Owner of Obscenely Fat Dog Should Be Charged With Abuse


Do I look fat?
I'm not Gretchen Rossi, but I was recently troubled when I took my dog, Onion, to the vet, and learned that he was overweight by three pounds or so. I was also confused since he didn't look it (he's really short and fluffy) and since we rarely feed him table food. A piece of turkey here, a potato chip there, not much beyond that. However, two more trips to the vet and $500 later revealed that it was just his food (Evo). We switched it up, and he's just about ready for swimsuit season. Lookin' good, buddy.

My heart breaks when I'm shoving my pie hole with something tasty and there's Onion, staring up at me, desperately wanting a scrap. But I rarely cave, because I want him to be healthy. Buuut, not everyone is like me. Like the owner of Cassie the Border Collie, who fed her dog nothing but fish and chips and allowed her to balloon to over 125 pounds, leaving her with an array of health problems (you have to see these pictures!). Poor girl!

The pictures of Cassie are seriously heart-breaking. I may or may not have teared up a little bit when I first saw them. Here's this adorable, sweet dog who looks terribly out of breath just sitting there. She is too fat to stand up to eat, and she had to be shaved so staff at the dog home could treat her bed sores. She's been in the home since her owner fell ill. Thank God. (Not that her owner fell ill, that -- well, you know what I mean.)

It took three people to lift Cassie out of the car when she arrived at the center. The manager, Sandra Wilson, said:

Unfortunately, when owners treat their pets as if they were humans and feed them the wrong food, they're simply killing them with kindness.

Yeah, see, Sandra may know more about animals than me because she works with dogs and I just write about how awesome they are, but I kind of think she's wrong. Not about the killing them part, about the kindness.

Feeding your dog everything you eat isn't kind, it's lazy. If you own a dog, you should know dogs are not people. They have special needs, which is why they should eat special food. Sure, throw your dog a meatball on Christmas or a piece of a hot dog at a barbecue, but give them the boring stuff every other day. You're the person responsible for keeping them alive. They'll eat anything you throw in front of them. Show some restraint.

This is a seriously disturbing display of poor dog ownership. Shame on you, Cassie's owner. I feel very badly that you've grown ill, but I'm terribly glad that Cassie is with people who are treating her the way a doggie should be treated.

Do you feed your dog table food?


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Kaide... KaidensMama1107

Jesus! Get that dog outta there stat

Saras... Sarasahmof3

OMFG that is abuse if I ever saw it.

sweet... sweettigeress

Abuse, hands down. There's no excuse for that. They make dog food for a reason. Gah!

Catie Kuhn

Poor thing :(  The only human food that out dog gets are veggie scraps while I'm at hte cutting board.  Nothing cooked or processed.

Salem... SalemWitchChild

Yes that is abuse. I have a rough collie with a sensitive stomach so no she doesn't get very much table scraps. And when she does it has to be bland like bread. Anything with some spice will send her tummy into a revolt!

I'm glad she's with people who will take care of her too.

Mahala Dixson

Poor dog! I feel bad for her! We have a rat terrier jack russel mix, and while we give her dog food...my 3 kids who are all under 4....have a habit of throwing food on the floor....sooo needless to say Miss Molly gets her fair share of table scraps, but she also gets walked often and has her dog food that is best for her age and breed.  SHe's a healthy pooch.

aiden... aidensmomma508

That is abuse, Border collies are very active dogs, it's so sad to see it like that

san3 san3

Poor puppy! We do feed our dogs people foods as well as their regular doggie food. However, the same rules apply to them as it does the rest of our house. Raw veggies are limitless. Any time the kiddos have a raw veggie they are welcome to share with our pets. Fruit in moderation (to much sugar, even natural sugar, isn't good for anyone). Fats are very moderate to none (if the kids are eating chips or ice cream we don't give to our four legged pals a bite of hamburger at the cookout  might pass for love having  mom stay up all night with a vomiting dog doesn't). Our vet has always been very pleased with our dogs' weight. I figure to have a dachshund that is 13 years old weighs 7lbs and is as active as any puppy we must be doing something right:)

elfis... elfishpirat

Definitely abuse. Poor girl :(

PonyC... PonyChaser

There is a segment of the population who feeds their dogs nothing but "people food" - because if you think of it, "dog food"  as we know it... dry, processed kibble...has only been around a short time, relatively speaking. It's possible to get your dog to this kind of horrible weight by feeding nothing but "healthy" dog food. And there are dogs who are slim, trim, and in tip-top shape by eating nothing but food prepared for them by their owners.

The thing to keep in mind, all the way around, is what the food is made of. If your dog is crazy active, you can feed a higher-protein, higher-fat kibble. If she's a moving rug (the dog that sleeps in the middle of the floor of whichever room you're in), she needs a lower-protein, lower-fat food.

And if you choose to feed "people food", there's nothing wrong with that, as long as you do it correctly, and are willing to take the time to do the necessary research to create the proper balance. Just like you do for your child.

That said, this woman definitely falls into the "loving abuse" column. Because I'm sure she didn't intend for Cassie to get this way, but she let her, anyway.

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