Behind the headlines: ‘We spend thousands on our dogs’
Forget spoiling the kids, these women lavish their pooches with gifts!
‘people think that I’m crazy’
Vikki Jose, 28, is a healthcare assistant and lives in Newcastle-upon-tyne with her partner, Jack, 28, her six-year-old Labrador, Harvey, and four-year-old Bichon Frise, Lola. She admits to spending £10,000 on her pets in the past four years. My friends and family think I’m mad when it comes to my dogs. But I don’t see them as dogs; I see them as humans stuck in dogs’ bodies. To me, they are my children and the most special thing in my life. If I had to choose between them and Jack, I’d definitely pick them. At the end of the month, if I have £100 left, I’ll go out and buy them loads of toys. They give me so much unconditional love and there’s no feeling like it.
People might say that spoiling my dogs this much is excessive, but I think it’s fine. Seeing their faces light up when I give them a new toy or treat is worth every moment. People spend thousands on their children at Christmas, so why not a pet? Harvey and Lola are like my children, so I don’t see the difference.
Our Christmas routine
Harvey and Lola will spend every waking hour with us at Christmas because they are a part of the family. They both love Christmas – especially the food and the
‘I see my dogs as humans’
cuddles. They will have their own stockings, which we open in bed, and they will open the last window of their doggy advent calendars and put on their Christmas jumpers. Then they enjoy a breakfast feast of sardines and rice. Afterwards, they start opening the mound of wrapped gifts under the tree.
While we eat our Christmas meal, they tuck into their own mini turkey dinner with all the trimmings – followed by a special pet-friendly Christmas pudding.
The way I spend my money is my business. I work hard in my job, while also saving for my future. I’m living within my means, so the number of hours I work justifies the money I spend on my dogs. They are part of my family and I’d do anything for them.
Today, Harvey and Lola boast an impressive collection of coats, hats, pyjamas, jumpers and shoes, as well as over 15 collars and leads.
I also like to treat Lola to a doggy pamper day at a pet parlour every two months, while Harvey prefers to soak in the tub with some bubble bath and his own fancy shower cap.
People may think I’m crazy, but as long as my dogs are happy and loved, that’s all I care about.
Lola and Harvey surrounded by pressies