I do rescue so I get all sorts of people calling me because they think I'm the answers to their prayers when they don't want their dog anymore. I got a call from a friend of a friend. She needs to find a home for her brothers dog. Her brother died and the dog isn't working out with her other dog. I immediately think of my in-laws because they are also looking for a dog and have had this breed before. They recently said that they wanted mine, or one just like her. Well, I'm not giving them mine so I got the information and passed it along. They just called DH (no they didn't call the house number either) to let them know that they went and looked at the dog but don't want it because it's overweight.....and here's the kicker, they want to be able to take the dog for walks!! (Where's a smilie pulling it's hair out when you need one???) This is a first for me, not wanting a fat dog because you want to be able to exercise.....seems to me it was a perfect fit and that they could have really been a blessing for this dog. Oh, well, what it comes down to is that they would be embarrassed walking a fat dog. No, they're not skinny people, not terribly overweight either, but image is important in their book. If you're in San Diego and interested in adopting a sweet, housebroken, 5 yr. old Basset THAT IS FAT please PM me.