My biggest baby is also the biggest member of the family. Well, almost. Hubby is a big, strong guy. And, in better shape. She's holding up a hefty weight next to him though = at a full figured 162. Which means, DIET time (again).
Many of y'all have seen several
There she is:
That's her smile when she injured her hip. She was heavy back then too. She threw it out either chasing a tractor or chasing a tractor and falling in a hole her co-partner dug in the dog run. AND. Had to go on a diet. Try getting a 160 plus pup up on a bum hip. That was a rough two weeks.
Here she is with Lil'Gal. Playing iPod.
So I knew she was overweight again and I knew the foreboding scale was in our near future. It was set in stone when I ran into a lady and her daughter at Petco the other day and she had a gorgeous English Mastiff. Here's how the conversation went, in general.
Me and the kids, "Look, a Mastiff!"
The Mastiff, "Look! Kids! Who want to pet me!"
He was super sweet. Their size can be very intimidating (which comes in handy time to time) but their smile will melt you. [And, their paws will crush toes. I know from experience.]
Me, "How old is he?" *I think he was about a year*
Me, "He's so handsome! They are the best dogs...gentle giants."
The owner, "Oh, yes. I really wanted one. My daughter found him on Craig's list."
The kids, "His HEAD looks waaaay BIGGER THAN BRANDI's."
And, that's when it hit me. Um no. he just hasn't grown into his body. YET.
Me, "What's he weigh?"
Owner, "About 125."
Me *GULP* I knew then and there, if HE was 125.... SHE is not 150.
Owner, "We are actually trying to put some weight on him. What DO YOU feed your Mastiff?"
Me, "Um. She's on weight management..."
|Ramp practice to get her in the vehicle|
According to the vet, 'That's not working.' So cut her back more and add in exercise. Which is hard during the South Texas heat with triple heat indices well into October. To which the vet also agreed that it is too darned hot for her. So, either walk her before sunrise or after dark. She'll be spending half the day in the utility room (where she currently is).
He also mentioned, with her being seven years old or so...that Mastiff's tend to live to be only about nine years old or so.
My baby. Getting to be an old lady.
Oh, the thing about a big dog? They are protective, loving, loyal. Pretty much the same as a little dog, just a whole lot more to love. ;-)