A doting dog owner was left in fits of giggles after ordering a mini felt replica of her beloved pooch – only for it to arrive looking ‘like it’s had a STROKE’.
Housewife Emma Allen saw an artist’s online advert offering to make models of pets based on their pictures and was desperate to get a diddy doppelganger of Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Missy.
While her partner Shirley Mcclean wasn’t looking, Emma, 40, excitedly placed her order online – even opting to add a black collar to the model of the four-year-old dog.
When the package arrived two weeks later, Emma burst out laughing when she opened it to discover the mini model with its eyes appearing to roll upwards and in opposite directions.
But housewife Shirley, 45, failed to see the funny side of the pricey mistake and urged her to return it and get a refund – however Emma claims she didn’t have the heart to complain to the maker.
Now the couple are forced to keep the less-than-flattering figure out of reach in their living room as four-year-old Missy eyes it suspiciously and tries to attack it.
Emma, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, said: ‘It looks like it’s had a stroke. It was hilarious.
‘That’s how it looked when it turned up in the post, I just burst out laughing.
‘I then got a message from the woman asking if it was alright. I thought, “I can’t be nasty or horrible”, so just said “yes, thank you”.
‘I just couldn’t bring myself to tell her the truth, I felt sorry for her, I couldn’t ask for a refund.
‘My partner went mad but I couldn’t stop laughing. She kept saying “send it back, send it back” but I paid the money and because it’s that funny I’d rather keep it.
‘I’ve had to keep Missy away from it because she doesn’t like it, I’ve had to move it high up on the shelf because she keeps trying to attack it.
‘She knows it’s meant to be her, she must think “gosh, I’ve had a bad hair day”.’
The hairy lookalike is now a main topic of conversation whenever Emma and Shirley have friends and family round – with everybody laughing at mini Missy’s unfortunate look.
Emma said: ‘I saw them advertised online. It was just a woman from Devon that did them from home.
‘She said she could do me one for £30 or it was £5 extra if you wanted a collar on too.
‘It’s a great conversation starter. Everybody saw the funny side of it and it was that brilliant, I said “I’m keeping it”.
‘When people come over now it’s always the topic of conversation, all the kids want to play with it and everybody laughs when they see it.
‘I was going to get one of Bailey [their other dog] too, but when this one came, I didn’t want to spend another £35.’