Dogs in general

Discussion in 'Labradors in the News' started by Jyssica, Jan 5, 2017.

  1. Jyssica

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    That poor dog in the photo. It's enough to make my cry with sadness.
     
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    Same here Its so sad.
     
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    I always find the concept of fat dogs to be very strange. I know people say it is because humans are getting fatter as well, but frankly I am fat and I've never had a fat dog. I always say if I could just get someone to control my diet and activities the way I did for my dogs, I'd be thin, too. If only! But unlike myself, a dog doesn't have access to a grocery store, a credit card and THUMBS. Therefore, how do dogs get fat? I hate that I'm overweight, but also know exactly what causes it (that would be...er...ME) so why would I do that to my best buddy? :confused:

    There's a yellow Lab I see sometimes on dog walks and while not as fat as the dog in your pic, would give him a run for his money. He simply looks miserable and can barely walk. The first time I saw him, I thought he must be MUCH older than Brogan, who was 11 at the time. Trying to think of something nice to say to his human - who also had a Malinois who was oddly very fit - I said something like, "Oh, I just love old dogs - mine is 11, how old is your boy?" The guy gave me a funny look and said, "He's five". You could have knocked me over with a feather - that dog could barely walk! I still see the same man with the same two dogs and nothing has changed. It's very sad.

    On a somewhat lighter side, the rescue group I volunteered for a way back got in an obese dachshund/chihuahua mix (the celebrated "chiweenie" breed). Poor thing looked like an overstuffed bratwurst with two ears and a tail. During adoption fairs, we all made a point to take turns taking him for a short walk at least a couple times during the day. He would always make it out the door, but as soon as he hit the pavement, he flip over on his back, stick his legs in the air and simply refuse to move. And how do you motivate a dog to move when his only motivation was food, which you can't give him? It was tough going. But eventually he lost weight simply by having his intake reduced, went more and more steps willingly and became a somewhat normal dog. "Somewhat" because he kept up the "feet in the air 'cause I just don't care" routine for anything he didn't want to do. Quite a character. :)
     
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    Oh no that's criminal. Not you post Emiliy I mean the photo sorry
     
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    Poor, poor dog, shocking and very cruel. That poor dog should be removed on the grounds of gross neglect. The very fact that she has a smile on her face says it all :mad:
     
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    No worries - I understood!
     
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    There is no excuse whatever for having a fat dog, they only eat what we feed them. It is so very easy to lose weight on your dog.

    Would that it were so easy for us!!


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    We keep our lab on a constant diet and adjust her meals accordingly...if she goes to our neighbour's house and gets her snacks, her dinner is smaller.
    I see a lot of overweight labs in the hands of older owners and the common answer is "but the dog is so hungry..." they fail to understand that the dog ALWAYS looks and acts hungry, because labradors are labradors :)
     
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