The Adventures of Lionheart, Temple Cat * Green Beans for Thanksgiving *


It can happen to the best of us.  There was a time when I was younger and my kapha bested me and I admit…I was known as His Plumpness.  Every winter Xena puffs up and she endures kisses and being called  “my little sausage”. From the guru point of view, I could see the writing on the wall. Always hopeful, Jackson would run to the refrigerator whenever it was opened. He followed Uta around in the morning waiting for a treat. He would sit in the dining room and stare at the students eating hard boiled eggs and drool. He cleaned all the cat plates and sneak into the bathroom to see if someone forgot and left the kitty food on the floor. Jackson started to be described as  “portly”, chubby, tubby…his new collar was getting tight and leaving a ruff around his neck when it was taken off at night.
Objective scientific data was needed from the scale at the clinic…how much did he actually weigh? It turned out to be a  sacred number …88.8 pounds. Eight is the symbol of infinity. And this was tripled.Time for Jackson to go on a Diet.No more snacks between meals, he lost the second breakfast he had finagled during yoga trainings, his nightly mutton bone before bed. Sitting, lying down or shaking paws on cue no longer garnered him liver bites.  The diet began with a trip to Ace Hardware to get his new expensive kibble Origen’s “Fit and Trim”. His fitness regimen included two walks followed by jogging next to the car on deserted  roads.


When the eating restrictions continued for more than a day, Jackson decided to start foraging for food in the wild. Fond of juniper berries, now he would linger and graze from the lower branches on his walks.  He discovered rabbit droppings and began hovering the garden during karma yoga.Three weeks later, he weighed in on the scale at the clinic and… 88.6?!!


He Is big boned, has  large ribs and winter is coming. He is a lab-mix and labs are considered to be the bottomless pit of canines when it comes to food. However he is now officially a temple dog and one of his jobs is to role model of the benefits of yoga. Deeper Google research turned up… Green Beans.   Fresh green beans are highly touted for their nutrients:  protein, iron, calcium, vitamin B6, A, C, and K. They are also full of fiber, low in calories and give a sense of fullness and they are the best kept secret for dog weight loss. And if that doesn’t work, there is always the supplement Perfect Model in A Bottle for Pets.  Stay tuned!