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Karlin
22nd June 2006, 01:10 PM
She had her second vax today (my vet does a full puppy series on a dog of unknown background like her). I am pleased to announce she climbed on the scales again and in 15 days she has dropped from 8.0kg to 7.8kg (in other words, she has lost about half a pound). Not bad for a little dog in two weeks! She needs to lose at least another full kilo as she should really weigh around 6kg to 6.5 kg I think, so she is still continuing her stay at Karlin's Resort and Spa with her petite meals and extra exercise... :lol: :lol:

So my vet was right in guessing abut two months for her to get to a proper weight. Onwards... :dgwlk:

Claire
22nd June 2006, 02:22 PM
That's great news Karlin....

Jen
22nd June 2006, 02:36 PM
Yea Lily! I've heard good things about that spa, it's suppose to be the best in Ireland. :lol: :lol:

Lorraine
22nd June 2006, 02:49 PM
Karlin, could i come and stay too? I could do with the break h*lp

Karlin
22nd June 2006, 02:57 PM
I need to go on my own regime, too... I'm better at making the dogs do as I say rather than do as I do... :lol:

finn
22nd June 2006, 04:44 PM
Awww well done Lily! And well done Karlin for not falling for that sad little face and caving in with treats. She didn't look very overweight to me Karlin but maybe that's because all her hair disguises it plus she's quite small so that wouldn't help. I'm sure trying to keep up with your energetic boys will see her slim down in no time.

Jen
22nd June 2006, 04:52 PM
I need to go on my own regime, too... I'm better at making the dogs do as I say rather than do as I do... :lol:

I think we could all say that, I know I can! :lol:

brid kenny
22nd June 2006, 05:40 PM
Karlin,
Great to hear miss lily is doing so well. Was looking forward to seeing her last Sunday. But hopefully soon.
Would love to see a photo!
Brid

Maxxs_Mummy
22nd June 2006, 05:55 PM
Well done little Miss Lily :flwr:

Karlin
22nd June 2006, 06:08 PM
Well she also rolled in deer poop this afternoon so now she is all washed and clean as well. :roll:

Ste
22nd June 2006, 09:40 PM
Has she had a name change too (Lara)? That's a bad sign icon_whistling , or a good one depending how you look at it ;)

Karlin
22nd June 2006, 10:58 PM
She was named Lara by her first foster, Brid, but Leo kept thinking I was calling him once she came here, and a friend's daughter liked Lily, which Leo doesn't answer to. :lol: A lot of people on the board were introduced to her first as Lara. :)

She is finally turning properly white on her white bits. She was just so dingy. It has taken a fourth bath and a real scrubbing to finally get the fur to a normal cavalier white. I had actually thought she just had a lot of tan colour in her white fur but I think it is just a year or two of dirt. :yikes

Mary
23rd June 2006, 01:37 AM
Yay Lily! She is going to be irresistable when you are done with her Karlin!

Maxxs_Mummy
23rd June 2006, 09:25 AM
She is finally turning properly white on her white bits. She was just so dingy. It has taken a fourth bath and a real scrubbing to finally get the fur to a normal cavalier white. I had actually thought she just had a lot of tan colour in her white fur but I think it is just a year or two of dirt. :yikes

Oh my word, poor darling :( She sounds like she was in the same state as Holly was when we brought her home for the first time.

By the time she left us to go to her new home she looked and behaved like a different dog. We couldn't believe how much white she actually had on her :yikes

So rewarding though, Karlin :lotsaluv:

rory
23rd June 2006, 04:40 PM
Good job, Lily!!! Rory, on the other hand, is up to 20lbs. icon_blshing I guess I have to cut back his food even more... :(

Angela
23rd June 2006, 07:02 PM
Way to go Lily :*nana:

Karlin
23rd June 2006, 07:03 PM
You know it's bad when one of the street people hanging around the train station asks to pet the dogs, then after a few minutes of scratching Lily's belly he says, "You know she's very fat, love."

:lol: :lol:

I had to agree.

Jen
23rd June 2006, 07:15 PM
You know it's bad when one of the street people hanging around the train station asks to pet the dogs, then after a few minutes of scratching Lily's belly he says, "You know she's very fat, love."

:lol: :lol:

I had to agree.

Geez, she can hear ya know!

Mary
23rd June 2006, 11:46 PM
Poor Lily...she is going to need a therapist to deal with her inferiority complex if that keeps up :)

amanda L
24th June 2006, 11:43 AM
Karlin, Lilly sounds like shes getting on so well :p , it must be hard not to give the treats, but I'd say she loves going for her long walks in the park. She should def reach her target weight....with all the exercise, wish I could do the same myself.. :rotfl:

Maxxs_Mummy
30th June 2006, 03:52 PM
Any further thoughts on where she's going next, Karlin?

Kingofthehouse86
30th June 2006, 04:18 PM
All rit Lilly, u can do it...Go all the way...King could use a nice relaxing spa day, but sadly Ireland is so far away 4 us... :lol: so i'll make a lil spa day hear 4 King on Monday...first a hike in the fresh air to clean the inside of the body and soul...then a bath to clean the dirt on the outside from the hike :lol:

Karlin
30th June 2006, 09:53 PM
I'll likely rehome her, but no decisions made yet. 8) She is doing so well; she is 100% more lively with even a bit of weight off, and playing with toys now sometimes. She LOVES to be groomed... :lol: I was away in the Uk for two days and am told she was so good, slept in a large crate all night with no complaints.

Maxxs_Mummy
30th June 2006, 10:04 PM
Oh bless her. If you don't want her then come and 'dump' her on my doorstep, ring the bell and run away - hubby would most certainly bring her in saying 'look what I've found' - just the way he used to do with all the stray cats we ended up with :lol: :lol: :lol:

I've used up all my emotional blackmail points with him when I got Charlie. Now I need to pretend I don't want another dog and let him convince me that I do :lol: :lol: :lol:

Incidentally, considering that it's me who does everything for Charlie, guess who he loves the most and waits by the door for????? :roll:

brid kenny
1st July 2006, 07:43 PM
Hi Karlin,
How's herself? Sounds like she's doing great.
Just wondering how's her snoring?!!
Brid

Cathy Moon
1st July 2006, 09:09 PM
She's so cute and sweet - wish we could meet her!!! :flwr:

judy
2nd July 2006, 06:00 AM
[quote=karlin]
Oh my word, poor darling :( She sounds like she was in the same state as Holly was when we brought her home for the first time.

By the time she left us to go to her new home she looked and behaved like a different dog. We couldn't believe how much white she actually had on her :yikes

So rewarding though, Karlin :lotsaluv:



what a wonderful feeling that must be, to watch the transformation that love and kindness can bring, to make such a difference for ones so deserving.

Maxxs_Mummy
2nd July 2006, 11:23 AM
Judy,

It's the best feeling in the world :D . You should have seen how nervous Charlie was when I first brought him home in November. This morning he woke me up by biting my nose & walloping my face :yikes - nothing stops my boy when he wants his breakfast :lol:

If hubby would let me I'd fill my home with foster Cavaliers, the teansformation in them is something else when they are shown what love, kindness and discipline (all be it gentle) is :lotsaluv: xxxxx

Karlin
2nd July 2006, 04:20 PM
Brid, she's doing really well and the snoring has decreased somewhat, which gives me hope! :slp:

I had them all out at the beach last night as it was such a beautiful evening. She ran nonstop, which was a first. All three of them love to run and run along the sand and shore, and Lily likes to terrorise the strands of seaweed by shaking them hard then shredding them into pieces and throwing them in the air. :lol: She used to bark every time we met other dogs on walks, but this has decreased enormously in the past week or so -- I think she just has more confidence. They also had to stop and smell every jellyfish -- there are a lot of them stranded on Dollymount at the moment.

For a real scare story about how seriously being overweight can affect our dogs, I was on the phone last night to a friend who's westie is now so fat that his hind legs cannot support him properly, he is having problems lifting his leg to wee, and xrays show his spine is moving out of alignment and that his legs can no longer adequately support the weight of his body. Because the dog is so fat he couldn't exercise, and because he doesn't exercise he was getting even fatter. I hasten to add my friend didn't get him in this condition but a relative who has minded him, did.

The vet said basically the dog would be dead within a year at this rate (he's only 5 or 6). He said even if he loses weight he may still need spinal surgery which isn't generally very successful, but is hopeful that as the dog is relatively young, he will recover himself simply by taking off the weight and exercising to get some strength back in the supporting muscles around the bones.

In four weeks on a strict diet with daily half hour walks, he has lost a little over a kilo (about 2.5 lbs). He has gone from being dragged along by another westie on walks to keeping pace and now playing with the two other dogs in the house. This of course is also helping him to exercise and shed weight.

I have seen many a cavalier as fat or nearly as fat as this dog. It is a real eye opener as to the effects of about two years of gradually gaining weight, going from heavy to gross obesity in this particular dog. My friend is so shocked, especially by those x-rays. For cavaliers, there's the extra demands weight makes on the mitral valve in the heart, hastening MVD -- so we have extra reasons to keep them slim!!

Anyway it reconfirmed me in efforts to get that weight off of Lily. :shock:

Maxxs_Mummy
3rd July 2006, 12:23 PM
You go Karlin :rah: Lily will only thank you for it :D

As you probably know I have a weight issue with Maxx. I wouldn't have if well meaning people who live here (points at daddy) stopped feeding him with cr@p :(

We have had so many rows about this that I have even threatened divorce.

Maxx has 30g of JWB light twice a day & the odd bit of chicken or tiny bit of cheese with his tablets & we (me and James the Vet) couldn't understand why he wasn't losing weight and was some weeks, gaining it :yikes

Eventually, I found DH feeding him on whole big bonios and slices of buttered toast :yikes I flipped and went crazy telling him that he was killing my dog! Now we have come to a compromise, he is allowed to give him a piece of carrot when he gets up in the morning and also when he comes in from work - anything else is down to me and heaven help him if I find he's been feeding him again :swear:

sramirez
3rd July 2006, 02:46 PM
I can truly hear you about the "buttered toast". That is definitely my Sophie's favorite tidbit.

I am trying very hard to stick to the diet that I have started for Sophie. Esp. after reading Karlin's newest post about the Westie. I know it's in her best interest - too bad my Sophie doesn't exactly get that! She does however, seem to like the bananas/apples & fr. green beans/pumpkin I'm filling her dish with (and cutting back her dog food).

I will take her in for a weigh in about a week. It's been so hot/humid here (even first thing in the morning) we can hardly take a walk these days. Ugh!!

Sheri

Maxxs_Mummy
3rd July 2006, 11:36 PM
Same here Sheri :( I hate the heat with a vengeance :yuk: . Yesterday we reached 32 degrees where I live 8) :yikes My two are getting their walks late at night when everyone else is sleeping :lol: