After publishing pictures of a malnourished size-zero Staffordshire cross that it rescued recently, the RSPCA has come under fire from dogs who claim that the image has left many of them feeling unhappy about the way they look.
‘These sorts of images put unnecessary pressure on us bitches to change our eating habits just to meet the requirements of a canine rescue industry that panders to waif-like strays,’ complained Bonnie, a four-year-old Cocker Spaniel.
Male dogs have complained too. ‘It makes you feel self-conscious,’ said Benji, a three-year-old Red Setter. ‘I’m as guilty as the next dog of wolfing everything down in one go. I’ve tried to lose weight, honestly I have, but it’s difficult when people keep passing you tasty morsels of food under the table.’
But female dogs have been left angriest. ‘Look at that skinny bitch!’ growled Princess, a four-year-old Border Collie. ‘Don’t get me wrong. I get regular exercise – two walks a day and the chance to chase a stick every now and then. You’d think the weight would fall off but my downfall is treats.’
‘I blame the media and advertising,’ she added.