half pint is a total doll...and a wee bit clingy. good first night tho, she has the whole comfortable sleep thing with all of carol's blankets made into a nest, down to an art....she is better at it than the burrowing chi's!
star gets a not great glimmer in her eye with one tiny lone dog wandering in her space...she is good with the group and all of the big ones but i don't trust her in case she thinks maybe any little singular slow ones are excess and might not be missed. still figuring her out which is hard while she lives separate, but starved dogs are starved dogs...they don't need or want any competition for food. when we have stuffed enough into her to finally satisfy her, food will hopefully one day become a non issue.
i remember when darla came (she wasn't starved, she was just lean cuz her owner thought that was healthy)..that dog ate and puked and ate and puked for three solid days til finally she said...what the heck am i doing????! i don't need to do this, food around here never ends....darla died many months later....pleasantly plump, ancient and happy...without an "i am hungry" worry in her sweet little head.
folks get all bent out of shape over body weights...no animal should weigh so much that they can't move around, but no animal should worry about how much food they are going to get either. "ideal" body shapes for animals who crave feeling full sets up anxiety food issues...not just food guarding issues, but other emotional, physiological, and mental long term anxiety results too.
chyna is chunky now....good for her. she is a more balanced and nicer dog than when she arrived. when cleo's over all anxiety was causing her trouble, we added an extra daily canned feeding for her, poof and a happy emotionally stable cleo showed up ....never under estimate the far reaching effects of either actual or PERCEIVED feelings of hunger, or "not enough"...there is a real reason why it is called comfort food...cuz a full belly for any animal means safe.
most dogs eventually manage their weight absolutely fine (unless they are beagle or hound)...as long as they believe food is a non issue and sometimes it takes alot of food to convince a past hungry dog, that hunger is forever a thing of the past.
it might take star a bit longer than most, starving to death is a big hurdle to over come...and maybe like raymond she won't ever reach there. god damn the humans that starve dogs...it hurts them in every single cell of their being and it torments them forever sometimes too.
so for all you folks who ashamedly apologize to everyone else (like the vets and animal rescue) because your beloved is a bit tubby...stop saying you are sorry. if they get plenty of good exercise and are active and happy, who cares if there is a bit more of them to love.