The Pampered Pet
Posted by — May 15, 2005
By Jen SchaeferWhen you're searching for the perfect sofa for your luxury home, don't forget about Spot. When your lap's not available, your pooch can still lounge in the lap of luxury on the latest high-end dog beds, which are tasteful enough to complement even the most stylish decor. One of the most lavish is a brushed steel number by German designer Philipp Plein (available on www.postmodernpets.com). The price tag? $1,450 for the small model, $1,650 for the large.Seeing Paris Hilton parade a Chanel-clad Tinkerbell on TV may have tipped you off to the fact that luxury pet products are hot, no matter what the price. According to a new survey by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA), pet owners are spending more money on luxurious, high-end pet products than ever before, particularly for dogs. These results aren't surprising, says Bob Vetere, managing director and COO for APPMA. "Between baby boomers and couples commonly referred to as DINKS [Dual Income, No Kids] considering pets as children and having plenty of disposable income to spend on their pets, it's understandable to see growth in the higher-end, more expensive pet products."Thanks to an ever-growing number of specialty stores and Web sites devoted to luxury pet products, the sky's the limit when it comes to spoiling your pup. Following are some of the most extravagant--and in some cases, just plain over-the-top--products on the market.
* Cashmere sweaters. Fifi & Romeo, L.A.'s chic pet atelier, offers a selection ($175, www.fifiandromeo.com)
* Designer T-shirts. P.Diddy offers several styles through his Sean John clothing line (from $50, www.seanjohn.com)
* Mink coats. The Palatial Mink Jacket collection comes in ebony, wine and ivory; jackets are adorned with a Swarovski crystal-encrusted brooch. ($115, www.quintessentialpet.com)
* Shoes. LBL Lilly Boots fastened with Velcro straps and a zipper closure. ($70 for four, www.glamourdog.com)
* Diamond collars. The Pampered Pup in Palm Beach sells authentic lizard-skin collars with real diamonds (from $1,600, www.thepamperedpup.com)
* Nail polish. OPI, one of the top human nail-polish brands, also has a "Pawlish" line for dogs. Colors match exactly to human OPI polish colors for perfect coordination ($8.99, www.parkavepuppies.com)
* Pet cologne. Oh My Dog Parfum, manufactured by Paris-based Dog Generation, is specially formulated with top notes of rosewood and orange to appeal to both pet and owner ($25, www.thepamperedpup.com)
* Electric toothbrush. The Doggy Dentist electric toothbrush makes getting rid of canine breath a snap ($39.99, www.worldpetstore.com)
* Microwave popcorn. Woofy-Pop by Dogmatic Products comes in flavors like chicken and bacon. (from $3.99, www.dogmaticproducts.com)
* Portable grass. Just because you live in the city doesn't mean your pup can't "go" on the grass. The PetaPotty is a mobile piece of real sod with its own plumbing system that can be used indoors or out. ($259.99, www.petapotty.com)For information about this article, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.