Seasons grrrrreetings: dog lover spends £2,000 on lavish Christmas presents for her pampered pooches
They say that Christmas is a time for giving which is a motto dog lover Stephanie Mariam firmly believes in as she spends a whopping £2,000 on presents for her pet pooches.
Her pint-sized Pomeranians, Harvey Moon, age 3, and Connie, age 2, are possibly Britain’s most pampered pets, as they are lavished in gifts from crystal dog collars and luxury beds to the ultimate dog’s Christmas dinner.
But while most people break the bank buying presents for loved ones at Christmas, dog lover Stephanie Mariam, 21, reveals she’s not as generous when it comes to other gifts and has spent more on her dogs than she did on her own family.
The extravagant Christmas wish list, of which Steph has already purchased and lovingly wrapped, includes two £700 doggie beds, two £200 Swarovski crystal collars and leads, £450 worth of clothing, £250 worth of toys, two £230 dog-friendly bags and £170 worth of accessories including hair bows, brushes and bowls.
At home, it’s become a family tradition on Christmas day for Stephanie to present her dogs with extra-large bones while they lay in their new luxury beds.
The dogs, who usually start their day by opening the last window of their advent calendar, even join the family for Christmas dinner complete with all the doggy trimmings.
Stephanie who lives with her parents in Bournemouth, Dorset, said: “Harvey Moon and Connie 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 cuddles.
“They will have their own stocking, which we open whilst in bed, and they will join us for present opening in the morning in their doggy onesies.
“We give them just what every dog wants on Christmas, love, food and cuddles, with a bit of extra pampering diva style, of course.”
“I don’t really spend much money on myself, I’m a fairly easy going person, but my dogs take first priority.
“At the end of the day, I look after my money, I don’t go out partying or drinking, so ultimately, it’s up to me if I want to spoil my dogs.”
But for Stephanie, her dogs are for life not just for Christmas and she spoils them with fancy clothes, gifts and presents all year round.
And she works an exhausting 52.5hours per week as a mental health nursing assistant and dance instructor, to fund her pampered pooch’s lavish lifestyles.
Earlier this year, canine crazy Stephanie splashed out £10,000 on a party for her four legged friends to celebrate Connie becoming a new member of her family.
The £10,000 sum went towards a fire dancer, customised doggie outfits, a party planner and a red carpet for a party which would have matched the decadence of a celebrity’s.
She said: “People might say that spending this much on my dogs is excessive, but I think it’s justified.
“My parents are happy with the way I spend my money, they know I work two jobs, one of which is full time and they know I’m saving for my future.
“I’m living within my means so the number of hours I work justifies the money I spend on my doggies.”
Steph said: “My dogs are part of my family and I’d do anything for them.”