Milo is a cal­en­dar ca­nine for 2012

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By David Sey­mour david.sey­mour@pe­ter­bor­oughto­

OVER­WEIGHT pet pooch Milo has shed the pounds to earn him­self a place in a national cal­en­dar and the chance to in­spire oth­ers in their new year’s drive to lose weight.

Milo has plum­meted from hefty hound to fit Fido af­ter go­ing on a spe­cial doggy diet.

The seven-and-a-half-year-old Nor­we­gian Buhund lost an awe­some 9.7kg through a pro­gramme from pet food man­u­fac­turer Royal Canin, go­ing from 25.7kg in May 2008 to his cur­rent weight of about 16kg.

At his light­est weight in Fe­bru­ary 2010 he weighed just 15.85kg.

Milo’s owner Marie No­ble (70), of Green Street, March, had been told un­less Milo lost the weight, he could not be ex­pected to live into his old age.

Mrs No­ble spoke of her de­light over Milo’s im­proved health.

She said: “He’s the most adorable dog. He loves ev­ery­body and that’s how he was even when he was over­weight. Hav­ing lost his weight, he hasn’t changed, but ob­vi­ously it’s bet­ter for him and I’m so pleased I have been able to find a way of keep­ing him longer.”

In recog­ni­tion of his trans­for­ma­tion, Milo was named as one of 12 fi­nal­ists in the Royal Canin’s national Weigh-in Club com­pe­ti­tion, which saw en­tries from more than 170 pets across the UK and Ire­land who were suc­cess­ful in reach­ing their weight loss tar­get.

As a re­sult, Milo and the other cham­pion slim­mers will fea­ture in a cal­en­dar and hope­fully in­spire oth­ers to fol­low their lead.

Mrs No­ble said she was “over the moon” about Milo’s star role.

She said: “I wish I had not had to do it in the first place, but he has done it and kept his weight down.”

Milo’s weight had been driven by a strong ap­petite, cheek­ily help­ing him­self to the meals of Mrs No­ble’s two other dogs - and, if given the chance, hers as well.

She said: “I would put my break­fast, two lots of toast, on the side, come back and it would be gone.”

Mrs No­ble, who has had Milo since he was less than two months old, said she had not re­alised he was over­weight. Once it had been pointed out to her, how­ever, she took ac­tion and with the sup­port of the Best Friends vet­eri­nary prac­tice in Up­well Road, March, the pounds be­gan to tum­ble.

Head vet­eri­nary nurse Sara Rolfe spoke of the trans­for­ma­tion.

She said: “When you have got a dog that is over­weight they may be en­thu­si­as­tic about things, but they just look tired. When you have got the weight off them they are not lug­ging that all around and it just shows in their face. They are so much brighter. The dif­fer­ence you see in them is quite dra­matic, even though their per­son­al­ity is the same.”

De­spite Milo’s new regime, he has not said good­bye to his old tricks and Mrs No­ble said she needs to push food to the back of the kitchen work sur­face and out of his range if she leaves the room.

She is de­ter­mined to keep her four-legged chum in pedi­gree con­di­tion, though.

She said: “He’s the most adorable pet any­one could wish to have. I will do my ut­most to make sure he will live to an old age.”

Royal Canin’s Gudi Stut­tard, a vet­eri­nary sup­port man­ager, said: “With ca­nine and fe­line obe­sity on the in­crease, vet­eri­nary nurses have an im­por­tant role to play in ed­u­cat­ing pet own­ers and sup­port­ing the weight loss process. Choos­ing the right nu­tri­tion is key, along with a tai­lored ex­er­cise plan, reg­u­lar mon­i­tor­ing and com­mit­ment from the owner.”

DOGGY DI­ETER: Milo cel­e­brates be­ing picked for a cal­en­dar with owner Marie No­ble and vet­eri­nary nurse Sara Rolfe, Pic­tured be­low is Milo in his days as a heftier hound

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