Most Americans are struggling with their weight, and one dog in Oregon is no different.
Obie the Dachshund mix was up to 77 pounds.
Now he’s on a strict diet to get him back to a normal size.
Obie may not fit the dachshund mold right now.
At nearly 70 pounds, his walk looks more like a waddle and he can’t quite keep up with his new brothers.
But that doesn’t stop him from trying.
“He’s just so happy and easy going. He doesn’t care what people think,” dog foster mom Nora Vanatta said.
Vanatta volunteered to take on the extra weight of this meaty dog, after reading about Obie on the Oregon Dachshund Rescue Facebook page.
A family member of the previous owners who lived in Marysville, Wash. contacted the group for help.
“I just read the story and I was like, ‘I’ll take him, he can lose weight, how hard can it be.’ I hadn’t seen a picture or anything,” she said.
That was about a month ago.
Back then Obie weighed in at 77 pounds.
Vanatta said Obie’s former owners, an elderly couple, loved the dog dearly, maybe a little too much.
“As far as I know, he just ate people food by hand,” she said.
That’s not the case anymore.
Vanatta, a former vet tech turned EMT said Obie is now on a strict diet, high protein and high fiber.
So far, it’s working.
The 5-year-old pooch has already lost nearly 10 pounds.
The goal is to get him down to about 40; a feat that could take up to a year, but his many fans have faith.
“As soon as he loses the weight, he’ll just be a happy, normal dog,” she said. “I think the most amazing part of this whole thing is how he’s influencing and inspiring people.”