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Today’s post is by Steve Pelletier, Founder and CEO of  Steve is “owned” by SlimDoggy Jack and Maggie.  Jack and Maggie are two rescue Labrador Retrievers who love to eat, exercise, and, when possible, sneak into the avocado patch for unfettered snacking ;-).   Steve is here today to explain a new initiative, called PetsMove, which is meant to help pet owners address the weight and obesity problem in this country and the world.

We started Slimdoggy after we were able to make a major impact on our rescue dog Jack, who was 105 lbs and on Prozac and Rimydal, and in a shelter for over a year when we adopted him.  Now he is about 80 lbs. and medication free. provides information on canine food and fitness so that people can keep their dogs fit and healthy.  We have also created an iPhone App that lets dog owners track their pet’s activities and feedings and shows the pet owner how much they should be feeding their dog to keep them at a healthy weight.

We have recently partnered up with Dr. Katy Nelson, vet and host of The Pet Show television program in Washington DC on the ABC affiliate, and DogTread, to launch a new website called Petsmove.

Jack Before

jack before

Jack now


jack now



Like the First Lady, Michelle Obama’s childhood obesity awareness program “Let’s Move”, our PetsMove initiative aims to wake up pet owners, get them up off their sofa and get on the MOVE with their pets! We want both the pet owner and their pet to get & stay active, fit and healthy.

  • We know that approximately 60% of pets and their humans have a weight problem in this country.  We estimate that it costs dog owners near $8 billion each year in extra food, medicine, and medical costs because their dog is overweight.  This is a HUGE problem and one that can be so easily reduced with a little knowledge and elbow grease.
  • PetsMove’s goal is to raise awareness of the pet obesity problem while providing education, information and most importantly, incentive to our program participants on keeping their pets fit and healthy.

What is

PetsMove is an ongoing virtual event to encourage people to get active with their pet.  Participants will be able to:

  1. Visit the website to learn about the program and how they can participate.
  2. Track their pet’s fitness progress using the tools on the website and collect “paws” based on their dog’s activity levels. “Paws” collected will be used for prizes and giveaways.
  3. Learn how to create fitness programs for themselves and their pets, how to choose the right food for their pets, and receive pet health tips from our team of experts.
  4. Win prizes each month based on your pet’s activities.
  5. Become a part of the PetsMove Community and share your stories and triumphs with other members.

Why did we create

More than half of all dogs in the US are overweight or obese and there is evidence of the same trend outside the US, as well.  This is a costly problem monetarily, causing added expense in extra food and medical care. Even more importantly, it’s costly in terms of a pet’s longevity; obesity shortens their overall lifespan and quality of life.  Many pet owners simply don’t know how much to feed or how much to exercise their pet to keep them healthy and fit.’s main goal is to help people better understand exactly what is required to keep their pets healthy & fit.

Why should pet owners join

Three reasons: time, money and prizes.

  • Goal number one is to give pet owners more TIME with their pets – a lean dog will live on average 2 years longer than an overweight dog.  Pet owners can use the information learned at PetsMove to get or keep their pet fit and hopefully extend their lifespan.  Who doesn’t want more time with their beloved dog?
  • Goal number two is to save the pet owner  MONEY – overweight dogs cost the owner hundreds if not thousands of dollars each year in extra food, medical care & prescription medication.
  • Goal number three is to have fun!   There will be numerous fun, healthy & useful prizes given away each month to active PetsMove members.  Plus, eligible members could be selected to appear on The Pet Show with Dr. Katy Nelson, on ABC News Channel 8 in Washington DC with their fit and healthy dog.

How do pets benefit from

Keeping pets fit and trim is the single most important thing that a pet parent can do to extend their pet’s  life and improve their quality of life.  And to a pet, spending time with their human is the single most important thing a pet parent can do every day.  So PetsMove is encouraging pet owners to get up, get out and be active with their pets!

Who is behind was started by a group of people who truly care about pet health and are committed to helping to eliminate the pet obesity problem.  The founding Board consists of:

  • Steve Pelletier, CEO, whose App helps dog owners track their pets feeding, activity levels, and weight and Editor of a website chock full of practical articles on canine food and fitness.
  • Dr. Katy Nelson, practicing veterinarian, radio personality, writer, animal health reporter and host of The Pet Show on Washington DC’s ABC affiliate.
  • Krista Wickens, CEO of PetZen Products, creator of DogTread Canine Fitness equipment and the soon to be released virtual canine personal trainer Canine Gym.


Special Announcement

We are accepting video submissions on in order to find a “featured pets mover” who, along with their dog, we will spotlight in the upcoming months.  Winners will receive a personalized fitness program and feeding analysis and will have the chance to be on The Pet Show with Dr. Katy.   Go to for details:


  1. What a pawsome initiative! Mom is going to check the website out…she says that I (Wally) am a bit on the …and I quote “tubby side”. CAN YOU BELIEVE SHE SAID THAT!!!! I am mortified!!!
    ‘Have a grrreat weekend D,
    Wally & Sammy
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  2. What a great idea. *looks pointedly at Buddy’s rounded stomach* Some of us could learn a bit from that!

    Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil
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  3. emma says:

    Hopefully this campaign will get pets and their people into better shape!
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  4. Thanks for the guest post opportunity. We hope your followers join the fun & action over PetsMove!
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    • Dakota says:

      Hi Slim Doggy! It is our pleasure to feature you!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for being our pals! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  5. This was a great idea from slimdoggy. Will be checking it out.
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  6. we joined recently – are having fun tracking our progress
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  7. This is awesome – love to see such commitment to keeping our pups healthy and in great shape.

  8. I’m with Emma from GBGV – Hopefully this campaign will get pets and their people into better shape! Great idea & great initiative… you think if Scooter & I win you’ll fly us to the States to be on your TV programme???? Worth a try……….
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    • Dakota says:

      Hi guys! Nice to meet you! My Mom and I need to join for sure! As for flying to the States, you will have to ask that question! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

  9. Kuruk says:

    Very impawtant for us to stay fit! Wooooooowooooooooo
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  10. Elliot is about the only one with any stamina these days but even so, chihuahuas can only walk so far.
    Lynne x
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  11. Great post! Before and after pictures of Jack really show the effectiveness of keeping our dogs fit!
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  12. Sounds like fun! 🙂
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  13. sara, oreo and chewy says:

    What a great idea! I like to keep my dogs lean. For Chewy, it’s easy, because he is will run and run and run.

    Oreo, I have to do a bit more coaxing, but now that the weather is getting cooler he’s initiating play on his own again.

  14. I enjoyed reading about this, thanks. I will register to see what “preventative” measures I can do to keep both the Boys on the right track.
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  15. Dakota what a great initiative..Forrest is part Lab and they do have voracious appetites..Labrastomachs they are…or a stomach with a dog attached..he is trim and both he and Doc have a great healthy diet and good exercise which usually involves me running at top speed as they go after Rabbits!! I would not recommend this as fun hehehe have a great day sweet Dakota and hugs to you Cody and mummy Fozziemum xxx
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  16. Clowie says:

    Jack look so much better no! It’s great for people and dogs to exercise, and have fun doing it.
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  17. This is fantastic! I’m going to check out the website now. Thanks for caring about us Dakota! And I love the before and after photos.

  18. Jan K says:

    Great feature, Dakota! We have already signed up for Petsmove and look forward to getting more involved with it. It’s going to be a great tool to help motivate us to work harder at keeping fit and healthy. We need all the motivation we can get (not the dogs so much, but Mom…..)
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  19. Sounds like a great program!
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  20. I need to get Archie in shape 🙁
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