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5 Ways Your Dog Could Be Living in the Lap of Luxury

Stacy Conradt
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You guys might remember that I have dogs. Three, to be exact (that's Patton in the picture). Paul and I don't have any kids yet, so these dogs are pretty spoiled. I mean, not celebrity-spoiled to the point that I carry them around in purses and buy them Swarovski-studded collars or anything like that, but they do get a lot of our attention. They get fairly frequent trips to the dog park (which is really just as much entertainment for us as it is for them). Ever since the whole pet food scare, they get rather expensive dog food from a specialty store. They don't get to sleep with us, but they do each have their own little plush doggy beds.

The latest is that we are sending them to doggy daycare. Not every single day "“ no, just once to try it out. It's a half day of grooming and a half day of getting to run amok with other dogs. They have free access to both inside and outside, there are agility courses for them to play on and wading pools if it's nice enough outside. There's a mandatory two-hour nap from noon to 2 p.m.

The best part? There's a Web cam. So we can watch our little heathens and see how they behave with others. Expect my productivity at work to plummet dramatically when the dogs are at daycare.

However, despite doggy daycare and the pricey dog food and the fact that two of them are curled up on my lap as I type this, there are always dogs who are more spoiled than ours. Here are a few signs that your dog is seriously spoiled...

1. A doghouse nicer than my real house

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2. A spa membership

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3. A canopy bed

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4. Doggie tarot cards

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5. A $1.8 million dog collar

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So what do you do for your pets that might be a little, um, out of the ordinary? 'Fess up!

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