Dog mum shares what life is like pampering her 12 miniature dachshunds

Claire with her dogs
Claire with her pooches (Picture: Mercury Press)
A woman from Shrewsbury loves her 12 miniature dachshunds so much that she’s spent more than £23,000 on them over the past four years. Owner Claire Membury bought her first sausage dog a few years ago and, since then, has fallen in love with the breed. The 47-year-old dog groomer has even moved her bedroom (that she shares with her husband Leigh) downstairs, to be closer to her furry friends – who now regularly sleep in their 8ft bed. As well as 12 dachshunds – named Chanel, Darla, Niko, Luna, Scotty, Donna, Scarlett, Forest, Lemmy, Echo, Lando and Coa – Claire also has a dalmatian called Princess, two horses and chickens.

Many dogs have a condition nicknamed “Frito Feet,” in which their feet smell little bit like corn chips. As Matt Soniak wrote in a Big Question on this site, this has to do with the kind of bacteria found on a pup’s feet, and “could be due to yeast or Proteus bacteria. Both are known for their sweet, corn tortilla–like smell. Or it could be Pseudomonas bacteria, which smell a little fruitier—but pretty close to popcorn to most noses.”

Mum-of-one Claire also loves to spoil her sausage dogs, admitting that they have a bigger wardrobe than her – which features designer labels such as Gucci.

She said: ‘Their wardrobe is double the size of mine, if not bigger. I’ve spent hundreds, if not thousands on their clothes.

‘They’ve all got shoes, raincoats, hats and warm jackets which can be quite practical in the cold months.

‘Donna has sunglasses to protect her eyes and Princess has her own knickers.

‘They all love to be dolled up.’

Claire and Leigh with their 12 Dachshunds
Claire and Leigh with their pets (Picture: Mercury Press)

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The pampered pooches also share two orthopaedic beds, which cost £500 each, and are fed on a raw food diet.

Claire adds: ‘They have everything from chicken feet and rabbit ears to fruits, vegetables such as celery, and lots of tablets and vitamins.

‘Sometimes they get a sweet treat too which they love.

‘I try to budget at £25 a week for all of their food, and bulk buy a lot of it.

‘They eat better than we do.’

They also have free roam of the garden.

Claire says: ‘I never take them out on walks outside of the house, as I feel people will think I’m a bit crazy.

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While the dog mum admits that caring for her canines is like a full-time job, she says their adorable natures make up for it.

‘Miniature dachshunds are just incredibly perfect dogs, they’re to die for,’ she adds.

‘All of their personalities are out of this world, that I just keep going out and buying them.

‘I dread to think how much I’ve spent on them – but I can’t help it.

‘I’d hate if anything ever happened to them and sometimes worry about dog theft. I’d rather they steal my husband.’

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