A diet for dogs that works!

Our beloved Akela died almost three years ago.  If you’d like to know a little more about her “talents” and maybe just a few tiny flaws, here is a post I did then.

And, if you happen to have a dog that needs to lose weight, you might want to try the diet I told about in that post:

About 6 years ago, the Vet told us that Akela Jane needed to lose a little weight (actually about 10 lbs.).  (It runs in the family!)  So, a friend told me the trick of replacing a cup of a dog’s dry dog food with canned green beans, to cut down on their calories.  We did it and it worked!  The Vet was amazed.  And, after she had lost the weight we continued to replace a half cup of her food with beans, because she liked them so much.  She thought they were a treat!  Go figure.

If you try this diet for your dog, I hope it works as well for you as it did for us.

By the way, if you happen to have recently lost a pet and are grieving for them, take heart.  We loved and adored Akela like no other pet we had ever had.  But there does come a time, as it is now for us, when the pain of loss fades and you are just left with wonderful memories.

9 Responses to A diet for dogs that works!

  1. carlahoag says:

    Sandra, you are blessed to have such a wonderful photograph of you and Akela. My first thought when I saw it was “2 pretty girls”.

    When cameras are brought out, I always shied away. There are lots of events I’ve recorded – and it looks that I wasn’t there because I’m not in the pictures!

    Anyway, she was a beautiful dog and the intelligence is obvious in her eyes.

    We’re off to Tulsa this weekend. It’s my mother’s 96th birthday!

  2. Sandra says:

    Carla — My guess is you have too high standards for yourself in pictures! I’m not particularly fond of this pre-weight loss picture of me either, but I loved it of Akela — so I just tell myself, “People aren’t looking at me — they’re seeing Akela!” 🙂

  3. Sandra says:

    Oh, also Carla, hope you have a wonderful weekend in Tulsa with your mom. Happy 96th birthday, Mom! 🙂

  4. Linda says:

    I think it’s a wonderful picture of both of you! Your Hubby must have been holding a disc in one hand to get that intense look in Akela’s eyes.

  5. Sandra says:

    Linda — And a cinnamon roll in the other, to get that interested look in MY eyes! 🙂

  6. Cheryl says:

    LOVE this picture of you and Akela…She was a beautiful dog and your eyes show how much you love her…or maybe it is that cinnamon roll..:)

  7. Sandra says:

    You are soooo perceptive, Cheryl. 🙂

  8. Hilary says:

    That’s such a lovely photo. I have to wonder how many dogs might eat around the beans but it sure sounds like a fine idea. Maybe I ought to employ that idea in my own diet…

  9. Sandra says:

    Good idea, Hilary! I never thought of trying it myself. I wonder how ice cream tastes with green beans mixed in. 🙂

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