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Hefty hounds shed pounds in weight loss challenge



Two hefty hounds have shared a pet slimmer of the year award after shedding a quarter of their body weight.

Borris, a formerly rotund Cavalier King Charles spaniel, tipped the scales at a whopping 4st 6lb, but doggedly worked his way down to a svelte 3st 4lbs.

He was top dog in the PDSA Fit Club competition with once-lardy labrador Sadie, who had ballooned to 6st 9lb but now weighs 4st 13lb.

Every year, the charity helps the UK’s fattest furry friends battle the bulge in a six-month diet and exercise challenge.

Borris previously tipped the scales at a whopping 4st 6lb
Borris previously tipped the scales at a whopping 4st 6lb

The tailored programme is overseen by its vets and nurses, and pets who lose the highest percentage of their body weight are declared the winners.

Borris’s owner Annmarie Formoy, from Kent, admitted the family fed him too many treats in the past and that his lovable nature meant even complete strangers would give him snacks.

She said his love of food once led him to raid a cupboard full of chocolate Easter eggs, and chew up her father’s false teeth.

Mrs Formoy said she was “delighted” over Borris’s weight loss, which was supervised by Louisa Carey, head nurse at the PDSA pet clinic in Margate.

She said: “The best part was the first time that I saw Borris taking his first few running steps, it made me want to cry, I was so happy. He hadn’t run in years!”

Sadie’s owner, George Chaplin from Essex, said his dog’s unrelenting appetite and lots of leftovers led to her sumo size before her diet and exercise regime was overseen by Kerry Griffith at the PDSA pet hospital in Basildon.

Sadie weighed in at 6st 9lb before her new diet and exercise regime
Sadie before her weight loss…
Sadie's owner says she is like a 'totally different dog' after losing weight
…and after

The 75-year-old said Sadie is a “totally different dog now” and is “so much happier”.

“Before I would have to pull on her lead to get her on a walk but now she waits for me by the door, and she’s got so much more energy,” he said.

PDSA vet Olivia Anderson-Nathan, who helped to judge the competition, said: “It has been hugely rewarding to see our Pet Fit Club pets’ weight decrease over the last six months thanks to their new diet and fitness regimes.

“Pet obesity is a growing issue that affects millions of UK pets. Around 40% of dogs and cats in the UK are estimated to be overweight or obese.”

Borris and Sadie’s owners have won a pet-friendly holiday courtesy of Sykes Cottages and a year’s free pet food from Dechra Specific.

To register a pet for next year’s competition visit

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