Nokyoung Xayasane
September 11, 2012

World’s Fattest Dog Goes on a Diet (PHOTOS)

Obese Obie. That’s what I imagine the other dogs on the playground would snicker-bark at the world’s fattest Dachshund. I’m sorry, Obie, but it’s a dog-eat-dog world.

This dog is adorable, but he has a huge problem. He weighs in at five and a half stone — that’s 77 pounds. The average Dachshund weighs a maximum of 32 pounds. Obie is more than twice the normal weight for these breeds.

It was reported that Obie was nearly feed to death by his elderly owners, who eventually gave him up because of their own waning health. But have no fear. He’s been adopted by Portland-based veterinary technician Nora Vanetta.

“He is extremely sweet and loving,” says Vanetta. “He was obviously loved and is a joy to work with. The aging owners just couldn’t say no to those big brown eyes.” Cue puppy dog eyes.

Yes, definitely irresisitible.

Obie arrived in the Vanetta household on August 18, and the vet tech has started him on a weight loss regime. Obie is too large to physically exhert himself, so he’s on a special diet along with treatments such as hydrotherapy.

This lovable Dachshund isn’t alone in his weight loss struggle. Vanetta has two other dogs in the household: a five-year-old Dachshund and a nine-year-old Lab. She hopes they will be good role models for Obie.

Facebook supporters have started a page called Biggest Loser, Doxie Edition to show their solidarity for the dog. Vanetta has also set up a PayPal page for those who’d like to donate to Obie’s cause.

Nora Vanetta also has a degree in animal science, and she recommends that pet-owners should introduce a healthy lifestyle to their furry friends at a young age: “It is so important to introduce pups and kids to a healthy lifestyle and food choices as early as possible.”

Obie is looking to lose 40 pounds, which should bring him to a healthier weight. Good luck, Obie! We’re rooting for you!