Hi everyone! I'm new to this board, but I've been Lab lover/owner for 15 years. We currently have 3 female Labs, all of which were rescue dogs. Our newest arrival is Sadie (3 yrs old)..we've had her for only 2 months.
Sadie arrived to our digs in morbidly obese condition. I took her from a rural shelter on a foster-basis, but we've since decided that she's staying put with us. We immediately put Sadie on the same diet/exercise regimen that the other two Labs enjoy. Twice a day, Sadie gets a meal comprised of 1C ProPlan adult, and 2T of a home-made concoction (organic brown rice simmered with venison). Plus, I toss in a salmon oil supplement and Glucosomine. The home-made stuff is just a treat...when my husband is processing his elk each year, instead of tossing the "scrap" meat, we freeze it. Every few weeks we wip up a batch of the "concoction" for the dogs. I used to mix a few spoonfulls of canned dogfood into their kibble, but the "concoction" seems lots healthier to me.
Sadie is getting a ton of exercise...lots of hikes in the mtns and daily, high-energy games of frisbee and tennis ball fetch. Her initial weight at the vet 8 weeks ago was 78 lbs; today she weighed in at 68 lbs. We have 8 lbs to go and Sadie is looking good and obviously feeling sassy!
I love all 3 of my girls, and watching Sadie blossom in her new home has been a true joy!