Now you can pamper those pets in Old World style
By Peggy Scott
Copley News Service
If there is anything a Yankee dog (or cat) may envy about its European brethren, it would likely be the more liberal acceptance of a pet's presence in public. The sight of a pooch at a Paris sidewalk cafe - or even inside a ritzy restaurant - lifts nary an eyebrow.
Our friends across the Atlantic - the well-to-do, at least - have a centuries-old tradition of pampering their animal companions. Soft beds, good food, fancy accessories - they're practically de rigueur. And luckily for the furry and feathered in the good ol' U.S. of A., this is one European influence that has really caught on.
So for those in the market for items to spoil a favorite chien or chat, consider some of these imaginative "imports."
A TASTE OF FRANCE
Even the pickiest pup will woof "magnifique" about the Provencal Doggie Daube Gourmet Treats and Parisian Lamb Delights Dog Treats from the Paw-risian Bistro. Shaped like the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower, the treats are made from wholesome ingredients like unbleached and whole-wheat flour, cornmeal, broth and egg; $6.50 to $6.95. For more information, visit www.thepaw-risian-bistro.com, or call (201) 467-5608.
MEALS FOR A MONARCH
Tell the truth - your pet rules the house, right? Make sure mealtime conveys his status with Your Royal Highness pet bowls, shaped like crowns and studded with faux jewels; $43 to $63. For more information, visit www.poshliving.com, or call (866) 767-4584.
FLUFFY'S FAIRY TALE
Cats will live happily ever after in their very own Castle condo from Feline Fantasies. Complete with removable ramp and ladder, the wood tower measures 22 inches wide, 22 inches deep and 66 inches tall and is covered with carpeting in two colors; $239.99. For more information, visit www.felinefantasies.com, or call (573) 243-8935.
POLLY WANT A PALACE?
Parrots will have plenty to talk about when they see the elegant antique bird cages available through North Fork Pets and Antiques. Owner Greg Cristiano offers the largest collection of antique bird cages anywhere, including an Arts and Crafts Movement antique fine French bird cage, a Victorian German cage and a European-style gingerbread house for canaries; from $200 to $2,500 or more. For more information, visit www.northforkpets.com, or call (631) 874-0698.
CHALET, SWEET CHALET
Everyone will want to be in the doghouse once they see the Swiss Chalet Pet Estate from Posh Living. The two-dog chalet, designed and built by Alan Mowrer, is luxurious beyond Rover's wildest dreams. It boasts options such as running water, central air, even cable. Choose the wood, color, furnishings, tile, window treatments, etc., for a truly lavish custom pet home. The price tag is equally upscale, around $8,000, depending on custom choices and size. For more information, visit www.poshliving.com, or call (866) 767-4584.
What goes better with kibble than a nice cabernet? A unique elevated dog feeder from Whiner and Diner. Made from recycled wooden crates from European and Californian wineries, these decorative doggie dishes are outfitted with 1- or 2-quart stainless steel bowls and are offered in single- or double-bowl versions; $150 to $175. For more information, visit www.whineranddiner.net, or call (203) 329-8878.
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