A colossal canine named Sadie from Basildon, who waddles rather than walks, has reached the finals of the UK’s largest pet slimming competition.
The eight-year-old porky pooch has been selected to compete against 12 other fat pets from across the UK, including dogs, cats and even a rotund dumbo rat who all belong to PDSA Pet Fit Club.
Weighing in at a whopping 42.2kg (6st 9lb), she needs to lose a colossal 12.2kg (1st 13lb) to reach her ideal weight (30kg/4st 10lb).
Sadie’s owner, George Chaplin from Basildon, says Sadie’s unrelenting appetite and too many leftovers has led to her sumo size.
“When I first adopted Sadie she was even bigger than she is now. She’s lost some weight since then but we’ve still got a long way to go. We’ve tried different diets and hydrotherapy to increase her exercise but she always puts the weight back on and nothing has lasted.”
Sadie goes on twice-daily walks but her weight makes it more of a ‘waddle’ than a walk, says George.
“Squirrels are the only thing she will run for. She is a beautiful dog and loves everyone she meets. I want to have her around for a long time but with her weight this high I’m afraid she won’t be. I worry about her long-term health, so we need to get her fit and healthy and I’m hoping we can with Pet Fit Club.”
Sadie’s six-month Pet Fit Club diet and exercise programme will be tailored and overseen by the vets and nurses at Basildon PDSA Pet Hospital. Pet Fit Club is a strict six-month diet and exercise programme and pets are placed on individually tailored regime, designed for their specific needs.