Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Zero's Journey To The #PerfectWeight Begins #ad

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My dog Zero has officially become a couch potato. It wasn't until my best friend came over, walked in the door, and said “Oh My God what did you do to Zero she’s so fat!” Reality struck that I had a major issue on my hands. I convinced myself something was medically wrong with her and took her to the vet just for the vet and the blood work to reveal nothing, nada, zilch! She was just simply put – drastically over weight. I do mean drastic, she tipped the scale at 94 lbs. This is a Boxer, she is a little stocky to begin with, but 94 lbs is just out of control.  Zero’s Perfect Weight is 70- 75 lbs.  At 20 lbs overweight I began to worry about her hips, joints, and legs all bearing this extra burden. Boxers already have issues; this was just contributing to them unnecessarily.

Zero - outside on the Patio
The biggest factor that contributed to her becoming so overweight was me taking for granted I have a big back yard and if I let her outside with Dylan they would exercise themselves. Dylan exercises himself while Zero just stands on the patio like a queen watching over her kingdom. I really thought she’d be more active, but apparently the yard bores her when you aren't out there with her.  She is trained in obedience, rally, and agility and a plain backyard to a dog who used to be so busy is just not cutting it. My working long hours during the day was another factor. I kept saying OK tomorrow we will set up the jumps, tomorrow a walk, tomorrow the dog park… well… tomorrow never came until today! Today, being this past Sunday, is when Zero's journey began by transitioning her to Hill's® Science Diet® Perfect Weight Adult Dry Dog Food. 

Thanks to Hill's Pet Zero will be participating in the 10 Week Turnaround Challenge. Over the course of the next 10 weeks you will be able to follow her progress as the mission becomes to get Zero back to her Perfect Weight. I had to think what the agenda would be going forward. She has too much extra weight to go back to agility classes, as the jumping, running, and climbing might pose a harm to her health and wellness. The 10 week plan will will start with weekly trips to the water treadmill. She always did well on the water treadmill in the past, so if it worked in the past we are going to definitely try it again! We are also trying to fit into one of the obedience refresher classes at our dog club, until the weather breaks and I can put the agility equipment out in the yard and go for walks.

Logo courtesy of Hill's Pets

Putting Zero on this journey was one of the easier decisions to make due to the fact 70% of cats and dogs who used Science Diet Perfect Weight lost weight within 10 weeks.  Science Diet Adult Perfect Weight Dry Dog Food offers 100% precisely balanced nutrition, a breakthrough blend of natural ingredients, and prebiotic fibers for gentle digestion. Healthy weight adds to quality of life and life expectancy. 

The best thing you can do for your pet’s health is feed proper nutrition every day. The Hill’s Science Diet Adult Perfect Weight Formulas are available at your vet or favorite pet specialty store. Products, including Perfect Weight Dry Cat Foot and Perfect Weight Small & Toy Breed Formula are also available from Pet360, with an additional discount for Autoship. 

Zero's Week 1 Photos  

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  1. Good to see Zero getting the help to lose weight. Hope she looses the weight.

  2. Thanks Tara - fingers are crossed for her too! Stay tuned will be posting over the next 10 weeks her journey!

  3. I'm interested to see how Hill's will help Zero lose some weight! Hopefully your snow melts so Zero can get outside a little more.

  4. She sounds a lot like my hound right now. Just walks outside and wants to come back in. I found out yesterday she cant even jump in my truck anymore. Excited to see Zeros progress.

  5. Sara I'm hoping the snow melts slowly! My backyard floods right along the house line and it just turns into a muddy mess! So far so good I just hope that the weather plays nice enough that we can get the agility equipment into the backyard before this challenge ends!

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