Caviar Dreams: Lifestyles of Rich and Famous Pets
If you had a chance to pamper your pet, would you opt for a private chef, deep-muscle massage, custom wardrobe, or psychic readings? According to Forbes, a significant percentage of wealthy pet owners splurge on special accommodations that most of us can’t imagine. The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are equally fascinated when it comes to rich and famous pets, and we hope that our favorites inspire some extra indulgences we’re sure your pet deserves.
Of the affluent, over half make advanced arrangements for their pets in case of death. Over 25% create a trust for their pet (or pets), with the average being $526,000. Of these trusts, 90% stipulate that only after their pet passes away will any surviving family members receive the inheritance.
Don’t Mind if I Do
The lifestyles of rich and famous pets may inspire envy. For example, Toby Rimes was a French poodle owned by a New York heiress who died in 1931. At the time, she not only left Toby with his brass bed, velvet-covered dining table, and a lot worth over $1 million (to be used for Toby’s exercise), but she also willed him over $30 million.
When the German Countess Karlotta Libenstein died in 1991, she left her entire $80 million fortune to her Gunter III, her German Shepherd. His offspring, Gunter IV, lives in Madonna’s previous residence in Miami Beach, purchased for $7.5 million.
Famous for Being Famous Pets
Leona Helmsley made the headlines one last time in 2007 when it was revealed that she bequeathed $12 million to Trouble, her Maltese. A judge ultimately trimmed the amount to $2 million, but Trouble spent the rest of his days relaxing in top-dog style.
Paris Hilton reportedly owns over 30 pets. Tinkerbell, her pint-sized Chihuahua, has been making adorable appearances alongside her celebrity pet mom for over a decade. Check out her 300-square foot, air conditioned luxury pet mansion for drool-worthy viewing.
Socially-Savvy Famous Pets
Although their lives didn’t necessarily begin with a silver spoon in their mouths, there are plenty of social media pets who live better than most people. Many animals that became internet stars were rescued by people who began to post pictures online. Accounts grew slowly until overnight viral success. Of these famous pets, The Pet Experts follow:
- Tardar Sauce – Also known as Grumpy Cat, this wildly successful feline named Tardar Sauce has been taking the internet by storm for almost 5 years. Her adorably grumpy face is the result of a sizable underbite and feline dwarfism, and she may be worth over $100 million!
- Boo – The “world’s cutest dog” is a fluffy Pomeranian with over 16 million Facebook followers, licensing deals with Crocs and Gund, endorsement deals with Virgin America airline, and three published books.
- Lil’ Bub – An underdeveloped jaw and a genetic disorder make this sweet girl “kitten-sized” with a loosely-hanging tongue. You just can’t deny her million-plus Facebook followers. Plus, television appearances, book deals, and merchandise lines help to raise money for other animals in need.
- Tuna – This Chiweenie is a rescue with a severely recessed jawline. His charming expressions have earned him millions of followers on social media. He also appears on television, has a book deal, and went on an east coast tour to meet his legions of fans.
Pamper Your Pet
While most of us won’t be leaving massive amounts to our pets, we love ours just the same. We can all show our affection by ensuring lasting health and wellness. From dental care to grooming and exercise to nutrition, The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital remain dedicated to supporting your best fur friend. Please let us know how we can pamper him or her!
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