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Dieting with Your Dog

By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views

The holiday season officially kicks off on Halloween in my house. Then there’s Thanksgiving, a birthday in between, and December. We celebrate Chanukah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.

All of these holidays center around sweets. (Yes, I could have said food, but I’m being honest.) I have a weakness for good chocolates, and I tend to overindulge this time of year. So, dieting is something I think about throughout the holiday season.

Peggy Frezon thinks a lot about dieting too. She is the voice behind Peggy’s Pet Place, and the author of Dieting with my Dog: One Busy Life, Two Full Figures, and Unconditional Love. It’s a great read for this holiday season or anytime if you are trying to lose weight.

A visit to her doctor reinforced that she knew she had to lose weight. She was looking at several serious ailments. She had to make a change. Yet, it was when Peggy’s vet told her that her dog was on the same path to ill health if she kept on giving her snacks, that she decided to make a change for her and for Kelly, her rescue dog.

The story reads like a good friend talking to you about very personal subjects. Peggy shares her empty nest syndrome, her obsession with M&Ms, her love of family, and her story about life and being overweight.

Taking a commonsense approach to dieting wasn’t easy for her, but she triumphs.

If weight loss is a goal, and you have a dog, Dieting with my Dog is an excellent guide to read and keep close at hand. Her book retails for $19.99, and is available by clicking here.

Happy Holidays
Thanks to all of you for caring, reading, and commenting. Thanks to so many of you, we have helped animal shelters around the country. I wish you all a happy, healthy, and peaceful holiday.—Best, Michele

13 comments to Dieting with Your Dog

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  • It is important for all members of the family to stay on a healthy eating plan. This time of year it is super difficult. I am hoping for a taste of turkey. I don’t have a sweet tooth, but I do love pumpkin! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Yvonne

    The walks are easy. It’s not giving treats that can be hard. I like how the author talks about the importance of her dog being healthy too. So they both need diets, and they both are working together. That’s great team work.

  • Heidi

    I know you had a post way back where you interviewed Dr. Ernie Ward about diets. He said that dogs (and cats) prefer attention to food, and he is absolutely right.

  • Annie

    I’ve been running with my dog. I have two rescued greyhounds and they love to exercise as much as I do.

  • Jeff

    I recently got a dog and we walk 30 minutes 3x a day. I really think it makes a big difference.

  • Fran

    I am going to order this book. I just started increasing the amount of time that I walk my dog. We usually do 20 minutes a walk, now we are going to 30.

  • Marcie

    I need to lose 30 pounds, and it’s tough–especially around now. We have a dog, and I am going to cut down on her treats as well as mine. Thanks for the inspiration. I will look for the book.

  • Leslie

    Thanks to Peggy Frezon for this great book. It really is like sharing a personal story. I need to lose a few pounds. I am exercising more, and we just got a dog, which means long walks.

  • Carrie

    Thanks Michele! I am going to look for Peggy’s book. I read her blog too.

  • Glenna

    We just had a big Thanksgiving dinner, and now at least until Christmas, I’m dieting. I diet in spurts. Actually, I just cut out the carbs and sweets–except on special occasions. And I walk my dog. Thanks!

  • Aaron

    Holiday time, Michele, is difficult when it comes to dieting. This is a great approach. I am going to buy this book.

  • Margaret

    After Thanksgiving and then going into Christmas, I definitely need this book. Thanks for the review.