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She is nutz is my guess. She just thought the dog was gorgeous just the way he was, I believe.
Suja
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A dog-owning version of a chubby chaser?

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Because...?

She is nutz is my guess. She just thought the dog was gorgeous just the way he was, I believe.

I see. Well, no I don't see.
Because...?

A dog-owning version of a chubby chaser?

Oh, now that's just gross. Was the dog's owner overweight, by chance?
I noticed that the reason for surrender was "inadequate facilities". They must have run out of food or something.

Or maybe it used to be fine but the dog ate the walls.

He looks like he ate an entire room.
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http://www.animalhumanesociety.org/adoption/detail?id=358522 Just how does a dog get this big? Suja

OMG - that's abuse. I'd say that not only was he an inside, unconfined dog, but one with free access to a LOT of food!

You don't feed elkhounds. Which is why mine are highly active, and only eat 3/4 cup a day. My husband's ESS puppy eats twice as much in a day as both my elkhounds put together.
They have millenium of living in starvation conditions. The feed efficient survived.
Mine might look like that if I just fed them what's on the bag. We've rescued several that looked like that. They require veterinary supervised diets, and surgery to remove the extra skin once the weight loss porcess is finished.
http://www.animalhumanesociety.org/adoption/detail?id=358522 Just how does a dog get this big?

Poor dog. But, sad to say, I've seen far worse when it comes to grossly overweight dogs.
The worst I've ever seen was the Dachshund that was brought to a local park on several occasions - the poor thing was so obese that his belly literally dragged on the ground. His owner kept saying he had the dog on a diet, but it kept getting fatter.
Incidentally, it could be a thyroid issue, not just overfeeding.
"Suja" (Email Removed) spoke these words of wisdom in
OMG - that's abuse. I'd say that not only was he an inside, unconfined dog, but one with free access to a LOT of food!

I wonder if there is a contributing medical problem as well. But...How does a dog's owner not recognize just how ... gets fatter than an engorged tick? Poor pup. I hope he gets on a good diet and exercise program. Suja

Believe it or not, I've seen them get that way (no underlying medical conditions) with the owners feeding them exactly what's recommended on the bag.
And then as they are told to feed so much for "this" weight dog, they increase the feed as the dog gains weight. They actually think they are being conscientious owners.
First off. You DON'T feed an elkhound. You could feed a tiny teacup poodle more than an elkhound.
I had a friend whose elkhound was obese. The vet boarded it, finally getting the opportunity to put the dog on his recommended diet schedule, and was going to return the dog to the owners after a month of boarding fit and svelte. He was shocked to find the dog actually GAINED weight while on his ultra-slim supervised diet.
Was his face red!
Secondly, Elkhounds have a strong off switch. They are an easy dog NOT to exercise. They disappear in the shadows of the house if you let them, and unless you want to engage them (then their switch flips on) you wouldn't know you had a dog.
So since they are so quiet, and owner might not recognize the NEED to get them out exercising.
I think efficient metabolisms, plus lack of motion unless asked upon combines to create a low maintenence dog.
(high maintenence vacuum cleaner pusher though!)
I think efficient metabolisms, plus lack of motion unless asked upon combines to create a low maintenence dog. (high maintenence vacuum cleaner pusher though!)

I just flashed on an Elkhound pushing a vacuum - I'll bet Tuck could do that!
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