J and I just got married in Jamaica and for the week that we were away, we had J's coworker dog sit for us. I had prepared a very extensive list of how to take care of the dogs, their daily routines, how much to feed them, etc... Due to a silly spelling mistake of her email address, the list never got to her. I usually check my email quite frequently on my phone but as luck would have it, my phone charger got lost and I did not see the bounce back email until we were in the airport lounge on the way back home! Our dogs are pretty low maintenance so we weren't too worried but since she didn't have any directions, she had to guess on everything. When we finally got home we were greeted by two very excited dachshunds and once the excitement died down we looked at Macho and then looked at each other and said "Macho is fat!" His belly grew so big! We didn't need to call his co-worker to find out how much she fed him as we looked at their food bowls which were filled to the brim with food!
Macho and Savvy never have food during the day. They only get fed once, at dinner time and Macho eats 3/8 cup and Savvy eats 1/4 cup with a handful of frozen beans as recommended by our vet. During the time that we were gone Macho must have eaten the entire food bowl worth of food which had to be at least 1 cup of food each day!
He probably was a happy little guy while we were away as he never had to bug anybody for more food! We can't blame the dogsitter as she's only ever had big dogs so she knew nothing about how much to feed these little guys. If only the email had gone through! We now have to start a strict diet for Macho to lose that extra poundage he put on. We are thinking about putting him on low calorie food for awhile and getting some extra walks in.
Savvy has always been good about not eating more than she can so she looks the same. I only wish Macho had the same kind of self control around food!
I am afraid that Macho is going to go nuts with the lack of food that he has had for the past week. Anyone have some good diet tips for a overweight dog?
This is Macho pre-big fat belly. I am afraid to show you what he looks like now!
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