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3 Career Lessons From Obie, the (Formerly) Obese Dachshund

Sometimes, career wisdom comes from the oddest of places -- for instance, from the life and struggles of Obie, a dachshund who once weighed 77 pounds.

Sometimes, career wisdom comes from the oddest of places — for instance, from the life and struggles of Obie, a dachshund who once weighed 77 pounds.

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(Photo Credits: Obie’s Facebook Page/Flickr)

With the help of owner Nora Vanatta and an Oregon veterinary clinic, the 7-year-old pooch has dropped 50 pounds. Vanatta adopted him last year, after a local rescue announced online that they had a severely overweight dog in need of a home — and help.

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“He arrived on August 18 and to my astonishment he was a dachshund and he actually weighed 77 lbs,” Vanatta told the Daily Mail. “He is extremely sweet and loving. He was obviously loved and is a joy to work with. The aging owners just couldn’t say no to those big brown eyes. But we are thrilled to be able to help him, and now [he is] moving on with his new life.”

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What can we learn from this leaner and meaner wiener dog? (Sorry. We are so sorry.)

A few things:

1. Doing things the right way is more important than doing things quickly.

Vanatta, who has a degree in Animal Science from Colorado State University, put Obie on a healthy diet, on which he has gradually lost the weight over the course of eight months. He’s also had in-patient care at a local clinic. No fad diets or starvation for this puppy.

The same goes for your career. Don’t be discouraged if success doesn’t happen overnight. Keep plugging away and you’ll see results.

2. Ask for help.

Obie’s owner solicited donations over PayPal to help defray the costs of his care. (Not without controversy, but she says all monies were used for Obie.)

Folks who are reluctant to network often feel like they’re asking for handouts when they investigate new job opportunities and professional connections. Don’t let this be you. Learn from Obie, and ask for a hand when you need one.

3. Use social media to your advantage.

Vanatta and Obie have appeared on “The Today Show” and “Live With Kelly and Michael,” among other media outlets, but their true success is more grassroots. Obie’s Facebook page currently has over 100,000 likes, and is still growing.

Social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn give us the chance to create our own brands and promote them. Make sure your profiles are camera-ready.

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Jen Hubley Luckwaldt
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