlier he started to get a sour belly in the morning. That worried me since he has never been a puker. Very scary being woken up by him throwing up always Bile. So I figured I should feed him a cup of green beans before bed and he has been good. Since the hives were 4 weeks ago he has lost 2 lbs since then. My vet and I think I should go back to 1/2 cup in the morning and 3/4 at night and weigh him in 4 weeks to make sure he isn't gaining I just want him to maintain.

Currently he is 56 lbs. I think he is perfect and so does my vet. I am guessing others might think he should be slimmer but he is always hungry. I also don't like the spine showing and I can see if in person more than pictures and I don't want to see his spine. Just my personal preference for my pet. Obviously my boy doesn't have the best genetics. We walk 6 miles a day and I run him for an hour 3 times a week on a mill. Some dogs who get that have 4 cups of food a day. I don't really need my dog to be super skinny or ripped I just want him healthy.

I took him to take pictures and I put his ball up since he just wanted his ball. So then I could not get him to stand because he always sits like a good pup when he wants something lol. Training backfire lol



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FINE take the BALL jeesh!!! crazy eyes! lol


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wish this was in focus lol. I was trying for a side shot and he took off


sticking his tongue out at me cause I take too many pictures...
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:35 PM   #52 (permalink)
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Bwahahaha! Mel looks freakin awesome, Ames! Now he can strut his stuff for all the ladies! Lol @ the sit for pics. Odin does that too, everytime I say stay and back up he sits or lays down lol. But I'm always surprised how lil they need on Acana, Odin was 1 cup twice a day and I noticed a lil pudge so I started skimpin on the scoop lol! Prolly cut back a 1/4 cup overall.

But Acana is doin good for Mel I can see lotsa shine in those pics!
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Thank you so much for the kind words! I just love him more than I could ever say. Amazing how strong the bond between a dog and its human. I just want the best for him.
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Wow Ames. Just Wow. Mel looks feraking amazing now! You def did what you set out to do.
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Whoo hooo thanks girl!! That means a lot! I didn't know if pictures show it as in person lol
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awww he looks so much better <3. Such a handsome boy .
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thank you Angel!!
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Good work, guys! For the record, I don't listen to vets much re weight and nutrition... I'm sure they STILL think a heavier-to-us dog is healthy. Great going on your commitment and dedication! I keep my Ruby on the skinny side due to her hips and I micromanage everything that goes into her mouth.... Not many treats in this house except a bully stick once a week and an anti-tartar chew bone once a week. I give a small biscuit when we leave the house and another one if I have to wipe her stinky butt, but raw carrot pieces make awesome 'treats' and they go straight thru in their original condition so no calories there but a lot of fun crunching for doggie....
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Haha yeah I hear you. My vet is not like the norm. They were the ones who first had me worrying about it my boy only likes cooked carrots. He is a snob. But he loves green beans all ways so that's what I usually supplement with when I know he worked or ran harder than normal I know he could still lose to some people but for me he is good thank you very much for the tips!
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