Too many hotdogs for this hotdog

By Anthony Alegrete

Jump for Joy Foundation

According to Geralynn Cada, statistics say 53% of pets are obese. “I say it’s much higher than that. Eight out of 10 dogs I train are overweight or obese,” says Cada. A general indicator of abdominal fat level and obesity is if you cannot feel its ribs. Feeling your dog’s midsection can usually help you identify his/her abdominal fat level. This story came to me in a very bizarre way. As the founder of the leading childhood obesity prevention program in Las Vegas, the Jump for Joy Foundation, I see obesity-related problems on a daily basis. I have seen how it affects families all across Southern Nevada. But I have never seen obesity like this.

50 lbs. Obese Rocky

Rocky is a dachshund. For those who are unsure what a dachshund looks like, think wiener dog. However, Rocky is not your typical wiener dog. He was severely and morbidly obese. How does a dog become morbidly obese? Well don’t laugh, but this wiener had been eating wieners for the last 2 years of his life. That’s right, hot dogs. Hot dogs for a hot dog. I laughed so hard the first time I saw a picture of Rocky that I almost started crying. It looked Photoshopped. I thought that this has to be a joke. But it wasn’t. As the humor faded, I began to realize that this was a serious issue, an issue that, according to Geralynn, is a big problem in our nation. Great! I thought. Not only do we suffer from human obesity in that 1 out of 3 people are overweight or obese in this country, but now it’s affecting our pets.

Geralynn Cada and her dog “Fang”

We should be grateful for people like Geralynn Cada, a dog lover and dog trainer. But she is not just any ordinary dog trainer—this lady is AMAZING. I witnessed her remarkable skills firsthand when she helped me train my Rocky (not the Rocky in this story), a 110 pound Cane Corso. I asked her how she came to take care of this super-overweight dog. She began mentoring for an animal behavior college in Los Angeles a couple years prior, and later for its Utah location. She taught up-and-coming dog trainers who were completing their final externships to be certified as professional dog trainers. While instructing in St. George, Utah, she worked with a rescue outfit called PAWS. PAWS had acquired Rocky sometime prior. Rocky was taken by animal control because his owner was too ill to take care of him and he was being poisoned by the hot dogs he ate every day.

Rocky getting his holiday workout in on the Dog Pacer

The rescue had no idea what to do with a 50-pound dog that was supposed to only be 15 pounds, so they called Geralynn. Dachshunds like Rocky are typically 15 to 20 pounds, but he was close to 50, which is three times the normal weight for his breed. Rocky is considered a Twiener—in between a standard- and mini-size Dachshund. This dog needed help and fast. She volunteered to take Rocky home with her to Las Vegas and begin treatment on him that would ultimately save his life.

Rocky is now 18 pounds! GO ROCKY!

Rocky’s body was in a constant state of duress. Hot dogs are like poison to a dog. They cut off the oxygen supply in their bodies. So the first step was detoxification. Geralynn placed him on a regimen that consisted of a special dehydrated vegetable dog food that contains kale, fibrous foods, calcium, and many other detoxifying ingredients that she acquired from a store in San Diego called the Honest Kitchen. She fortified his diet by giving him protein rich foods such as eggs, chicken, fish, and turkey. She gave him a lot of water and ice cubes, too. Treats were frozen so Rocky was forced to eat the ice before he could get the treats. This helped flush his system of all the toxins. “It took about 2 months to get him detoxified,” said Geralynn. “But although I was seeing him shrink in size, I still noticed he wasn’t feeling that well yet.” Rocky suffered from arthritis and Cushing’s syndrome, which was caused by his body not getting the oxygen it needed. He also took medication throughout the process. “You know Rocky couldn’t even walk when I first got him, his belly hung on the ground,” she said. “I had to roll him over on his back, pick him up, and place him on the Dog Pacer treadmill just to get him to start working.”

Dog Pacer

What is a Dog Pacer treadmill, I asked? Tell me about it. “I wouldn’t be able to operate and do what I do with the amount of dogs I handle everyday if it were not for Dog Pacer; I just love them,” she excitingly told me. The Dog Pacer allows Geralynn to provide the amount of exercise her dogs need without having to place extreme demands on her body. In fact, if not for the Dog Pacer, she would not be able to own her high energy dog, Fang. Fang is bred and engineered to pull people on a sled in the freezing cold. Funny, they live in the desert and yet Geralynn is able to make it all work for him. Watch Fang on the Dog Pacer.

Not only does the Dog Pacer get the dogs in shape, but it frees up time. Trainers and pet owners are able to give their pets the proper amounts of exercise without wearing themselves out.

Dog Pacer treadmill

Being the spokesperson for the Dog Pacer has opened up many doors and increased Geralynn’s celebrity in the pet community. It allows her to parlay her success into other endeavors such as her pet centric jewelry line, CCCouture, and her new amazing G-Lead leash. Each of these products can be found on her website.

Geralynn Cada, An American Success Story

Geralynn is a true American success story. She has helped save the lives of many obese and troubled animals. She loves what she does and enjoys it very much. She is on a journey to victory. Each attempt at a new business deal or partnership brings her closer to a national name.

You go, Geralynn!

For more information on:

Geralynn Cada:             Please visit her website at www.GCUnleashed.com

Dog Pacer:                     www.Dogpacer.com

Honest Kitchen:            http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/

Anthony Alegrete:     Writer of this article, please visit me at www.AnthonyAlegrete.comFacebook or Twitter.

Rocky is looking for a home, if you are interested please send an email to: candcpawco@gmail.com.

ADDITIONAL PET EDUCATION: 

Why hot dogs are bad for DOGS?  (because of Onions, Chives and Garlic)

Foods in this group contain a chemical that can irritate the dog’s gastrointestinal tract and possibly damage red blood cells. Breathlessness occurs as a result of the damage to the red blood cells, which carry oxygen through the body. The reactions usually occur several days after the onion is eaten. Onions in all forms are dangerous, including dried, raw, cooked and dehydrated. Avoid giving your dogs any leftovers that may have onions as an ingredient. Onion poisoning can happen as the result of a single large ingestion or smaller amounts eaten over a period of time. Garlic has the same harmful chemical as the onion but to a lesser extent. Chives, a part of the onion family, often provide a tempting danger when your dog finds them growing in the garden.  – Geralynn Cada

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