Dogs Trust Evesham is appealing to local dog lovers to help find a home for one of their largest residents.
Stout Staffie Buster arrived at the Rehoming Centre in February and tipped the scales at a whopping 28 kg, twice the weight of an average Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
Since he arrived at Dogs Trust Evesham staff have kept the six year old portly pooch on a strict calorie controlled diet to help him shift the extra weight and he has already lost 9kg – the equivalent weight of his furry counterpart Rosie – an eight year old Beagle.
Dogs Trust Evesham Rehoming Centre Assistant Manager Emma Bragginton said: “Buster really is a larger than life character and is already a firm favourite with his carers. He is definitely the largest Staffie we have ever had at the rehoming Centre. He loves his food but we have had to keep him on a low calorie diet.
“After a strict diet and plenty of long walks he soon shed the pounds and now looks the picture of health. He is a friendly boy who adores people and is looking for a loving adult home with owners who can resist those big brown eyes pleading for treats and will take a tough love approach to ensure his weight loss continues. Buster would need to be the only dog in the home as he would like to enjoy all your attention for himself.
“Also hunting for a happy home, eight year old Rosie is a fun loving, sweet little dog who adores the company of other dogs and is searching for an energetic, adult only home to call her own. Given half a chance she would happily eat as much as Buster so though her new owners would need to be careful not to overfeed her she would enjoy some rewards based training.”
Dogs Trust Veterinary Director Paula Boyden said that whilst the temptation might be to treat your dog to the finer things in life try to make it an occasional treat.
She added: “Human food is not an ideal balanced diet for your dog. Treats and special meals should be dog friendly, occasional and certainly not a replacement for a regular diet. Such treats are often highly calorific so if you are giving to your dog, reduce his daily meal portions accordingly.”
Anyone interested in rehoming Buster or Rosie call 01386 830 613 or visit www.dogstrust.org.uk. Dogs Trust Evesham has dogs of all shapes and sizes looking for homes and, when matching dogs with new owners, staff will consider a wide range of homes and circumstances providing that they will fit the requirements of the dog and provide them with a loving lasting home.