Obese rescue dog on his way to svelteness

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Obese rescue dog on his way to svelteness
Move over, Oprah!

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Adding green beans to his food, as per his vet’s recommendation, has helped Ryder lose weight.

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By Barbara L. Morgenstern
Publisher

MADERIA, Ohio—With the help of a green bean diet, exercise and “lots of love,” in just one month, Ryder the seriously overweight English Labrador has lost 10 of the 50 pounds he must shed.

And he has his own Instagram account where admirers can follow his progress: @ryderbear.

His rescuers, Ashley and Scott, adopted the three-year-old, 130-pound dog from the Cincinnati Lab Rescue in late January. Every two weeks, Ryder gets weighed, Ashley said.

Excess weight can reduce pet life expectancy and negatively impact quality of life, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP).

“Numerous studies have linked obesity with type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, many forms of cancer and decreased life expectancy,” according to the APOP.

Ashley said Ryder’s new vet, Dr. Julie Storm of Madeira Veterinary Hospital, has been “fantastic” in helping Ryder achieve his weight loss by adding low calorie green beans to his diet.

Scott said their new dog also has thrived with regular exercise and playing with other dogs and through “lots of love.”

Ryder seriously is charming other dog walkers at Rheinstrom Park, Indian Hill, with his big smile, playfulness and sweet demeanor.

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Ryder in all his glory.

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Ashley, left, and Scott with slimmed-down Ryder at a park.

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Barbara Morgenstern

Barbara was born a pet lover. As a little girl she sneaked home a puppy from a litter across the street, named her Peppy, and fed her milk from her dolly’s baby bottle. Her parents could not say no, and Peppy became a member of the family for some 19 years.

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