Tazi, a beautiful blonde, is getting married this summer in Tampa, Florida.
When she walks down the aisle, she'll be wearing a $1,000 dress with feather and bead details. The groom, Shilo, will be wearing a custom-made suit. There will be bridesmaids and guests to witness the ceremony. When it's over, Tazi will go home and maybe see her new husband on weekends.
Tazi is a Pomeranian pooch.
For her, this will be just another day in a pampered life that includes frequent modeling shoots, runway walks, calendar spreads and hitting the streets of Tampa in new outfits.
Her owner, Lisa Fink, hadn't planned this. Three years ago, she was experiencing empty nest syndrome after her daughter left for college. "I need to get a Pomeranian," she told her husband, and her search led her to the dog she named Tazi Tiara.
"She just loves people. She doesn't have a mean bone in her body," Fink said.
After Fink bought one dress for Tazi, she entered a dog shop's photo contest. Since then, Tazi's luxurious life spiraled into a modeling career, baseball game appearances and trips to the New York Pet Fashion Show.
And while Tazi's life may seem over-the-top to some, Nat Geo Wild's new series "Spoiled Rotten Pets," premiering Saturday, shows serious pet pamperers of all kinds: a couple who took their pet pigs to a spa; a woman who threw birthday parties for her rats; a couple who spent thousands on a dog bar mitzvah; a woman whose dogs have their own full-size rooms, complete with televisions.
Those animal lovers aren't alone in their doting ways.
The American Pet Products Association estimates U.S. pet owners will spend more than $55 billion on their furry companions this year. Medical expenses account for much of that, but fancy dresses, birthday parties and weekly grooming put a dent in many animal owners' wallets, too.
That's because people are pampering their pets as never before.
Psychics, car seats and guinea pig gowns
The pet industry is certainly helping people spoil their pets. There are hundreds of dog bakeries around the country selling cakes, cookies and other specialty goods for man's best friend. Day care centers for pooches are on the rise, some with pools. People can even buy luxury dog houses, complete with heating and air conditioning.
It seems nothing is too good for four-legged friends, many of whom are treated like their owners' children.
Take Hikmet Loe, an art history professor at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. When two of her older dogs died, that left just a Rhodesian ridgeback named Terra. To find out how Terra would feel about another dog, Loe consulted a pet psychic.
"The woman comes over and engages with Terra in a way I've never seen before," Loe said. "And she said, 'When you tell her you're going to take her to the beach and then you don't, that's very disappointing to her.' "
The psychic also told her that Terra loves to be the center of attention and to be one of the girls. She would like her toenails painted different colors -- blue and green, specifically. Oh, and she didn't want another dog in the house. She was content with being No. 1.
Loe got another dog anyway and spoils them both, along with her two cats.
"We all know that animals play a huge role in people's lives, (in) their happiness and psychological well-being. I will always have animals around me," she said.
Then there's Debbie Bornstein of Maitland, Florida, whose Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Samson, goes everywhere with her. But she ran into a problem in the car: Samson is a lapdog, and that didn't work out so well while driving. So Debbie bought a dog car seat.
"He loves it. It has an elevated seat with a drawer in it. ... He's high so he can look out the window. Now I say, 'Get into your seat,' and he gets right in," Bornstein said. "My children tease me that he's my only child now and that all my attention is on him."
Emily and Devin Hurley live in Sacramento, California, with three cats, two hens and two rabbits. The cats feast on chicken and fish, and the hens eat eggs (yes, really) and yogurt.
The rabbits, Phoebe and Duke, are cage-free and sleep in the Hurleys' bed -- even if that sometimes means a swift kick in the face at 5 a.m.
"Rabbits run the length of five football fields a day, so being cooped up in a cage simply isn't an option. They sleep in my bed ever since I adopted them," Emily Hurley said.
What's the harm?