Pet labrador wins weight loss award
A dog owner who lost more than five stone in a year has seen her beloved pet win an award for his slimming efforts.
Alyson King, 49, who tipped the scales at 17st, put labrador Lucky on a diet after her health scare resulted in doctors telling her to shed the pounds. Weighing in more than 8st, the dog struggled to walk after piling on the pounds from enjoying treats such as roast chicken dinners.
But Lucky is now a shadow of his former self after losing a quarter of his body weight and five inches from his waist, which is likely to increase his life expectancy by an average of around two years.
And his owner's dogged determination in getting fit looks to have paid off as Lucky has been announced on Wednesday as the winner of vet organisation PDSA's Pet Fit Club annual prize.
Housewife Alyson, of Rhydyfelin, Pontypridd, south Wales, said: "I guess you could say its true pets take after their owners. I started trying to lose weight after suffering with heart palpitations. Around that time Lucky wasn't in the best of shape because he had problems with his legs due to his size.
"So we both went on a diet and the results have been amazing.
"All the extra exercise I've been giving him has helped me losing five stone, so it's been a real weight-loss journey for the both of us."
When Lucky began his diet and fitness programme last December he weighed 51.2kg and was carrying around 46% extra weight. He is now a slimline 38.5kg, after losing nearly 13kg - leaving him just over 3kg from his ideal weight.
He was nominated for the fat-fighting competition by Alyson, who is delighted at his success.
The once heavyweight hound triumphed over fellow contestants - four dogs and six cats to take the title of Pet Fit Club Champ and is now the charity's pet slimming ambassador. In total this year's Pet Fit Club finalists have lost nearly 40kg in weight - equivalent to 700 sausages, 100 tins of pet food or 40 bags of sugar.