At 18 months, Ruby-Doo is now just about the same size as Cassie the Corgi, who's about six years her senior. As of this evening, they each weigh exactly 21.8 pounds.

That's right at what the vet pegs as Cassie's ideal weight. Ruby looks a tiny bit shorter than Cassie, but I think that's because her coat is considerably thinner than Cassie's She's filling out: getting broader across the back and shoulders and thicker around the belly.

I'm thinking it's about time to cut back the puppy rations, a little at a time, lest Ruby start to get overweight.

Cassie has always eaten, ever since I got her at the age of two, about a half-pound of home-cooked meat/veggies/and starch a day: a quarter pound in the morning and another quarter-pound at night.

Ruby's been scarfing down a pound a day, to accommodate the higher caloric needs of puppyhood. She looks great -- they both do, come to think of it. And they're both energetic, alert, and happy. But now that she's taking on the look of a fully grown dog, I think pretty quick she'll be needing a little less chow.

So the plan is to cut her back a tiny bit at a time, until  her intake is closer to Cassie's. Keep weighing her every couple  of days, though, to be sure she doesn't start to lose.

They get bits of Wellness kibble as treats. I suspect that stuff is fairly caloric, since the recommended dose -- uhm, meal -- is not very much. So she certainly isn't going to starve to death.

Don't want either one of them to get too heavy!      

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Comment by Vicky Hay on June 11, 2015 at 5:44pm

Exercise is good. I try to get in a mile a day with them. This is not easy in the summertime when it's too hot for their feet on the pavement (or for any of us, anywhere, period) -- if we're not out the door by 5:30 or 6 a.m., we're not goin'. And some days when there's an early meeting or some such, we just don't get a walk. {sigh}

Cassie has maintained exactly the same weight she had when I got her, which the vet seemed to think was about ideal. But since she eats half of what Ruby's been getting, I'm a little worried about a change causing Ruby to lose weight. I think she also is about at her ideal weight now. No fatter is needed...but neither is any skinnier!

Comment by Frances P Moloney on June 11, 2015 at 5:35pm

I concur about not letting her get "too broad in the beam". This happened to me and its a curse trying to get the excess off......(& as my youngest is now 16, I'm not getting away with calling it baby fat!)

Dougal went for his weight in today: amazingly, he was actually .2 of a kilo LESS than the first time a Vet used the word "hefty". However, a new low calorie diet is on the cards for him....and more exercise for all of us!

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