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Fat Dog
image Kentaro Mori of Liquito sent me this picture (click thumbnail to enlarge) of a very fat dog. He says that he found it on a Japanese website. My hunch would be that there's no photo trickery involved here. It really is a very fat dog. Probably comes from the same household as Munchkin the Monster Cat.
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Posted by The Curator on Mon Jan 24, 2005
This is sad, no one should feed their dog (or any pet) so much they get this fat.
Posted by Myst  on  Tue Jan 25, 2005  at  12:26 AM
I guess that would be different from McDonald's feeding overweight people with Big Mac? Do you want fries with that?
Posted by philly  on  Tue Jan 25, 2005  at  12:36 AM
Yes, it would be different, duh. People can choose what they eat. Pets can't. Think.

If you don't want to be fat, you can WALK OUT of McDonald's and go buy a bag of carrots. What's a dog going to do? Order takeout?

Dogs can't be held to the same standard of accountability as humans are. If they were, they'd be arrested for public nudity.

Or were you comparing fat people to dogs? Why, because they're not really people? How nice of you....
Posted by Barghest  on  Tue Jan 25, 2005  at  03:33 AM
This is sad. I've seen dogs this fat. My stepdad had a cat that was so fat it could barely walk. Most of the time they end up with diabetes or other life threatening diseases. Unfortunatly, obesity isn't just for humans.
Posted by Glamcat  on  Tue Jan 25, 2005  at  07:02 AM
My family always had an outside dog...so we fed it table scraps & dogfood...it was able to exercise all of the time, so none of them ever got overweight.

A few years ago, my mom wanted a little dog to live inside. So when she picked out a dog, she went to the vet & he did whatever he does, and he said, "This dog, cannot be fed people food!" So, we stuck to that. Well...we have some friends that visited. They gave our dog some little "snacks" b/c he was begging (which was strange, b/c he never begged before). After his little treat, he had accidents on the carpet. Not the kind you can just pick up & throw out...these were practically liquid. It was super disgusting & after that we made sure everyone knew that the DOG should not eat food made for PEOPLE. I think that's the biggest problem. People treat their animal like it's a human. There is a serious distinction some people fail to realize.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Tue Jan 25, 2005  at  07:17 AM
Yeah...why are dogs naked?
Posted by Darren  on  Tue Jan 25, 2005  at  08:05 AM
we dont allow dogs to wear cloathes because they dont deserve it... they are nearly animals


i remember in school being told that animals dont get pleasure from eating food, they merely eat to refuel... i think this is whats called "a lie"

it was on an educational video... surely that makes it a hoax
Posted by joeodd  on  Tue Jan 25, 2005  at  10:03 AM
where exactly do we draw the line between "people food" and "dog food?"
Posted by fernando  on  Tue Jan 25, 2005  at  11:32 AM
dog food...comes in a can or bag & says, "dog food".
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Tue Jan 25, 2005  at  12:17 PM
Err...READS, "Dog food".
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Tue Jan 25, 2005  at  12:17 PM
"Dogs can't be held to the same standard of accountability as humans are. If they were, they'd be arrested for public nudity."

Hey, I'm glad to see the Society for Indecency to Naked Animals is still active after all these years. Remember, friends, a nude horse is a rude horse.
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The dog in question looks like a Corgi, and I don't think I've ever seen a Corgi that wasn't overweight. Most of them, especially older ones, are so obese they resemble the dog in the picture. I guess it's in their genes, or else something about the breed just attracts people who keep stuffing food down them (but by that theory, all toy poodles should be fat, which isn't true).
Posted by Big Gary C  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Tue Jan 25, 2005  at  01:58 PM
it's pretty asinine to thank that if it bears the label "dog food" it's the best food for dogs to eat. commercial dog food hasn't been around for a long time. before that, dogs ate whatever they could get and thrived. it seems to me that uncooked, unseasoned meat, raw eggs, milk, etc will go down pretty well with most dogs. selective breeding has produced a lot of dogs with sensitive constitutions, though.
Posted by fernando  on  Tue Jan 25, 2005  at  03:24 PM
I could go on a mega-rant about this dog. I see quite a lot of fat animals, a few as obese as this poor dog. Many people just don't see it as a problem, or can't bring themselves to deny the animal food every time it wants to eat (one of my dogs would eat till he exploded if I let him).

I've rarely seen a dog that obese live past the age of 10 or 12 at the most. Very sad...especially as the owners of these dogs tend to be very attached to them.

There are breeds of dog that seem more prone to put on excess weight, and spaying/neutering does increase the risk a tiny bit, but it's not inevitable. Just like people--less food, more exercise.

Ok, off the soapbox now. smile
Posted by hippievet  on  Tue Jan 25, 2005  at  03:36 PM
It looks as though that chubby fellow may have some Australian sheep Dog in him, and they have very large chests/rib cages in proportion to their legs. That photo is on full frontal perspective, so it's hard too tell how wide in ratio to how long he is. If he's kinda flabby, it would bunch up around him like that when he reposes. Happens to me all the time. I had an Australian Sheep dog and he was shaped like a blimp, but he could jump a couch like a sidewalk crack. I figure that they were bred thick-chested like that so they can bump those sheep into their pens. That Japanese dog probably works for the subway.
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Tue Jan 25, 2005  at  04:06 PM
On closer inspection... he's just really fat. Cripes, how does he lift his leg to paint his name? That's why elephants can't jump.
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Tue Jan 25, 2005  at  04:14 PM
Could it be a heavily pregnant she-dog?
Posted by Ashley Pomeroy  in  Turkey, Europe  on  Tue Jan 25, 2005  at  04:23 PM
Do the Japanese have a Dick Gregory to help this fat dog? Or maybe it's going to Cambodian market for a family of ten.
Posted by Ace  on  Tue Jan 25, 2005  at  05:45 PM
WoW..family of ten? are you saying cambodians eat dogs? Cambodians are skinny bunch... i think it can feed more..like 15 people.
Posted by Eight is Enough  on  Tue Jan 25, 2005  at  06:46 PM
"are you saying cambodians eat dogs? Cambodians are skinny bunch..."

You heard it here first, folks, the Cambodian diet for losing weight and keeping it off: eat dogs (it's not any wierder than the Atkins diet).

Last year, I remember seeing a newswire story where a Cambodian government minister was quoted as encouraging his people to chow down on more chow-chows, so to speak, because Phnom Penh was terribly infested with feral dogs, at least in his opinion.
Posted by Big Gary C  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Tue Jan 25, 2005  at  07:03 PM
By that logic, there should be a big campaign for New Yorkers to eat pigeon. (I'm told that pigeons that live on trash taste terrible. You gotta feed 'em corn and such if you're going to eat them.)
Posted by cvirtue  on  Tue Jan 25, 2005  at  07:50 PM
Who told you this, cvirtue? Who do you know who has eaten trashivore pigeons, and admits it?
It seems logical that they wouldn't taste too good, but I'm sure not going to test this hypothesis myself, at least not willingly.
The pigeons we see on the street are also too old, according to every pigeon recipe I've seen. The ones served in fancy restaurants and European poultry markets are squabs, which is to say young pigeons that are nearly full-grown but haven't left the nest yet. These would be pretty inaccessible to most of us groundlings, since city pigeons like to nest in high nooks and crannies of buildings and highway bridges. If anybody could catch some of the young, though, they could test whether pigeons fed on trash taste better or worse than pigeons fed regurgitated trash (what urban pigeons feed their young).
Posted by Big Gary C  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Tue Jan 25, 2005  at  08:19 PM
>>>Hey, I'm glad to see the Society for Indecency to Naked Animals is still active after all these years.<<<

Ha, that's funny. I was reading Alex' page about the SINA just the other day, but it never crossed my mind when making that first post. Instead I was borrowing a line from an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, 'The Painted Hills', wherein the third Lassie hunts down and kills the man that murdered her owner (growls at him till he falls over a cliff, no mauling).

After the movie, the bots were discussing legal charges, punishments, and jury selection for Lassie, and Joel pointed out that animals can't be held accountable to the same moral standards as people, therefore, no murder charges for dogs.

I know they used to hang pigs during the Inquisition, but that's purely an anomaly...
Posted by Barghest  on  Tue Jan 25, 2005  at  09:03 PM
Actually, it wasn't just during the Inquisition. Animals here in Colonial America were tried, convicted, and punished for transgressions. They were sometimes dressed as humans as their punishment was administered, such as whipping, or being placed in stocks. No soup jokes, please.
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Tue Jan 25, 2005  at  09:37 PM
Yeah i heard hundreds of years ago two pigs were dressed in suits and hung for killing a kid. o_o
oh and i've eaten pigeons before, taste quite good.... but it was bred to be eaten. i see nothing wrong because it's part of the food chain, so i don't have anthing agaisnt eating dogs or cats ...etc, if we can eat cows we can eat dogs. But i think that is the only reason we should kill an animal, for survival purposes.
purposes like furs or decoration are disgusting and meaningless. =/
Posted by Mika  on  Tue Jan 25, 2005  at  10:14 PM
I'm old enough to remember my Grandmother donning a dead fox as a shoulder wrap, complete with head and feet. It had a spring in its mouth which then clasped the feet (or tail) when worn. Those freaky blue eyes still haunt me. And the fox eyes were scary too.
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Tue Jan 25, 2005  at  10:40 PM
when I was a kid, some neighbours got a Norwegian Elkhound pup, who grew into a blimp. Unpleasant dog, fed on dogfood and table scraps, had dandruff that looked like those dehydrated potato flakes, waddled instead of walked, couldn't run...damn thing seemed to live forever.
Posted by Catlady  on  Wed Jan 26, 2005  at  02:52 AM
...I realize that commercial dog food hasn't been around that long, so to be more distinct...if you can find out what the dog's natural habitat would have been (this would be difficult, b/c a lot of breeds were bred for captivity & so wouldn't have a natural 'outside' habitat), and find out what the dog would have eaten in that habitat. I can probably assume it wasn't beef, but more likely rabbits, hare, small rodents...These would need to be fed fresh to the dog.

On another note...there must be something about commercial dog food that is really just for dogs. You can't feed it to chickens, because it makes them aggressive, other animals have been known to eat dog food & above normal agressiveness was observed. No, I'm not saying dog food makes dogs agressive, but that non-dogs that have eaten it, have become more agressive than is standard.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Wed Jan 26, 2005  at  07:26 AM
Gary: A fellow who had been a hunter in upstate NY, moved to the city, and found himself down on his luck, gave city pigeon a try. Once.
Posted by cvirtue  in  deleted  on  Wed Jan 26, 2005  at  08:06 AM
About commercial dog food being "just for dogs"-

I think dogs have nutritional needs fairly close to us... they are omnivores. Actually they'll eat anything that will fit in their mouths, generally.
Dog food should not be given to cats because it LACKS things that cats need- extra protein (cats are almost complete carnivores) and taurine.

I don't know if there's any basis for this 'ate dog food, now agressive' thing.
Posted by Katey  on  Wed Jan 26, 2005  at  03:31 PM
I can't think why the wrong food would make an animal aggressive, unless it was undernourished. Individual dogs/cats/whatever may feel better on a particular brand of food than they would on others, so I suppose it might be possible.

If that's a pregnant dog, she's still obese. Pregnant dogs carry all the weight in the abdomen, they don't normally develop fat rolls all the way up to their heads. That poor dog looks so uncomfortable.
Posted by hippievet  on  Wed Jan 26, 2005  at  03:53 PM
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