By RICHARD HARTLEY-PARKINSON
What a difference a year makes: Brandy (left) and Pudding (right) look a lot healthier after being rescued and adopted by caring owners
They were found left for dead on the night before Christmas. But a year on, the MailOnline has caught up with Brandy and Pudding and can tell you about their remarkable recovery.
Both aged around 12 weeks when they were found, they have met up once more and appear much healthier than they did a year ago.
After being nursed back to health at the Dogs Trust in Newbury, the adorable puppies were adopted. Brandy now lives with Mark Wright in Berkshire while Pudding is in the care of Kat Eighteen.
When they were found, Brandy and Pudding were lost, starving and alone during one of the coldest winters on record.
Brandy, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, was severely underweight in Reading, Berkshire, while Pudding, a boxer cross, was found in woodland with a distended stomach.
Cold, hungry and left to die: Brandy and Pudding were cruelly dumped by their owners and left to fend for themselves in the freezing snow
They had to receive round-the-clock care at the Dogs Trust in Newbury where staff looked after them over the festive period before they were re-homed earlier this year.
'Pudding and Brandy survived against all odds and they now lead happy and healthy lives with their new owners.
'Not all puppies are so lucky and we urge anyone thinking of buying a puppy for Christmas to consider the responsibility as they require a lot of time and commitment and can live for up to 16 years.
'Puppies should never be given as gifts and Pudding and Brandy highlight the dangers of impulse puppy purchases.'
Dog carer Jess Ockwell with Brandy and Pudding before being placed with new owners
Manager Maureen Iggleden said staff were shocked at the way the puppies had been abandoned.
'We suspect Brandy and Pudding may have been bought as Christmas presents and dumped when their owners realised the work involved in looking after a puppy,' she said.
'Our centre looks after hundreds of abandoned and unwanted dogs every year but it still shocks us to think that someone could so callously abandon a puppy, especially in these weather conditions.'
Dogs Trust chief executive Clarissa Baldwin, who coined the famous slogan 'A dog is for life not just for Christmas', added: 'Sadly there are still people out there who think pets are as disposable as Christmas wrapping paper.'