- A couple has decided against having children so they can afford to pamper their three pooches.
- They buy them clothing and take them out to dog-friendly outings and restaurants.
- The pair organise their life around their pups and make sure they don't miss out on holidays and trips.
Claire Kelly Johnston (35) and Stuart Johnston (38) have spent £20 000 (about R410 000) on their 'babies' - Cupcake (3), Teddybear (2) and Popcorn (2).
Claire, a bank manager, and her husband Stuart, a chef, say they no longer feel the need to have children after becoming 'parents' to their three adorable pooches.
The pups routine consists of being dressed and groomed every morning before being taken for walks in their prams and returning for a home-cooked breakfast.
The pups eat gourmet diets, with Claire cooking them bacon and sausages at the weekend.
Claire and Stuart no longer feel the need to have children and they spend a lot of their time and resources pampering their pooches. All images courtesy @cupcake_teddybear_popcorn/ Caters News/ Magazine Features
"We got Cupcake in September 2018 and she's the biggest diva - I over-mothered her and because she was the first one, she was the most spoilt, so now she rules the house," says Claire.
"Cupcake even has her own little pink toy Audi car and she loves sitting in there. When I got Cupcake, I felt like that was it. I felt something was missing and then when I got her, I knew that's what I wanted."
Pomeranians Teddybear and Cupcake and long-haired chihuahua Popcorn are treated to £60 (about R1 200) worth of clothes weekly.
"I buy them new clothes every week because I can't help myself - I always knew I would get outfits for them but didn't expect to get them so many. They all have so many clothes that I've had to give them their own built-in wardrobe," says Claire, from North Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Claire has over 200 outfits and 1 000 toys for her beloved pets and says they love living a "life of luxury".
The couple organises their life around their pups and make sure they don't miss out on holidays and trips out.
"When we go on holiday, we make sure we go on staycations so the dogs can come with us. If we're having a date night, they'll join us and eat whatever we're having like steak, chicken, or turkey," Claire adds.
"We recently took them to a cafe and they turned their noses up at the bacon because it wasn't smoked! They like their luxurious lifestyle - they all sleep in our bed and love getting dressed up."
Claire says she has no social life because she takes them to doggy-friendly places when she's not working. Despite receiving a lot of backlash, Claire has no plans to get rid of their wardrobes and insists they love playing dress-up.
"I get most of the clothes from an online boutique and they're actually ambassadors for them now. I get negative comments all the time; people think I shouldn't dress them up but it's normal for us, and the dogs love it," says Claire.
"If the dogs are unhappy, I'd never do it but they love it and I get so much enjoyment out of it. I'll ask them what they want to wear and when we're not working, we'll take them to the beach or doggy friendly restaurants and cafes. They always sit at the table with us!"
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