Britain’s fattest dog, who grew to the size of a ‘pot-bellied pig’ after living on hamburgers, has finally found a home after losing nearly half of her body weight.
‘Hattie the Fattie’ (we know, so mean), was taken into care weighing almost 40kg.
She was rescued by an animal sanctuary, and was put on a special diet. She lost weight very quickly, getting down to 23kg.
So many people wanted to re-home Hattie, but her rescuer has now decided to become her permanent owner.
Gables Farm in Plymouth, Devon, was inundated with offers to re-home Hattie but shelter deputy manager Ruth Rickard, 51, said she couldn’t give her up.
She said: ‘I couldn’t imagine her living with anyone else. I did get very attached to her and all her little funny ways.’
Hattie was morbidly obese, diabetic and almost blind when she arrived at the dogs and cats home in April last year.
Speaking at the time, Ruth said: ‘When I first saw Hattie I couldn’t believe it as she looked more like a pot-bellied pig than a dog.
‘I just knew we had to try and help her. I take her home with me at night so I can administer her insulin injections, which she tolerates very well.
Pitter patter. A large breed dog’s resting heart beats between 60 and 100 times per minute, and a small dog breed’s heart beats between 100-140. Comparatively, a resting human heart beats 60-100 times per minute.
‘As the weight has started to come off we have found that she is very spirited and extremely loving, despite the fact we put her on a diet.
‘She spends her days in our reception, keeping an eye on the staff and customers, and as we watch her gain confidence and lose weight it makes me proud that we are a genuine non euthanasia charity.’
Ruth says that since losing weight, Hattie has really changed. She said: ‘It was like she had no real enjoyment of life before and was just existing.’
Now, she’s happy and healthy, and loving life with her new owner.