Top dog! Personal trainer spends £18K on cars, boats, outfits and even a PA for pampered pooch!
A personal trainer has splashed £18,000 on cars, boats, outfits and even a PA for a pampered staffy he says is the perfect DAUGHTER.
Anthony Walsh, 55, rescued pooch Princess Cleopatra Superchill – Cleo for short – when she was 18 months old and has spent thousands lavishing her with clothing, accessories and toys over the last three years.
And the childless bachelor claims the five-year-old mutt – who he pushes around on a £1,500 pram converted into a throne fit for her royal namesake – is cleverer than most adult humans.
Anthony, from Liverpool, Merseyside, said: “Cleo is such a special dog, she is so unique – everything about her is perfect.
“There is no doubt about it, she is my daughter. She is the perfect daughter really.
“She is a very clever dog. She is on a different level and is more intelligent than most adult humans.
“When I first got Cleo she just stared at the floor, she was depressed.
“But I was told by a vet if I gave her lots of treats and really spoiled her I could bring her round and I managed to in about seven months.
“As I put so much into her I realised she could do so many special tricks and she looked so fit and healthy so I thought I would dress her up in little outfits.
“Then she came across more like a lady staffy – a princess, a queen.
“Her confidence came back and she realised ‘I’m a lady, I’m a princess’ and started to lift her head up – she felt good about herself.
“Now I can see in her eyes she is so happy. She is loving life.
“I have probably spent about £18,000 on her in the last three years. It has taken over my life.
“I have had to put it all in storage boxes. I have so many things which have never even been opened.
“For my birthday next year I am going to hire a hall for a party with all her doggy friends – it will probably cost thousands.”
Anthony rescued Cleo in 2012 but said he believes she had a difficult upbringing as at first she was so depressed she would only stare at the floor.
He refused to give up and spent hours each day training her – and said after about seven months her confidence returned and she was like a completely different dog.
And when Anthony noticed Cleo’s aptitude for tricks – which has seen her master surfing, high jumping, quad biking and driving a children’s electric car – he decided to begin dressing her up in adorable costumes.
In the last three years he estimates he has spent £18,000 on Cleo and she now has almost 50 outfits and hundreds of props and accessories including five tiaras and numerous pairs of glasses.
Anthony decided his Cleopatra needed her own throne so he spent £1,500 on a special German-made double pram which he wheels her to events across Liverpool in.
Last Christmas Anthony bought Cleo a £500 convertible children’s toy sports car and for this year he has already bought and wrapped her a £500 all-terrain four-by-four SUV and a Gopro Hero 5 camera.
For her fifth birthday he treated his pampered pooch to a two-man dinghy for trips to the seaside and said next year he will happily splash thousands hiring an exclusive party venue for all her friends.
And with Cleo now signed to an animal talent agency and commanding fees of £200 an hour for TV and film appearances Anthony has even hired her a PA.
He keeps his precious pup relaxed by giving her four massages a day – which he said is integral to maintaining her ‘superchilled’ persona – and takes her for rides on the back of his bike.
Anthony, who said Cleo has won 49 dog show rosettes, said: “I named her Princess Cleopatra because I’m Anthony, like the old film. When I got her it was meant to be.
“Cleo has 10 to 12 hours of high level training every day. This makes her feel good – her brain is so active.
“I massage her head, back, shoulders and legs, it makes her feel very chilled.
“I got Cleo the pram and she is absolutely fine in there, she just chills and loves it.
“When she is in it she looks like a proper princess, especially when she is wearing one of her tiaras.
“She has certain characteristics other dogs don’t have.
“When she walks she has a certain saunter, it looks like she is rolling her hips, and if she sees dog poo in the street she will avoid it when other dogs would make a beeline for it.
“People are usually quite stunned when they see her in the street. They might be used to seeing a little fluffy dog that is pampered but maybe they are not used to seeing a stronger and more muscular dog as a princess.
“People say to me ‘oh my god she is amazing’ and can see her intellect.
“People want to take her home and have tried to buy her in the past, but no money would buy my Cleo.”