I don’t really know what the dog equivalent is of fitting in a pair of skinny jeans. They aren’t vain that way. They lack the human tendencies to feel shame, thus have no issues with muffin top fear or the like.
Either way, Koa has lost enough weight that people are starting to notice- which although she doesn’t know it is a big milestone.
Pets reap the benefits as much as anyone else of a healthy weight. Yesterday, I was watching Koa and Brody standing together and noticed how she is finally looking proportional when she stands next to him. Some of it is frame- Brody is tall and skinny, while she is shorter and majorly barrel chested- but now she has a waist.
Her body condition score is working its way down to that coveted “5”. (Who ever knew being a 5 out of 10 was a good thing?)
Her exercise habits are improving. I tend to go on walks longer than she can tolerate right now, so I have to go back home and then go back out with Brody. I can also vouch from firsthand experience that in sunlight, these black dogs do get hotter faster. Lesson learned.
Brody and Koa have both been scarfing Nulo for a couple weeks now, with much gusto. My father-in-law commented to me that he has noticed Koa has a discernibly brighter spring to her step these days- convincing me it’s not just my own biased observation. And why wouldn’t she? At 75.5, she’s down just a few ounces under 10 pounds, a 12% weight loss since coming to live with us!
Brody is a lean 65 pounds, which will probably increase a bit over his second year. He is skinny. Having seen the consequences of overweight dogs again and again, my goal for him is to keep him that way. I’m even thinking of looking into a Couch to 5K for Thanksgiving (how’s that for non-committal response?)