The charity Guide Dogs has released findings from its Great British Dog Survey and discovered we really are treating our dogs like children!
Results showed we are giving our dogs the same names as our children, buying them birthday presents and spoiling them rotten on an almost weekly basis.
The survey, which was the first of its kind by the assistance dog charity, discovered that Poppy is the most popular dog name overall, as well as being the 5th most popular baby girl name in 2015, from the Office of National Statistics. When it comes to boys, Charlie is the 2nd most popular dog name and 5th with it comes to baby boys.
But it doesn't stop at names! According to the research, four out of 10 dogs get their own birthday present, and thousands more pooches get dressed up over the festive season.
The survey, which was undertaken by 32,171 people throughout June 2016, shows just how much dogs mean to us as a nation, but for guide dog owners, they really do mean the world. Michael Hall, a guide dog owner from Abergele says, "If you have lost your sight but want to keep your mobility and independence, I’d advise you to think seriously about getting a guide dog. I can get around with a long cane but I’m nowhere near as confident. When you have a guide dog, you have a friend and a companion, especially if you are on your own."
The Guide Dogs charity helps thousands of people overcome the physical and emotional barriers of sight loss by partnering them with a guide dog, helping them to take control of their lives and improve their independence. Almost two million people in the UK are living with sight loss and by 2050, there could be nearly four million, meaning their work has never been more vital.
See the full results of the survey here.