Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Clarkston, Michigan
Re: Are visible ribs normal?
Ha-ha-ha! I know a lot of people just like your Dad, too! It's true that the fat dog "enjoys" the good fortune of having an indulgent owner! ("but he's so happy!")
However, we all know that overweight in pets and people is dangerous and can take years off what would have been a normal lifespan. Right now everything seems fine, but when the dog is 12 or 13 years old, and has become more precious with each passing year, the importance of a truly healthy weight becomes crystal clear... when you'd give anything for just one more month, one more week, one more day. So I'm not suggesting that anyone should overfeed their dog. Just repeating what I've learned. There is such a thing as too thin, as well as too fat.
"Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love
can make him wag his tail." -- Kinky Friedman