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David Beckham pampers his pooch

entertainment Updated: Jan 18, 2010 13:43 IST

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BeckhamSoccer star David Beckham spent 2,000 pounds flying his dog back to Los Angeles from London.

The footballer was given the British Bulldog puppy by his wife Victoria as the couple and their three sons celebrated Christmas at their UK home, Contactmusic reported.

But as the family now reside in Beverly Hills, where David plays soccer for the Los Angeles Galaxy, they needed to make sure the pooch got back safely, so the couple splashed out 2,000 pounds on making sure he flew back in luxury, News of the World newspaper reported.

"It's one lucky animal, but David only wants the best," a source said.

They handed over the cash to the UK's exclusive pet transportation company, PetAir, where their 'Gold Standard' service includes an airline ticket, custom-made wooden travel container with bedding and water, a pre-travel health examination and one night in the care of a vet.

Before being flown back to the US, the dog had spent time with David and Victoria's friends, TV chef Gordon Ramsay and his wife Tana, where he was treated to exquisite meals including Aberdeen Angus mincemeat with Lincolnshire sausage.

"In its very short life, David's dog has already seen the kind of luxury it will enjoy. It's been fed by the UK's leading star chef and has now been flown in total comfort to Los Angeles," the source added.