"Don't hate me because I'm beautiful."
Notice anything different about Juno? She lost over 3 kilos (6 lbs) since March. She got down to 26.7 kilos (59 lbs) just after getting back from Provence last month. But that was likely from the stress of staying at the kennel. She climbed back up and holds steady at 27.0-27.5 (59.5-60 lbs).
To compare here is a photo from October last year:
I've never had a husky before so it was really hard for me to recognize when she gained weight because of the fur. Plus the raw food books really over estimate how much a dog of her breed and her size needs because their calculations were far too much. Now I watch her food intake religiously and it's helped a lot in how she feels. So she and Mr. Wild Dingo, who loves to spoil her, call me "The Food Nazi."
Ha! Like I'm so bad. She still gets plenty of treats from bully sticks and stuffed Kongs to raw meaty bones and second dinner (last 2 bites of our dinner) every night. I'll bet Jenny Craig doesn't have yogurt and salmon-stuffed Kongs in her diet plan.
"Hey lets go for a walk by the bacon, err, I mean, piggie farm Mom, I'd like to give them a Siberian hello."
Now that she's blown her coat, it's really easy to see her waist line. Unfortunately, you can also see how thin her back leg muscles still are compared to her front body. I jog her 3 times per week for muscle building and she does gain a bit more muscle back there but it's quite dramatic how thin she is in her back legs. And unless he's walking or running, she won't stand much. I had to set up this shot above several times before I got one that would work because she lays down so quickly. Still, she soldiers on and she runs and plays and carries on with little or no pain.
And the reward I get for all I do to keep her strong and pain free? She let me furminate her blowing coat this month with very little protesting. Snaps for me.
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