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Being a well-loved pet is a pretty good gig: Life is a parade of playing, eating, sleeping and cuddling — without any
pesky work to interrupt.
Add upscale pampering to the mix, and that cushy reality becomes like an
episode of Lifestyles of the Rich & Furry. Of course, before indulging your pet, check with your vet to make sure that any luxury foods, treatments or wearables aren't potentially harmful for your pet and if your pet is going to be around other animals it is especially important to keep him up-to-date on vaccinations.
And read on for some of the more interesting deluxe offerings available right now.
“Some people may think Paris Hilton started
this whole pampered pooch thing, but it predates her,” says Kelly E. Carter, author of The Dog Lover's Guide to Travel and founder of thejetsetpets.com. “Animal activist and actress Doris Day has
co-owned pet-friendly hotel Cypress
Inn in Carmel-by-the-Sea for more than 20 years. And in 1968, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
famously rented a 120-foot yacht to house their four pooches while Burton was
shooting a movie near London. This isn’t a trend; it’s here to stay.” And when
health experts began emphasizing the mental and physical benefits of owning pets about two decades ago, more and more people began adopting — and
pampering — their animals.
says, pets are family members. So if you have the means, why not treat them to
the kind of pampering you’d want for yourself and your loved ones? “Especially for
people who haven’t yet had kids or whose kids have left for college, pets
become like children,” says Andrea C., general manager at luxury dog retreat D
Pet Hotels Hollywood.
All over the
country, you’ll find paradise-style resorts for pets with rolling grounds for
romping, but D Pet Hotels Hollywood also offers door-to-door service — and much
more — while owners are at work or traveling. The pet hotel’s luxurious urban-chic
vibe (reflected in details like chocolate brown silk sheets and platform beds)
is like a W Hotel for the four-legged set, and “we chauffeur within 3 miles,” says Andrea C., who cites one pup who gets picked up and dropped off every day.
“Our most basic car is a Honda Element, but we also offer luxury vehicles like
a Lamborghini.” (Chauffeur prices start at around $30 a ride.)
resort and spa — which also has New York City and Scottsdale, Arizona, locations — offers suites
(ranging from $90 to $110 a night) with twin- and queen-size beds and flat-screen
TVs showing animal-themed movies such as Hotel for Dogs and 101 Dalmatians.
Services include boarding, day care ($35 for six hours; $45 for longer),
grooming ($35 to $95) and spa treatments like the Classic Pawdicure ($50 to $70).
range from hush-hush celebrities to regular folks, many of whom have specific
requests. “People come in with Gucci collars on their dogs and other expensive
accessories,” Andrea C. says. One pet owner requested a pink room because the dog loved pink. “We don’t have a pink room, but honestly
the suites are nicer than my bedroom at home.”
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