Even My Pet’s A Porker

Even My Pet’s A Porker
Everyone knows that obesity is on the rise in humans, but many people are unaware that pets are facing a similar epidemic. TV2’s new local show Even My Pet’s A Porker highlights the fact that many pet owners are putting their beloved animals at risk without even realising it.

Even My Pet’s A Porker is hosted by leading nutritionist and naturopath Lani Lopez, and ‘The Pet Doctor’, veterinarian Seton Butler. They are on a mission to tackle lardy lunchboxes and fatty food bowls; showing New Zealanders that sensible eating for both pets and their owners – together with a mutual exercise plan – can completely transform the lives of porky pets and their couch potato owners.
This fast paced, humorous and sometimes shocking show gets to grips with both the pet and their owner’s tandem weight problem, and is packed with tips and tricks for viewers.

Veterinarian Seton explains; “Like the human population, diabetes in animals is on a dramatic increase. Most animals are eating human treat items – like chips, chocolate, pies and other high fat snacks – every day and the unregulated way in which these are being fed is contributing to the obesity epidemic in animals. Some of these treats, like chocolate, are toxic and can actually kill”.

This week’s episode focuses on Sue Warren and Whoopi, a Jack Russell terrier. Sue says that while she is obese, she swore her dogs would never be fat. But Whoopi, who is Sue’s mother’s dog, is seriously overweight and at risk of various weight-related illnesses. Sue and her mother recently moved in together so Sue will be able to monitor what Whoopi is receiving in terms of food and treats.

Sue will be given healthy eating advice as well as an exercise plan that she and Whoopi can complete together. Old habits are hard to break, can Sue and Whoopi shed their excess weight? Be watching TV2, Sunday 17 February at 7.00pm to find out.

I am heartily sick of the current craze for reality TV.

Singing Bee?
Even My Pet’s a Porker?

Yes, they’re cheap, both to import and to make locally. Yes, some reality and format TV shows make for interesting viewing. Our TV schedules have become flooded with these programs. Many are derivative and bland.

Most NZ production companies are putting their time, money and creativity into conceptualising and producing reality television.

I for one would like to see efforts redirected towards producing more local comedy and drama series. Maybe then we can create something more memorable than Uncle Albert trying to remember the words to a Sting song.

Not to mention that viewers are more likely to purchase DVDs of TV comedy and drama rather than reality TV, so it is lucrative twice over. Even something like NZ Idol profits much more during the show than it does from any CDs sold afterwards.

New Zealand’s got talent, as the reality TV show title goes. I’d like to see it put to better use.