God no Tracy nothing you said bothered me. About a month ago (maybe more) someone from here posted on FB her disgust/dis-stain for dog owners who don't care or pay attention to their dogs being over weight. Some of what she said was worded very strongly and the replys (26+) were also strongly worded. I know the thread was not pointed at my Jasper, but still it bothered me because not all people don't care about their dog's weight. In our case we have tried so many things and have had little success that I am wondering if Jenny Craig wants their 1st canine client. BTW time Jasper was 1 yr old he weighed in at 11.5 lbs and yet he looked great for his frame and the vet had no concerns. (sadly though that was 3.5lbs heavier than he was when he got neutered). The vet said that can contribute to rapid weight gain, however he thinks now that Jasper's metabolism is a big part of the problem. Not sure what to do for him now other than making sure he doesn't gain any more. My biggest worries are the stress on his legs, organs and over all health as he gets older (diabetes etc).Laura, I hope you didn't think I was pointing fingers at Jasper's weight. He is just big boned! He has always been a bigger boy. Some chi's are big, some are little, some are in between. He has always been one of my favorites, no matter what his size.
I Am not going to devuldge Jasper's weight because some people here have very harsh views on over weight dogs in general
I have to agree about the 'views'....but...I bet Chico would give Jasper a 'run for the money' on weight.... and I am like you as trying to get his weight down... It is SO hard to get Chico to lose a pound.... I was hoping this knee surgery would able him to walk... but now with the hip problem, I don't see that happening.... *sigh*... I love him no matter what he weighs.... and he loves me no matter what *I* weigh.... so we are a match