For pet lovers everywhere, dogs are as much a part of the family as anyone else.
And now a dog-loving entrepreneur from Poulton has come up with some fantastic Christmas gifts for the Fylde coast’s most pampered pooches
Peter Starbuck, of Best Friends, in Marsh Mill Village in Thornton, has started selling Christmas hampers...specifically made for dogs.
Mr Starbuck has been making hampers for pets for just over four years now and has even received accolades from ex-Dragaon’s Den star Theo Paphitis and appeared on ITV show This Morning showing off his pet products.
“I’m not aiming for the market of really extravagant toys for pets, I’d rather sell gifts that a dog is going to enjoy,” he said.
“My Christmas hamper is doing very well, I’m quite surprised at how much I’ve managed to pack into it with a big toy in the centre.
“The Christmas one is £49.99 and I get orders coming in from all over the world.
“I make them up in the shop and if people come down we can tailor make something.”
The hamper is packed with all sorts of goodies for pooches, including a cologne for your canine pals.
“What we have been selling out of, is Doggy Cologne, all of the Ted Barker has sold out, but we’ve also go Kennel No.5 and Old Spike, which actually smells a lot like Old Spice.
“You spray it on their back and it gives them a nice smell, it’s the same stuff they have in dog grooming parlours.
“I just like to find different things, we’ve even got tins of Arm and Hammer dog mints.”
Mr Starbuck set up his business when he realised – while making his cairn terriers, Jake and Judy, their dinner – that there was a gap in the market for bespoke gifts tailored exclusively for dogs.
The terriers were a big part of the business until Jake had to be put down recently.
“We’ve still got Judy with us and she writes all the emails, it gives them a nice twist and it’s got a serious cute factor.
“We now sell a little card in Jake’s memory for Dog’s Trust.”
Peter’s pet-centric business has been receiving praise and awards from across the business world and he even personally delivers the hampers to pets across the area.
“I’m chuffed as meatballs with the new shop, if a delivery is local then I’ll take the hamper to the pets personally.
“I’ll ask for the dog and present it to them, it’s all part of the Woof Woof service.”
The RSPCA said Brits spend a total of £300m on presents for their pampered pets at Christmas with ten per cent confessing to spending more on their pet than their partner.