TheRedQueen wrote:But this goes along with one of my fears that if one of my dogs ever got loose and picked up by a bleeding heart that they wouldn't look for me because my dogs have scars, ribs showing and are often dirty from playing! Dogs with short coats that hang out and play with herding dogs have a lot of scars to show for that play! Odd got Trill and Score in one day earlier this year...Score still has his scar, Trill's hides in her brindling.
I think this all the time!! Luna is muscular, but so lean-- bony, ribby, and zero fat, but rippling abs across her side (I'm totally jealous and in awe, actually)-- and because her coat is so sparse and short, every scar shows (scars that she got flinging herself through the bushes like a nut). People who don't know any better would think she was starved and beaten... She eats twice as much as the other dogs just to keep up with her metabolism. River is half again her size and eats half as much.
Which is why I try not to be too judgy when I find a dog that APPEARS to be neglected. Unfortunately, I'm then proved right when the "owners" can't even be bothered to call the pound to look for the dog, much less put up flyers or place ads.
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