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The view from below

Posted by laurie on May 28, 2014


We took Stanley back to the vet on Saturday and she said his butt looks good. She also said he could stand to lose a pound or two. Stanley begs to differ.

26 Responses to “The view from below”

  1. Joan said

    Our beagles gained a few pounds this winter too. We plan many more days at the dog park.

  2. harperlea said

    Poor Stanley! You know he will feel like he’s being starved to death 😉

    Our Bartles the Basset needs to drop a few pounds too… We’ve been monitoring his food intake, but he’s still chubby :(. Time for walks!!!!

  3. Susan in DE said

    Funny how you used the term “begs” to differ. ;-> Ah, the shaved hair anesthesia “bracelet” is still visible … seems to be the fashion this spring. Lady has one, while Josie is sporting two half-cuffs … reminders from our April adventures.

  4. Karen S. said

    How many of our beagles couldn’t stand to lose a pound or two? I could count the number on the fingers of one….elbow.

  5. How much do the boys each weigh ? I guess you could say that they are not in bikini / swim suit shape for summer. But – heck – who is right now ?

  6. justjenny said

    My vet was always so surprised that I managed to maintain Baxter’s weight at EXACTLY 29 lbs, give or take an ounce or two. It helped that he was allergic to practically everything…

  7. Gypsy & Trents dad said

    thanks for the reminder! Need to schedule Trent for his TWELVE week bloodwork. We put him on a reduced calorie diet as well and run him daily. Hopefully he’ll regain his svelte figure!

  8. Kate (Gandolf's mom, w/ memories of Kramer) said

    Awww. I think he looks just fine. 🙂
    On another note, a neighbor had to put his Beagle down last night who had an inoperable tumor around the prostrate. Poor Prancer. That little dog brought me such joy! He was certainly a happy little hound, living to an old age of 12. He was my Kramer’s best friend. Poor guys are no up there playing over the Rainbow Bridge. Oh these Beagles certainly take a little of our hearts with them, don’t they??

    • harperlea said

      Oh I’m so sorry!!!
      Prancer- what a great name!
      Prayers and hugs to Prancers family

      • Kate (Gandolf's mom, w/ memories of Kramer) said

        Thanks Harperlea. He did Prance is his hay days. 🙂

    • Kaye - Bode's mum said

      We’re dealing with prostate cancer here, too. Bode is in month 7 of a six-month prognosis. He’s still surprisingly chipper, all things considered. We’re just keeping him comfortable.

      • Kate (Gandolf's mom, w/ memories of Kramer) said

        Aww! So very sorry. It’s all about keeping them comfortable. Poor Bode, but it sounds like you’re doing well if he’s outlived the prognosis!

      • Luana, Cody, and Henry said

        Sending prayers and much positive energy to Bode to continue outliving the prognosis!

      • Sending hugs and good thoughts to Bode, and his Mum….

    • How sad abut Prancer. But, thank goodness he had understanding and unselfish owners that understood it was the best for Prancer. What a great name.

    • Linda UK said

      How sad about Prancer 😦 Also, to Kaye, sending hugs to dear Bode – just goes to show the beagle courage & character will kick those prognoses into touch!

  9. Julie, JB & Cassie's Mum in the UK said

    It’s amazing how different they are when it comes to weight – JB has been around 19kg for the last few years and he has a very defined waist. We get quite a lot of compliments on how slim he is for a beagle, but he is a big boy – he stands nearly 18″ at the shoulder and he is very muscled, because he’s always walked a lot (usually about four miles a day during the week, more at weekends). Cassie however weighs about 18kg and only just has a waist. She’s gained muscle since she came to us (4 years ago) and is about the same height as JB but looks as though she weighs more than him. The problem with Cassie is she eats everything in sight when we’re out walking, including grass, mud, sticks etc as well as any scrap of food she can find!

    The only way to stop that is to muzzle her but we would never do that because she would be so miserable. JB has to wear one when he goes to the vet because he turns into JB the Killer Beagle when the vet approaches him! Our vet refers to it as his ‘party hat’!!

  10. Cathy, Gomez, Lily & Mr. Peabz said

    We’ve done a couple of laps at the vet recently, and Lily has to go back tomorrow for a low-dose dexamethasone test to see if she has Cushings disease. She definitely has the symptoms, including a pot belly and a ravenous appetite. The latter has resulted in a 3-lb weight increase, which is significant for a little beagle. Particularly since she was chubby to begin with. She’s hard to manage because like Julie’s Cassie, she eats *everything* she comes across, making walks more of a buffet than and exercise opportunity. And yeah, a muzzle is not an option.

    Gomez got a new prescription for his ear allergy and it caused a really scary reaction which in turn led to more vet visits. Fortunately all was quickly fixed and Mr. Gomez will not be taking any more cyclosporine.

    As soon as everyone is diagnosed and fully recovered we’re embarking on a weight control program. What fun!

  11. Sue - Barney, Jodi & Huggy's Mom said

    Barney and I don’t like anyone to control my food either Stan. Yes Barney is a little over his ideal weight. He and Jodi-girl are about the same size, and they eat the same amount of kibble. But different results.

  12. OMG. That’s Spencer’s “I’m suspicious of what you are doing / what’s going on” look

  13. Luana, Cody, and Henry said

    Cody and Henry have LOST some weight lately instead of gaining. I think it’s because of the change I made in their meals.

    I used to give them each a 1/4 cup of kibble with half a can of canned food on top morning and night. I noticed that Cody would gobble the canned food off the top and go right for the empty canned food can, which I allowed him to lick out. In the meantime, Henry would finish his kibble and canned food and then proceed to eat Cody’s untouched kibble.

    I started buying them the Wellness canned Weight Management formula and feeding them one can (between the two of them) in the morning and one can at night. They get the kibble as treats in their Kong Wobblers. I believe this is helping with their weight loss, as they both look as if they’ve lost a little (which was good for both of them!) I have also been giving them each one teaspoon of coconut oil per day.

    Good luck to all the beagles out there (and their people) in the battle of the bulge!

  14. Linda UK said

    Well done Stan for good butt report 🙂
    Beagles/weight gain seem to go in hand, we put Dylan on a ‘light’ kibble a few years ago & it worked a treat. He’s now just about right, although his opinion would be that he is definitely underfed…

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