The problem with the diet? He’s already on one. See, we’ve had Patches on a diet for the past 8 months since the vet last told us he needed to slim down – and all he’s done is gain weight, 6 kg to be exact (that’s about 13 lbs, or slightly more than Donnelly weighs). It’ s obviously not working, so we’re now on the vet selected diet. 2 cups of food – no more, no less. No treats, no bones, nothing. Just those two cups of dry food a day. And more exercise. It’s going to be hard on the dog (he’s the one being starved) but it’s also going to be hard on us. We’ll adjust to the food regime – that’s his regular amount – but the no treats will be hard. And the more exercise? He’s already walking 30 minutes before work, and either running or walking 2.5 – 4 miles after work, and apparently that’s not enough.
Because we love our dog, we’ll just move all the eddible items out of reach, ignore his pleading looks and spend more time dog walking (and less time eating) if that’s what it takes. But I’m still having a hard time trying to figure out how we’re going to fit in enough exercise to take off 20 lbs (mostly because I think marathon training is bad for his leg). At his ideal weight loss rate, he’s supposed to lose 0.5 lb a week. 20 lbs = 40 weeks = almost 10 months! That’s a lot of extra workouts. I’m counting on most of the weight coming off due to reduced food intake, but we’ll still have to replace all the “rest”* days on our marathon schedule with “cross-training: very long dog walk, up hill both ways”.
He’s got his first “weigh-in” in two weeks, but we’ve been warned not to be disappointed if he doesn’t lose anything in the first couple weeks. We’ll keep our fingers crossed, hope the new dog food is like a miracle diet product, log a few more miles and maybe Patches will be ready for swim suite season.
*Note: We don’t actually rest on our training rest days – or I would expect us to have a fat dog. Every day is a dog walk (or two) day at the MacDonald house. “No rest for the wicked”….