My Big Girl. An Australian Blue Heeler…sort of. A girl who needed a “J.O.B” as a teenager, and wouldn’t stop chewing, digging or destroying. A dog who could instinctively herd cattle, and would, I’m certain, give her life to protect me.
She has become an amazing companion/watch dog.
She has a little…..problem. She loves food. And has gotten past the point of healthy. We went to the Vet on Friday. She was already 10 pounds overweight, and managed to gain 3 more. We were in trouble.
Weight on dogs causes significant joint issues, back issues, and I don’t want my loyal, sweet, food motivated girl to suffer. She eats everything in site….. My other dog’s chow, poop, bugs, lizards, whatever she can catch. It’s kinda gross🙄
The Vet made a recommendation. He said to give her green beans, and reduce her food. I’d already reduced her food to 1 1/2 cups of dry chow per day. But she was finding remarkable outlets to eat. The Vet thought the “treat” might compensate for her need to eat everything in sight.
Well, Dolly loves the green beans, right out of the can. She thinks they are a treat. She is also motivated by the fact our other dog isn’t offered any. Ho, Ho, Ho, Go Dolly…. The Green Bean Giant Dog. Countdown from 64 pounds. A bit hefty for a Heeler. We are on our way.