Rich Pets â€“ Living a Pampered Lifestyle
By Rhonda Simmons
He has hundreds of toys, only eats the finest foods and bottled waters, and sleeps in designer beds. He may have an odd yet fashionable collection of clothes to wear for all occasions. He always travels in style and is waited on hand and foot. No matter how their schedule may be, his family will always make time to play with him and have some fun.
Does this sound like the child of a rich mogul or celebrity icon?
In a way it is. It is the lifestyle of many celebrity pets.
Owners are willing to do almost anything for a beloved pet. Pets are pampered more then ever. Many celebrities make hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars within a yearâ€™s time. A large portion of that money may be spent towards the care of their fuzzy, furry, or feathery companions and making sure that they are the most pampered pets around.
Because of this spiked interest in pampering pets, the market for pet care products and supplies has exploded. Now you can find designer clothes, beds, treats, and houses that well exceed the traditional cost for these items.
Celebrity pets have become a sort of accessory for the rich and famous. It is then that ethics must be evaluated. Is the animal seen more as a companion or as a commodity? Some celebrities, not to mention any names, seem to treat their pets as a fashion statement. The animalâ€™s needs should be put first. Certain animals, such as monkeys and chimpanzees, simply do not make ideal pets. Other animals may seem cute when they are young, but they can become quite dangerous when they are older. However, we still see people purchasing these animals. Perhaps it is because many celebrities feel the need to stand out or to be different or maybe to start a new trend. One trend that I have seen is with celebrities and small dogs.
I am not bashing celebrities and their pets. I am simply saying that animals are living creatures with feelings and needs. An animal such as a chimpanzee, for example, would not do well living without constant companionship and interactions with his fellow chimpanzees. Also, it is not just celebrities that should be concerned with the welfare of their pets. Many people who are considered to be wealthy own pets but are not what we would deem as having a â€œcelebrityâ€ status. Many people will choose to shower their pets with money, gifts, and the like. It is the responsibility of everyone who chooses to bring an animal into their life, whether they are poor or rich, to take good care of that animal. They are like children and depend on you alone for their care.
In reality, your pet doesnâ€™t care how many toys he has or if he sleeps in a designer bed. What he or she really cares about is being loved and having your companionship.
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