Bulldog Daisy diets down from 28kg
A bulldog who was so lazy she needed to be bribed with ham to take exercise has been crowned pet slimmer of the year by an animal charity.
Daisy, a six-year-old from Middlesbrough belonging to Gillian Turrell, has been named the PDSA's Pet Fot Club champion after she shed a quarter of her bodyweight in six months.
Nicknamed Lazy Daisy by her owner's family, the dog was spoiled with treats and would try to hitch a lift in cars when out for a walk rather than have to pad her way home.
That changed when Gillian entered her for the competition in which Daisy tipped the scales at a whopping 28kg - making her 40% overweight.
But thanks to careful dieting and help from the PDSA she has lost 8kg.
Gillian, 60, said: "Daisy always begged for food, and has even been known to steal things out of the fridge.
"I also got into the habit of spoiling her with treats and titbits.
"The weight crept up slowly, and I didn't notice how big she'd got.
"When I couldn't get the car harness around her, and she was struggling to get up the stairs, I knew things had to change."
The winner of the fat fighting contest was revealed on the ITV1 show Fat Pets: Slimmer of the Year.
Her proud owner added: The difference in Daisy is amazing. Losing the weight has really improved her mobility. Before she struggled to climb the stairs - now she sprints up them!"