A artist has admitted to spending £500 (€565) on Christmas presents for her pampered pug – five times as much as she spends on family members.
But it isn’t just during the festivities that Max is spoilt, as his owner, Lilly Lemberg, who has piled up presents under his very own twinkling tree, splashes out £5,400 (€6,100) a year on her pooch’s gourmet dinners, clothes and treats.
Lilly, 36, of Frankfurt, who will be roasting a goose this Yuletide to share with Max and her boyfriend, said: ‘Max melts my heart. He’s more like a person than a dog to me.
Lilly Lemberg has admitted to spending £500 (€565) on her pampered Pug Max for Christmas
‘There have been times when I’ve eaten a McDonald’s burger, but have cooked for him.
‘I absolutely adore spoiling him, especially at Christmas time. I’ve spent around £500 (€565) on his presents and will spend most of Christmas morning preparing his festive meal, which my partner and I will be having, too.’
With a wardrobe of 40 outfits, gourmet home-made dinners and treats for Max setting Lilly back around £450 (€509) a month, she admits she treats him more like a son than a dog.
Max has his very own Christmas tree for his gifts, which cost Lilly five times the amount she spends on her family
The pug has more than 40 outfits which his owner dresses him in every day including several festive favourites
She said: ‘I treat Max like my son. I never wanted children, so Max is like the little lad I never had.
‘Christmas is a very special time in our house. I love to spoil Max all year round, but when December comes, I really go all out.
‘I spend hours getting his tree perfect, with fairly lights and decorations, before doing our own.
‘I spend around £100 (€113) on my friends and family, and almost five times that amount on Max. I don’t see anything wrong with that. Max is the most adorable dog, and deserves only the best.’
Lilly says that Max ‘deserves the best’ and makes the effort to celebrate his birthday each year
Dressing him up daily in one of his 40 outfits, which are kept in a special wardrobe in his very own bedroom, Max has no shortage of partywear for the festivities.
Some of his treasures include a pair of booties, a new bed, a ‘doggy cam,’ so Lilly can keep an eye on Max when she is out of the house and a personalised dinner bowl, and a Santa outfit.
‘I want Max to feel the magic of Christmas, just like we do,’ Lilly said, who says she became addicted to spoiling him within weeks of bringing him home in 2016.
In total Lilly splashes out around £5,400 (€6,100) a year on her pooch’s gourmet dinners, clothes and treats
She cooks for her pooch every night, admitting to haven eaten a McDonald’s burger while whipping up a meal for her dog. Pictured: Max’s dinner of chicken, potatoes and broccoli
‘The first time I went in a pet shop I couldn’t believe all the amazing dog clothes I could get for him,’ Lilly, who lives with her partner who does not want to be named, said.
‘My boyfriend says I am crazy, but I can’t stop. If I see something for Max, I just want to buy it.
‘I am addicted to buying him clothes. If I go out shopping I can’t resist picking something up for him.’
Her lavish expenditure on Max covers keeping him regularly supplied with scrumptious homemade dinners, dapper outfits, toys and treats – using only the finest ingredients to cook for him with.
This Christmas Lilly is making a roast goose to share with her boyfriend and Max
For breakfast, he dines on cottage cheese, with a banana and a fresh egg and his evening meals consist of beef with sweet potato, or chicken with potato.
‘I cook every other day and he probably eats better than I do,’ Lilly laughed.
‘I love him so much and can’t help doting on him with gifts. He means everything to me.
‘If something happened to him, I would be totally devastated.’