The best nativity scene you’ll ever see
SEVEN adorable puppers have become internet sensations after they posed as the Holy Family in a nativity scene.
The photo was posted on the Wags To Riches Pet Services - Mountsorrel Facebook page, and it went viral after it was shared on Twitter and other social media channels earlier this month.
The dogs are all clients of the UK dog grooming business, run by Jo Kingston and her husband.
The star of the photo was a tiny golden labrador puppy, who represented the baby Jesus in a manger.
The other well-behaved dogs had towels draped over their heads to represent Mary, Joseph and the Three Wise Men.
The dogs posed on a bed of straw with a neon star above them.
The photo really took off after it was reposted on Twitter by RachMcV, who captioned the photo "That's it, my heart has burst".
It has since been shared and reposted tens of thousands of times.
The photo has charmed dog lovers around the world, with Linda Wodach posting "over the top adorable - and look at the 'lil pup in the manger - oh my gosh, soooooo cute!!!" on Facebook.
Jackie Bonifate wrote "Oh how sweet this is" and Vanessa Vanschoick posted "Projects like this are always good to see. It reminds me that when I retire I could always keep busy doing things like dressing up my dogs in nativity scenes."
Ms Kingston told BBC News she wasn't expecting the photo to take off.
"I woke up and somebody tagged me in this photo saying, 'Jo, you've gone viral'. I've had so many people messaging me," she said.
"I'd seen it on the internet before, I'm not the first to do it. People love seeing the dogs - especially with towels on their heads."