His humans couldn't believe it. Time for an intervention!
You know, some of us are just born genetically predisposed to be heavier than normal. I know this to be a fact because I got the "fat gene" from my dad. And no, I'm not just saying that. I've done DNA tests and I actually have the gene. Not that this is an excuse. My sisters all have the same gene and they've been most successful at staying fit and trim than I have. The fact is, some of us who have that gene just love to eat and that's that. When you're inclined to overweight and you love good food, it's super challenging to stay fit. One thing I've learned is that this goes for animals as well.
My husband and I do cat rescue and we feed our babies the best quality high-protein cat food. One thing we've noticed is that a few of our cats are just fatter than the others. None of them eat more than the others do, to be honest. It just seems to depend on the cat whether or not they gain weight. I don't know as much about dogs, but I assume it's the same way. There's a dog in Queensland, Australia named Drax and he's a big chonky guy who thinks he's still a small dog (I know how he feels, I still see the teenaged me in the mirror haha).
Drax is a rescue who was found by Charmaine Hulley's sister. Drax was living on the streets when his human mom found him outside a local supermarket. At that time, he was skinny and uncared for, Charmaine says. Her sister wasted no time. She scooped him up and put him in the car to take home with her. He quickly became a loving member of the family and is the "most loving and happy and laid-back boy." He gets along well with everyone, including the other dogs that Charmaine's sister already had.
When Charmaine moved out on her own, she took Drax with her and even adopted another dog brother for him so he wouldn't be lonely. It was when he went back to his first loving home for a visit that he was in for a huge surprise. See, Drax had packed on a few pounds and when he followed his much smaller cousins through the doggy door, his chonky behind got stuck. It was a huge wakeup call for Drax and his parents, who realized that Drax needed to take off some weight.
“Dad came home early and saw half the doggy door panel on the ground and looked inside and Drax came wandering down the hallway very casually with it on him,” Charmaine said. "I looked over and Drax was on the stairs looking at me ... my mouth dropped." Drax is now on a diet. I feel your pain, buddy.