John and I went swimming in the lake yesterday, we did wear the wetsuits but the water wasn't all that cold. He swam right to the other end and back, about 2400m, and I followed at my slower pace, watching for him to reach the shore, then I turned back and swam for home, beat him back by about 50m, my swim was 1600m.
Saw the vet tonight about Charlie's weight loss, she is going to send a sample to the lab but said it could very well indicate he needs to have a change of diet. She said she had someone bring in an Airdale with the same problem, he was being fed the same as Charlie, they took him off that and gave him a different food and he bulked right up. Once the lab results are back, if that thesis is supported then I'll change his food and see what happens. Fingers crossed.
I use the raw food diet too, have done for years but it doesn't suit all dogs. I've had our younger dog Charlie on it since he was a small pup but he is now 2 years and 4 months, has been steadily losing weight so I think I'll take him off it. Had the same problem with my older shepherd, changed him onto dry food and now he's strong as an ox!
Red I too have a stomach problem, seems to be endemic as a woman ages but I'm determined to get my svelte figure back. John keeps nagging me about sit-ups but I've told him over and over I can do hundreds of them and it makes no difference whatsoever.
Worried about Charlie, he seems to keep losing weight, is definitely way too light for a male shepherd. My vet is going to do some tests next week. The good thing is he behaves completely normally, is lively and always interested in exercise and training. Hope it's nothing serious, but he has dropped from 33 kilos to 31 and when weighed on Friday at the vet is down to 29.6 kg now, For comparison, Nemo is almost 37 kg. I'm hoping maybe a change of food might help, although the vet told me a couple of weeks ago to add cooked noodles to his meal every other day and that hasn't helped.