Dog Called Big Bopper The Whopper Grows Too Big For His Kennel
Is it possible to fat shame an animal? Surely not when they are as cute as this not-so-little guy. Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce 'Big Bopper the Whopper' - a dog so fat that he is too big to fit inside his kennel.
The absolute unit is an 11 year old collie dog that weighs around 50kg (about 8 stone) and now probably needs to go on a pretty strict diet.
Bopper was rescued by the good folks down at Gables Farm Dogs and Cats Home in Plymouth, but even they were shocked at just how huge he is.
He's even bigger than another dog who made headlines for being fat - Hattie the Fatty - in fact, Bopper is 10kg bigger. In dog terms, that's huge. He might even by Britain's fattest dog.
Anyway, he is currently living with the owner of the shelter as he is simply too big to get into one of the shelter's kennels. Ruth Pickard, the manager of Gable Farm talked of her shock when Bopper walked (waddled) into her life.
She told BBC News: "I could not believe what I saw when he walked in,
"I could not believe how huge he was."
She continued: "We thought Hattie was the fattest dog we'd ever get here, but Bopper makes her look tiny!"
Bopper's tale is actually something of a sad one. He was originally rescued by the RSPCA after his previous owners became too unwell to care for him anymore. When the RSPCA rescued him he was already twice the size of a healthy collie.
He's now on a steadily increasing programme of exercise and a very regimented eating plan. He needs to lose about 27kg (4 stone) so he won't be getting any fat from the table, that's for sure.
Dogs being overweight is a serious issue, especially for rescue dogs. It can cause all sorts of health complications which can make it very difficult for them to be rehomed.
The shelter thinks that there could be a load of stuff that is not yet known about his health. Dogs that are - shall we say - on the larger side can often suffer from things like diabetes and cataracts.
Help is at hand though.
Pickard added: "We've started him on the road to recovery, but he's so fat he still finds it a struggle to get up and get around."
They've also set up a fundraising campaign to save up for his vet bills.
Hopefully Bopper can lose the weight and find his forever home quickly.