Extra Large Lab Needs Diet, New Home

A neglected dog staying in a California animal shelter is facing an uphill battle, and it is our hope that together, we can help him to find his way to a new forever home.

Meet Red – a happy, easy going chocolate Labrador retriever. Red’s prior owners nearly killed him with kindness by letting him swell to almost twice the size of the average Lab, and now he will need months of dietary restriction and regular exercise in order to shed the burden of excess weight he is straddled with. Looking for a workout partner now that the weather is warming up? Look no further!

His listing details:

My name is RED. I am a neutered male, brown Labrador Retriever. The shelter staff think I am about 10 years old. I have been at the shelter since Mar 11, 2012.

For more information about Red please contact Sacramento County Animal Care and Regulation at (916) 368-7387, animal ID number A566358

UPDATE (3-23-12): Red has been adopted. Please see the comment from Shellie below. Thank you for another adoption success story!







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    March 22, 2012 1:24 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Criminal! How do we find out if someone is going to help him? Don’t want him to die because of his irresponsible owners.

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      March 23, 2012 11:22 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Shellie and Stephen

      I’m happy to report that my husband and I fell in love with and adopted Red today — such a wonderful doggie and so well behaved! He is currently sound asleep in his bed — snoring like a log I might add — after a very busy day. We have an appointment with our vet on Monday for Red’s full physical which should tell us if his weight gain is related to anything other than poor diet (i.e., diabetes, thyroid, Cushings…). We are also working on a proper diet and exercise plan. Thanks to all of you for your concerns for Red’s well being.

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        March 25, 2012 10:21 amPosted 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        Such great news!!! Thank you. I too have a lab and find them to be the most lovable pets. He’s a lucky fella!

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      • March 25, 2012 11:49 amPosted 2 years ago
        Life With Dogs

        Shellie and Stephen, thank you so much for letting us know! This is superb news!!

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        March 27, 2012 8:07 pmPosted 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        So great thank you

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        March 27, 2012 8:32 pmPosted 2 years ago
        Tail Spin

        Thank you Shellie and Stephen! I wish you many years of joy, kisses and snuggles. We may think we’re rescuing them, but sometimes they rescue us back =) I think many of us would love to follow your success story. I hope “Life with Dogs” can help you keep us updated.

        God Bless!
        The Gang…Lil Chance Man, Candy Neeners, Smokey Dodo, (Wee Z) Zissou, Cyrano, Mickey & PeekaBoo.

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        March 27, 2012 8:37 pmPosted 2 years ago
        Lynda

        Thank you so much for adopting this gentle looking Lab. With love, a good diet and exercise……he’ll improve!!!

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        March 27, 2012 8:41 pmPosted 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        Bless you. You have strong hearts.

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        March 27, 2012 8:43 pmPosted 2 years ago
        Meghan

        Yay! Congratulations!!! There’s NOTHING like the love of a rescue dog, especially some one as enthusiastic as Red! My Taffy (a yellow lab that I rescued) smiles and you can just see the thanks and love in her face. Red should have his own facebook page so we could follow him <3

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          March 28, 2012 3:05 amPosted 2 years ago
          Malena

          Something like this (it could also be a blog i guess) sounds like a great idea.

          I think many people want him to improve and would love to follow his story.

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        March 27, 2012 8:58 pmPosted 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        That is such great news! My husband and I recently adopted an over weight yellow lab who is blind in one eye and deaf and now she lost weight and is so active! It can happen!

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        March 27, 2012 9:43 pmPosted 2 years ago
        Tom

        Great news! I wish Red nothing but the best. You are very kind for giving him a second chance.

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        March 27, 2012 11:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
        Karen

        Shellie and Stephen – Enjoy the wonderful time you will have with Red. Labs are such wonderful dogs (all breeds, mutts, and four-leggeds, really). Will you give us an update once in a while. His happy, shedding, wiggling self stole my heart. You are wonderfully kind and loving to give him such a good home. He’s a lucky guy!

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        March 28, 2012 12:53 amPosted 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        Great for you and Red!!! Adopting is the best option. Congratulations!!!

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        March 28, 2012 2:42 pmPosted 2 years ago
        Nancy

        Thank you so much for your commitment to love him and make him a healthy happy dog. God Bless you.

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        April 9, 2012 7:24 pmPosted 2 years ago
        Shellie and Stephen

        ‎”Red” Update: Thanks to all for your thoughtful concerns. Red is doing very well and has added much joy to our lives. Over the first week he was with us, Stephen and I adjusted his name to “Oliver”, so I will refer to him by his new name.

        The same day we adopted Oliver, we stopped by our vet for a weigh-in: 118lbs. Yikes! A couple of days later we took him in for his full exam and I’m happy to report he is very healthy for his age/size — no thyroid issues, diabetes, or Cushings, and his lungs and heart are in great shape. Oliver’s problem area is in the joints, so we’ve started him on glucosamine/chondroitin supplements. As for diet, his vet put him on Science Diet R/D (4 1/2 cups a day), and as of last Monday Oliver’s lost 5 lbs and is going for another weigh-in today. I hope to see another couple of lbs. gone, but slow and steady wins the race, right?

        For exercise, Oliver likes us to throw his toy and then run with him to get it. I do this with him throughout the morning. Every afternoon, we’re off to the dog park where Oliver gets plenty of exercise walking around and marking every place possible. For now, his vet only allows him one brisk walk roughly the equivalent of a city block which we also do at the dog park. As his stamina increases and his weight decreases, the amount of brisk walk or even a run will pick up.

        Interestingly, we have taken some heat from various people who see Oliver and assume we are responsible for his condition. I don’t mind explaining that we are his new people and we’re not sure what went on with him before. Oliver’s prior people may have thought they were doing all the right things and didn’t understand what was happening. Then again, they may have overfed him and never walked him. I’m just not willing to hazard a guess.

        Anyway, again thank you all for well wishes and for caring so much about Oliver (aka Red). Off to the dog park!

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  • March 22, 2012 1:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Rosie

    awwww <3<3<3

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    March 22, 2012 1:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lisa

    oh poor baby!!!

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    March 22, 2012 1:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Martha

    hes so freaking cuteee!!! more to love & cuddle with heheh <3

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  • March 22, 2012 1:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Doug

    If I didn’t already have three dogs, I’d take him in a heartbeat…he’d get daily hikes, a diet, and tons of love…

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  • March 22, 2012 1:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jill

    Oh he’s so happy! And BIG!

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  • March 22, 2012 1:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Monique

    whoa…I cant believe they fed him that much?

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  • March 22, 2012 2:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kait

    Poor guy. Looks happy though. He’ll be much happier without all that excess weight :3

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    March 22, 2012 2:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kara

    Ohh he is beautiful! It can be done! Just need someone who is dedicated and extra loving!

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    March 22, 2012 2:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Roberta

    What a sweet looking pup! Hope he finds a nice home with very active folks who will work that extra weight of his cute butt! :)

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    March 22, 2012 2:01 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Gene

    OMG! That owner should be punished and never ever be able to have a dog again! Cruel! Hope the lab finds a home and loses a lot of that weight.

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    March 22, 2012 2:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Davonne

    I think maybe someone lost their dog, and in no way was this dog neglected as stated above, he was obviously loved and cared for, maybe to much, lol

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  • March 22, 2012 2:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sara

    Hope Red finds a good family ASAP

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    March 22, 2012 2:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jeannie

    that is not killing him with kindness..that is abuse…

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    March 22, 2012 2:05 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jeannie

    even in the pic..looks like he can barely breathe.

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  • March 22, 2012 2:05 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Connie

    <3<3<3

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    March 22, 2012 2:06 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Ann

    Wish i were there to help Red… btw, Valerie Smith – Splash is super thin after all! :-) and so was Lady!! :-D

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    March 22, 2012 2:07 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Marie

    Poor baby – makes me so sad to see someone let their dog become so overweight… :-( Wish I could help…

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  • March 22, 2012 2:07 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Connie

    Someone loved him too much with lots and lots of treats and well he became over weight and maybe someone found him after he got out and turned him into the shelter. Doesn’t sound like neglect to me either Davonne.

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    March 22, 2012 2:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lindy

    I shared. Allowing their dog to become this obese is as much a sign of animal abuse as beating him would be.

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    March 22, 2012 2:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
    June

    all labs are overweight!

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    March 22, 2012 2:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Denise

    Why do people do this crap. If you can’t care for your animal children, don’t just abandon them….grrrr…

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  • March 22, 2012 2:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sharon

    wish i could help red out but live to far away ,hope red gets the home this dog so bad needs love and plenty of food and water for the loven family i true hop he gets red does .its a shame .

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  • March 22, 2012 2:12 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Alicia

    I have a chocolate lab and she isnt fat, bit stereotypical:L I’d love to take him in our family:’)

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    March 22, 2012 2:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Caitlyn

    Awww… <3

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    March 22, 2012 2:14 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Vagola

    Please, Share maybe get this guy a home!!!! We are currently at 11 rescues… My heart goes out to Red! I pray he finds the perfect home. And soon!!! Spread the word, for it’s out there, I feel it…:)

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    March 22, 2012 2:19 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Scott

    does he come with a saddle?

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  • March 22, 2012 2:19 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Maresa

    Have they contacted a lab rescue? All this guy needs is a good diet, and I’m not talking about any Rx diet or Purina or Science Diet light formulas. I’m talking Evo or ANY grain free (raw would be best) kibble. He also should be check to see if he is Hypothyroide (low thyroide) which is common is older labs. I really hope he finds a furever home and get gets that weight off ASAP or he’ll have cancers and arthritis if he doesn’t already. Poor guy, the owner probably dumped him :(

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  • March 22, 2012 2:23 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Melissa

    Awwww he is so cute, so sad his owner got him so fat

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    March 22, 2012 2:23 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kimberly

    OMG! Animal abuse!

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    March 22, 2012 2:24 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sherry

    Our Risti is a 10 year 4month old English Lab & a bit overweight at 100 lbs with medical issues. He only has 1 cup of kibble with 3/4 cup of no-salt green beans morning & night plus one treat in the morning & night. On lots of meds for degenerative arthritis & pain but takes daily short walks. Red looks like an English Lab. English Labs are thicker bodied, blockier faces & shorter legs. Also their tails are thicker & they weigh more than other labs. Hoping they try to find his owner before adopting him out!!

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    March 22, 2012 2:24 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Susan

    Oh my goodness. That is a big labbie

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  • March 22, 2012 2:26 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Onyx

    Good Lord.

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    March 22, 2012 2:29 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Nala

    it is a myth just skinny animals are abused but being morbidly obese is abuse too, but sometimes medical issues can cause weight issues but a responsible owner should investigate it

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  • March 22, 2012 2:35 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jon

    Haters…. He’s a good boy…. He can have it if he wants. Just needs to get in the pool…. daily.

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    March 22, 2012 2:52 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Mia

    Sweetie boy. I hope he finds the loving home he deserves.

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  • March 22, 2012 2:53 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Monica

    Sweet happy baby! I have 2 labs and love them to death. Our family had a chocolate lab and he was a big boy as well. At the end of his life he got diabetes (not what killed him). So he might need to be checked for that as well. Hope he finds an active family soon.

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  • March 22, 2012 2:58 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    That is one really big lab! Cut out the treats, snacks and big meals and start an exercise program like I did. Sadie

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  • March 22, 2012 3:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Beth

    That dog looks like he was loved very much !! Look at that sweet face , labs just love love to eat!!!!!

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  • March 22, 2012 3:17 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kim

    Poor baby.makes me sad her previous owners let her get like this. :(. Hope she finds a awesome home with lots of love and walks.

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  • March 22, 2012 3:28 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Dawn

    He looks like a bear cub!! Cute!

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    March 22, 2012 3:32 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sonja

    Please please please let someone loving adopt this sweet angel. I would, if I didn’t already have three Labs AND a Beagle.

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  • March 22, 2012 3:50 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Neelambari

    Poor thing! God speed

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    March 22, 2012 3:57 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Cari

    This dog is right here in Sacramento! He’d be a great pal for someone.

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  • March 22, 2012 4:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Melissa

    so not only did they mistreat him by overfeeding and I can only assume not exercising him…they then just dumped him off at a shelter…real nice. I’m praying he finds a loving home with responsible owners who know how to care for and treat dogs. Hopefully this is the best thing that could have happened to him : )

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    March 22, 2012 4:20 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Diana

    Talk about loving an animal to death…

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  • March 22, 2012 4:37 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Patricia

    holy shit I thought it was a cow time for new glasses

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  • March 22, 2012 4:42 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Patricia

    holy shit I thought this was a cow, time for a new pair of glasses

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    March 22, 2012 4:53 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Pamela

    It may be a thyroid problem, rather than an over feeding problem. Hope Red gets the right forever home as he certainly deserves it.

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    March 22, 2012 5:07 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Marta

    Has he been checked for Cushings Disease?

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    March 22, 2012 5:10 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tammy

    Awww, what a sweet big baby boy! Even his tail is chubby :) Our lab would eat until he looked like this too, but we won’t let him, we control his diet and take him on walks/runs often. He is a healthy 97 lbs of mandog :) I hope Red finds a good healthy home SOON!!!!

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    March 22, 2012 5:41 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Emily

    Aw he looks do happy. He’s actually not the fattest dog I’ve ever seen but comes close. Good luck buddy!

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    March 22, 2012 6:10 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Juliette

    poor guy! Hope hie finds a great family, I’d take him but I live in Hawaii, so it’s hard… but good luck Red, in finding a good family, and also for your weight loss program. I know it sucks, losing weight always does…

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    March 22, 2012 6:33 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Maira

    AWWW SUCH A SWEETHEART,I HOPE & PRAY SOMEONE RESCUES HIM AND GIVES HIM A LOVING HOME AND WORKS WITH HIS WEIGHT….

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    March 22, 2012 6:39 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jennifer

    I have 3 labs one is over weight and has been since the day I got her the vet ran all tests she is healthy except being over weight she its an english lab she is not abused or mistreated she is just hefty

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    March 22, 2012 6:39 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jennifer

    Red is adorable!

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    March 22, 2012 7:11 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Nancy

    I thought my Lab was over weight…started giving her frozen peas & carrots as “treats”, she is getting slimmer!

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  • March 22, 2012 7:57 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Mary

    OMG! Pleasse help this sweet boy.

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    March 27, 2012 7:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kristin

    Great! I was hoping he’d find a wonderful new home.

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    March 27, 2012 7:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Raytha

    Happy Dance!!

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    March 27, 2012 8:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tonja

    Hallelujah, Glory, Glory, Praise Jesus and raise the roof! Sooo happy for Big Red. Happy fur-ever home life to the whole family! <3

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    March 27, 2012 8:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Debbie

    Great news :…………………………)

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  • March 27, 2012 8:01 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kim

    awww, thats wonderful!!

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    March 27, 2012 8:01 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Peggy

    I know it’s not healthy but I think his chunkiness is cute. Guess I’m just a chubby chaser! hehe

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  • March 27, 2012 8:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Evelyn

    Awesome!!! That is great news!!

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    March 27, 2012 8:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Melinda

    good for him !!! he needs to get healthy too :)

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  • March 27, 2012 8:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Janet

    Love a happy ending. Yay !!!

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    March 27, 2012 8:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Fernanda

    thats great news!

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  • March 27, 2012 8:03 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Nicole

    Thank you Lord!!!!!

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  • March 27, 2012 8:03 pmPosted 2 years ago
    David

    Great news!

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    March 27, 2012 8:03 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Gloria

    Oh that is great news!!!!

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  • March 27, 2012 8:03 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Rayne

    That is so great.. What a sweet sweet Red. ;)

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    March 27, 2012 8:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Maria

    Brilliant!!!!

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  • March 27, 2012 8:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kanni

    great!!

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    March 27, 2012 8:05 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Donna

    Hope he finds a great home

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    March 27, 2012 8:05 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tammy

    YAY!!!!!!

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  • March 27, 2012 8:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anita

    Adopted! Fabulous! <3

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  • March 27, 2012 8:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Donna Robinson, he already did. ;)

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  • March 27, 2012 8:10 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sharon

    hope he gets a home .

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  • March 27, 2012 8:10 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    That’s great! And now Red’s family can help him lose weight. Sadie

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  • March 27, 2012 8:12 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kim

    Way to go Shellie, hope Red loves his forever home xx

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    March 27, 2012 8:12 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Yvonne

    hoping there will be updates..

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    March 27, 2012 8:14 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sonja

    Wonderful!!!!!!!

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    March 27, 2012 8:14 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tracie

    So sad this dog deserves better anyone who could make this dog that heavy is super selfish!

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  • March 27, 2012 8:15 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Mary Beth

    HOW COULD ANYONE LET A DOG GET THAT BIG?? I SURE THINK ITS SAD :(

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  • March 27, 2012 8:15 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tammy

    I’m so glad he found caring people to love him!!!

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  • March 27, 2012 8:15 pmPosted 2 years ago
    James

    Glad he has a home but not here as my DixieLeigh is always begging for treats.

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    March 27, 2012 8:22 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Leann

    Yayaya!!!!

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  • March 27, 2012 8:22 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Melody

    BBR!

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  • March 27, 2012 8:24 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kathleen

    Yaaayyyy….

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  • March 27, 2012 8:25 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Helen

    Wonderful! I am so happy for Red. He is a beautiful dog, and I wish him and his new family the very best.

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  • March 27, 2012 8:25 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Fumiko

    Wow! I am so moved.

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  • March 27, 2012 8:26 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lynda

    It’s one thing to let yourself get that fat….but it is ABUSE to let your pet OR child get that heavy!!! Thank GOD for his new family!!! Xox

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    March 27, 2012 8:27 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Paula

    <3<3<3

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  • March 27, 2012 8:28 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tiana

    i thought that was a bear for a minute! poor thing. I am so glad he was adopted.

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    March 27, 2012 8:30 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anita

    <3

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    March 27, 2012 8:32 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Teri

    So happy he was adopted.

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  • March 27, 2012 8:36 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Bev

    Awesome!

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  • March 27, 2012 8:36 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Patsy

    ADOPTION FOR RED!!!!!!!! FANTASTIC

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    March 27, 2012 8:37 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Veronica

    I get so mad when I see people with obese pets. Many times people do it out of ignorance or without ill malice. I am curious as to what this guys weight loss regiment is going to be. I’d love to get updates as I am currently battling the bulge too!

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