A dog owner has started giving his pampered pooch a weekly pocket money allowance of £5, along with his own wallet to keep the cash in.
The frustrated owner jokingly bribed Bracken with a five-pound note to get his wallet back, and from that moment on, Grant vowed to give the three-year-old dog a fresh note every Friday without fail.
Bracken with Grant. Credit: SWNS
Since then, Bracken has been able to use his cash savings to pay for everything from cuddly toys through to contributing to the cost of his swimming lessons.
Dog walker Grant ended up giving Bracken the wallet he’d originally stolen, so that he can keep all his money safely in one place.
When he’s racked up enough cash (at one point even managed to save up a total of £75) Grant and his wife Cheryl, 42, will take the pooch down to the shops, where he’s given free-reign to pick what he wants by putting it in his mouth and running up to the counter.
Usually that means Bracken’s spoilt with plenty of new cuddly toys and dog treats, but his savings also go towards weekly swimming lessons at a pool in Barnsley, South Yorks, close to Grant and Cheryl’s home in Sheffield.
Bracken at a swimming lesson. Credit: SWNS
Grant said: “All spaniels just have to have something in their mouth whether it’s a sock or a pair of pants and Bracken is just the same.
“One day I was lying on the sofa and he came over, stuck his nose into my pocket and came out with my wallet in his mouth.
“Usually if he’s pinched something then we bribe him to give it back with a cocktail sausage but we had run out of them that day.
“So just for a joke I pulled out a five-pound note and said, ‘right I’ll give you this fiver if you drop the wallet’, and he did.
“My wife started laughing and then said, ‘go on, you’ve got to give it to him now’. Ever since then it’s become a bit of a tradition to give him five pounds every Friday.”
Bracken and Grant getting ice cream. Credit: SWNS
Grant has had Bracken ever since he was a puppy, after he and Cheryl decided to raise a dog instead of a child.
“We’re always buying him things anyway, he’s such a spoilt dog, so I thought why not just give him pocket money so he can buy things himself,” added Grant.
“When I got a wallet I gave him my old one so he has one of his own now.
Bracken with his wallet. Credit: SWNS
“Every now and then we’ll take him to the shops to get toys, he especially likes puzzle-type games where you have to solve something in order to get a treat.
“And he absolutely loves water so we take him swimming as well, which is great fun.
“Our niece absolutely adores Bracken so when we go on holiday we buy her a stick of rock out his pocket money for him to give to her.”
Grant said they spent £4,000 on making their garden dog-friendly, and Bracken even has his own paddling pool and a sprinkler.
He added: “I wanted to give Bracken £20 a week but the wife won’t have it.”