TUALATIN, Ore --- Obie the formerly obese Dachshund was recovering at the Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin Tuesday night after surgery to remove 2 1/2 pounds of loose skin. The skin was what remained of the 40 pounds he's lost in 8 months of a serious weight loss diet.
Owner Nora Vanatta says the surgery went well. She's hoping to bring him home on Wednesday after Obie stays overnight at the clinic for surgery after care.
Obie started his weight loss journey at 77 pounds. Before the Tuesday surgery, he weighed 37 pounds and four ounces.
"We haven't weighed him since the surgery, but he lost 2 1/2 pounds of skin" Nora said. "So he should be around 35 pounds now. I figure his healthy weight is between 28 and 30 pounds."
Many people across the country have been following the red Dachshund's battle of the bulge after he was surrendered to a rescue group by owners that could not longer keep him. Nora created a Facebook page for Obie called "Biggest Loser Doxie Edition."
Obie has gone from what looked like a waddling tube of a dog with his body dragging the ground to a Doxie with four inch legs and daylight under his body. Tuesday's skin surgery will improve that even more, and Nora hopes it will be the only surgery he needs. Doctors will evaluate Obie after he loses the last five pounds which hopefully will happen by late summer.