Woman's best friend: Louise Harris with pampered puppies Lulu and Lola
A woman has forked out a staggering £40,000 on tiaras and tutus for her pampered dogs.
Louise Harris, 29, was a self-confessed dog hater until four years ago when her sister took her to look at some Yorkshire Terrier puppies called Lulu and Lola.
She fell in love with the pair and has not looked back since.
However, unlike your average canine companion, Louise has treated the pair to such luxuries as pink dresses, Italian leather collars and a custom-made £2,000 iron four-poster bed because she hated the idea of a plastic one.
The pooches also enjoy pampering that includes cheetah-print coats, steps up to their beds and top-quality dog food costing nearly £8 per packet.
Louise, who lives with partner Sam, 30, said she loves nothing more than spending money on Lola and Lulu.
'I was not a dog person before, I did not even entertain the idea of having one as I thought they were just smelly things that made a lot of mess', she said.
Louise, of Great Notley, Essex, started buying clothing and collars, anything she could get her hands on and ideally in pink.
'I would not want to put cheap tops on them and I think they appreciate it', she said. 'I know they are only dogs, not children, and will never grow up to go to college. I am not stupid.
Lola and Lulu, the Yorkshire terriers who are spoilt by their owner Louise Harris
'But I do have unconditional love for them like a parent has for a child and parents spend all their money on their children. I don't have children yet but the dogs are part of my family.'
While out walking the dogs, their exotic clothing started to generate interest from passers-by and Louise soon found herself ordering goods from around the world for others.
Her mother, Janet Sapiano, pointed out there could be an opportunity to start up her own business selling the luxury items so Louise quit her job in the City to set up Diva Dogs, a company specialising in the high end of doggy-style fashion.
Lulu and Lola show off their comfy sofa-style kennel and a selection of their exclusive toys
Her clients now include television presenters and footballers wives.
The most extravagant item of stock is an 18-carat gold dog collar, from a London-based designer, which will set you back £3,000 and she has sold two.
Louise said: 'Sometimes people's comments can be quite horrible but I am so aware of what we are all about. We are over the top - that is why people are interested in us.
'Walk into a regular pet shop and there will be plastic beds piled up and rubber chickens everywhere, but in here we have lounges, four-poster beds and chandeliers.'
If they tire of the couch they can move over to their chez longue
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