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Gwenhwyfair 08-21-2014 10:17 AM

I Must Be Doing Something Right...
You know your dog is at a good weight when the average Joe tells you your dog is too skinny.

A couple of weeks ago while walking Ilda in my parent's neighborhood I got my first she is "too skinny" comment. Since she has mild HD I do keep her lean, you can see the outline of her rib cage but no ribs are showing and she's a nicely muscled 75 pounds.

The irony is the man who made the unsolicited remark was very much overweight. :rolleyes: I turned it around on him a bit by treating his comment as a compliment. I said "thank you, she is fit and lean, many dogs are too fat I agree."

Thus far these are the comments I've gotten: she's one of them 'too big showlines', or too small, and now too skinny.

Sometimes all you can do is laugh!! :crazy: :D

wyoung2153 08-21-2014 10:25 AM

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Fit and lean is good :) I bet she look perfect to us! I had a coworker ask me if I starved Titan once.. he was slightly under his normal weight, maybe by like 5-7 lbs.. but he looked good to me, I like the slight indent in their waist before their hips.. to me that's a healthy weight.

My favorite comment from others is when they are walking their dog and say something about Titan's weight, and their dog is obviously overweight, but they justify it by saying "he's not fat, he'd just big boned and it's all solid muscle!" And you just sit there.. like.. ummmmm no.. but ok. :p

Gwenhwyfair 08-21-2014 10:34 AM

I've heard it's the fluffy fur excuse...but...

Big boned?!



LaRen616 08-21-2014 10:46 AM

I always get "that is a big dog" with Sin because he's 28-28.5 inches at the shoulders, I never get any "fat dog" comments but I haven't heard any "he's too skinny" comments lately. His hair is really long on his stomach and it makes him look more filled out than he really is.

I hear "he's too skinny", "do you ever feed him" and "he really needs to gain a couple" about my Dalmatian. He is skinny, you can easily see his ribs and you can see his hip bones but he is solid and muscular, he eats 1.5-2 cups more than the dog food recommends but he has a lot of energy and runs a lot.

wyoung2153 08-21-2014 10:52 AM

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LOL yes I have heard the fluffy excuse too :p My grandma has fat cat.. a reallllly fat cat and she used to give me the muscle/big boned excuse all the time. Until one day I was like "Nana, Riley is fat... he is a fat cat." and she laughed and finally agreed. lol. some people are in denial I think.

Gwenhwyfair 08-21-2014 11:15 AM

wyoung2153 08-21-2014 11:39 AM

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Hahaha! I love it!

Nikitta 08-21-2014 11:49 AM

I was warned by the vet to not let Jasira get fat with her mild hip dyplasia. I looked him in the eye and said these 2 are my 6th and 7th GSD. I've never owned a fat dog.

WateryTart 08-26-2014 10:41 AM


Originally Posted by Nikitta (Post 5930889)
I was warned by the vet to not let Jasira get fat with her mild hip dyplasia. I looked him in the eye and said these 2 are my 6th and 7th GSD. I've never owned a fat dog.

My puppy FINALLY hit the "perfectly conditioned" mark after we were told by our vet that she was too thin. We kept trying to get more food into her (more at meals, 3 meals a day, good food instead of peanut butter in her Kong), but she's an active pup without a huge appetite, and I refused to make mealtime a fight. If she finished, I'd offer more, but if she didn't want it, I didn't force it on her. I still dress up her kibble with some extras (diced up treats sprinkled on top or lightly coated with the Royal Canin canned food we termed "puppy crack") to entice her to eat it all, but given that she always likes to eat and probably just stops when she's not hungry, I don't push it.

Nobody's ever commented on her being skinny. I hear plenty of comments about those big paws and how that means she'll be a big dog.

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