Life with Jasmine and Juliet, Our Rescued Dachshunds

Random notes on our experience with our two rescued miniature dachshunds

Winter Weight

on February 19, 2010

It’s still cold and snowy here, and since we started getting snow, Jasmine’s physical activity went from a crawl to non-existent (as mine did, but that’s a different story). Her exercise consists of following me from the den to the kitchen, outside to her bathroom spot, and around the house for various activities. Due to the cold, ice, and salt, we haven’t really taken her for walks since winter came. And it shows. She’s, um, pleasantly plump.

Hubby’s daughter came by the other week and noted that Jasmine’s butt was getting big. When you’re around someone, that gradual weight gain is…gradual. It doesn’t seem as pronounced to you as to someone who hasn’t seen you in a while. Well, Jasmine’s weight was noticeable. When you’re an 11-pound dog, another pound is almost 10% of your body weight–a significant amount. I know that my actions are the ones that keep her healthy, keep the weight down, keep her in shape. And I haven’t been as active with her as I should be.

So Jasmine is a cute, pudgy little dog. And it’s up to me to make her a cute, fit dog.

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One response to “Winter Weight

  1. Kate says:

    We get less active in the winter too, so I’m a little less free with the treats than I am in nicer weather. The pups still put on a little winter weight of their own, though, which earns them a couple of months of being called “Mama’s little pudge.” Plump or fit, they’re still cute.

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