The dogs were made a special Christmas grotto, which was composed of dog biscuits and treats, and as you can imagine they ate the lot.
The snow-covered space giant gingerbread house was made from 2,000 dog biscuits, 1,600 chewy treats, 12 kilos of melted dog drops for ‘cement’ and 24 pup-friendly stockings, and the reactions from the pups was priceless.
Anna Stansfield, speaking on behalf of the dogs’ home, said of the event by Wilko: ‘We were blown away when we got the surprise opportunity to welcome the grotto to our site for a festive celebration.
‘We have more than 60 dogs here that are looking for loving homes – many won’t be adopted before Christmas, so this is a brilliant second-best.
‘The pets have all had a brilliant day, and to be honest I think we have as well, seeing how much joy it’s brought them.’
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The pooches were adorned with their own reindeer headbands as they sniffed their way around the grotto made especially for them.It came as Wilko revealed research about pets and Christmas that found an average of £27 pounds is spent per-pooch on gifts over the festive season.
The survey of 2,000 dog owners also found that more than one in 20 will shell out upwards of £100 on their beloved hound, with an average of three gifts bought per dog.
And a quarter even confess to spending more on their pet than they have on some friends or family members.
When it comes to Christmas dinner, one in five pampered pooches are treated to their own specially-made plate, while 20% of owners allow their dog to have a seat at the table.
Basically, we really love man’s best friend, and want them to feel as included as possible.Daniel Bingham, senior buyer for pets for wilko said: ‘A major portion of the nation will be purchasing presents for their pets. But we also know that won’t be the case for a lot of less fortunate pets in rescue shelters and homes.
‘Our survey results found Brits are willing to go the extra mile to really spoil their pets at Christmas, be it via gifts or even sitting at the dinner table, but there are still so many that deserve love. ‘We were happy to do our bit to bring some festive cheer to Manchester and Cheshire Dogs Home, and hopefully some of these beautiful dogs will soon enjoy a Christmas with a loving family.’
If you have a small dog, cutting up a lamb roll into tiny pieces is a cost-effective way to make healthy, bite-sized training treats. A 1-pound roll costs $6.98. Cut it up into the desired size, store most of it in a ziplock bag in the freezer, and leave the rest on the counter for immediate use.