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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Fido Festivals: A New Book Shows You How

In my circle of dog-loving friends, I can't say there's anyone who would actually have the time or money to do something like this, but for anyone inclined to throw a lavish soiree for dogs, Dog Parties: Entertaining Your Party Animals (Gibbs Smith, $19.95) is just the thing.

Author Kimberly Schlegel Whitman is - according to her book-jacket bio - "an internationally recognized lifestyle and entertaining expert," and companion to two Chihuahuas (who are elaborately costumed for their parties).

The parties depicted - a puppy shower, a birthday party, a wedding, etc. - are so upscale and georgeous that you could invite Martha Stewart without the slightest social anxiety.

Get this: Doggie snacks made to look exactly like candy bars for a slumber party: mr. GoodDog bars, MilkyWoofs, Baby Ruffs.

There are also some interesting factoids about the reverence shown to and pamperng of dogs over the centuries. Seems that the Pekingese was worshipped in 2000 BC, and was shlepped around in portable jade doghouses, and King Henry III of France used to wear his Bichons in little baskets around his neck.

Who knew?

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