Obie, The Dachshund: The Biggest Loser
The story began when a relative of this boy’s family stepped in and asked for help. Aging owners with failing health simply loved him with food. They just couldn’t say “no” to those big brown eyes. Through many tears, the owners relinquished him. Nora Vanatta stepped in to help.
A volunteer picked him up in Washington State and delivered him to Nora in Portland, Oregon. She thought a basset hound would show up or that he didn’t really weigh 70 pounds. He arrived Saturday, August 18th, 2012, and to her astonishment he is a dachshund and he actually weighs 77 pounds. He is extremely sweet and loving. He was obviously loved.
He is a 7 year old standard dachshund. He is on a special diet to lose the weight and get back to being a happy dog. Nora immediately took him to the vet for blood work and it miraculously came back normal.
In October 2012 the dieting dachshund became a national sensation, but an animal rescue group gone to court to try to take Obee away from the woman who took him in. The agency that claimed to be his owner, Oregon Dachshund Rescue, claimed Obie was being wrongfully held by the defendant, who is exploiting the dog for the sensationalistic promotional value of its unusual obesity.
Obie started doing swim therapy and treadmill workout, along with a special diet. In June 2013, Obie weighted around 30 pounds, losing an astonishing 47 pounds!
Here’s Obie playing with his friend Nog:
Nora hope is that he can be a inspiration to any person or animal trying to lose weight. It is important to introduce pups and kids to a healthy lifestyle and food choices as early as possible. Prevention is the key!
Here’s a news report in October 2013: