According to The Humane Society, 39 percent of households in the U.S. own one or more dogs, that’s a lot of kibble! With over 78 million dogs in the country, they’re more than just a past time; they’re our babies. A wet nose, big sparkling eyes and a wagging tail are hard to say no to.
According to Gather.com, Americans now spend $41 billion dollars a year on their pets, which is double the amount it was 10 years ago, and more than we spend at the movies, playing video games, and enjoying downloaded music.
Celebrities who are also avid dog lovers take the cake for pampering their pooches to the extreme. As much as we love our canine comrades, they don’t know if they’re sleeping on a plush cashmere Gucci bed or pee-soaked hobo’s jacket behind a dump and they’d probably prefer the latter.
Five-time James Beard Foundation Best Chef nominee Todd Gray, the executive chef and co-owner of Equinox Restaurant in Washington, DC was featured in a book about making gourmet meals for dogs, and hosts a gala every year that features his delectable canine creations, like Pup Casserole, which includes beef, chicken, pork, pasta, peas, carrots, corn and Parmesan-Reggiano cheese. This would all be a little much for dogs, except the proceeds all go to the Humane Society, so we can’t complain.
First Class Travel
While many people heave their dogs into the back of a pick-up truck or on an old towel in the back of a hatchback, some like to go a little further to ensure their pets are safe and comfortable while en-route. The boring old back seat isn’t good enough for prolific director Michael Bay, who is very fond of his majestic and massive Bullmastifs, Grace and Bonecrusher.
Director Bay likes to drive around in a small sports car, so what are Grace and Bonecrusher supposed to do? Bay’s solution was to bring them to and from sets and outings in their very own Escalade. This may sound excessive, but his heart is in the right place. It is rumored Bay has been a longtime dog lover and spent his entire Bar Mitzvah bounty on donating to his local animal shelter.
Taking the Escalade of dog-lover Bay one step further, this is another form of dog pampering. It isn’t really a party mansion, but whatever the dog version of a mansion would look like. Many celebrities, like Jessica Alba, have factored their dogs first and foremost into their home dcor scheme. Alba tells Modern Dog Magazine that she worked with famed dog designer Kari Whitman to make sure her home had the optimal amount of Dogification, from eco-freindly supplies to custom-made bunk beds that are perfectly integrated into the style of the home.
Alba even replaced her Spanish tile with a synthetic dog grass called Forever Lawn, made from recycled tires. She gushes to Modern Dog that now the dogs have the biggest playground and were super happy. Perhaps Alba has put more time and money into dogifying her home than many of us do on decorations for our children, but her ultimate goal is spreading the word for Ace of Hearts, a charity that has rescued thousands of dogs on death row. Rock on Jessica!
Millie Smith: A chef, dog breeder and entrepreneur, Millie has many interests and loves sharing her thoughts on raising purebred dogs, food and technology.