Fat Friendly Dog Survives Cold

December 8 | 4 Comments

I love food. The problem is food doesn’t love me. Or to be more specific, food doesn’t love me to have a beautiful body.

That’s why I have to watch my caloric intake, especially at my advanced age.

Turns out,  there may be some upside to being fat, as evidenced by the following story about a morbidly obese canine named Jiffy.

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – A dog weighing more than 120 pounds survived being frozen to a sidewalk overnight, probably because he was insulated by layers of fat, authorities said.

The “morbidly obese” dog, an aging border collie mix named Jiffy, froze to the sidewalk when he was left out overnight Wednesday, the Sheboygan County Humane Society said.

Few dogs could survive the single-digit temperatures, and it was probably the fat that made the difference, shelter manager Carey Payne said.

Jiffy’s 59-year-old owner was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of animal neglect, Sheboygan Police Lt. Tim Eirich said. She told police she tried to get the dog inside but couldn’t, and instead checked on him every few hours.

The dog is 11 or 12 years old, Eirich said. Shelter workers poured warm water over Jiffy’s back end to unstick him from the sidewalk, Payne said, adding it was too soon to say whether he suffered any long-term effects.

The only question I have is whether Jiffy’s last name is Pop or Peanut Butter.


4 Responses to “Fat Friendly Dog Survives Cold”

  1. pop's mom on December 10th, 2008 9:01 am

    oh poor sweet puppy…. I hope he won’t stay at this home .. I cannot imagine people neglect a dog that way … or any other animal … hope he’s going to get better quickly . poor baby

  2. Bo on December 14th, 2008 11:43 am

    Hi Pop’s Mom…I read an update in the paper and they said Jiffy is recovering nicely.

    I agree that owners like this should be stuck outside in the cold and left to freeze to the pavement.

    Now, back to begging for that ham sandwich my old man has in his hands.


  3. pop on January 1st, 2009 4:52 pm

    oh can I have a piece  too bo?

  4. Schnooks's Mom on May 2nd, 2009 1:05 am

    Well, two things:

    Neglect: learing the dog out all night
    Abuse: Overfeeding the dog to a point of obesity (or, maybe he has an untreated thyroid problem – more neglect).

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