Time to go on a diet! BGT winner Ashleigh Butler splashes out on a doggy treadmill for star dog Pudsey and bans his tasty treats
08:18 GMT, 17 May 2012
He may have won her 500,000 but rather than treat Pudsey to a canine feast fit for a king, Ashleigh Butler has purchased some dog-friendly gym equipment.
The 17-year-old is said to have spent 500 of her Britain's Got Talent winnings on a treadmill for the six-year-old dog after he gained weight during their time on the reality show.
Ashleigh has apparently banned Pudsey's favourite ham and cheese treats – which she used during their routines on the ITV show- and is prepared to get her pooch back in shape.
Time to slim down: Britain's Got Talent winner Ashleigh Butler has apparently purchased her partner Pudsey a dog treadmill
According to The Mirror, the collie, Chinese crested and bichon frise cross has piled on six pounds in recent weeks, and even celebrated his triumph at the weekend with pieces of steak and other fatty meats.
'Pudsey is brilliant at tricks and routines and normally keeps his weight down just from his hour of freestyle exercise every day,' a source close to the pair told the newspaper.
No more treats: The 17-year-old is said to have banned the ham and cheese snacks that she used during their routines on the ITV show
'But recently he has been given lots of treats to help him with live shows and practice and also during photoshoots – and fans are keen to give him food too.'
The source added that if Pudsey 'is overeating he will be able to burn off extra calories,' by using his new gym equipment.
However, a doggy treadmill wasn't originally at the top of Ashleigh's priority list.
Watching what he eats: The six-year-old pooch has apparently piled on six pounds
The teenager planned to purchase a caravan for her mother, and also a new sparkly lead for her number one pet.
But it seems that treadmill shot straight to the top after Ashleigh worried about Pudsey getting any heavier before the Royal Variety Performance which takes place later this year.
But before their big moment in front of the Queen, Ashleigh will be taking her AS Level exams, and then heading to Hollywood with Pudsey.
Bright future: The pair are heading to Hollywood to discuss film roles once Ashleigh has taken her AS Level exams
Once in the U.S. with their agent Jonathan Shalit, the pair are said to be discussing possible film roles.
However, Pudsey has already had a taste of mixing with the stars after meeting Kayne West and Kim Kardashian during an appearance on Alan Carr's Chatty Man TV show.
Pudsey has also had his photo taken with singer Nelly Furtado and former X Factor twins Jedward.