Launch of new TV Episode Fit Dogs Rock! on the Pet Network this Wednesday night at 7pm

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I remember being very shocked a year ago when the APOP survey confirmed that almost 53% of dogs in the U.S. are overweight.  17% are considered obese. I wanted to do something to help. Our new TV episode reviews this important health issue and offers some possible solutions. It highlights fun activities and some amazing fit dogs and role models from our community. We hope it inspires a few people to be more proActive with their dogs.

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“Obesity is the number one preventable medical condition seen in veterinary hospitals today and is the fastest growing health threat of our nation’s children. Our goal is to help pets and people live longer, healthier, and pain-free lives by maintaining a healthy weight, proper nutrition, and physical activity. The most important decision a pet owner makes each day is what they choose to feed their pet. Choose wisely. Your pet’s life depends on it.” Dr. Ernie Ward, founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP)

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According to APOP,  risks of overweight pets may include:

  • Heart and Respiratory Disease
  • High Blood Pressure (hypertension)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Many Forms of Cancer
  • Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes
  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injury (ACL)
  • Kidney Disease
  • Decreased life expectancy (up to 2.5 years)

In order to help your dog reach and maintain an ideal weight, it is important to talk to your vet about what that weight is, then feed your dog the right amount of good quality food and treats, and get the right amount of the right exercise. Many owners are not even aware that their dog is overweight and equate food with love (not hard to do when my greedy little Kilo looks at me with those big puppy eyes)

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The financial and physical costs of owning an overweight dog can be significantly higher than owning a “Fit Dog”. You probably spend more on food, treats, vet bills and medications. The quality and length of the life of your dog may also be affected. As I have found with Kilo, an additional bonus of exercising and bonding more with your  “Fit Dog” is that your own weight, health and mood may also improve.

We had a very very limited budget and only 24 minutes to get such important messages out on TV. We could not have done it without you.

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BRAD SMITH – ATHLETE, TV PERSONALITY & NARRATOR

DR IAN SANDLER – VETERINARIAN, ROSEDALE ANIMAL HOSPITAL AND STAFF

MARCY WRIGHT – PONCHO, SWEETIE, LULU & SHIVERS

MATTHEW HEPPLESTONE & BOBBY– TINY PAWS DOG RESCUE

PEGGY FREZON – AUTHOR, DOG BLOGGER  PEGGYFREZON.COM

STEVE PELLETIER- CEO, SLIM DOGGY AND FAMILY   SLIMDOGGY.COM

KAIT JACKSON – GUSSIE AND COMPANY DOG WALKING

HEATHER MCLEOD – TRAINER, RUFFSPORT & FAST & FURRY (Heather’s Training Tips HERE)

DANIELLE LEVANGIE- RED BARN EVENT CENTRE

RENEE DEVILLIERS – TRAINER & FOUNDER, ALL ABOUT DOGS (Renee’s Training Tips HERE)

CASSANDRA HARTMAN – TRAINER, CASSANDRA’S CANINES INC. (Cassandra’s Dancing With Dogs HERE)

TAMARA ZERENER – FIT DOGS COACH & FIT DOGS STAFF (story HERE)

KEITH H. – LAIKA

THE MARVELOUS MUTTS

PHOTOS OF THE MARVELOUS MUTTS BY STEVEN DONAHUE – SEE SPOT RUN PHOTOGRAPHY

NATALIE MORALES & ZARA

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GOLDEN WOOFS – SUGARTHEGOLDENRETRIEVER.COM

RUCKUS THE ESKIE- RUCKUSTHEESKIE.COM

BETHANY- CASCADIANNOMADS.COM

ROCCO- TODOGWITHLOVE.COM

JESSICA RHAE- YOUDIDWHATWITHYOURWEINER.COM

JACKIE BOUCHARD- POOCHSMOOCHES.COM

KATE RICHARDS – FITDOG101/PAWSANDPEDALS.COM.AU

CAT RAMIREZ – PUPPYANDCAT.BLOGSPOT.CA

LINDA AND FREIGHTER – 2BROWNDAWGS.COM

EMMA – MYGBGVLIFE.COM

SHOSHANA AND BOOMER

MIKE LONGCHAMPS – KOWBOY FRED (story HERE)

ERIKA ANDERSON – ERIKA A. PHOTOGRAPHY

WILLIAM LINDY- RIP’S DISK DOGS

JUDY FRIDONO – FACEBOOK.COM/SURF DOG RICOCHET (story HERE)

JOHN JEFFERSON – PHOTOS OF SURF DOG RICOCHET

HILL’S PET NUTRITION, INC.

VETS TORONTO – DR JONATHAN MITELMAN

BARBARA KELLY

DENNIS RITCHIE – YORK RETRIEVER FIELD TRIAL CLUB

KAREN LAROCQUE- ULTIMATE AIR DOGS CANADA (story HERE)

PETSMOVE.ORG (story HERE)

KRISTA WICKENS- CO-OWNER/ FOUNDER PETZEN PRODUCTS/DOGTREAD

KEVIN & CYNDER – THATDOGDANCINGGUY.COM.AU (story HERE)

PERRY- WM PERRY CAMERA EFFECTS

SARAH & HERO, THE SUPER COLLIE (story HERE)

TAYLOR & LOTTIE, THE BORDER COLLIE (story HERE)

EMMA & MABEL (story HERE)

ALYSSA & MIA

MADDISEN & REV, THE BORDER COLLIE (story HERE)

LOUISE STRAPLETON FRAPPELL & JAMBO STAFFY BULL TERRIER TRICK DOG (story HERE)

KATERINA & CHRIS JANSEN – AMAZING DOG TRICKS WITH LEXI THE RESCUE

WOOFJOCKS (story HERE)

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SHEBY STAR

KATRIN THE JACK RUSSELL TERRIER

BOBBI, ERIC AND MICHELE FRANKLIN –VIDEO OF ZEEVA

RODRIGO OLIVEIRA AND SINTIA SANCHES & CODY

GOPRO FOOTAGE PROVIDED BY RICHARD BRIANT – STELLA CAM

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13 Comments

  • Can’t wait to see it!

  • That is awesome! We were wondering what was going on with that! Bummer they don’t have with our cable service. We will have to figure out another way to watch. Thanks so much for including us and we will start sharing and add the badge too!

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      Thanks so much!! My distributor is working on US but difficult to get positive (not scandalous) factual content on air. Once has aired am hoping will have permission to share online with friends who helped. XS

  • I recognize a lot of familiar names! Can’t wait till the US folk get to watch it.

  • I am a little teary-eyed first because of all the work you did to get this all important message out there and also because you have honored me by making my dogs and I a part of it. I honestly feel like I may finally be making amends with my poor childhood dog, Natasha, who was obese and died way too young because of it, I swore to never allow that to happen to another dog of mine. That has now extended into inspiring others to be educated enough to keep their dogs healthy and fit too. Thank you so, so much.

  • I can’t wait to see it – As other stated we don’t get that channel here but I’m going to see if I can figure out a way to watch it. If not I’ll check back here to see if you’re able to share it:)

  • NHV Natural Pet Products 3 years ago

    The concept behind this TV show rocks! Being proactive with your dog is so important and we love that you’re emphasizing that!
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    Denis Spittel 3 years ago

    Hi Talent Hounds

    I have unfortunately not the new TV Episode Fit Dogs Rock not seen I would like to the new TV Episode Fit Dogs Rock view.

  • Wow cool! I knew I recognized a brown dawg. Thanks for featuring us!

  • Lots of great doggies there.

  • Mike and Kowboy 3 years ago

    Can’t wait to see more.