Rescue dogs treated to Christmas grotto that’s totally edible

Rescue dogs treated to Christmas grotto that's totally edible
10 minutes into grotto and chill and he gives you that look (Picture: Dan Rowlands / SWNS.com)
This week, we told you about Booking.com’s Candy Cane House , which is full to the brim of edible decorations for guests. Now, though, dogs can get in on the action too, thanks to Wilko and the kind volunteers at Manchester Dogs Home in Cheshire.

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.

Dogs from the Manchester Dogs Home in Cheshire enjoy a seasonal treat as they are presented with a gingerbread style house - made from doggy treats
Very proud (Picture: Dan Rowlands / SWNS.com)
Dogs from the Manchester Dogs Home in Cheshire enjoy a seasonal treat as they are presented with a gingerbread style house - made from doggy treats
Big droopy ears and big upright reindeer horns (Picture: Dan Rowlands / SWNS.com)

‘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.’

Make a dog-walking station for the entryway if you have more than one dog. See how this is done here.

The pooches were adorned with their own reindeer headbands as they sniffed their way around the grotto made especially for them.

Dogs from the Manchester Dogs Home in Cheshire enjoy a seasonal treat as they are presented with a gingerbread style house - made from doggy treats
We know dogs can’t smile, but look at his happy face (Picture: Dan Rowlands / SWNS.com)
Dogs from the Manchester Dogs Home in Cheshire enjoy a seasonal treat as they are presented with a gingerbread style house - made from doggy treats
Food artist Prudence makes some last minute adjustments to the dog grotto (Picture: Dan Rowlands / SWNS.com)
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.

Dogs from the Manchester Dogs Home in Cheshire enjoy a seasonal treat as they are presented with a gingerbread style house - made from doggy treats
A lookalike of The Grinch’s dog Max (Picture: Dan Rowlands / SWNS.com)
Dogs from the Manchester Dogs Home in Cheshire enjoy a seasonal treat as they are presented with a gingerbread style house - made from doggy treats
Come on in (Picture: Dan Rowlands / SWNS.com)

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.

Dogs from the Manchester Dogs Home in Cheshire enjoy a seasonal treat as they are presented with a gingerbread style house - made from doggy treats
A house of bones (Picture: Dan Rowlands / SWNS.com)

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.

Don’t cheap out on training time. Make training fun and frequent. Keep training light and fun. Don’t get demanding with your dog. Instead, go with the flow. See what develops. Trust that if you do this long enough, you’re going to figure out what works and what doesn’t.

‘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.’

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