The Dreaded Post-Christmas Pounds

People are not the only ones who put on a pound or two over the holidays. It happens to our pets, too.
This morning the Captain took Emma, our field cocker spaniel, to a nearby farm to hunt for ducks. This photo is from yesterday, when we were just out for a walk. Ducks were everywhere.
Ruby, the springer spaniel, was upset that she didn’t get to go. Nearly 12 years old, she’s almost completely deaf now, but she still knew she was being left behind. She felt better after I gave her a little treat and pulled  her doggie bed right beside me by the laptop.
Last night when the Captain was getting things ready for this morning’s outing, he hauled out the little neoprene vest I made for Emma a couple of years ago.
“You’d better try it on her,” I said. “She’s put on a couple of pounds.” (After all, it’s just after Christmas).
Sure enough, it was VERY snug.
“You can’t have her wear that. She won’t be able to breathe.”
I looked high and low and luckily found a piece of left over neoprene  (from the old wet suit that I had used to make the vest).
I cut a 1 1/2 inch strip the length of Emma’s suit. It didn’t take long to cut the suit and sew in the strip. With a zigzag stitch and the piece butted up to the edges it was easy to insert a strip. No need to overlap neoprene to make a seam. Just laying the edges snugly side by side and zigzagging them together works fine.
You can see the post I did about the original vest a couple of years
Here she is in the original vest.
I was going to take a picture of Emma in her expanded vest to put at the end of this post, but I was shocked to learn that she came home without it.
It’s lost! Somewhere out there in the brambles it got hooked up, the velcro parted, and there the vest stayed.
In the next day or so we’ll have to launch a search party for it.

28 thoughts on “The Dreaded Post-Christmas Pounds

  1. Hans Susser

    It is so hard to deny them when they ask for treats or a piece of our food. My Bella looks at me when I try and I can usually not hold back from her sad, suffering eyes more than a few seconds before I get up and take her to the kitchen.
    I tell her every time this has to stop and will be the last time that I’ll give in, but she just ignores my stern words, wiggles her tail and is happy for a few hours, until the same routine starts again 🙂

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    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      LOL! I love that comparison! And yes, they do love the water. When we went to the beach we didn’t tell them to go for a swim, as it was quite chilly, but they both wanted to get in and paddle around for a bit.

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  2. roughwighting

    Well. There you go. Our weight gain has nothing to do with eating too many cookies or drinking too much eggnog. It’s just nature’s way of saying, “fatten up for the long winter’s months to stay warm.” I mean, that must be why the dogs gain weight too, right? I hope you find the vest – I laughed when you said “it’s easy.” I can’t put thread through needle, besides add neoprene to a doggy vest. :-0 Happy New Year my friend.

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    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      You need to get a machine like mine. It threads itself. That was one of the main selling features for me. I always have trouble seeing the eye of the needle and threading it. The neoprene was more of a mental challenge than the actual building of the vest was. I expected trouble, but the needle went through it easily and it is a piece of cake to work with. If you weren’t already so busy with your other jobs and hobbies, I’d say “You should try it,” but a person can only do so much, and we have to choose our priorities.

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      1. roughwighting

        I taught a writing session a few years ago in a residential home for the elderly. At the end of the class, one of the residents invited us all (my students) to learn to knit with her. She was so sweet! But after a few weeks of me trying, she just sighed, looked me in the eye, and said, Keep on Writing! :-0 🙂


  3. Jo Gee

    What lovely dogs! We have a Sprocker Spaniel called Ruby too…she’s 2 years old and features in my blog. Just discovered your blog Anneli and looking forward to reading more 🙂



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