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(Oregon Live)   Hint: Your dachshund shouldn't weigh anywhere close to 77 pounds. Tag is for the foster home trying to help him shed the excess   (oregonlive.com) divider line 115
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2012-09-09 01:21:48 PM  
Having 2 not-so-mini dachshunds, I know they are prone to thyroid problems and are the WORST beggars for food/treats. And they are the sweetest of sweet dogs. Very difficult to resist. I can imagine it would be very easy for an older, inactive couple to fall into the trap of 'loving' a dachshund to obesity. Thankfully, through diet, exercise, and thyroid medication, our chunky girl lost 3 lbs. Unfortunately, the boy found them ...
 
2012-09-09 01:22:02 PM  
Good grief. My pit-shepherd mix weighs 55 lbs. He's right where the vet says he should be. We measure his food and restrict treats to one per day. How does a 77 lb dachshund even happen? Were they injecting lard in his veins?
 
2012-09-09 01:25:35 PM  

styckx: Video is sad but not heartbreaking.. Dog seems generally in good spirits and happy.


This.

Look at that tail go! He's got good spirit, and it sounds like the owner knows her stuff. With that combo, I'm sure he'll do just fine.
 
2012-09-09 01:28:04 PM  
I thought my 20 pound tomcat was a monster. He's not too fun to receive on my belly at 3AM.
 
2012-09-09 01:35:17 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Holy hell. Who the fark lets an animal get in that state to begin with?

Heart breaking video here


Must...not...add...tuba music...
 
2012-09-09 01:36:07 PM  

dholway: [img.photobucket.com image 850x637]


Land Hippo!
 
2012-09-09 01:40:24 PM  
We have a lab-shepherd mix who's 90 pounds (and considered to be at a healthy weight by the vet... just a big boy). Can't imagine a little guy like that being so incredibly large. I have to wonder how he could've got so large. It seems like he's largely immobile which means that they brought food to him in large quantities even though there was clearly a weight issue.

Pretty sad, but it seems like he's in a good home. Hope it works out.
 
2012-09-09 01:42:03 PM  
Oh god, that's awful. My family's medium-sized rescue dog (a pariah-style mutt of unknown lineage) is overweight at 45-50 pounds, and her frame's a good bit larger than that a standard dachshund. Her food intake is limited, but she's also arthritic. This limits her willingness to exercise as much as she used to. Weight loss for her is a bit of a losing battle, but she's mobile and not morbidly obese.

Now I feel bad for teasing her earlier about her winter insulation... 

/Not that she cared.
 
2012-09-09 01:44:35 PM  
My favorite picture by a wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide margin:

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2012-09-09 01:53:37 PM  
When I sit around the (WOO!) house, I really (WOO!) sit around the (WOO!) house.
 
2012-09-09 01:54:14 PM  

cmcl: My favorite picture by a wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide margin:

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Poor fella's rubbed his nipples clean off! That had to hurt.
 
2012-09-09 01:54:32 PM  
This story is going to have a good ending, and that makes me haz a happeh.
 
2012-09-09 01:57:13 PM  
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2012-09-09 02:01:27 PM  
FTA: "Vanatta is working with a Purina representative to feed Obie a low-fat, high-protein diet..."

So does this mean they are now feeding this poor dog one of the Purina Corn-Fillerfull products? That's like saying your diet has improved because you went from eating gas station burritos to Taco Bell.
 
2012-09-09 02:05:23 PM  

Friskya: That is the second biggest wiener I've ever seen.


You're welcome. I do have more pics.

\Must be the dog days of summer if you guys all let that one go.
 
2012-09-09 02:09:47 PM  

weiner dog: When I sit around the (WOO!) house, I really (WOO!) sit around the (WOO!) house.


Perfect.
 
2012-09-09 02:10:09 PM  
img.photobucket.com

/So sorry
 
2012-09-09 02:11:26 PM  
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2012-09-09 02:11:59 PM  

weiner dog: When I sit around the (WOO!) house, I really (WOO!) sit around the (WOO!) house.


Are those WOO!s the sound of air moving through your folds?

/better not be obscure
 
2012-09-09 02:13:00 PM  
I get it!
 
2012-09-09 02:14:12 PM  

cmcl: My favorite picture by a wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide margin:

[sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 850x637]


OW! Nipple burn.
 
2012-09-09 02:15:05 PM  
stiletto.smugmug.com

Contributing my skinny little dachshund as eye bleach.
 
2012-09-09 02:18:31 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: weiner dog: When I sit around the (WOO!) house, I really (WOO!) sit around the (WOO!) house.

Are those WOO!s the sound of air moving through your folds?

/better not be obscure


Damn you...now I want to listen to "The Rhythm is Going to Get You".

/Chair dancing is unacceptable where I work
//"Hooray! It's just like Mardi Gras!"
 
2012-09-09 02:25:39 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Holy hell. Who the fark lets an animal get in that state to begin with?

Heart breaking video here


perezsolomon.com

He's dragging himself around like Mr Herbert's dog...
 
2012-09-09 02:27:08 PM  
img38.imageshack.us

The Boyz frown on these shenanigans, want a cookie instead.
 
2012-09-09 02:27:32 PM  
Paging sweetmelissa31 and Jackson Herring, sweetmelissa31 and Jackson Herring, you're needed in thread #7316901.
 
2012-09-09 02:33:57 PM  
I guess we've lowered the 'Hero' bar to include 'people who feed a dog less.'
 
2012-09-09 02:34:03 PM  

Iggie: FTA: "Vanatta is working with a Purina representative to feed Obie a low-fat, high-protein diet..."

So does this mean they are now feeding this poor dog one of the Purina Corn-Fillerfull products? That's like saying your diet has improved because you went from eating gas station burritos to Taco Bell.


Corn actually provides important carbohydrates for dogs when prepared appropriately. Raw, it wouldn't do the dog much good, but cooked and mashed it imparts beneficial vitamins and carbs. Blue Buffalo started the "corn is bad/a filler" myth to try to trash Purina and Science diet, both of whom allow tours of their manufacturing facility, while Blue Buffalo refuses this scrutiny

/doesn't work for Purina
//just a humble vet tech
 
2012-09-09 02:42:57 PM  

Wise_Guy: I guess we've lowered the 'Hero' bar to include 'people who feed a dog less.'


flipthatbird.com
 
2012-09-09 02:45:28 PM  
Judging by the size of that wiener dog, I guess you could say he's a...(puts on glasses)...Muttwurst.
 
2012-09-09 02:47:51 PM  
My dog is too fat, too. :/
 
2012-09-09 02:50:25 PM  
Hey, I don't like small dogs, so I had to fatten my pug to where its now a solid 35 pounder.

The funny thing is that the first people to point out that my dog is fat is usually somebody carrying more than a few extra pounds.
 
2012-09-09 02:51:32 PM  

Hack Patooey: About 6 months ago we adopted Piper, an 8 year old Scottie. She was 28 1/2#, should be 19. We have her down to 20 right now, she looks GREAT, and is always active, running around with our other two dogs.

Here she is enjoying a paddle in one of my cement mixing pans. She is *NUTS* for water.


What a cutie. She must have been quite the little fatty with 8 more pounds on her! Got any "before" pictures? I love a good success story.
 
2012-09-09 03:08:12 PM  
When our pitbull, Amy, was turned over to animal control, she weighed nearly 100 lbs. Her hips were misaligned, and she was in serious pain because she'd only been kept in a crate and bred constantly. They're not sure if she'd ever eaten anything but people food. After her foster mom got her some chiropractic work and gentle, gradually increasing exercise, she got her down to about 75 lbs. We kept up the work, and she's now a fit 65 lbs. She's not an active dog; she is more of a cuddler, but she can run around the yard if she feels the urge, and she can have a nice walk without being in excruciating pain. She's an old lady, but I think she's in better shape now than she's been her whole life. She seems to be aging in reverse, and our neighbors are always asking us when we got the new dog, because they don't recognize her. After being with us for four years, she hit a huge milestone the other day when she finally figured out what her toy kong was for. She'd never really played before, and had no clue as to what to do with toys, so this was a big deal to us.

With the right care, amazing things can happen for a dog. If Amy can do it, young Obie totally can, too. It sounds like he has the right human for the job. I can't wait to read updates on his progress!
 
2012-09-09 03:08:37 PM  
i48.tinypic.com

WEENIE DOG THREAD!

Here's mine... his name is Oscar. He's 11 years old (not sure how he reached that age with his behaviors) and is between a standard and miniature dachshund. He's got dapple and pinebald spots as well.

i49.tinypic.com

He's just bareeeeeeely tolerating this bath.
 
2012-09-09 03:20:41 PM  
I had a daschund named Oscar Mayer Williams. He was mean, cantankerous and he bit you if he didn't know you. I loved that damn dog. He was sweet once he realized that you were a guest in the home, but pizza men and postman and the like, they hated him. One time he bit a 93 year old friend of mine because she walked in the house without knocking. Usually when someone knocked on the door, I had to put him away until he got used to you. My friend just walked in so I didn't have time to get him and he bit her. She was fine, but I put a baby gate at the front door to prevent him from getting out or other people from just walking in
 
2012-09-09 03:42:35 PM  
Cousins of my Mother's had a weiner dog the size and shape of a watermelon but these poor beasts are worse. At least their dog had feet that touched the ground. It could walk for short distances.

That poor Corgi looks like the punch line from a movie about Irish terrorists who attack HM the Queen where she is most vulnerable, by over-feeding her pets a diet of pure butter, patatas, and whole milk. That's just animal abuse and cruelty, plain and simple.

Potato - English (Earth Apples)
Patate - French (Pommes de terre)
Patata - Irish (vernacular)
Batata - Spanish
Patata - Peruvian
Spud - Idjit
 
2012-09-09 03:51:44 PM  
You need a degree to put a dog on a diet?

Here's a hint: it's not that hard to help a dog lose weight. It's way easier than helping a human lose weight. You know why?

DOGS CAN'T PURCHASE FOOD.

You feed it less. That's all there is to it. Not rocket science.
 
2012-09-09 04:13:16 PM  

Portia: Good grief. My pit-shepherd mix weighs 55 lbs. He's right where the vet says he should be. We measure his food and restrict treats to one per day. How does a 77 lb dachshund even happen? Were they injecting lard in his veins?


My grandparents thought it was wasteful to buy special food just for dogs. So they fed their weiner dog raw hamburger and table scraps. Poor Heidi was badly overweight and in very poor health. They figured if she was alive enough to wag her tail, that meant she was fine.
 
2012-09-09 04:16:22 PM  
During my first year of practice, I saw a dog like this. I actually double checked the state on this one to make sure it couldn't be the same one.

The owner was obviously failing mentally. The first thing he asked me was if I thought his 50 pound dachshund was "getting too thin". He then went on to complain that the poor thing just wouldn't eat as much as he thought he should and he had to resort to putting lard and butter in his food to keep up his appetite. He also talked to me about the last dog that he had had since his wife died. That dog was taken by his daughter and was now "so thin. You could barely recognize him". The dog in the picture he showed me looked happy to have escaped.
 
2012-09-09 04:17:42 PM  
Farking huge? Yes.

77 lbs? Bullshiat.
 
2012-09-09 04:33:09 PM  
 
2012-09-09 04:33:40 PM  
Carrying around 40 extra pounds is bad on a HUMAN! Much less a dachound! If you took that weight and equated it to human, he'd be one of those people who are so fat they're confined to bed and have to have emergency personnel break down walls and use industrial machines to lift them. Sad.
 
2012-09-09 04:56:10 PM  
Amazing that not-so-little guy's hasn't blown out. On the othe hand he's not jumping onto furniture ...

/wiener in profile
 
2012-09-09 04:58:31 PM  

Friskya: That is the second biggest wiener I've ever seen.


That's what she said!

/sorry. Tried to resist, but could not.
 
2012-09-09 05:00:29 PM  
Winston isn't fat *yet*.
 
2012-09-09 05:02:46 PM  

Zotfripper: Winston isn't fat *yet*.



img210.imageshack.us
Posting the picture helps....
 
2012-09-09 05:20:50 PM  

xant: DOGS CAN'T PURCHASE FOOD.


i.imgur.com

"Hi!" 
 
2012-09-09 05:24:23 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Holy hell. Who the fark lets an animal get in that state to begin with?

Heart breaking video here


That's sad, but I admit I did laugh when Obie got high centered on the door sill when he went out.
 
2012-09-09 05:29:57 PM  

grimlock1972: That not so much a wiener dog as it is a bratwurst dog.


They plump when you cook em
 
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