Pets: Catering to The Fur Trade

Catering to The Fur Trade

Some socioeconomic groups are impervious to recession. Dogs, for example. Cats too -- or at least rich ones. In Beverly Hills, Critter Caterers offers pampered pets colognes, tuxedoes and furs, bone-shaped canine birthday cakes that begin at $50, high-tech flea collars using ultrasonic waves, even a $1,600 Kitty Condo, a three-story luxury cat house.

Two years ago, proprietor Tracy Parsons, 28, left Los Angeles' dog-eat-dog garment industry to start a home-delivery bakery for puppies. Then she invested $5,000 of her savings, persuaded a bank to back her and set up shop on ritzy Beverly Drive. Parsons has added a mail-order business...

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