Surrey, British Columbia Canada (PressExposure) August 21, 2011 -- Forget crash diets, slimming clubs and the gym, dog owners hold the secret to shedding the pounds - their four legged friends.
A survey by the Retired Greyhound Trust has revealed that 93 per cent of dog owners take more exercise since acquiring a dog and 34 per cent have lost an average of 11 pounds in weight thanks to their pooches.
The Trust's poll also found that 97 per cent of dog owners say that their canine pals have made them happier people.
Seventy nine per cent of those questioned said that their dogs had transformed their lives in other ways - from meeting new people and lowering stress levels to providing companionship.
The Trust, which homes greyhounds at the end of their racing careers, aims to use this poll to raise awareness of the benefits of owning greyhounds as pets and to find loving new homes for the greyhounds in its branch kennels across the country.
Peter Laurie, chief executive of the Retired Greyhound Trust, said: "We always knew that having a greyhound, or a dog generally, as a pet brought great benefits.. Hopefully our survey persuades others out there who want to change their lives for the better. Whether it is to help with stress levels, companionship, getting active, losing a few pounds or making new friends, a greyhound or another breed of dog could help transform your life.
"Greyhounds make fantastic pets. And if someone was considering a dog as a pet, we would urge them to consider a greyhound. They undergo a transformation when they leave the track. They turn from speed machines to docile couch potatoes who love to loll around and get fussed. All they want is a loving family to look after them.
"Most greyhounds are great with children and, contrary to popular belief, many get on well with other pets, including other dogs and cats. To be sure you get the right greyhound for you, your family and your lifestyle, our volunteers around the country are experienced in matching the right dog with the right people," he added.
To find out more about adopting a retired greyhound, contact the Retired Greyhound Trust, tel: 020 8335 3016 or log on to www.retiredgreyhounds.co.uk.
For further media information, photographs or interviews please contact:
The Retired Greyhound Trust communications team, tel: 01772 785392 or 07917 148900.