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Old 12-16-2007, 01:48 AM
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Does anybody else know people who are pretty much killing their dogs with kindness? Do you say anything to them? Here's my situation. I have a great uncle who has a seven year old yorkie named Yogi. Now here's the back story. Yogi used to belong to his SO, but when she was dieing of cancer she knew how heartbroken my uncle would be when she was gone. So, she left Yogi to him when she died. Now, the only thing that got my uncle through her death was this dog. My uncle pretty much treats Yogi like a person. He gives him people food to eat (chili and pizza or whatever he's eating) and he even gives Yogi pieces of caramel for treats. Now because of this diet Yogi is obese. I've tried telling my uncle that he can't feed Yogi like that and so has the vet, but my uncle seems to think the only way to show Yogi how much he cares is by giving him junk. Now I'm worried that because of his weight, Yogi is going to die really young, and I know my uncle would be devastated. Yogi is pretty much what keeps him going. I've thought about finding another dog for my uncle so if Yogi does pass, he'll still have something to keep him going. But I know that this isn't an ideal situation for a dog, and I'd pretty much be sentencing this dog to a life of obesity and probably a lot shorter life than it could have. I just don't know if it would be the right thing to do. What do you guys think?
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Old 12-16-2007, 01:55 AM
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How much exercise does Yogi get? Maybe take Yogi and your Grandpa for walks? That way at least the dog gets more exercise.

Or maybe see if there are some good, low fat treats that Yogi will go gaga for and try and make your uncle switch those out for the junk? That way he still get's that "oh Yogi loves me" feeling when feeding him, but the treats aren't as bad.

Otherwise, only thing I can think of is hinting at how much longer yogi would be there with him and how much happier he would be if he lost a few lbs.

My grandmothers dog, Peanut, was seriously overweight too! I just started taking Peanut for more walks and trying to slowly make my grandmother learn about the bad effects of obesity. We even took Luke and Peanut on walks together. Helped a bit, he started trimming down a little.
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Well, that would be a little difficult because I live three hours away from my great uncle. I only see him on holidays mostly. Another issue is that he grew up as a farmer, so it's really hard to tell him that he's doing things wrong without offending him. I think he knows its not healthy, but in his mind, Yogi enjoys the people food so much more that it's mean of him to not give Yogi what he wants. Like I said, he pretty much lives for this dog now.
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Well, that would be a little difficult because I live three hours away from my great uncle. I only see him on holidays mostly. Another issue is that he grew up as a farmer, so it's really hard to tell him that he's doing things wrong without offending him. I think he knows its not healthy, but in his mind, Yogi enjoys the people food so much more that it's mean of him to not give Yogi what he wants. Like I said, he pretty much lives for this dog now.
Oh, sorry. I thought he lived close.

That's def. a sticky situation. Sorry, You might not be able to do anything really. It's his decision in the end. Sorry. Maybe someone else can give you some advice!
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