Greyhound owner Julia Ross, of Burton on Trent, has raised over £200 in a sponsored slim for Woodborough-Nottingham Retired Greyhound Trust a branch of the national charity which finds homes for greyhounds at the end of their racing careers.
Walks with her nine-year-old greyhound, Foxy Emma, helped Julia to lose her target of 28 lbs and become slender and lithe like her dog.
"Ive heard it said that owners look like their dogs. This is a case of someone actually trying to look like their dog in terms of looking slim at any rate!" said Julia. "Shes been a real inspiration to me. Shes so graceful and elegant, she made me want to live up to her!"
"I would like to thank my family and friends, and my workmates at Pink Home Loans for sponsoring me so generously. Im delighted to be able to support the work of the Retired Greyhound Trust. Foxy Emma has been a wonderful addition to my life, she is loving and gentle and a great companion. I would recommend anyone looking for a pet to consider a greyhound."
Greyhounds are increasingly being recognised as wonderful pets. They are gentle and sociable, and surprisingly need no more exercise than other dogs they are happy with a couple of normal dog walks a day. As they are quite a long-lived breed and racing careers are short - with the majority retiring at the age of three or four - greyhounds can live for up to 10 years in retirement.
"Julia is a fantastic ambassador for the Trust and we are delighted with the contribution she has raised," said Kathryn Hallam of Woodborough-Nottingham Retired Greyhound Trust. "The extra funds will help us find more and more homes for greyhounds, as well as keeping dogs in kennels till homes come up."
Those wishing to find out more about Woodborough-Nottingham Retired Greyhound Trust or about having a greyhound as a pet can contact them on 01159 655 434, or visit the website at www.rgtnottingham.org.uk. Alternatively, the Trust can be reached nationally by calling 0870 444 0673 or visiting the national website at www.retiredgreyhounds.co.uk.