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As a side note, I poked around the site a bit, and this "Pointer mix" one raised my eyebrows::
Looks like a classic case of "it has ticking, it must have Pointer in it" ... I don't see any Pointer, and sure as hell see Pit Bull or other bully breed:
http://www.animalhumanesociety.org/adoption/detail?id=359762
Looks like a classic case of "it has ticking, it must have Pointer in it"

Stunning dog. Love those split face. But yeah, not a Pointer mix exactly.

Suja
FurPaw (Email Removed) spoke these words of wisdom in $urs$(Email Removed):
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! FurPaw

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I wonder if there is a contributing medical problem as well.

The Elkhounds that I know well, including the two I grew up with, never overate even when exposed to as much food as they wanted. Only a handful of data points, but consistent.

I certainly wouldn't rule out a medical condition.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
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http://www.animalhumanesociety.org/adoption/detail?id=358522 Just how does a dog get this big? Suja

Or this one http://www.elkhoundrescue.org/midwest.htm

Check out Molly
Just how does a dog get this big?

134 pounds! Getting a medium-sized dog to weigh that much is an engineering problem!

I wonder if the adoption fee is based on weight? $1.33/lb.

Paul and Muttley
http://www.animalhumanesociety.org/adoption/detail?id=358522 Just how does a dog get this big? Suja

Or this one http://www.elkhoundrescue.org/midwest.htm Check out Molly

That does seem to be an extreme case. All those elkhounds seem like really nice dogs. I can understand your devotion to them. I checked out the NE area http://www.elkhoundrescue.org/northeast.htm and see that there is one in MD in Calvert County but many in NJ. There certainly is a growing need for adopters and fosters. I'd love to be able to help but I think Muttley needs to be an only dog and I don't need more than I can handle at this time.
Maybe my neighbors would consider one once they are over their grieving period for little Love Bug. I think a larger breed like the Elkhound would be better, particularly since there is at least one coyote in the area. An elkhound might have a chance, but a Papillon, not so much Emotion: sad

Paul and Muttley
As a side note, I poked around the site a bit, and this "Pointer mix" one raised my eyebrows:: Looks ... Pointer in it" ... =A0I don't see any Pointer, and sure as hell see Pit Bull or other bu=lly breed:http://www.animalhumanesociety.org/adoption/detail?id=3D359762

it's a Harley hannah mix! what a cute pup.
as for the other stuff
yes the owner of the fat rottie was fat. so was her hubby.

as for the original post... omg that poor dog...
i struggled to try to get weight off of Bagel. he had a thyroid condition
I'm struggling to try to get 5-9 pounds off of hannah. she retains water. it has to be. when she stretches you see ribs. she's active and only gets 1 cup of food twice a day...
why don't folks SEE this..
I'm struggling to try to get 5-9 pounds off of hannah. she retains water. it has to be. when she stretches you see ribs. she's active and only gets 1 cup of food twice a day... why don't folks SEE this..

Are you talking about someone in particular? Most people react to what they see, without questioning whether their initial assumptions about what they see are correct (sad to say).

If her problem is retaining water, do you really need to reduce her weight? or attack what is causing the water retention? (Or is that due to her meds?)
FurPaw

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