The fattest dog in Britain has lost a bunch of weight and now faces a much brighter future.
Hattie, nicknamed ‘Hattie the Fattie’, was obese, weighing 47kg, due to a diet of burgers. According to staff at the rescue centre that took her in, she resembled a pot-bellied pig – and so they started a fundraising campaign which was launched to get her a tummy tuck.
However, she was put on a strict diet and exercise regime and has now lost half of her body weight – and now she doesn’t even need the operation.
Eight-year-old Hattie arrived at Gables Farm Dogs and Cats home in Plymouth, Devon, in February this year and was immediately put on a strict weight controlled diet.
Hattie’s weight is currently down to 23kg and she faces a much healthier, happier future.
Sadly, she still faces some obstacles. Hattie, a collie, has diabetes and is awaiting surgery to remove her cateracts, which staff believe will improve her wellbeing even further.
She is still looking for a for a home – but money raised through the tummy tuck crowdfunding appeal will go towards any new owner’s future vet bills.
Ruth Rickard, 51, who has worked at the centre for 10 years, 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.
‘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.
‘Since she started losing weight, she’s changed – it was like she had no real enjoyment of life before and was just existing.
‘She now 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.’