Well, I know I’ve made some posts complaining about Hoppy and ragging on him because he’s not a retriever…nor a dock diver. But now it’s time for a little brag about that little brother of mine.
If you remember, when we got Hoppy, he was HUGE! He weighed 86 pounds. EEK! That’s more than 25 pounds heavier than me (or I? Don’t tell my mom. She’s an ex-English teacher). Here’s what he looked like when we first brought him home.
Now, if you know my mom, then you know absolutely she would not stand to have a fat dog. And if you think back, when we got him, she was planning on him being a dock diver, (yeah, right!) and fat dogs aren’t good dock divers.
So she put him on a diet which she called the “Green Bean Diet.” Every morning, she would give him a little dog food…even less then I got….and mix in some green beans with the food.
Then there was the exercise part. Every day either my mom or my dad take Spud and I out for our “romp” as they call it. It’s a 30-minute exercise session of hard retrieving with the chuck-it. And, of course, Hoppy would go with us.
At first, he wouldn’t run at all. He was too fat! But as the weight started dropping off, he began running more and more. And now, he sprints along with us most of the time. He still won’t retrieve the ball…totally clueless, but he sure enjoys trying to keep up with us as we retrieve.
Okay, enough of all that. Here’s what you’re waiting for…the final results.
Hoppy’s start weight: 86 pounds (12/29)
Hoppy final weight: 74.5 pounds (4/14)
That’s a total weight loss of 11.5 pounds!!!
Way to go, Hoppy!
And here are some before/after photos of Hoppy now. See how sleek and sexy he looks. :)
As much as that boy aggravates me to death….and as much as he embarrasses me at dock diving events, I must admit I’m very proud of him. He not only looks better, but he’s so much more active and playful and definitely has a better quality of life.
But the best part of all, for Hoppy, is no more green beans!
I hope someone reads this post to Hoppy soon. I guarantee you, I will not be posting another bragging post about that royal pain anytime soon!
See you on the dock,
Sally, the Captain of Team 3 Dawg Flite
Proud member of Dixie Dock Dogs