No doubt he was underweight, having spent many weeks as a stray in Lafayette, Louisiana; and in shelters in Lafayette and in Sarasota, Florida.
He and I were at the HSSC Veterinarian Clinic today to pick up some anti-flea meds. Just for the sake of it I took him to the scale where I found out that he now weighs 73 lbs.
Oh dear. Despite our many daily long walks (most days 100 minutes in total) my dear boy is a bit over weight. In the long term this is not good for his health. And I want him to be my best pal for the long term.
The Veterinarian technician recommended that I should cut down on Zion's twice daily portions of kibble, whilst adding cooked carrots or green beans to fill his belly without adding calories.
Of course I will do this for the health and benefit of my best pal.
I cannot imagine life without him.
It would also be good for me to move t'wards a more vegetable centred diet.
We all know that a healthy diet is more efficacious for weight loss than an "ton" of exercise.
'Tis true, no doubt about it.
But who can measure the emotional and spiritual benefits of a long walk with a beloved pooch?