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Update on Fletch 7.8.14

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

fletch_treatUPDATE ON FLETCH

Our boy is making great progress on his weight loss journey.  He weighed in at 115 pounds on Thursday which is a 10 pound loss since he joined us on May 10th!  He is feeling great and enjoying his 2-3 walks a day and his 4-5 swims a week.  His endurance is building and we are up to 30 minute swims. We adjust the time depending on the other activities that are planned for the day.  In the next week he will be going in for some dental work and the removal of a large lipoma behind his front right leg.  We wouldn’t normally worry about it but the size could cause some issues as he continues to lose weight.

Fletcher is also getting a thorough rehabilitation evaluation done this week.  We have noticed that when he swims and starts to get tired his left rear end is lower in the water.  We want to determine the cause of the weakness and start an exercise plan to help with this weakness.  At 8 years old we want to be proactive.  Letting something like this go can cause other issues from compensation for the weakness.  Stay tuned for the results of the evaluation and the plan.

Exercise, Fun & Love

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

fletchsnugglingWhere do I start? This guy has wormed his way into our hearts. Each day we learn a little more about him and are always wanting to know more. That is what makes the relationship with a dog or any animal so special. They are always giving.

As we continue to work on his weight loss he is definitely showing physical signs of the loss. He is currently at 117. That is an 8 pound loss in 6 weeks! His skin is looser, his collar is now on the second notch and as you can see from the below top down view he is starting to trim a little. We continue to do a lot of walking the neighborhood. We take one to two 30 minute walks a day and at least two 20 minute walks. He eats twice daily and gets a few treats. The other activity that has played a large role in his program is swimming. He has been swimming at least 4x a week for up to 30 minutes each time.

The pace of the weight loss has slowed a bit and we know we have to be patient. His body is adjusting to a new food, a new lifestyle and activity level. We will continue with the same process as long as he continues to lose at this healthy pace.

The other project we are working on with him is the anxiety of being left home. Our month is almost up of not leaving him and it has proven to be very productive. Not only is he a trooper with going everywhere and being patient but he now is fine with us walking out to the garage without him and he even stays in the office without barking immediately when I walk away. The door is open but this is still progress.

One thing that made me very happy this week….he picked up a toy for me to throw and after fetching it he raced around in circles. A happy dance.  Now we know he is happy in his new home and he can look forward to more happiness.

Top view pictures of him .. week 1, week 5 and 6.5 weeks

week1

Week 1

week5

Week 5

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Week 6.5