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    Default Grandma's Obese CKCS

    Hey all.

    Grandma's up this way & brought her 6 year old KCCS (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel edited to use correct breed, thanks to Myf & CD) "Jamie" along. Been a few years since we last saw each other.

    We went for a walk yesterday & to be honest, after about 10 minutes of snail’s pace walking, I insisted turning back. He had to sit for ages before returning.

    Experienced shortness of breath & started limping. Then just flopped down exhausted.

    My dogs Scotty & Bindy were kinda like C'mon, what’s the holdup, let’s get going

    It is so sad, she lost grandpa 3 years ago and this little guy has been smothered in affection & food ever since.

    Her vet in Sydney told her the plain hard facts, start a sensible diet & exercise, or your dog is headed for an early grave.

    Has a grade 2 heart murmur.


    I know he's a fussy eater, won't touch the dry food or raw bones I use. Loves BBQ chicken skin and all, probably gets the whole chook after she has cut off her tiny portion.


    So here's my plan.....

    1. Leave him with me for a couple of weeks.
    2. Booked into my vet for assessment and diet/exercise management plan.
    3. Educate & encourage my Grandma to continue this program.

    She nearly changed her mind & said she couldn't go a night without him, but eventually agreed it was the best thing for him. Was in tears when she left

    What do you think guys, any advice really appreciated?


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    Fuzzy phone photo, shows his width
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    Great idea, will save your Grandma early heartache. He's beautiful, minus the fattiness.

    Looking forward to hearing about his progress.

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    Sounds like a plan to me..............
    Good luch with it & will your've got the dog maybe get her on a slimmers food she will eat so it's easy for grandma when the dog goes home.
    Dogs make everyday life enjoyable...........

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    Well done to you for being so caring, and well done to your grandma for being so brave!

    I did wonder if your Grandma's fitness was such that she could exercise Jamie herself, or might she need a little help? Obviously with that heart murmur, he will have to be exercised very carefully, but there are canine rehab centers that might be able to help, or puppy walkers? That said, your Gran might be hale and hearty.... I sure hope so!

    Good Luck!
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    Ta for the encouragement guys

    Just spoke to my grandma on the phone & she had a sleepless night without him, but now agrees she's been literally "loving him to death".

    Going to be a long & carefull road for both of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Villain & Flirtt View Post
    your Gran might be hale and hearty.... I sure hope so!
    Good Luck!
    Grandma is about to hit 90, fit as a fiddle, very active gardener & still sharp as a tack.

    I noticed when she walked him, he'd constantly stop her to mark or sniff everything, she'd just stand there & wait.
    Was kinda like the most boringly usless walk ever for me & the dogs

    When I suggetsed we cross the road with less distractions, then it became clear he was strugging after just a few minutes.


    Ta for the kind thoughts V & F
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    *sigh* my MIL is the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puggerup View Post
    *sigh* my MIL is the same.
    LOL Pugger....

    I thought "MIL" was your dog's name & then the penny dropped

    So your "Mother In Law's" dog is the same eh







    How's about getting her to join this forum & let's see if we can help
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    What you are doing is great.
    I am just concerned though that after all your good work that the same patterns will continue back at home and yoyo weight fluctuations may harm as well if your guidelines are not adhered to by grandma.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Very valid concerns Di_dee1.

    I know 2 weeks will see miminal physical impact for him, but am also hoping I'll get to know this little guy a lot better.

    Hopefully their reliance for each other for affection, his unecessary food rewards, poor diet & exercise can be modified without causing undue strain to them.

    Still learning what motivates him, his social skills with people & other dogs & want to treat him like a dog by not humansing him anymore.
    I know this will be tricky when they re-unite, but hoping to have enough supporting advice to help her understand & cope.

    He has already started to copy my pair in subtle ways.

    Mind you, as we speak, mine are out the back chasing water dragons & he's at my feet snoring
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    ... Jade ...

    Aha yeah me too! wee wee or pee pee and poo poo's or poopie

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