There’s a new name being used in our house, “Boomba”. I had a feeling that Jess was putting on a bit of weight. If I’m honest her weight has fluctuated since we got her at eleven years old but today, I realised it had managed to creep up again.
When we rescued Jess, she was a very skinny 17kg border collie. Now 17kg, isn’t that bad for her breed and she wasn’t starving or anything (though she was not at all motivated by food and would often refuse to eat) but you could easily have mistaken her for a border collie whippet cross (which I’m sure would be given a very amusing name like whipollie or bordepet (almost a little French sounding)).
So, like any loving parents, we encouraged her to eat. And, then at our first ever Battersea Reunion party (Battersea dogs home hold an annual reunion for all of their rescued pets in Battersea Park every year) there was a professional photographer, and as proud parents, we took Jess along to the stand. I remember being so proud on the day, and then when we were emailed the proofs to see if we wanted to purchase, I realised our dog was overwreigh!! How could that be? Only months before (this was probably over a six month period) she was the skinniest little thing. But now, she was definitely in need of a diet and exercise (not that she didn’t get walked several times a day) .
Since then her weight has always been good. I’d say she’s always been on the heavier side of the ‘ideal range’ for her breed but she’s still in the ideal section.
Even today, as the scales went up and it became apparent her food portions and treats needed to come down, she is not classed as overweight. Jess gets plenty of exercise, the walk back and forth to the vets was over 3.5kms
Let’s just say, it wouldn’t hurt her to miss a meal and with her arthritis getting worse, the weight needs to come back down. So dinner was slightly smaller tonight, and my little fattie boomba, gave me a look of sheer horror when I refused her any treats from the cupboard. This puppy is joining the unofficial Biggest Loser House!
Don’t worry pup, you’ll still get your goodbye treat when I leave for work in the morning (but your breakfast may have been a little smaller than normal).