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Extreme weight loss canine style: Obese Doberman almost loved 'to death'

An obese stray Doberman Pinscher brought to the San Antonio Animal Care Services last week has already shed a few pounds in his extreme weight loss program canine style, according to his own Facebook page Bear the Big Doberman.

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Lone Star Doberman Rescue
After his bath, Big Bear relaxed as we hope he pondered his good fortune having been rescued and on his way back to a normal weight.
Lone Star Doberman Rescue

Now no one is arguing that everything is bigger in Texas, and certainly Bear was no exception. When he arrived at Animal Services, the sweet dog tipped the scales at 147 pounds. Here are the suggested vital statistics for a Doberman:

Dog Breed Group
Working Dogs
General: 2 feet to 2 feet, 4 inches tall at the shoulder
General: 60 to 80 pounds
Life Span
10 to 13 years

Bear does have a microchip, but it has never been registered. The staff from Animal Control stated Bear seemed quite depressed. Luckily he was picked up last week by Lone Star Doberman Rescue, and is now staying with a foster family in the Conroe area.

Wherever Bear came from however, he was almost "loved to death." The morbidly obese pooch had the beginnings of two ear infections, needed thyroid and joint medications and has extremely high cholesterol. He is now on a controlled diet of four small protein meals a day and has been taking walks; all of which Bear seems to enjoy.

Bear doesn't seem to be overly sensitive about his weight and didn't even react when one Facebook poster wrote:

"If he had horns he'd look like a moose!"

Bear is now getting used to his new life; he still loves to roll and get scratches. News reports tell us that he has already dropped seven pounds. Just another 73 pounds to go Bear!

Check out his photos. Many thanks to the kind people at Lone Star Doberman Rescue for helping this boy. If you would like to help out with Bear's rehabilitation, please click here.

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