Ruby The Jack Russell Sheds One Third Of Her Body Weight To Be Crowned Pet Slimmer Of The Year

by Chelsea Dogs

Six months ago, Ruby the Jack Russell Terrier was so fat that going for a short walk left her out of breath.

She piled on the pounds and ended up looking like a barrel on four legs as her owners misguidedly stuffed the former rescue dogs with treats.

In fact, the only thing that would make Ruby spring into action was the prospect of more food – and when not asleep, begging for more was about as active as she got.

Porky: Ruby piled on the pounds and looked like a barrel on four legs after she ate lots of dog treats

But now, thanks to the PDSA,  the five-year-old is far friskier and in the best of health after shedding a third of her bodyweight and was named winner of the Pet Slimmer of the Year award.

At her heaviest, she tipped the scales at 1stone 6lbs, making her morbidly obese, before going on a diet and fitness regime run by charity PDSA.

Now she weighs just under 1 stone which is near her ideal weight. Not only that but Ruby has shed a staggering 7 inches from her waist!

And the PET SLIMMER of the year is…
But now the five-year-old is far friskier and in the best of health after shedding a third of her bodyweight

Her owner Angela Martin, 40, of Sunderland, took Ruby in four years ago after an animal shelter had found her roaming the streets and she, husband Stephen, also 40, and children Laura, 22, and Lewis, 18, began to lavish Ruby with treats.

Mrs Martin said: ‘When Ruby first came to us, we all felt really sorry for her as she’d had such a tough start to life. So to compensate, we used to give her a little treat here and there.

At her heaviest Ruby tipped the scales at 1stone 6lbs, making her morbidly obeseAt her heaviest Ruby tipped the scales at 1 stone 6lbs, making her morbidly obese.
Roly poly: The only thing that would make her spring into action was the prospect of more food

‘The trouble was, the whole family was giving her ‘a little treat’ and over time, she started to get really big.’ Ruby not only gobbled up the treats, but also became a scavenger.

On one occasion she made herself ill by stealing a ‘phall’ chicken curry from the kitchen bin which Mr Martin had thrown away – because it was too hot for him to eat.

Mrs Martin, who has health problems and is cared for by her husband, said: ‘Winning the competition is wonderful, but the real prize is seeing Ruby enjoying a new lease of life tearing around the garden and playing with her toys.’

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