Ulric's owner bought the five-month-old pooch to whip the moggy into shape after his weighed ballooned to two stone - the same as a three-year-old childBritain's fattest cat has been given its own personal trainer - a puppy dog to whip him into shape.
Ulric, who weighs a mighty 2st 2lbs, has been on a diet since he was declared morbidly obese by a vet last year but has barely lost a pound.
Now his desperate owner, Jan Mitchell, has bought a five month old puppy to chase the overweight Norwegian Forest cat around the garden.
Dennis, a pugalier (a pug crossed with a King Charles cavalier spaniel) has got Ulric running, boxing and wrestling - play fighting - in a bid to fight the flab after dieting failed.
And in three months of forced exercise, the mutant moggy has already lost 2lbs - more than he lost in 16 months of dieting.
Jan, 69, from Dorchester, Dorset, "We wanted to get a puppy in the hope he would play with Ulric but Dennis has turned out to be a bit of a personal trainer for him.
"They get on really well and Ulric now runs around the garden, which he never went in before. Although, he doesn't really have much choice when Dennis is chasing him.
"They play fight and wrestle on the ground quite a lot which must be doing Ulric some good. Ulric is a lot more active than he's ever been and is starting to lose weight."
Ulric was a normal-size kitten when Jan got him and his sister Ulla at three months old, but his lazy nature and his habit of stealing his sister's food meant by 15 months old he was 1st 3lbs.
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Unfit kitty: Ulric weighs the same as an average three-year-old child
When he hit two stone - more than twice the average weight of a healthy cat - Jan entered him in a pet slimming competition run by animal charity PDSA.
Ulric was the heaviest cat ever to take part in the competition and had his food weighed to make sure he didn't overeat, but after the six-month competition he'd barely lost a pound.
Jan, a retired secretary, said: "We couldn't really work out why Ulric got so fat - his diet only consisted of dry cat food and water, nothing elaborate."
She added: "He just kept getting bigger and bigger and when he hit two stone that's when the alarm bells started ringing.
"He is a lovely cat but he's just very greedy and lazy. He didn't do any exercise and spent all day lying around.
"I tried putting him on a lead and take him for a walk but he refused to
"Dennis absolutely loves him and can't leave him alone.
"Ulric is still on a diet but now he is getting more exercise hopefully he should lose a lot more weight."
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