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    This is really horrible. Look how big this Cavalier is: http://www.peoplepets.com/people/pet....html#21146802

    But I guess if I'm pitying this heavy dog, I should remove the chocolate bar and french fries out of my own mouth!
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    So very sad and unhealthy for the dog. I can't believe the owner knows the dog can't walk but has let it get this far. I wish People had used a different headline too. The current one seems to glorify overweight pets.

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    Someone posted a similar article in the dog and bone forum last week, about the same Cavalier.
    I agree, so very sad for the poor boy, I think some owners probably aren't aware of the weight creeping up and most wouldn't probably see it
    as a sign of neglect. My late grandmother, bless her, was one of those who was far too kind to her dogs over the years. She would place extra meals
    down at night, just in case the dog felt peckish. So even the one extra meal per day, over months and then years, all adds up.

    It's the theory of killing them with kindness I think.

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    At least the story is about they're going to lose the weight! all of those animals looked pretty sad.

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    That poor dog.
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    I would estimate that around 80% of the pet Cavaliers I meet are overweight - not as bad as that poor chap, but no waistline and no 'give' in their skin. Every vet my two meet says 'How nice to see fit Cavaliers!' - yet it's not difficult to keep them a good weight. A bit of self-discipline about feeding them, and some exercise that is good for you as well as for them - and enjoying the park with your Cavaliers is one of the pleasures of life! Most of the problem is ignorance - thinking that a dog of any breed with a waistline is too thin; feeding the amount it says on the dog food packaging (they are after all in the business of selling as much dog food as possible!); thinking treats are a kindness; in the UK, if you are elderly and not able to walk far, not knowing of the existence of the Cinnamon Trust, which exists to help. A lot of people take their dogs to basic obedience classes - perhaps these should include sessions on looking after your dog and keeping it fit.

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    I have had similar experiences as you Kate. I see very few Cavs that are a good weight. In fact I would say I have only met about 4-5 over the age of 2 that are not over weight and most of them were Sabby's!! Lol.

    So many people have commented on how "thin" Oliver is when in fact he is perfect.
    I meet a Lab cross at least twice a week and his owner thinks Oliver is too thin when in fact it is his dog that is too fat! lol.

    It's really nice to have this group and get the affirmation that you are in fact not starving your dog! lol

    M&O

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    So sad. I hope they all lose that weight soon and can be at their ideal weight ... happy & healthy.
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    At least he's with new owners and they are doing something about his weight problem. He could have died a slow painful death with his old owners. It wont be an easy road for him or his new owners, but hopefully he'll reach his ideal weigh
    Paula - mum to Murphy(6) & Misty(7), and Jerry our cat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadeleineSarah View Post
    I have had similar experiences as you Kate. I see very few Cavs that are a good weight. In fact I would say I have only met about 4-5 over the age of 2 that are not over weight and most of them were Sabby's!! Lol.

    So many people have commented on how "thin" Oliver is when in fact he is perfect.
    I meet a Lab cross at least twice a week and his owner thinks Oliver is too thin when in fact it is his dog that is too fat! lol.

    It's really nice to have this group and get the affirmation that you are in fact not starving your dog! lol

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    Hi Madaleine
    Well I wouldn’t say mine are an ideal weight, Harley is slim he is very tall at just over 17 inch still weights 12.5 kilo but I can feel his ribs, he gets more than enough exercise. With Ebony the vet and the physio were in disagreement. Vet said she was overweight and physio said she was just fine mind you I think the vets scales were out as they said 14 kilos and at Clare Rusbridge she was 12 kilo. Rosie was overweight and since she has been on K9 raw she has lost weight. Even my groomer says that Rosie is all hair she never seen a Cavalier with so much hair. LOL. Some people would say mine are overweight but most people would base that on standard breed Cavaliers that are tiny, mine are more a Cocker size. You can see a nice waistline on all of mine.

    Oliver is lovely he is just very tall like Harley.
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