Fat Camp Begins!

For the last two years, I have had the great misfortune of sharing my home with The Terror. Why is he a terror? He is absolutely the most stubborn dog in the universe. If he doesn't get his way, he doesn't bark--he screams about it. I've never seen a dog pout before I met him. He's like an elephant in a China shop--he cannot be ignored. He won't even let you try. He must always be the center of attention. He won't do anything The Animator's Wife wants him to if a treat isn't involved. And he is a walking stomach. Never mind if he just ate his dinner. He acts like he's starving to death all the time. He thinks the cat box is a buffet laid out especially for him. It's a good thing my food is served on my own private table, or he might eat all my food before I can get to it.

And this brings us to the core of his problem. The Terror is clinically obese. A pug should never weigh 26 pounds, which is why The Animator's Wife signed him up for the trial "fat camp" program at the hospital where she works, The Hope Center for Advanced Veterinary Medicine. Hee hee. Sleep well, little puppy. Your life is about to change.

Fat Camp 1

The Terror is going to be one of their "test" cases to see how well the program works. He will be in the hands of the very knowledgeable Dr. Allen, a veterinary nutritionist, and Kasey, a veterinary physical therapist. He had his first meeting with them yesterday, and here are the stats:

Weight: 26 lb 6 oz
Waist: 21" (that's as big as some adult humans)
Thigh: 11"

Body Condition Score: On a scale of 1-9, where 5 is ideal and 9 is as fat as fat can be, The Terror scored an 8.

Goal Weight: 20.6 lbs

Exercise - He was getting two to three 10-minute walks a day, two of which Kasey would like to increase to 20 minutes (which means The Animator's Wife gets more exercise, too!). Next week Kasey's going to test his exercise tolerance and start training him to use the treadmill. I can't wait to see video of that.

Diet - Dr. Allen is transitioning him to a low fat, high protein diet which should make him feel fuller longer, but might make him have to poop more. Just what we needed--more crap from this dog. Good thing he's gonna be going on those 20-minutes walks. As for treats, he is allowed 37 calories worth per day, which means he can only have the ultra-low calorie treats or he's gonna have to learn to like lettuce.

I'm going to enjoy watching this pup get whipped into shape, so I'll be posting updates here. But for the "official" photos and updates, please feel free to fan The Hope Center on Facebook.