In honor of Spoil Your Dog Day (that means extra treats and petting, you guys!), we’re digging up the dirt on the luckiest and most pampered pooches around. We’re talking dogs who have their own homes, drink only Perrier, ride first class (or in private jets), have better grooming routines than most humans could ever dream of—you get the deal.
With the average American spending more than $500 on their pets a year, the pet industry is a $60+ billion one. And some are living life a little larger than others.
For pretty much every human on the planet, $140,000 is an outrageous amount of money to spend on a wedding. For Lucky Diamond, the late maltese poodle of animal advocate and Animal Fair magazine founder Wendy Diamond, $140k was chump change that included a $4,000 dog dress, a sushi bar, and, in Jewish tradition, a chupah.
Unfortunately, Lucky passed just before she was set to make her vows to one Mr. Lucky lad, but the party went on as scheduled—this time, celebrating Lucky’s life. Which, by the way, was very glamorous and included jet-setting vacations and nearly 400 celebrity encounters—the Guinness World Record for a dog!
Speaking of spoiled maltese poodles (who have sadly passed), meet Trouble. Trouble belonged to the late Leona Helmsley, a wildly successful hotelier who left a whopping $12 million to her precious pooch in her will.
Trouble did everything her wealthy humans did, which included living in a lush mansion, traveling by way of private jets and fancy cars, wearing diamonds, and consuming a diet that likely rivaled what the majority of the population eats every day. Sounds like Trouble didn’t have much trouble after all.
Oh, life in Essex, England must be lovely. And it must be extra lovely if you’re Betty the maltese poodle (there’s a trend here), whose owners have spent more than $30,000 in her young life.
Betty lives with her owner (who runs a luxurious dog hotel) on an idyllic English countryside farm, where she sleeps in her own four-poster bed in her own bedroom. She has an entire wardrobe—which includes both pearl and diamond necklaces—and is literally fed by hand with a Swarovski crystal fork. We’d say that’s a serious step up from a silver spoon.
If your surname is followed by a number, there’s a good chance you’re a pampered pooch. Such is the case for Gunther VI, the German shepherd who inherited all his bones (literally) when his father, Gunther III, passed.
His father was the beloved companion of a German countess, who had millions and millions of dollars, and when she passed, left everything to Gunther III. Gunther the younger is is worth more than $373 million, and subsists on a diet of steak and caviar—always consumed in one of his many butler-adorned mansions. Ruff life.
It’s lovely to be Lola. The miniature Yorkshire terrier’s mother, Louise Harris, sure treats her right.
Lola’s life in Essex, England includes weekly spa treatments, a full breakfast every morning (including an extra special one on the day of her mother’s wedding), and a stay-at-home nanny so she’s always taken care of. The price tag for such a cushy life? A quarter of a million dollars—and counting. Oh, and did we mention Lola has three other siblings who live equally cushy lives? Because she does.
It’s a dog’s world indeed.