The Board of Directors - Dale, Kristine, Heidi, Jeanine and Mae - along with their foster families, would like to take a moment to remember those dogs that went to the bridge while in our care:
"I still miss those I loved who are no longer with me, but I find I am
grateful for having loved them. The gratitude has finally conquered the
loss." Rita Mae Brown
May they all rest in peace knowing that someone cared and loved them.
Santa is supposed to be fat. Dogs aren't.
I love seeing our dogs after they've been adopted. I love seeing who they've become, how happy they are with you, and hear you brag about how wonderful they are with your family. But sometimes, I take a step back and say "but he's not supposed to be 120 lbs". How do you nicely say, "Hey, your dog is fat?" If you're one of my friends, you know I just say it ...
This is not pointed at anyone, and NO, I don't want you to stop bringing your dogs to see me. I love to see them. Sometimes, I'd just love to see less of them. :)
So - let's talk about what rotties are and what they aren't. The breed standard for males is 80 - 110 lbs. The breed standard for females is 70-100 lbs. Sure there are oversized dogs out there - Kimbertal Kennels in PA brags about the size of their dogs with little regard to what oversized does for the health of the dog. But aside from a few of the dogs we've placed, ALL of our dogs should fall into that 70-110 lb category.
I'm not one to talk - I'm fat. But my dogs aren't. Why? Because they don't know how to open the refrigerator (except for Ben, but we have a lock for his benefit). Kai is 90 lbs, Ben is 80 lbs and Lyndie is 65 lbs -- and that's what they SHOULD be.
If your dog is overweight, you are compromising the dog's joints (how many rotties blow out their knees and have bad hips?); the dog's heart (he has to lug that extra weight around, and if he's overweight, he probably doesn't get enough exercise to compensate); compromised immune function or increased surgical and anesthetic risks.
Here's what I want you to think about:
1. Has your vet said the dog needs to lose weight? Then he does. The vet doesn't want to lose your business by saying the dog needs a diet -- but he or she SHOULD. You don't need the special diet they're going to try to sell you. You need a common sense approach.
2. Substitute baby carrots for cookies. Buy the tiny dog biscuits and give your dog ONE as a treat. My dogs work for sliced broccoli ends and zucchini chips.
3. Dogs don't need table scraps or canned food. No, they don't.
4. Feed your dog a high quality kibble that doesn't contain fillers like corn, wheat glutin, and other useless ingredients. Then feed your dog the recommended feeding based on what s/he is supposed to weigh (and not what it weighs now). Better yet, consider a raw diet. Talk about a satisfied dog.
5. Not sure what the dog weighs? Take him to the vet and put him on the scale. A 150# rottweiler is either rare or fat. Rotties are not supposed to be 150#.
6. If your dog doesn't eat what you are putting in front of him, and you have to doctor it to get the dog to eat... your dog isn't hungry. Put the food bowl down for 15 minutes. If s/he doesn't eat, pick it back up. I guarantee the dog will eat when s/he's hungry.
7. Don't forget the dreaded "E" word. Exercise.
I admit that it's easy to sit here and tell you how to feed your dog. I love your dogs and want them around for a long time. You and they will be happier.
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