A labrador replaced his characteristic smile with a frown after being forced to cut out his favorite human snacks – but his owner insists he is very happy with his new body.
Hilarious before and after photos of Miller the dog saw a dramatic change in his expression after losing nearly a quarter of his body weight.
Although he had previously tilted the scale to as much as 48 kg – almost 13 kg on a healthy weight for his breed – he always appeared cheerful with a belly full of peanut butter.
Miller ‘s enthusiasm for snacks turned out to be his undoing after swallowing a bottle holder, requiring surgery.
Owner Jackie Hensley took him for surgery to remove him in Illinois and a vet revealed that Miller would have to lose weight to relieve the stress of the points and improve his overall health.
The news of the bomb meant that his favorite peanut butter was out, replaced by longer walks and low calorie dog food, seeing him drop 11 kg in nine months.
The impressive milestone was celebrated by everyone, except, apparently, Miller himself, who now wears a constant frown – with Jackie admitting that he looks “a little sad” because he no longer enjoys so many delicacies.
Jackie, a photographer, said: “Miller was a happy dog because of his large size and good standing.
“And we all love our delicacies, so it’s understandable that you seem a little sad.
“He might not look at him, but he’s a happier boy now.
“The main thing they mention is how harder it is to carry that extra weight and that it can hurt him later in life.
“Besides, it’s much nicer when he decides to jump on me and not let me fall.”
Hungry Miller previously always snacked on the ground, but it was after his second surgery (the first was to recover a sock) that Jackie was told that her weight would increase the risk of the operation.
Miller’s tum tubby tum was the result of a daily diet that saw him devour four cups of dog food and many human snacks in between.
Jackie said, “His favorite was peanut butter, he would have done anything for it.
“After the surgery, we became very determined to make him healthy.
“We converted his food into a light version and halved the amount he had during the day.
“We also exchanged his snacks for carrots and he has now learned to love them as a surprise.”
In addition to a strict diet, Miller’s exercise doubled to a 40-minute daily walk, with some recovery.
Jackie added that although he may seem a little grumpy, the improvement in his health has made him the world of good, which means he’s in better shape, faster and full of energy.
She added; “He is now a much happier dog and will chase a ball all day.
“After 10 months I looked at it and noticed how beautiful and thin it was.
“He receives many compliments for how good he is now.”