We feel like this article on an obese chihuahua might, perhaps, be trying to tell us something about its owner, Pamela Arconti, an executive assistant on Wall Street. (Her dog, Lola, weighed 16.2 pounds when the normal weight for chihuahuas is four to six pounds.) There are no photos of the owner, so we just have to go by the clues laid out for us in the article:
Lola started developing a weight problem at six months, about the time Arconti began giving in to her constant begging, to the point where Lola consumes a bowl of dry food, a 3.5-ounce can of dog food, two Newman's Own organic dog treats, a 4-ounce cup of sliced peaches, and assorted scraps of people food per day. "She likes peaches, and so do I," says Arconti. "We have the same trigger foods."Oh, really? Perhaps that's because "heavy dogs often have heavy owners."
Then there's this quote, which occurs when Arconti takes the dog to a vet for a diet program:
"I've never met a long-haired Chihuahua over eight pounds," says Deirdre Chiaramonte, a veterinarian with the program. She points out Lola's neck ripples, butt padding, and thigh ruffles. "Awww, you have thigh ruffles!" coos Arconti. "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree."Okay, we get it: This dog wouldn't be fat if her owner weren't such a porker either! Thanks, New York Magazine!
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