Here is an update on Sophie's weight reduction program. As of this morning, Saturday October 9, 2010 she weighed in at 31.0. She is down .7 of a pound and she looks better all the time. I continue with the same program - lite dog food, frozen green beans finely chopped and a spoonful of canned pumpkin. She gets a few light treats during the day and a plain organic brown rice cake for her bedtime snack. I am so pleased with her progress! Adding photo taken yesterday and last night.


FIRST POST SEPT 25, 2009

Sophie is 2 years old. In Feb 2010 I found she is overweight and she has hip dysplasia. In February she weighed 35 pounds, I put her on a doggie diet and in two months she had gained another 1.5 pound - was up to 36.5 pounds. AHHHH! It is so important I get her weight down to help with her hips. The Vet told me
that 1 extra pound on a dog is equal to 5 pounds on a person.

It has taken me months of trial and error. I find every bite counts! I have had to try 3 different brands of food before I found one that worked. She now weighs 32 lbs (UPDATE - as of Sun 9/26 she weighs 31.7 lbs). She already feels so much better and can once again jump up on the bed and on the couch. Sophie is a long corgi and she may be able to carry a little more weight then the "standard". My goal is to get her to 30 lbs, see how she is doing and go from there.

For Breakfast I have been giving her 3/4C Science Diet Light Small Bites, adding some warm water to soften it, then I add 1/4C finely chopped green beans and recently began adding a spoonful of canned pumpkin (both of these to had bulk and fiber and few calories). I realize 3/4C may sound like a lot of food - but the Science Diet Lite is low in fat and high in fiber and it is designed so the dog can get a bigger portion. She also gets a little cooked egg white (1 TBL) and sometimes a tiny bit of non-fat ground turkey breast meat (1 TBL).

She always wants dinner, so for dinner I give her 1/4C dog food and smaller portions of the other ingredients.

I limit her treats. My dog trainer suggested I give her a rice cake at night for her bedtime treat - she likes them, and I give her one every night. She gets a few low cal dog treats during the day along with her Dasuguin glucosamine chews.

Since I began adding the green beans and pumpkin she has been loosing .1 to .2. This past week she was much more active and lost .3! :)

I bought a new home scale and now weigh her by weighing myself then holding her. It isn't the most accurate I am sure but it is a way to gauge how she is doing.

I would really appreciate any objective suggestions as to how to go about getting the weight off of her. Is this fast enough? Should I make her bite the bullet and not have dinner?

Sophie a few days ago:



Here is her before photo at her highest 36.5




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Comment by Alison Prasavath on October 21, 2010 at 11:53am
Thank you so much Carole for such a quick response.
Comment by Carole and Sophie on October 21, 2010 at 10:44am
Alison - I use the Libbys plain canned pumpkin (no sugar or spices added) that would be used to make pies. Apparently there was a pumpkin blight last year and so there was a canned pumpkin shortage - but this year the shelves are brimming once again it!
Comment by Alison Prasavath on October 21, 2010 at 10:30am
I have a question. I've been trying to find canned pumpkin in order to give that to Noodles, but where do you find it? The only canned pumpkin I find is the kind for pies and I know that isn't what I'm supposed to feed him. He currently is getting a rotation of green beans, peas or baby carrots, but I wanted to try the pumpkin since so many people comment that their dogs like it. Thank you all for your help.
Comment by Carole and Sophie on October 10, 2010 at 10:40am
WOW is right MattC - they do look just alike! She has a California Corgi Look-A-Like!
Comment by MattC on October 9, 2010 at 11:16pm
Oh wow, your Sophie looks just like my Sophie! Minus the tail!!

Comment by Teresa Gilpin on October 9, 2010 at 8:56pm
Congratulations!! I 'm sure its wasn't easy for either of you!
Comment by Sam Tsang on October 9, 2010 at 7:05pm
Way to GO Sophie!
Comment by Jane Christensen on October 9, 2010 at 6:59pm
Way to go Sophie and Carole!!!!!! Keep up the good work and shhhhhh I don't want my dogs hearing about the rice cakes....they'd all want one every night:)
Comment by Judi, Dawn, Soffie & Griffyn on October 9, 2010 at 5:21pm
you're doing all the right things!! and sophie is looking great!! it took our soffie 1 year to reach her optimum weight!! so keep up the great work!! : )
Comment by Carol Rea on September 27, 2010 at 2:59pm
As a retired dietitian, I have heard every story about why a human cannot lose weight (one person was a cook and told me that they gained weight from the "fat" in the air in the kitchen) others thought they should lose wt from going around curves while driving or from the bubbles in champaign!! LOL So...let's see why these corgis cannot lose weight!! My Sonny just cannot stop eating - you have heard me say it before, he finds his own food! Weeds, spent bird seed (he has gotten out of the fence 3X this past week trying to get more seed) vegies from the garden, you name it he gets it - maybe i should withhold his kibble! I admire all of you who have corgis who have successfully lost weight.

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