It may be costly to ship a dog across the country to compete in the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, which was being staged this week in New York. But the owners clearly don't mind.
For many, their pets enjoy a status equal to that of their own children, as was the case with hotelier Leona Helmsley, who left $12 million to her dog when she died in 2007.
Indeed, when pets are involved, many owners are happy to part with sums of cash they might balk at in other circumstances. As a result, high-end pet product businesses have been established to meet these demands.
What follows is a list of products for the pet who has everything, and the owner who gives it to him. From clothing to furniture and everything in between, these products offer everything that the most pampered pet demands to keep living in the lap of luxury.
Read ahead to see what they are.
Aquavista Dinosaur Gold Aquarium
Price: $4.7 million
One of the most expensive pet products available is the Aquavista Dinosaur Gold Aquarium, created by British designer Stuart Hughes. It's priced at $4.7 million, and there are only three in existence.
Dubbed "the only Aquarium with a 65 million year old history," its side veneers are made from the tusk of a mammoth and has a piece of Tyrannosaurus rex bone shaved into it. Solid 24 carat gold is also incorporated into the design, which the site describes as "low maintenance."
Amour, Amour Dog Collar
Price: $3.2 million
I Love Dogs Inc. is a business that makes a diamond dog collar line called "La Collection de Bijoux." The lowest-priced collar in this line, La Jeune Tulipe, is offered for $150,000. But as the late journalist Hunter S. Thompson was fond of saying, anything worth doing is worth doing right.
For believers in this credo, nothing less than the most expensive collar will do. For them, I Love Dogs Inc. offers the 52-carat Amour, Amour collar for $3.2 million, making it the most expensive in the world.
Emma Rose Design Dog Bridal Gown
Emma Rose Design is a Rhode Island business that creates "designs for the discriminating pooch." It's called "Pooch Couture" and includes coats, sweaters, accessories and even a garment for a dog's most special occasion, her wedding day.
Yes, dog weddings are a reality in these United States, and even if they're not legally binding, the bride will want to look enchanting for her canine groom anyway. The Emma Rose Designs bridal gown can range from $150 to $10,000, according to their website, and the company will even coordinate ensembles for the bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girl and ring bearer.
Les Poochs V.I.P. Fragrance
Even the most devoted owner will concede that dogs smell, and it's not always pleasant. Anyone who's ever tried giving a dog a bath knows that option is out of the question, so most owners end up just getting used to the odors.
Luckily, the Les Poochs company has addressed this problem by creating the V.I.P. fragrance for dogs, which its website claims "energizes then soothes the olfactory senses for those lucky enough to smell it." The fragrance is distilled from the Osmanthus flower and sells for $3,000 for a 4-ounce bottle.
Louis Vuitton Dog Carrier 40
The Louis Vuitton brand has a value of $26 billion, earning it the title of the world's most valuable luxury brand for seven-straight years. The company has branched out from clothes and handbags by introducing the Dog Carrier 40.
The dog carrier is canvas and comes with a zip-around enclosure, as well as the all-important mesh window to provide the dog with oxygen. The bag is designed for small dogs only, so high-net worth individuals with Great Danes are out of luck.
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