(108) Why Wait and Weight?

Molly, the service dog

Golly, Miss Molly

A Blog about a Service Dog and her Veteran with PTSD

(Supporting the Veteran and the Family Caregiver)


Molly’s Weight Loss Challenge 

Congratulations, Miss Molly, for meeting your weight loss challenge!Skinny Miss Molly

Our svelte service animal weighed in at 119 pounds—a 22-pound loss in just a few months. She now enjoys jogging with her human mom, flirting with those Labrador boys, and keeping up with her Veteran.

Dog Obesity 

Did you know that overweight or obese dogs and cats can develop Type 2 diabetes? They can also contract osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, cancer, and heart problems. The National Pet Obesity Prevention project estimated that 53 percent of dogs are overweight as are 58 percent of cats.

Due to my husband’s disabilities, his activity revolves around passage to doctors’ appointments and climbing stairs when VA Hospital elevators sit in the basement, waiting for parts. Consequently, Miss Molly rarely exerted herself beyond slow. As well, rather than feeding leftovers to my Veteran, Molly benefitted from William’s dieting. Her cushy life ended when the veterinarian put her foot down, insisting Molly begin a rigorous weight-loss program.

For three months, Molly forfeited treats and turned her back on the comfort of mushy canned food. Rarely did she complain of her four-cup limit of her prescription Science Diet food. Reaching her goal, we visited the veterinarian’s office and asked how long to continue her kibble food. We await her call, committed to not allowing another explosion of fur ball into flubby tubby.

If your favorite canine or feline sits fat and sassy rather than running the treadmill, do not wait—do it now and begin the weight-loss challenge to prevent disease or premature death.

Why Wait? 

From Molly’s weight to the question of why wait, the Molly blog offers one more discussion about going back to school with the question, ‘why wait?’

By starting back to school in the fall, you will achieve your degree as quickly as the seasons change. Before you know it, you will experience the thrill of marching to Pomp and Circumstance or to picking out the frame for your diploma. In fact, you will feel the rush of accomplishing something great; all the while, your service animal will drool in anticipation of you returning to school for yet another degree (and a bite of cafeteria pizza).

So, what are you waiting for? After all, school is not just for fish and dogs.

Post your Comments: 

What do you do to help your pet maintain a healthy weight? Please reply below. 

About the blogger 

Dr. Penelope “Penny” Culbreth-Graft is a retired city manager and graduate professor. She lives with her disabled Vietnam Veteran husband, William, and his service dog, Molly, on Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado. She writes, paints, cares for her husband, and spends time with her granddaughter.