This porky pair of pedigree bums have been placed on a strict diet after becoming so podgy their rolls of fat touched the ground when they tried to walk.
Dumpy dachshunds Maddie and Josh had ballooned to double their body weight – 9kg and 11kg respectively – after being nearly ‘killed with kindness’ by their elderly owner.
The seven-year-old bloated bowwows – who should weigh just 5kg each – were taken into into the care of the Dog’s Trust and are now on a calorie-counting fat-free diet which also includes gentle exercise several times a day in their very own dog pram.
The pair will be looking for a new home as soon as they reach their target weight.
They’ve already lost around 1kg each after just two weeks at Dogs Trust Shoreham in West Sussex, where manager Tracey Rae described the plump pups as ‘very vocal, lively and loveable’.
She said: ‘They are absolutely lovely and will make brilliant pets for a good home.
‘They were taken to a pound when their elderly owner could no longer take care of them. They were very overweight, double what they should be.
‘It was a sad case of being killed with kindness, treats should always be given in moderation to avoid weight gain.
‘We don’t know what they were eating but it seems to be more a case of too little exercise.
‘At the moment they can only take a few steps because their tummies drag along the floor which is very painful for them.
‘But now they’re on a very strict diet of dry food, calorie-controlled and low fat. They have two portion-controlled meals a day so they have something to look forward to.
‘We take them out for exercise between two and three times a day. They can’t walk far because they’re so overweight, so we have to take them out to the exercise field in a little pram with a cover on it, or they would be too tired to exercise by the time they got out there.
‘Then we let them trundle around in the field for a few minutes.
‘They absolutely love to be active, you can tell, they want to be more active, they want to run, but they just can’t do it yet. They love to play around in the field. It’s just a case of building up their strength.’
Tracey said the porky pups were winning over staff with their personalities.
She added: ‘They’re playful little dogs and it’s hard to see them so restricted by their weight.
‘They’re very a cheeky pair. They’re very vocal – they like to let everybody know when they’re coming in the pram, you can hear them coming.
‘They’re a lovely, lovable pair. We hope to keep them together when we re-home them because they’re best friends – they cuddle up together when they sleep and it would be horrible to have to split them up.
‘We’re looking for a new home for them but won’t let them go until they’ve reached their target weight – we want them to be fit and healthy for their new life.’
Maddie and Josh will have weekly weigh-ins and be closely monitored by a veterinary team. The dogs will be able to move into a quiet, adult-only home once they are back to full health and new owners will be advised on an appropriate diet for the duo.