the se­cret World of Posh Pets

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We’re all fond of our pets – I have an adorable rab­bit – but you’d be sur­prised how pam­pered some an­i­mals are. Think fur-jaz­zles and pawdi­cures. Bark­ing!

We Brits are fa­mous for be­ing potty about our an­i­mals but, as ITV’S The Se­cret Life of Posh Pets re­veals, there are some own­ers who push the boat out when it comes to look­ing af­ter their furry friends.

Daniela For­shaw, one of the fea­tured own­ers, ad­mits that in the Es­sex house she shares with hus­band Mike and their five dogs, it’s the pam­pered pooches that al­ways come first!

The 41-year-old gave up a job in bank­ing to be­come a dog groomer, and lav­ishes beauty treat­ments and gifts on her pets, par­tic­u­larly poo­dles Venice and Mi­lan.

‘Venice’s favourite is her pink toy Mini,’ says Daniela. ‘She likes to travel around in that, and she’s also got a white Bent­ley. There’s al­most no limit to what I’ll spend on her.’

Daniela also spends hun­dreds of pounds glam­ming up her poo­dles to give them their look. ‘Venice is known as “pink poo­dle”,’ says Daniela. ‘Her sig­na­ture look is pink ears, pink pom-pom feet and pink tail. And some­times I’ll put fur-jaz­zles [se­quins], fur ex­ten­sions and glit­ter spray on her, and paint her nails.’

The cos­seted ca­nines en­joy eat­ing out in res­tau­rants, es­pe­cially on hol­i­day. ‘I’ll spend around £50 a day just on their food,’ says Daniela. ‘They like pizza, steak and ice cream. And Venice al­ways in­sists on sit­ting at the table. It costs me more to feed them than my hus­band!’

At home the dogs have their own up­stairs bed­room, which is kit­ted out with all man­ner of ca­nine crea­ture com­forts.

‘It’s where they can have their own space,’ says Daniela. ‘It’s painted in pastel colours, and there are dog wardrobes with their clothes in: they’ve got de­signer coats, jumpers and tu­tus. There’s also a rack of col­lars and leads – for the beach, for go­ing out to din­ner and ones to match my out­fits.’

Not sur­pris­ingly, the dogs’ birth­days are a big event in Daniela’s house, with lots of presents and lav­ish par­ties. ‘The dogs love open­ing presents, and if they see a pack­age ar­riv­ing at the house they as­sume it’s for them!’ she laughs.

‘Venice has had quite a few grand par­ties with dog­gie guests,’ adds Daniela. ‘A lot of money will be spent on dog canapés – smoked sal­mon, pâté, lux­ury sausages – and cus­tom-made cakes and biscuits, and dog­gie cock­tails. There are also lux­ury dog­gie bags for guests to take home with col­lars, leads, toys and bones. One time I even put in some leop­ard-print scented poop bags!’

The pets’ lux­u­ri­ous life­style has come at quite a cost to Daniela and Mike. ‘Since we’ve owned the dogs, we haven’t had a hol­i­day abroad,’ she ad­mits. ‘We used to go to places like Sri Lanka or Hawaii at least once a year, but now we spend all of our money on the dogs.’

How­ever, for the dog-mad cou­ple, it’s been worth it. ‘I re­ally en­joy see­ing my dogs happy,’ says Daniela. ‘Peo­ple talk about their chil­dren they way I feel about my dogs. They’re not a sub­sti­tute, but I think I prob­a­bly love my dogs more than some peo­ple love their kids!’

It’s clear Daniela sees Venice as more hu­man than ca­nine. ‘She wants to act like a lit­tle girl, and I let her,’ she says. ‘Venice is a nat­u­ral model – she’s been in mag­a­zines and mu­sic videos. She en­joys pos­ing in front of the cam­era.’

Hus­band Mike is just as potty about the pets ‘Venice just has to

Why owner Daniela For­shaw lav­ishes thou­sands of pounds on pam­per­ing her car-driv­ing and canapé-munch­ing pet poo­dles

Groomed to per­fec­tion: daniela and a friend with the poo­dles

I’ll spend around £50 a day just on their food

dog owner daniela

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