Couple Sell Their Home To Make Room For 14 Sausage Dogs
Many of us think we're doggo-obsessed, but imagine loving pooches so dearly you'd be willing to sell up your home and buy a bigger one just to accommodate more.
Mandy, 37, and Alec, 45, live with 13 Dachshunds and one Jack Russell in their spacious three-bedroomed home in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.
The couple moved there in September after selling their smaller two bedroomed bungalow because it was no longer big enough to house all their pets.
Now that's commitment!
Mandy's sausage dog obsession began 16 years ago when she brought home two Dachshunds rather than the one she'd planned to adopt, because she couldn't decide between them.
Ever since, the couple's pack has been growing steadily. But housewife Mandy and window fitter Alec who don't have children, say training them is much easier than raising kids - even with 14.
And it's no wonder they were willing to up sticks for their fur babies, as they literally treat them like human babies.
Mandy said: "We don't have children - the dogs are our babies, so they have a life of luxury.
"When we moved house, we had to buy a new sofa that sits eight people and they've just taken over that already.
"They have their own room and we made them big dog beds to share, but they still spend most of their time on the furniture."
The dogs are called Tia and Sally, both 16, Joey, 15, Saffy, 12, Maisie and Ruby, eight, Dolly and Lady, both five, Teddy four, Sophie, three, Piper, two, Rosa, 18 months, Shelby, 16 months and Luna, six weeks.
But as their brood expanded, instead of letting them take over the house, the couple knew they eventually needed to move.
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They started trying to scrape money together every month, but it wasn't until an unfortunate bereavement in the family leaving them with some money that meant they could afford it.
The duo and their 14 fur babies now love their new home.
"When we were looking for houses, we were definitely making decisions on what would be best for the dogs," added Mandy.
It's not just a house they've splashed out on for their pups either, because they estimate they spend £3,000 a year in total on the pampered pooches - including £80 a month on vet bills and a further £80 a month on food.
She said: "We spend a lot on the dogs, but they're our children."
They are a handful though and because they have so many, they have to take the dogs out in groups of four to make them easier to manage.
"It's a full-time job, exercising them, brushing them, walking and feeding them, but I still think it's a lot easier than having kids."
Mandy and Alec breed their pups, but although they only keep "their favourites" they find it difficult to give the others up as they get so attached.
She said: "When we have a new litter, Alec doesn't need much persuading when I suggest keeping one. He'll just say if I like that one I can keep it."
Her relatives think she's crackers, but her and her husband love their life raising dogs instead of kids and they keep Mandy warm in the winter when they snuggle up.
She said: "They have the run of the house and they don't want for anything. They have the best of the best."
And while she loves all her babies, she does have a favourite.
"I shouldn't have a favourite but it's got to be Dolly, I just love her so much because she's really naughty," she said.
Her one Jack Russell, Ruby, is also adorable, and even thinks she's a sausage dog.
"She was actually raised by a sausage dog because her mum died after she was born so the breeder's other dog raised her. She doesn't know any different," Mandy added.
A Dachshund at heart!
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