Obie the (No Longer) Tubby Dog

Obie, the tubby dachshund then - via Obie's official website

Obie, after losing 55 lb - via Facebook

Obie's elderly owners couldn't resist those big brown eyes, and overfed the Dachshund till he weighed 77 lb (35 kg) - more than twice the normal weight for the breed (Previously on Neatorama). He was rescued two years ago by veterinary technician Nora Vanatta, who started the obese dog on a strict diet and exercise regiment.

Vanatta chronicled Obie's weight loss journey on Facebook and a dedicated website,

Today, Vanatta was proud to show the leaner (but not meaner, he's just as cute) Obie the no longer tubby dog! Watch Obie's weight loss journey over at TODAY:

The pup from Portland, Oregon, had a difficult time adjusting to his new diet because he hated vegetables, but now he munches on carrots and lives a healthier life. "He was eating only people food before, so it took a little bit of a transition to get him on dog food,'' Vanatta told Carson Daly on TODAY. "Now [he has] two meals a day, a couple snacks and lots of exercise."

When Obie was at his biggest, he had to wear a special harness to avoid injuring his large stomach. Since dropping the weight, he had to have cosmetic surgery to remove 2 1/2 pounds of excess skin.

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