Woman spends over £20,000 on pampered dogs who only drink bottled water
Romeo and Reggie live a life far more luxurious than your average pooch.
Romeo, a three-year-old white chihuahua, and Reggie, a four-year-old chihuahua and Bichon mix, live with Leone and Steve Galler, along with their son, Bradley, 21, in Rochester, Kent.
They dine on daily steak dinners, refuse to drink tap water, – they far prefer sparkling from a bottle – and have a wardrobe of designer clothes worth over £20,000.
Leone, 53, has no shame for spending thousands of pounds on her two dogs, dedicating £80 to Reggie and Romeo’s food each month, £45 on each of their regular grooming sessions, and an average of £300 a month on cashmere jumper and silk jackets covered in Swarovski crystals.
She says the dogs love being dressed up as they’d get cold otherwise.
‘They love to be dressed in Furdrobe clothes all made with luxurious fabrics,’ Leone tells Metro.co.uk. ‘I started dressing them in jumpers as they are so small they do feel the cold.
‘They love to wear luxury bows and jackets. You can actually see Romeo smiles when he is in expensive clothing.’
Their pricey diets emerged from necessity, too, as Leone says Reggie and Romeo are both incredibly fussy when it comes to what they eat and drink.
‘They refuse tap water,’ says Leone. ‘One day I had a glass of sparkling water on the side and they started drinking it. That’s when I realised [that’s what they wanted].’
Along with the expensive treats the dogs are showered in love and affection, with Leone and Steve taking them along wherever they go.
Leone doesn’t work, so can stay home to make sure the pups are well looked after.
‘Romeo is like my shadow, he follows me everywhere,’ Leone tells us. ‘He loves to be the centre of attention all the time.
‘Reggie loves cuddles and giving kisses.’
While the dogs’ pampered lifestyles may raise some eyebrows, Leone says she loves spoiling the duo now that her two sons, Tyler and Bradley, are all grown up.
‘I will always do what is best for my dogs, and we have the money so why not,’ she explains. ‘We don’t spend as much on ourselves as our dogs.’
The dogs attract plenty of comments when they’re out and about, so Leone set up an Instagram to document their adventures.
One of the dogs’ more exciting plans has been put on pause, however, due to coronavirus.
Romeo is ‘engaged’ to Delilah, a white maltipom who models for Furdrobe, the brand that makes the dogs’ designer clothing. The pair fell in love over Instagram and in September, Romeo popped the question (or Leone did for him, we imagine. It’s really not clear).
Delilah lives in Palm Beach, US, and so it’s a long-distance relationship. She and Romeo planned to wed this September at an upmarket hotel in Florida, but sadly the pandemic will prevent this from happening.
The couple are now expecting to postpone their wedding until April 2021.
Reggie will be the best man, of course.
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