A 64-YEAR-old woman is keeping fit and losing weight with the help of her eight dogs as part of the Kennel Club’s Get Fit with Fido campaign.
Diana Lord, of Dumfries, has lost almost two stone over the past six months from walking her seven Border Collies and Cocker Spaniel.
She is part of the Get Fit with Fido campaign which encourages people to get healthy through dog exercise and agility.
"I’ve lost weight through walking the dogs but more importantly I am healthier, which is important at my age. Keeping fit through dog agility is enjoyable, so it’s not the usual dread that people feel when it’s time to exercise.”
Diana walks her dogs six miles every day. She is chairman of her local dog rescue centre and rescued all eight. She also runs an agility training group and competes in the sport.
"I still can’t keep up with my dogs, but do a much better job than before!” she said. "Scotland has some beautiful walks to offer, and now that I’m healthier I can enjoy them more.
"I’m hoping my better health will help me give my dogs the mental and physical exercise they need for many years to come. Agility is a fantastic way for dogs and owners to stay healthy – especially for rescue dogs like mine, as agility training builds a strong bond between dog and owner.”
KC spokesman Caroline Kisko said: "Some people may find it hard to find an exercise that they enjoy, preventing them from maintaining a healthy weight and keep fit. Agility is the world’s fastest-growing dog sport and welcomes people of all shapes and sizes, and simply walking the dog is a fun way to keep fit, improve your health and lose weight.”
The Get Fit with Fido challenge encourages dogs and their owners to get fit together. The KC is looking for the dog and owner who lose the most weight together by July 15. The winners will win a stay at the dog-friendly Milestone Hotel in London, receive tickets to the Discover Dogs and Crufts, and get the chance to appear on Rosemary Conley TV.
To enter, visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk.