Sunday, November 1, 2009

Lara Loses 10 lbs.! Only 2 More to Go!

Lara's not only beautiful, inside and out, she's become the embodiment of physical fitness.

We visited Acacia Animal Health Center yesterday for a VOM (veterinary orthopedic manipulation) treatment with Dr. Harrison. Before starting she stepped on the scale to reveal a weight of 77 lbs., down 10 lbs. in a month, and 25 lbs. total.

Truth be told, part of the weight gain last month was from bloat which she lost an hour later when we went to Dog Beach and she had a sizable bowel movement.

The rest of the weight loss is attributed to a grain-free diet, no snacks and a minimum 30-minute run every evening.

Dr. Harrison couldn't have been more pleased.

"During the last visit there was a lot of misalignment in her lower back due to bloat," Dr. Harrison said. "That was released at the beach."

"Today her cervical spine is clear, too. All around, everything's real good!"

As Lara loses weight, her workouts are more vigorous because she has more energy. She's the one to beat on the beach -- outrunning most other dogs!

Barney occasionally runs inter-
ference when an overzealous dog gets too rough while catching up with her. He'll break away from me, trot up to the offending dog, then lower his head and give him a nudge to say, "Okay, buddy, move on." There's never a growl from Barney, just a gentle reminder that he's Lara's protector. And there's never an argument from the other dog.


  1. Congratulations!! She looks absolutely beautiful and so very happy. What a sense of accomplishment you must have...and the joy of seeing beautiful Lara transformed from an abused, unhealthy little girl to a healthy, vigorous lady.

  2. I read of your story of Lara on and I just loved it! Lara is such a cute dog, and dog owners like you inspire me to take even better care of my dogs. Thank you for an uplifting blog. Best to you and all your four-legged pals.

  3. She looks great! It’s good to see the before and after pictures since her facial expressions say it all. Congratulations on the amazing progress of both Lara and Barney!!! Karen