What’s cuter than a sausage dog? A squad of sausage dogs , obviously.
And this squad of adorable sausage dogs has become a global Instagram sensation with their chic matching outfits and cute group antics – but they are not cheap.Owner Harriet Birch, a dog walker from Harrogate, North Yorkshire, loves her pooches, but says they cost her a ‘small fortune’. Harriet admits to spending around £800 a month on clothes, accessories, photoshoots, treats, toys, beds, blankets, food and insurance. But she says ‘they are worth every single penny’.
‘They are definitely pampered pooches,’ says Harriet. ‘They have so many clothes, accessories, toys and we do so many activities, they go swimming every week and they do agility every week too.
‘They have birthday parties where all their friends come and join them for celebrations, cake and party bags.’The five daschunds, Ivy, Missy, Button, Duke, Ivy and Apple have now gained almost 32,000 followers – and they are fast becoming the ultimate pup influencers. Harriet got her first sausage, Missy, 10 years ago after begging her parents and when Missy went on to have two litters, she kept a dog from each – Button and Duke.
Then Duke found a girlfriend and they had their own litter, so it spiralled further as Harriet then kept Apple, completing the crew of five.
INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOUR PET: Nearly 80 million U.S. households have a pet, and 42 percent of those households have more than one, according to a 2015-2016 survey by the APPA. There are 77.8 million pet dogs in the U.S. and 85.8 million pet cats.
‘We often get comments when we go out saying how smart they look.
‘They rarely leave the house naked, they’ve got some pretty spectacular fancy dress outfits.’
It’s no wonder they have so many followers on Instagram – looks like we all need to be taking fashion tips from this canine crew.The squad also love a trip abroad, and Harriet is currently getting them all prepared fora jaunt to Pari – with matching berets, of course.
‘Missy is super stubborn, independent and obsessed with food,’ says Harriet. ‘Button is ridiculously cute and loves everyone.‘Duke is a serious mummy’s boy and sucks up to me, but he’s mischievous on walkies and likes to go down rabbit holes.
‘Ivy is very sassy, tries to be the boss and can’t get enough of toys and Apple is simply adorable, she’s been the easiest puppy I’ve ever had.’
But, like all good dog-mums, Harriet loves them all equally.
We’re just not sure her bank balance feels the same way.
Alternate Their Toys to Keep Their Interest. Just like us dogs get bored with new stuff after awhile, and this includes their toys. Keep their interest by alternating their access to them. Once your dog hasn’t seen their blue ball in a month they’ll have a brand new appreciation for it the next time it makes an appearance.