A dog owner with good intentions bought her dog a "bargain" paddling pool to cool off in during the warm weather, but was left dumbfounded when it arrived and turned out to be no bigger than a water bowl.
Chelsea Sparks step-dad from Shorne, Kent, bought dog owner Chelsea a pool so her giant pup Darcy can cool off at home – just as she does when they're out and about.
Like most people, she turned to her family for help, and was excited to learn her step dad found a "bargain" £15 dog pool online.
He told her she might have to wait longer than usual because it was coming from China, but the cheap price made it worth the wait.
Once the pool arrived, Chelsea was eager to blow it up and show Darcy her pool, but the dog owner soon realised a mistake had been made.
The dog pool was no bigger than a bowl, and now serves as a fancy summer hat for the giant dog.
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.
She said: "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."