Be­hind the head­lines: ‘We spend thou­sands on our dogs’

For­get spoil­ing the kids, th­ese women lav­ish their pooches with gifts!

Woman's Own - - HELLO & WELCOME -

‘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

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