Thank you for coming back to visit this week. It has been a chilly week here, but generally nice sunny weather, so I am not complaining.
I'm sharing a couple of vintage dog food ads featuring dachshunds with you. They directly relate to our theme today.
My cousin Mary sent a note last week:
Dear Abby, I would like to ask your advice about Charlie, my fur-baby nephew. He is overweight and his doctor said he must lose weight so he'll be able to walk instead of waddle. The problem is, Charlie hollers REALLY LOUD when he thinks he should have food and He won't quit hollering until his mama feeds him. How should his mama help Charlie cut back on food? Charlie's cries upset the whole household. Do you have any suggestions that I could pass along?
It sounds like Charlie is very smart, and he has learned how to get extra food when he wants it! I like a smart pup.
I will share what has helped me with doggie weight loss. I eat a weight management kibble (Momma will write you a note with more info). Our vet approves of the food, and she suggested that the portions mentioned on the kibble packaging are much bigger than they actually should be. She worked with my Momma on good portions for me. I'm sure that Charlie's vet can do the same as well.
I have a small bowl of kibble every morning at breakfast, and another in the evening at dinner. Momma measures it carefully with a measuring cup. On top of the kibble I get "no salt" green beans. These are just canned beans, drained and refrigerated. They do not need to be cooked. I get 2 teaspoons of "no salt" green beans on each bowl of food. This helps me feel full. And - the green beans are delicious!
I do get a small, all natural crunchy treat at lunch and at bedtime.
It is the same every day - same meal times, same portions ... I am used to it, and it is a good routine. And my weight is healthy and stable. So consider this my healthy food testimonial. :-)
I hope this is helpful! Please send lots of love to Charlie from me. Thanks for writing, and wishing you a good week ahead.