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Old 06-23-2008, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Geez, we finally got the other people with the pit bulls squared away -- either the dogs are gone or they're being kept secure because I haven't seen them in almost two weeks now. NOW, new people moved in and brought a pit bull puppy.

This puppy LOVES me -- she comes trotting over whenever she's outside and follows me around. The problem is that she's super-skinny. I don't really want to go over to the new neighbors and say, "Hi, welcome to the neighborhood, you're not feeding your dog enough!"

The two little girls in the family were outside when I got back from the store a few days ago and I had bought a big bag of food for my dogs. The puppy came running over to see me and the little girls followed so I thought, hmmm, maybe a teaching moment? I ripped open the bag of dog food and offered some to the puppy. She gobbled it up like crazy and I continued to feed her. The girls were watching, amazed. I told them that she needed lots of good nutritious food to grow big and strong and I pointed out how her ribs are showing. They basically told me that the dog is fed table scraps like potatoes.

Is this a good approach -- teaching the kids how to care for the puppy -- or should I take it further? The parents are really nice people and the dog is sweet and friendly -- she shows no signs of being abused in any way. I just don't think these folks know how to take care of a dog!
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Old 06-24-2008, 12:07 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Even though kids are smarter than most people think. I think it's time to kind of nudge the owners. Nicely, but letting them know at the same time. You don't want to offend them, but to feed her.

Good luck! She sounds like a cutie with a great personality!
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Old 06-24-2008, 05:30 AM
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Location: Sarasota, Florida
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You can always bring a large bag of the dog food with a bow to them, as a welcome to neighborhood gift.
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Old 06-24-2008, 06:16 AM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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There's a feeding problem for sure...and pups need so much food! Might gently suggest a worm check as well, if there's a way...that could contribute to the skinny and wanting to eat all the time...
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Old 06-24-2008, 06:26 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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That pup gets to play a lot...dont think not eating is all the problem! Actually dont think there is a problem....puppy & 2 young kids all active. You dont do rib tests on growing pups!
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Old 06-24-2008, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Louisiana
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There's a feeding problem for sure...and pups need so much food! Might gently suggest a worm check as well, if there's a way...that could contribute to the skinny and wanting to eat all the time...
Aren't puppies usually fat if they have worms?
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Old 06-24-2008, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Well, there's something wrong. I know the difference between a lanky, active puppy and a pup whose ribs and hip bones are showing from not getting proper nutrition. The landscaper was here one day when the puppy came over to see me and the first thing he said was, "Dang, that puppy is skinny!"

Hmm, the humane society has started offering its summer vet. clinics at TSC -- I'll be taking my youngest two for their rabies shot so maybe I'll mention it to the neighbors? The vet and vet tech. would DEFINITELY talk to them about the pup's weight and condition. This isn't a substitute for regular vet. care, of course, but it may at least be a start!
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Old 06-24-2008, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Texas
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You can always bring a large bag of the dog food with a bow to them, as a welcome to neighborhood gift.
ROFL, you don't know how close I was to giving them the bag of dog food I had bought! But I figured that wouldn't be a good idea for a number of reasons!
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Old 06-24-2008, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Deep in the Heart of Texas
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Hard to know the best avenue to take, but the parents might feel that educating their kids was overstepping. Good idea about suggesting the summer vet clinic. With two young kids, the parents might just be very busy and caring for the dog is off the radar. They may not even notice the dog is too skinny. Sad, but that's how it is sometimes. The dog is for the kids and kids and dog fend for themselves all too often....
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Old 09-22-2008, 02:27 AM
 
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Come on step it up and nicely tell the parents that you have dogs and pups need to eat a lot,,, if they take care of her otherwise maybe they just dont know...
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