CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- This week's Pets of the Week offer a glimpse into the world of pampered pets, from a stack of Christmas presents to various costumes we're sure they love, even their own selection of videos.
Steve and Wendy Williams say Roxie the Wondermutt is the queen of their Cross Lanes neighborhood, where friends keep bones in their garages to offer on her daily walks. She has her own Facebook page and a collection of costumes. Originally a pound puppy, the Williamses think she's part Lab and part husky.
Ripkin was rescued, along with his mother and three siblings, by Kristen Spaulding, of Montgomery. From the time he was a kitten, he would hear the remote click on and would hop into position to watch TV.
King Louis lives in Morgantown with Devon Lopez, where he loves to play in the snow, even when it's deeper than he is tall. He is a 9-month-old Pomeranian.
Sally is 11 years old and was adopted from the Putnam Animal Shelter. As soon as her owner, Kimberly Miller, took a load of clothes from the dryer, Sally hopped in, looking for a place to keep warm.
Armani's dream life began with a photo of a dog in a magazine, which his future best friend, John Nelson -- a hairdresser -- clipped and put on a wish board. A client, who happened to be a vet, called a few weeks later to say she had a sick young pup on the verge of death who would need a home if he survived. Today, Armani is full grown and has a brother, Gucci. Nelson rents them a beach house every year, traded in his sports car for an SUV that could accommodate the canines, and lets them sleep in his bed.
Twenty-plus years ago Bandit was the runt of the litter. Brenda L. Rhodes, of Buffalo, wasn't sure what it was that made her pick him out, but he was the one she wanted. He showed an early aptitude for carefully opening his own Christmas gifts -- of which there have been many!
"When I put them around the tree, he doesn't bother anybody else's, but once we say, 'Here, Bandit, this is for you,' he starts with the bow, then the ribbon, and after that he opens the present, but he's very gentle!" said Brenda. A mixed chow, Bandit recently started wearing pajamas.
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