With summer now in full swing, all Darcy the dog wanted was a paddling pool to cool off in during the warmer weather.
The Newfoundland loves water and her owner, Chelsea Sparks, said Darcy darts straight for the water whenever they go out and about – so she decided it was time for her to have a pool of her own.
When Chelsea’s stepdad spotted a ‘bargain’ £15 dog pool online, he snapped it up and explained that it may take a little longer to arrive than usual as it was coming all the way from China.
Six weeks later, Chelsea was left baffled when a tiny parcel arrived at her front door in Shorne, Kent, and had no idea what it could be – until she realised the hilarious mistake.
It turns out the dog pool ordered online was no bigger than a water bowl and looked comical next to Darcy, who could wear her new toy as a hat.
Lawyer Chelsea said: “Darcy absolutely loves water. Every time we take her to the dog park she gets straight in.
“So when the weather picked up my stepdad ordered her a pool online.
“When it was delivered we didn’t know what it was as it was folded up so small. When we realised it was the dog pool we thought it was hysterical. We then put the pool next to Darcy and took a photo.”
The 28-year-old said her stepdad had seen the pool advertised on Facebook with pictures of big dogs getting in and out of it with ease.
Despite feeling a little ripped off, the pair found it hysterical and posted photos of a gutted Darcy towering over her new pool on social media, where it quickly went viral.
Chelsea added: “We think it may have been a scam, however we were so entertained we didn’t give it much thought.
“My stepdad isn’t very technical so he didn’t realise. He hasn’t contacted the company yet, I am going to help him with this in the coming days.
“We sent photos to our friends, who all thought it was comical. That is when I decided to post it online to a dog group, as I knew they would find it funny too.
“Darcy seemed disappointed and confused when the miniature pool arrived.
“We ordered her a family sized pool, which arrived from Amazon Prime the next day and it was the right size.
“I expected a few people online to find it funny, but I really didn’t expect it go blow up. I’m glad it has brought a smile to everyone’s face during the pandemic.”