|Barked: Sun Jul 1, '12 7:15pm PST |
|Just as the title says, maybe it has something to do with my area, but I am surrounded by people with extremely fat dogs.
I just got a new job at a grooming salon (woooo!) and I've been there for about three weeks to a month. In that time I've been there, I've seen three, maybe four, dogs that were at at least a decent weight. A foxhound could have still stood to lose a pound or two.
The worst part about the whole situation was, when the other groomers had a look at what was a perfect weight on a Whippet, they all gasped and said "look how skinny that dog is!". That dog had some fabulous muscle on it's legs and it showed just how much the owners cared for her to keep her fit and at a good weight, so there was no way that dog was underweight. I tried pointing this out, that a skinny dog would definitely NOT have that muscle, but most of them were still skeptical.
I just find it incredibly irritating and shocking how people seem to think their dogs should look; as though the majority of people think that dogs should actually look like logs and barrels.
The worst dogs I've seen so far have been the Labs. I understand how Labs are more prone to gaining weight, but the size of these poor animals was just disgusting and heartbreaking. The labored breathing, inability to stand for long periods, difficulty getting up on their feet in the first place, it all just makes me disgusted with how people can feed their dogs so much food, watch them get fat, and not think that they're overweight and that it's absolutely terrible to those poor dogs. And this wasn't just the Labs, but almost every dog that came in, regardless of size.
I think the worst part for me was that several of these dogs I saw were still young dogs (4-5 years old), yet they acted as though they were about 12 that's just how much they had to struggle.
But other than the few dogs I did see at a good weight, small medium or large all the other dogs I've seen so far have been drastically overweight and absolutely no waist lines to be seen.
Anyone else experience this kind of thing? I knew that at least somewhat of the dog owner population had no idea what a dog is supposed to look like at a good weight, but I had no idea that there were THAT many people out there with no common sense.
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