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Fat dog Bopper the Whopper sheds the pounds and finds forever home

A slimmed-down Bopper. Credit: Gables Farm

A dog that was dubbed Britain’s fattest after struggling to fit in a kenner has finally found his forever home.

Big Bopper the Whopper weighed a staggering eight stone when he was taken to Plymouth animal shelter Gambles Farm last year.

But after being put on a strict fitness and diet regime, the chunky canine has managed to shift the weight and find his forever home with a local couple.

Bopper with some of his overweight friends at Gables. Credit: Gables Farm

During his time at Gables, Bopper lived with deputy manager Ruth Rickard, who had previously cared for - and subsequently re-homed - another overweight pooch known as ‘Hattie the Fattie’.

I absolutely loved, and still love, that big smiley boy. He was always so happy to see everyone and was never once fazed by all the publicity and attention he received, in fact I think he enjoyed it. I would have given anything to give him the home he needed but after taking on Hattie, who requires twice daily insulin injections, I knew in my heart my home was not quite right for him, and all we ever want is what is best for ours animals.

– Ruth Rickard, Gables Farm
Bopper has now found his forever home. Credit: Gables Farm

Since moving in with his new owners, Bopper is said to have settled in well and is enjoying short walks on the nearby moors.