The average pet owner splashed out £50 on their furry friends this Christmas according to research by Support Adoption For Pets.
Eva Thompson, a pet photographer and blogger says this comes as no surprise as she’s treated her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Amelia to gifts worth nearly £3,000.
Eva, 24, who lives in Knightsbridge, London, said: “Amelia is my world and I love to spoil her. She loves Christmas and knows how to open her presents herself.
“I like her to look nice and her wardrobe is an extension of my own. She has a Loro Piana coat for example, and I have a matching one.
“When I saw the cashmere jumper, I had to decide whether to buy one for myself, or the doggy version for Amelia and I chose the one for her as seeing her happy makes me happy.
“We spend a lot of time at cafes and restaurants in London, so it’s nice for her to sit in her Teddy Maxiumus bag which is lined with fleece, rather than a cold floor.
“The collars and leads are made with beautiful ruby red leather to match her natural coat and the monitor means that if I have to leave her for a short while, I can watch her on my phone.
“The jewellery set is an ID disc for Amelia which is gold plated and embedded with genuine cut glass Swarovski crystals which she clips on her collar and I have a matching pendant.
“We’d only wear these for special occasions, like a ball or red carpet event.”
Eva left her job as an accountant earlier this year and running her pet blog www.evaandamelia.com and Amelia’s Instagram @ameliathecav is now her full time job.
As well as working with pet businesses, Amelia models with human fashion brands too and Eva has trained the five year old dog to behave impeccably.
She said: “Amelia enjoys posing and seeing her dressed nicely brings me a lot of joy. If I put something on her she doesn’t like I can tell by the expression on her face so I take it off.
“It’s nice to be able to spoil her and she knows she’s very pampered, but she enjoys running in the park and chasing balls just like any dog.”
On Christmas Day, Amelia watched Eva prepare the turkey then sat at the table with her family.
Eva says: “She is so good and never tries to steal food. She sits with us and has a dog friendly meal of turkey, potato, vegetables and gravy.
“Everyone who knows Amelia and I understands that we come as a duo so it’s natural that Christmas should be special for her too.”