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Pampered pooches enjoy tea party
Boy with dog
The dogs also ate some of the celebratory cake
A plethora of pampered pooches have taken part in a tea party to mark the first anniversary of a dog-sitting service in Shropshire.

The Mayor of Shrewsbury attended the event at Mereside Community Centre, as well as 12 dogs and their owners who have already used the unique service.

Pals4Pets gives dogs one-to-one attention while their owners are away on holiday or away for 24 hours.

Councils in Shropshire, Dudley and Wolverhampton have approved the scheme.

'Unique foster service'

The unique alternative to kennels was launched in London by actress Jenny Seagrove five years ago.

For 18 a day per dog, owners can rest assured their four legged friend is curled up on the sofa at a carer's house, going for long walks and could even be given a of nip brandy before bed if their owner so wished.

"We are a pampered pooch service," said David Haighton, who runs the Shropshire branch and organised the tea party.

"We offer a unique foster service and wanted to celebrate the first year in a fun way.

"The tea party went very well after the mayor, Councillor Eileen Stanford, started proceedings.

"We had a cake - which of course some of our canine clients sampled - and drinks for their owners.

"We do not discriminate, and will care for the very young and the old.

"In fact Pals4Pets prides itself on offering an emergency service, so if an owner is rushed into hospital, we will meet the ambulance and care for the pet."

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