Extra Large Lab Needs Diet, New Home

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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!

145 thoughts on “Extra Large Lab Needs Diet, New Home”

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

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      • 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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        • 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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      • 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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      • 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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      • ‎”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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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