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Old 01-03-2010, 08:15 AM
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I think it's an issue of confusing love with food. I have family members who, even with reminders, have pets that are unhealthily heavy. I find it very saddening.

I am a tiny bit obsessive about my dogs weight. I want them to have long healthy lives. Kya is a bit of an air fern, and really should lose a few more ounces.
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:07 AM
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I saw a OVER-weighted Basenji, it couldn't even walk for 1 minute. It took a
break every few seconds. That is the saddest thing, I have seen. It's also
difficult to have people with good weight dogs, when we have so many
over-weighted humans.

Education is the best solution. To let the government make laws on this, it's
only going to create more problems than solutions.

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Old 01-03-2010, 09:28 AM
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For those of you who said it's neglect but not necessarily abuse..........Neglect IS abuse, it's just a more passive form of it. If someone were STARVING their dog to death, I would most definitely call that abuse, it's just ABUSE by neglect IMO. Look up terms we use for child abuse........theres mental, physical, neglect, etc etc.

Anyway, yes I think it's abuse. It's abuse born of ignorance as many have pretty much said. Many do it out of "guilt" and misplaced "affection".......(same way they get their kids up to morbidly obese IMO)......the dog spends time alone, give him an extra yum yum to make up for it, the dog doesn't get to go for walks or have fun? Well here's something tasty to show I wuv my wittle pumpy umpkin, LOL

No I don't think there should be MORE laws made on the subject because if they followed the laws they have NOW, obesity would fall into the abuse category already established

PS, I wish I had a chaz owner to control my food intake and exercise!
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I think it's just a symptom of our era. Look at all the obese and morbidly obese people walking around. I mean, there are kids younger then 10 coming through the checkout lines at my store that are huffing and puffing like they have ran a mile ! People have stopped walking, so their dogs have stopped getting walked. Chevy is overweight because of her age and that she is a spayed Lab, and Zane,Abby and Deputy are at the right weight. All four of them go on 2+ mile hikes when the weather is good and there are no hunters out. I think it is more people thinking fat dogs are cute than intentional abuse.
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Old 01-03-2010, 10:21 AM
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I think it is more people thinking fat dogs are cute than intentional abuse.
I would disagree, I don't think it's that at all. A lot of people are just to lazy to take them out.
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Old 01-03-2010, 10:40 AM
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With the breed i'm in, obesity is the commonly seen thing in the media and overweight is VERY often seen in the show ring. People getting Pugs see this and think "Oh gee mine is too skinny!" and feed and feed and feed and feed. When people see mine they think i'm starving them when in reality mine are within the correct weight for the breed and are at the correct weights for their size, they're just not fat; infact i take pride in the fact that i have fit pugs. Often people with fat Pugs just shrug it off and say "Well it's a pug thing, they just get fat".

I also work in canine nutrition and many many client dogs are hugely obese, the owners don't see it at all. They just think their dogs are cute or sweet or that they love their food and their treats. They don't want to learn because they can't see that their dog is fat to begin with!
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Those pictures were so sad ! Did anyone see that poor cat ??
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Chevy is overweight because of her age and that she is a spayed Lab...
How does being spayed have anything to do with being overweight?
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How does being spayed have anything to do with being overweight?
Or age for that matter.........

Phoebe is 10+ and spayed, been spayed for the last 9+ years of her life, LOL
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Old 01-03-2010, 01:35 PM
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well, i am close to morbidly obese, and I obsess over my dogs weight. i actually try to keep them just a hair below ideal weight.

but yes in general, i see more obese people with obese dogs than not.
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