24 thoughts on “Speaking of Dogs

  1. I love him. I love him and I must have him and squish him and gently chew on his tiny ears. He looks like some sort of wonderful puppy made of meringue.

  2. I would hug him and pet him and love him and name him George.

    Actually, I’ve decided my next pet will be named Milo. But Milo just didn’t fit with the ‘toon reference above. :-)

  3. Awww. So cute. My husband’s dead set on a golden retriever, that he’s already named J.D. But he is so anerables! (As Meg would say.)

  4. We just adopted a stray pug yesterday! He is the poster child for breaking stereotypes. The interwebz told me that pugs did not like to run, this guy loves running around. Despite his short stout figure he has a lot of get up and go to him.

  5. Awww. So cute. My husband’s dead set on a golden retriever, that he’s already named J.D. But he is so anerables! (As Meg would say.)

    No naym kewt puppeh after law degreez.

    So kewt whyt puppeh!!! Goez with blakk fewd (mostly beens, all soulll no caloreez) and dezyner genes.

  6. Shar Peis are cute puppies, but boy do they turn mean when they get older and fill out their wrinkles. I think they miss all the ‘OMGCUTEDOGGIE” attention and they get all bitter and snippy about it…or mebbe they just want more baby-flavored Smackos.

  7. That picture is cute. However, many vets are starting to put the same pressure on animals about weight.

    My dog comes from a very stocky, hearty line. She’s got a big frame and very powerful.
    The vet has been driving us crazy. We followed all her suggestions, the food allergy trials, even putting the dog on thyroid meds (which I think the doctor was gas assed about anyway)
    The dog has gained even more weight.
    Thyroid is fine.
    I get the “Oh she shouldn’t be gaining weight on thryoid meds!”
    Plus they had us put her on a restricted calorie diet.
    Guess what happened? She’s food crazed.
    A dog that used to behave herself around “people food” is now sticking her nose in our plates!

  8. Faith that sucks, I totally understand. My dog is constantly on the prowl for food, but I try not to overfeed him because I don’t want to hear from the vet about his weight. When we got him he was super skinny though, so it has been a hard adjustment from fattening him up to a more normal diet. We don’t restrict him lots, we just don’t give him as many big treats. We used to feed him those “meal bones as a snack, which he would devour in mere minutes. He really liked them though. Now he gets something that is chewier.

    (I’m trying to turn one of his photos into a loldogs picture because he is SO cute, but I am not funny today.)

  9. That picture is cute. However, many vets are starting to put the same pressure on animals about weight.

    Good point, Faith. I remember reading an article in Newsweek last year about that new doggie diet drug. The dog in the accompanying photo, while a bit pudgy, was also a Rottweiler, which made me wonder how much of the “fat” was really just the fact that they’re a barrel-chested breed anyway.

    It stuck out for me because I have a rottie myself and put her on a diet a few years ago because the vet was pushing it. She’s settled now at somewhere between the weight the vet wanted her to be and the weight she’d gotten up to, and seems healthy, and the vet hasn’t said anything in a while, so thank goodness for that…

    But she’s completely obsessed with food. Always has been, at any weight, and we think it’s because she spent some time, before we adopted her, lost in the woods while pregnant. She had never lived in the wild before and wasn’t any good at hunting, plus the pups were probably leaching out any nutrients she did manage to get, and so she was scary skinny when the rescue org. found her. (The puppies–there were 7–all lived and grew up to be big happy doggies.) But I suspect that being hungry during that time has given her a sort of “eat everything you can; you never know when you’ll get fed again” sort of mentality. She’s had a roof over her head and regular meals for 4 years and she still doesn’t quite trust it, poor grrl.

    Which is a very long and rambling way of saying, it sucks that your vet is harping on your dog’s weight and it makes total sense that the diet is making her want more food–that’s how it works for people too! You might look into a different vet. one who’ll accept that she’s just a big dog…

  10. This reminded me for some reason of the movie “Ice Age” where the sloth tells the mastadon that he needs to lose some weight, and the mastodon says “I’m just fluffy”, and the sloth is like, yeah right, I’m here when you’re ready to talk. Ugh. Why do they have to ruin an otherwise great kids film with that stereotypical nonsense and judgment? And the thing is, because it slips in almost subliminally, it becomes part of the landscape, so kids are just assuming that it’s common knowledge that fat people need to lose weight (and that it’s okay for people to tell them that.)

    Faith, same thing happened with my brother’s dog. He is obsessed about keeping that dog “fit”. Consequently, the dog has become obsessed about food. I mean, even more than dogs normally are. :p It’s sad to watch.

  11. Faith, we had the same problem with our rescue dog- she was at a good weight and was fed an obscene abount of kibble, but she was always ravenous and was becoming food-agressive, even biting to get people food. We switched her to a higher protein food and now she eats half the amount she used to and has no more agression. She was just starving on the food she was getting before- there were not enough nutrients in it to sustain her no matter how much she ate. we were worried that she would “eat the world” , but on a better quality food she even leaves some behind, as her needs are met. it’s amazing.

    Oh, and nothing is cuter than a pug running full speed, and I’ve never met one in good health that didn’t love to run, Moonlight!

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