Dieting dachshund goes from obese to svelte

IF you have a dog whose weight strikes terror more than his bark, don’t fret. Ohio’s Dennis the dachshund is an inspiring story about an extremely obese four-legged friend shedding not just hair but pounds, lots of it.

BEFORE. A June 2013 photo of Dennis the dachshund,  which weighed in at 56 pounds and could walk only a few feet without stopping, out of breath. His previous owner had fed him human food like burgers and pizza. (AP FOTO)
BEFORE. A June 2013 photo of Dennis the dachshund, which weighed in at 56 pounds and could walk only a few feet without stopping, out of breath. His previous owner had fed him human food like burgers and pizza. (AP FOTO)

Once a wanton wiener dog, Dennis went on a diet and is now a happy shadow of his former self after losing more than 75 percent of his body weight.

Less than two years ago, Dennis weighed in at a whopping 25 kilograms — about the size of four or five miniature dachshunds, which is what he is. A series of “before” photos show Dennis resting on rolls of fat, his head seemingly too little for his blob of a body. He couldn’t take more than a few steps without being out of breath.

AFTER. When Brook Burton rescued him, Dennis was given a steady diet of strictly dog food, exercise and affection, and has since slimmed down to a svelte 12 pounds and now loves to chase squirrels and play fetch. (AP FOTO)
AFTER. When Brook Burton rescued him, Dennis was given a steady diet of strictly dog food, exercise and affection, and has since slimmed down to a svelte 12 pounds and now loves to chase squirrels and play fetch. (AP FOTO)

Then Brooke Burton adopted him from a relative who had fed him burgers, pizza and other human food, and didn’t pay much attention to the dog’s burgeoning belly.

Burton, a 26-year-old nursing student, recalls how emotional she became when she first saw Dennis in June 2013, and then persuaded her relative to give him up.

“Out comes Dennis, and I couldn’t believe it,” Burton says. “I wasn’t even sure what breed of dog he was supposed to be because he was so large.”

Burton put him on diet of dry dog food, plus lots of walks and affection.

Now the six-year-old wiener dog is a svelte five kilograms and happily chasing squirrels in the backyard, playing fetch and bossing around the other three rescue dogs that live with him. (AP)

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