Charlie, a golden Labrador, arrived at Dogs Trust Merseyside weighing a whooping 52kg and has been placed on a strict doggie diet and exercise regime.
The nine-year-old arrived at the centre after his owner could no longer look after him and weighs almost twice what he should. Dogs Trust staff hope his new health plan will help him to shed the 23kg - the equivalent weight of an average Husky - he needs to lose in order to live a happy and healthy life in his new forever home.
Georgina Lowery, Manager at the Huyton centre, said, "We have nicknamed him Cuddly Charlie! He’s absolutely adorable. He has a wonderful nature and will make a gorgeous pet but he needs to lose weight if he’s to be healthy and able to play a full part in family life."
Charlie's size can be something commonly seen in Labradors as recent research by scientists at the University of Cambridge found that Labradors' tendency to be overweight may be partly due to genetics. Whatever the reason, staff are eager to help Charlie on his weight-loss journey.
George says, "He’s adjusting really well and is enjoying his walks which is lovely to see. He is looking for a home with children over ten years of age so we’re hoping an active family falls in love with him so he can enjoy being on the move and making the most of life as he continues on his weight loss journey."
Dogs Trust Deputy Veterinary Director Runa Hanaghan says, "Excess weight puts strain on a dog’s body, particularly the heart and joints, so it’s really important that every dog has regular exercise and isn’t over-fed. Any dog owner concerned about their dog’s health who wants their dog to lose weight should seek advice from a vet."
If you think you can be the one to offer Charlie an active, healthy home please contact Dogs Trust Merseyside on 0300 303 0292 or visit the centre at Whiston Lane, Liverpool, L36 6HP.
Credit: Dogs Trust Merseyside