Obie the Obese Dachshund Is on a Mission to Lose 40 Pounds

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Obie the obese Dachshund is on a mission to start over. After spending the first five years of his life with aging owners who spoiled him with food, Obie is starting a new life with new owners who have vowed to help him lose 40 pounds.

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According to his Facebook page, Obie was picked up from his former home in Washington state and delivered to his new home in Portland, Ore. Nora, his new owner, was shocked at what she saw. Obie weighed 77 pounds. Nora, a certified veterinary technician, graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Animal Science, and is educated in nutrition and animal behavior. She put her new dog on a special diet that she hopes will result in a weight of 30 pounds, still large for a Dachshund, but a significant improvement.

In addition to a diet, Nora also plans to put Obie on a strict workout regimen that includes swim therapy and treadmill work once he loses a bit of weight. She anticipates that he may have to have excess skin surgically removed as well. She hopes that Obie will be an inspiration to any person or animal trying to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle.


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Big Dick

Awesome ! Glad to see Obie's with someone who KNOWS how to take care of a pet. Yes, his former owners were old, but to me thats no excuse! One reader said they probably had dementia. One said senile. Just because the couple was older does not necessarily mean they suffered from any of those 2 conditions. So those readers condemning some of the comments made that stated the old owners were probably fat, lazy, or stupid are obviously too arrogant to realize they were making assumptions themselves. But hooray for Odie!

October 10 2013 at 10:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This makes me physically ill. Did Obie get better?

October 10 2013 at 9:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Maria Werner Brejner

Yes! He's under 30 pounds now =)

April 17 2014 at 2:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kara Bauer

I guess many of you did not actually read this article. The dachshund was previously owned by "aging" owners. I think someone else mentioned this as well. The owners were elderly and most likely had dementia and could not properly care for the dog let alone themselves. This is not animal abuse and they should not be heavily fined because like I said before they probably had dementia. The dog is now in a new home with new owners who are helping the dog become healthy. Please read the whole article before you make comments!

September 14 2012 at 1:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

ridiculous! How can anyone think this is okay, the past owners were prolly fat slobs. Poor baby!

September 05 2012 at 9:16 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to misty's comment

Better than a moron who uses the non word: prolly !

October 10 2013 at 7:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
A Pet's Life®

Very sad to see Obie this way -- good luck to the new owner, I hope Obie gets healthy soon!

August 30 2012 at 9:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Yo Babes

Dear New Owners: Don't stress his heart with workouts. Just switch the pup to a raw diet and watch the weight fall off him.

August 29 2012 at 4:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The owners should be ashamed of themselves!! I think that is animal abuse. The state needs to take the poor dog away from them. He looks so miserable.

August 29 2012 at 4:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Theresa's comment

Read the whole story before you make stupid comments

October 10 2013 at 7:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

PEOPLE, this dog belonged to "aging" owners. That means senile. I've seen it happen before. Of course they loved the dog - they were probably put into a home or passed away which is what brought this dog to the attention of would-be rescuers. Of course what happened to this poor dog is sad but it was done out of love and from dementia -- the previous owners of an extremely obese Yorkie we were lucky enough to get had been owned by a loving old lady who simply could not remember when she'd last fed her - so she just kept feeding her over and over. I'm betting this pretty Dachshund is now in great hands and will end up just fine.

August 29 2012 at 4:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Lard ass

August 29 2012 at 4:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alexis Elizabeth

This is criminal in my opinion and should never have gotten this far out of hand. Whoebver owns this poor dog should be heavily fined and ordered to attend pet parenting classes to learn how to properly feed a pet.

August 29 2012 at 4:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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