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Charlie’s Story

 

Charlie’s Story

Posted by Boyne Tannum in Animal Rescue 04 Dec 2014

Charlie_before&afterC Charlie’s story is a reminder to everyone that the decision to get a pet is a lifetime one, things may change over time but those pets rely on you to be with them through thick or thin. This is a true story of a pet who was loved but not unconditionally.

It began almost 8 years ago when a family knew they wanted to get another dog, one to fill the void of their previous dog who sadly passed away at a ripe old age and gave them so much joy and happiness.

When the family (Mum, Dad & 3 kids) decided they were ready for a new dog they researched all the breeds & knew they wanted a family friendly dog and one who would be sociable with other dogs. The decision was made and a Labrador was the perfect choice! They were so happy to have him as part of the family. His name is Charlie.
Eventually Charlie started to grow up and of course so did the family, everyone got busy, the pup got less and less attention, training got forgotten, the pup got bored and found all the wrong things to play with while everyone was out being too busy, he was too rough when the family did decide to go outside and play with him; so eventually their beloved pet Charlie was categorised as naughty and locked away down the back of the yard away from all the things that could get him in trouble and also away from the family and all the fun.

Days went by, weeks and months went by, eventually years went by and Charlie was just a forgotten piece of backyard furniture, he was only visited by the family when his food & water containers became empty. His life consisted of eating, sleeping and laying in his pool of water.

Once a week Charlie’s food was given to him in a large container which would last the week so therefore he just grazed on it all day long, he never went out for regular exercise and therefore his weight just piled on and on and on until he was morbidly obese.

Things had to change and Charlie had a second chance at life, his family knew that he deserved a much more fulfilling life and that’s when Charlie came to live with our family.

Charlies new life began back in March 2013, he was six year old Labrador then and weighed 45kgs.

His life up until this point consisted of free range eating, laying in his pool and sleeping. An average weight for a Labrador of his size is 30kgs, so as you can already see we had a lot of work to do. This is Charlie’s weight loss journey……

Weight Chart

Over a period of seven months Charlie was put on a healthy and nutritious eating plan along with an exercise regime. His diet consisted of a high quality Eukanuba weight control food which gave him all the required nutrition but still made him feel full throughout the day. For a healthy snack at lunch time he was given a carrot which had no calories and was also great for keeping his teeth clean.

Exercise was implemented gradually and his diet strictly followed. Charlie was so overweight that exercise had to be introduced slowly so not to put anymore strain or pressure on his stressed joints and heart. His back height was 5cm below where it should have been from the excess weight he carried. Exercise was slowly increased more and more every week.

We could see that every day there was a difference in his mentality and energy levels. In the beginning Charlie detested exercise but he can now run for kilometres and he enjoys every step! He now has as much energy and enthusiasm for life as when he was a puppy.

Charlies favourite pasttime & hobbies are going to the beach, playing tug of war, chasing his ball and playing with his best mate Plugger. He is now a healthy 31 kgs and 7 years young!

Exercise was implemented gradually and his diet strictly followed. Charlie was so overweight that exercise had to be introduced slowly so not to put anymore strain or pressure on his stressed joints and heart. His back height was 5cm below where it should have been from the excess weight he carried. Exercise was slowly increased more and more every week.

We could see that every day there was a difference in his mentality and energy levels. In the beginning Charlie detested exercise but he can now run for kilometres and he enjoys every step! He now has as much energy and enthusiasm for life as when he was a puppy.

Charlies favourite pasttime & hobbies are going to the beach, playing tug of war, chasing his ball and playing with his best mate Plugger. He is now a healthy 31 kgs and 7 years young!

Below is the food that we fed Charlie on to get his weight under control

Eukanuba – Adult Large Breed Light which we stock at Boyne Tannum Vet Surgery.

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