BRITAIN IS living up to its reputation as a nation of dog lovers with many owners feeding their four-legged friends healthier and tastier meals than they serve up for themselves, according to a survey published last week.
A study of 1,337 British dog owners found that 18 percent fed their pampered pet pooches a better diet than their own, giving them fresh dishes instead of tinned food.
Consequently 21 percent of dogs enjoyed cheese, 15 percent were given fish and 9 percent chomped on vegetables.
More than a quarter of respondents said they would eat the food they bought their dog.
However, the gourmet meals came at a price, the study for Direct Line insurance said. Pet owners pay out £2.3 billion a year on their dogs' dinners and 10 percent admit their pet has got a weight problem, which ties in with the findings of many animal charities.