Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Hoppy is the Biggest LOSER!

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.

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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


Chester's Mom said...

CONGRATULATIONS HOPPY!! You look absolutely fabulous and I bet you feel better too. Apparently so if you're runnin' around like a pup again! Now we weigh almost the same thing! That's great that your pack cared enough to support you during your weight losing! But as for green beans, I hope you still get some-I love 'em!! I get a couple frozen ones as my bedtime snack almost every night! Yummy!

Sally-don't be so hard on Hoppy. He looks like such a happy fella and I'm sure he has a heart of gold even if he doesn't have labrador desires like the rest of us. Tell Spud I said "Hey!'

Woofs and lightweight slobbers,

Martha Basset said...

Well done Hoppy! He does look great - so much leaner and fitter.
We were a bit worried when we saw the title of your post in case Hoppy had been dock diving........
Now Bailey since she was spayed has put on 3kilos!!! The vet is also watching me! I was spayed at the beginning of March and apparently this is a time when dogs put on weight!
So Sally we may be having to try your green bean diet ourselves!
Martha xxx

Mason Dixie said...

Wow he does look so wonderful and seems to be very happy. Maybe the dock is just not for him, maybe he is just a love pup. =)

GoldenSamantha said...

That is fantastic! Hoppy looks amazingly different and gorgeous and I know he must feel better! When I ate a lot of apples my first summer here, my peeps had no clue I'd gain so much weight (duhhh). After mom fed me a little dog food with peas and carrots (basically same as what you did) for a few months with extra exercise (it was really hard), I lost 12 pounds and feel so much better tho. Thanks for the great post!
Congrats Hoppy!

Mr. Stick said...

He will fly further with each jump :)

NESSA the hovawart said...

Woow Hoppy, well done !!You look so fit now. I bet you run much faster now!

Kisses and hugs,

PiaffePlease said...

Congrats Hoppy! Ive been trying to get my Basset to lose weight but I cant seem to get anywhere. He doesnt get fed much and exercises everyday.