Dogs Trust resident celebrates successful weight loss journey with new owners
A former Dogs Trust Canterbury resident has a new lease of life after losing over half his body weight. The then 10-year-old Terrier Cross, Eddie, came to the rehoming centre in January 2017, tipping the scales at a hefty 15.5kg. Staff were advised by their veterinary team that he’d need to lose half of his weight.
The paunchy pooch was adopted by Mr Zak Vice and Ms Helen Emmett from East Sussex in March 2017 who diligently em’bark’ed on an incredible weight loss programme with their new dog. Through a weight watcher support group clinic at the vet which advised on measures such as portion control, regular exercise and bi-weekly weigh-ins to track his progress, Eddie is now boasting a svelte waistline, weighing in at an amazing 7.5kg!
“Eddie’s weight loss journey has been a lot of work but so worthwhile. As the weight dropped we noticed he became progressively more active, animated and excited. He runs about playing with his toys and jumping on our bed or the sofa (where he shouldn’t be!) and he moves much more freely. His personality has really come out as he has dropped the extra pounds.”
“We were even more delighted when we were told that his successful weight loss meant he no longer needed the joint and anti-inflammatory tablets that he’d been on, as he was now so nimble on his feet.
“We walk him twice a day, but he’s a social walker and still takes a long time to go a short distance because he’s smelling everything! The only snacks he gets now are healthy alternatives such as dog-friendly vegetables or fruits but thankfully he absolutely loves these, even lettuce!
“Dogs Trust has been amazing in supporting both him and us through this journey.”
Dogs Trust Canterbury’s Rehoming Centre Manager Harriet Blaskett added:
“When Eddie came to the rehoming centre last year it was clear to see he had a fair bit of weight to lose in order to lead a fully happy and healthy life. We affectionately nicknamed him ‘Eddie the Potato’ as he had such a round belly!
“Thankfully his wonderful new family have put in so much time and effort to ensure that Eddie got to where he needed to be, and although nearly 12 years old – we’re told he’s back to being a puppy and can even go up and down the stairs in his new home. It’s been such a rewarding journey for his owners and we wish them all every health and happiness.”
If you think you could change the life of a resident at Dogs Trust Canterbury’s rehoming centre please contact them on 0300 303 0292.