September 14, 2007 |
When the late billionaire Leona Helmsley left $12 million to her Maltese, Trouble, a lot of people were shocked. But maybe a lot of people weren't. Americans are pampering their pets more than ever. They treat dogs and cats as if they were human, buying them bathing suits, strollers, antidepressants and, for the neutering-conflicted, testicular implants. This is more than puppy love.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2007 |
Eighty-five animals were seized from a Santa Ana pet shop and its owner was cited on numerous counts of animal neglect, authorities said Tuesday. Shahram Behafarin, owner of Village Pets near South Coast Plaza, was cited for operating the shop in substandard conditions without air conditioning. Temperatures in some display cages ranged from 95 to 101 degrees, with unclean water and some animals seriously injured, near death or lying in their own urine and feces, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2007 |
A skateboarding pig, a basketball-playing bird and an albino snake are among the stars of a weekend pet expo that slithered into the Orange County Fairgrounds on Friday. About 70,000 humans are expected to attend the three-day event, which is billed as the world's largest showcase of pets and pet products.
December 28, 2006 |
As Christmas approached, pet owner Jean Rask wanted to give her dogs -- a 13-year-old collie/shepherd mix named Trixie and 12-year-old Pebbles, a Chihuahua -- a special holiday gift. So she booked them two nights at a PetsHotel in Whittier operated by Phoenix-based pet-store chain PetSmart Inc. "They take good care of them," Rask said. "They have these sheepskins in their little suites, and they get clean ones every day." The hotel costs $46 a night for both dogs. Since 2000, the U.S.
March 19, 2006 |
Cleo is a typical long-legged blond. She loves to shop, so I took her one Saturday morning to the Burberry store in Beverly Hills. I called ahead to make sure she would be allowed inside, but I shouldn't have worried. When we arrived, a miniature poodle was trying on a sweater.
February 14, 2005 |
As Justin Rudd talks about his Valentine's Day plans, there is an eager listener sitting nearby. Her ears perk up as she hears him spell out "b-e-a-c-h." Rudd recently completed his Valentine's card for Rosie, one of the loves of his life. It has a whimsical pink outer-space theme, and on the inside is the endearment, "You mean the world to me." Inside is a picture of her. She's a looker, though a bit wrinkly for her age. Of course, that's to be expected. Rosie is a 7-year-old English bulldog.