Dachshund on a Diet: Rescued mix 'Obie' trying to lose 40 lbs.

September 20, 2012 (PORTLAND, Ore.)

At one point, "Obie" the dachshund mix was up to 77 pounds. Now he's on a strict diet to get him back to a normal size of about 40 pounds.

Foster mom Nora Vanatta volunteered to take on the meaty dog after reading about him on a dachshund rescue Facebook page.

"I just read the story, and I was like, 'I'll take him, he can lose weight, how hard can it be?' I hadn't seen a picture or anything," said Vanatta.

Obie's foster mom says she gets letters and e-mails from people who watch the dog and have become inspired to lose weight too.

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