We’ve discovered the secret of the Max growth! Let me take a few steps back first and explain. When we first adopted Max in Nov 2004, he weighed 106 lbs. In May 2005, we were able to get him down to 103 lbs and thought it was a good weight for him. This winter, we noticed he seemed to be getting pretty chubby, and our friends would comment on it too so we went to lean food. When we brought Sheba to the vet in the beginning of Dec, we took Max so we could check his weight. He weighed in at a whopping 110 lbs! Definitely time for a diet, reduced rations and green beans. Even with the reduced food, he seemed to continue to gain weight. When we took him back at the end of Dec (for his yearly shots) he weighed 115 lbs; he gained 5 lbs in 3 weeks. The doctor tested his thyroid and it was normal.
We discovered yesterday what’s been going on. Max has learned how to open the dog food container (mounted on the wall) just enough to nibble straight out of the container. He probably stands at the container almost all day eating as much as he wants! No wonder the food has been disappearing so fast; we just thought it was due to the amount of food we were feeding Jake. Needless to say, we have now taped the opening shut so Max should start losing weight. At least we won’t go through the dog food quite as fast anymore! What a sneak-thief!