By Emma Pearson @JournoEmma1

MOST parents splash out on their children at Christmas, and Emmie Stevens is no different, lavishing gifts, treats and new outfits on her twelve DOGS

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Festive Family! The 26-year-old plans to spend £1,000 on a Christmas like no other for her furry family

The self-confessed ‘mad-dog lady’ will spend Christmas day opening 12 stockings stuffed full of gifts for her ‘fur babies’.

The coddled canines will even sit down to a specially prepared doggy-friendly Christmas dinner, including turkey and all the trimmings.

In total, the 26-year-old plans to spend £1,000 on a Christmas like no other for her furry family, and admits she is likely to get carried away with her spending.

In comparison, Emmie plans to spend just £200 on her boyfriend Barry Stears, 32, saying that the dogs come first.

Rould-ruff: Pomeranian, Pomi, pulls chiwawa cross Minnie in a dog sleigh

In the past five years Emmie has spent £40,000 on her dogs, investing in doggy-manicures, fur dyes, perfume, prams, jewellery, and a designer walk-in-wardrobe to make sure her ‘babies’ always look the part.

And during the Christmas season, she has invested in festive threads for her hounds to wear over the holidays, and a SLEIGH for them to ride in.

The dogs have fancy dress outfits including Mr and Mrs Claus, a snowman, a reindeer and a Christmas pudding.

Animal Crackers! Emmie with her dogs Bailey and Minni
Pampered Pooches: Emmie's twelve dogs eating their Christmas dinners

And Emmie’s home, in Croydon, London, will be elaborately decorated with dog-themed Christmas decorations, bearing the initials of her beloved pets.

Emmie said: “You spoil your children don’t you? My dogs are basically my babies and everyone spends a lot on their children at Christmas.

“It might be a waste in some people’s eyes but people drink excessively over Christmas and that’s a waste in my opinion.

“Each to their own – this is what I want to spend my money on.”

Dog fight: Bailey and Nelly pulling a Christmas cracker

The pack of pampered pooches consists of staffies Nelly and Bailey, poodles Purdy, Dolly and Pixi, four “Jackadoodles” Muffin, Bambi, Sparkle and Doodles, Chinese crested Cabbie, Chiwawa cross Minnie and Pomeranian, Pomie.

Emmie plans to spend £550 on presents, £150 on decorations, £100 on food and £200 on clothes and believes the £1,000 price tag is a fair amount to spend on Christmas for her dogs.

Emmie, who owns her own mobile dog grooming business, said: “Christmas is the time to spend with those that you love – and I love no-one more than my dogs.

“They have their own stockings full of presents and they’ll have their own dinners around the dinner table.

“My plan is to dress Bailey, my staffie, as a reindeer and he can pull the sleigh with the little dogs Minnie and Pomie in the back.”

Dog's Dinners: Emmie's dogs tucking into their Christmas dinners

And, as usual, Emmie is making sure that the dogs look their best over the festive season.

She said: “I’m going to dress the dogs as Mr and Mrs Claus, a snowman, reindeers, and a Christmas pudding, as well as their usual party dresses and accessories.

“I have a huge Ikea bag stuffed full of dog presents like toys and balls and tons of Christmas treats and bones – along with their outfits for Christmas day of course and some necklaces for the little dogs.”

As usual, Emmie plans to get involved in the dress up, and boyfriend Barry isn’t getting off lightly.

“I’ll be dressing up as Mrs Claus and Barry will be Santa,” said Emmie.

“I love getting dressed up to match my dogs and Barry does it to make me happy.”

And the dogs aren’t likely to turn their nose up at their specially prepared Christmas dinner.

“I’ll cook my roast dinner and then I’ll make another one for the dogs,” said Emmie.

“They’ll all have a bit of turkey, a roast potato, a Yorkshire pudding, a pig in blanket, and a bit of veg – probably some carrots and peas with a bit of gravy.

“Afterwards for dessert I’m going to get some plain vanilla ice cream and stick a little bone in each bowl.”

The coddled canines will even sit down to a specially prepared doggy-friendly Christmas dinner ...
… including turkey and all the trimmings

Emma admits that her spend could be seen as excessive by some, but says that Christmas is the perfect excuse for splashing out.

She said: “It’s only once a year, at the end of the day.

“We all get spoilt on Christmas Day and everything I’m giving them is dog friendly – I would never give them anything that wasn’t good for them.

“If people said I was wasting my money, I’d ask them if they spoil their children at Christmas.

“The dogs are basically my babies and everyone spends a lot on their children at Christmas and a lot of that gets wasted.

“I work hard and I can spend my money on whatever I want.

“I’ve dedicated my whole Christmas to the dogs.

“I’m really excited that I get to spend the holiday with them.”

Emmie dishes up Christmas dinner for the pampered pooches

Emmie also has extravagant plans for her Christmas décor, and intends to turn her living room into a grotto that doggy dreams are made of.

She said: “I’ve bought a new six foot Christmas tree and I’m going to decorate it all with doggy stuff.

“I have personalised my own decorative bones with their names to hang from the tree and I’ll lay the table for them to sit down and enjoy their Christmas meal together.”

In the past five years Emmie has spent £40,000 on her dogs
Frosty: Bailey dressed as a snowman

Emmie’s mum Carole will join the canine enthusiast and her dogs over the holidays, but she admits that she couldn’t spend Christmas away from her precious pets.

She said: “My dogs are the most important things in my life – my dogs don’t hurt me, my dogs are always there at the end of an argument.

“I love Barry but my dogs come first.”

Emmie’s obsession with dogs began when she was 19 and rescued Doodles from a puppy farm.

She said: “I saw this little scruffy thing in a pen in an awful state, riddled with fleas and living in his own faeces.

"My heart melted for him and I desperately wanted to help.

The self-confessed ‘mad-dog lady’ will spend Christmas day opening 12 stockings stuffed full of gifts for her ‘fur babies’

“He’d been treated badly and was so scared of people and other dogs at first but after a few months he started to change and come out of his shell.

“It was an amazing feeling knowing I’d given him a good home and we built a bond with each other.

“Before Doodles, I’d had a hard time with bullies and I felt like my life wasn’t worth living. I really feel like Doodles saved me like I saved him.”

After Doodles, Emmie became a big-time dog devotee and within a few months rescued Purdy and Muffin.

The following year, she took on Sparkle followed by Bambi, Nelly and Dolly when she was 24.

Pixi and Bailey followed shortly after and this year Emmie has welcomed Cabbie, Minnie and Pomi into the pack.

'Elfy appetite: Muffin dressed as an elf

Emmie said: “My dogs give me everything. Once I’d taken on one, I realised how much love they have to give and just wanted more.

“They make me so happy, I just can’t help but spoil them.”

And this Christmas looks to be a year like no other.

Emmie said: “Last year we did Christmas dinner and obviously I spoiled my dogs with presents.

“But this year I’m taking it to a whole new level and there’s no other way I’d rather spend my money or my time.”