Portland dog goes on diet
He’s considered the world’s fattest dachshund, but hopefully not for long. Obie is on a mission to shed pounds and get healthy, after topping the scales at 77 pounds.
He’s now under the care of a foster mom in Portland who read about Obie on the Oregon Dachshund Rescue’s Facebook page.
“I just read the story, and I was like, ‘I’ll take him, he can lose weight, how hard can it be,’” said Nora Vanatta, who admits she hadn’t seen a picture of the massive dog.
Vanatta said the former owners, an elderly couple from Marysville, Wash., couldn’t care for the dog properly. A family member of the couple contacted to dog rescue group for help.
“They loved him dearly,” Vanatta said. “As far as I know he just ate people food, by hand.”
Vanatta said since Obie arrived to her home about a month ago, the dog has lost nearly 10 pounds on a strict diet of high protein, high fiber food.
After shedding a little weight, he’s now able to walk or waddle around. Before, he had trouble moving.