Thanks so much for your critique, I was hoping you would give your opinion!
Yes, I was on my own - this was during our morning walk. I set him up, told him to 'stay', threw a ball for a more alert look, and started snapping pictures. Fairly typical morning routine for us
He is definitely overstretched in the rear.
And I absolutely agree, he needs to lose at least 4 to 6 more pounds. I like to see the outline of the last few ribs, and currently I cannot unless he is panting or fully extended. I was away from home for quite a while and came back to a dog 6 or 7 lbs past ideal. We started working back towards getting in shape and will continue to do so!
This is our thinnest collar
I will have to see about getting a fursaver, next time I'll remember to take the collar off. Good tip about combing down that patch of crazy wavy fur, it would definitely be an improvement.
Thanks again for your comments and critique! It was great to read what you said and look back at the pictures to find what you noticed.