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Purrr-fectly Pampered Pets

We all love our pets and we pamper them in many different ways. But these famous pets have everything they could ask for and more.  Let’s have a peep into their out-of-this-world indulgence and lavish life. 

December 27, 2021

KARL LAGERFELD AND CHOUPETTE  

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Choupette Lagerfeld, a blue-cream tortie Birman cat, is undoubtedly fashion’s most famous cat. She’s the only “child” of the late designer Karl Lagerfeld – and sometimes his inspiration as well. “There is something unforgettable about her, the way she moves, the way she plays. She’s an inspiration for elegance. For attitude,” the designer told The Cut in 2015. 

Lagerfeld first met Choupette in 2011 after French model Baptiste Giabiconi asked the designer to watch the kitten during his holiday. When the model returned, Lagerfeld recalled telling him, “Sorry, but I’m keeping her!” Choupette has not only adopted the designer’s stylish look, but also his posh lifestyle. Waking daily at 6.30am, Choupette is groomed four times a day by her two maids. They also perform beauty treatments for her eyes, as well as play and entertain her round-the-clock. 

Choupette also has a bodyguard and a personal chef. Before the designer’s passing, she used to eat opposite him on his dining table. “Everything must be very fresh, otherwise Mademoiselle sits in front of her biscuits for three quarters of an hour giving me filthy looks without eating a thing,” said Lagerfeld in a 2013 TV interview. During her downtime, she reclines on a Zaha Hadid sofa and plays on her own personal iPad – presumably updating her 332,000 followers on Instagram (@choupettesdiary and @choupetteofficiel) and watching the latest Chanel fashion show.  

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Despite the pampering, Choupette is also a millionaire in her own right. This feline influencer has featured in a luxury car campaign for Opel, has her own make-up line, starred in a film for Net-a-Porter and appeared on the cover of Vogue with supermodel Gisele Bündchen. And that’s not all. She also has a suite named after her in the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris, decorated by Lagerfeld. 

“May Daddy Karl Lagerfeld’s memory live on forever through his work and may we never forget the creative genius who now sits in heaven beside Mommy Coco Chanel,” Choupette wrote online following Lagerfeld’s death. She may soon inherit a sizeable chunk of the late designer’s fortune, which is estimated between £178 million and £400 million. That’s not a surprise for someone who calls Karl Lagerfeld dad and Coco Chanel mum. 

 

PARIS HILTON AND HER DOGS 

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The name Paris Hilton instantly conjures images of lavish lifestyles and pampered pets. Her pets (yes, she has lots of them) are often seen on TV and in magazines. It’s no secret that they’re spoiled – wearing designer outfits and jewellery, lounging around inside Louis Vuitton trunks, and travelling in style in luxury cars and private jets. 

It’s well known that the hotel heiress spares no expenses when it comes to her pets. Hilton has outfitted her little chihuahua with an Hermès Micro Kelly Charm bag that costs around US$5,500. This pooch bears a unique name – Diamond Baby – and it makes total sense that she needs to be equipped with the finest things in life. 

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And that’s just the tip of an iceberg. Hilton has a smaller version of her own home built especially for her dogs. The luxe #DoggyMansion is a two-storey Spanish Colonial-style villa spanning 300sqft, which features a second-floor balcony with a beautiful view overlooking Los Angeles. Hilton had the home decorated by celebrity interior designer Faye Resnick, who included a tile roof and wrought-iron railings in the design. Inside, the walls are Paris-pink, the furniture is Philippe Starck and an ornate chandelier matches the black wrought-iron staircase. And if that’s not glamorous and comfortable enough for the pups, it’s also fully carpeted and air-conditioned. Hilton reportedly dropped US$325,000 on the mini-mansion back in 2009. 

 

THE QUEEN AND THE ROYAL CORGIS 

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They don’t have a fancy-coloured house, but they do live in the bespoke “Corgi Room” inside Buckingham Palace alongside Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Of course we’re talking about the royal corgis! The famed Pembroke Welsh Corgi dogs are owned by the Queen and first joined the monarchy in 1933 with her parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. On then-Princess Elizabeth’s 18th birthday in 1944, she was given her very own corgi named Susan, and has since bred more than 30 corgis and dorgis; the latter is a dachshund–corgi mix, which the Queen is credited with creating. The lineage that began with Susan stretched on for 14 generations. 

Queen Elizabeth II is an avid animal lover who loves nothing more than pampering and spending time with her dogs. They sleep in elevated wicker baskets to avoid draughts, the sheets in the baskets are refreshed daily, and they’re looked after by two footmen called Doggie 1 and Doggie 2. They have their own royal menu, which includes beef, liver, chicken, rabbit, cabbage and rice, all prepared by a gourmet chef. The Queen’s former personal chef, Darren McGrady, revealed in a YouTube video that “the most important part of the meat was everything had to be cut into a fine dice.”  

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Animal psychologist Dr Roger Mugford told Town & Country in 2015 about a fascinating scene he observed at Buckingham Palace. “As I watched, the Queen got the corgis to sit in a semi-circle around her and then fed them one by one, in order of seniority,” he said. “The others just sat and patiently waited their turn.” It’s clear that hierarchy is absolutely vital in the palace.  

The royal corgis don’t have a reality show, nor do they strut on the fashion catwalks, but they’re almost as famous as the monarch herself. In 2016, they were pictured in Her Majesty’s official 90th birthday portraits, and also famously accompanied the Queen and James Bond actor Daniel Craig down the Buckingham Palace hallways in a sketch for the 2012 London Olympics. There’s even an animated film inspired by them, The Queen’s Corgi, produced by nWave Pictures in 2019. 

Most of the royal corgis have passed away but to leave a lasting legacy, they have been immortalised in artworks such as statues, photographs and paintings alongside Her Majesty. Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge has previously said that the Queen’s pets are the secret to keeping his grandmother happy during her long reign. So long live the corgis!

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