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Late Designer’s Cat to Become One of World’s Richest Pets

She could inherit part of a fortune valued at between $195 million and $300 million.

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Karl Lagerfeld’s beloved cat, Choupette, has almost 300,000 followers on Instagram.

Choupette, a Birman cat that belonged to the recently deceased Karl Lagerfeld, is likely on the verge of being one of the world’s richest pets.

Before he died, the German designer told Le Figaro, a French magazine, that the cat was an heiress, USA Today reports.

His fortune has been estimated at between $195 million and $300 million.

It’s not known just how much of Lagerfeld’s estate Choupette might inherit.

Lagerfeld died on Feb. 19 at age 85.

The cat is well-known as a social media influencer, with more than 260,000 Instagram follower.

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The wealthiest pet is a German Shepherd named Gunther IV.

He’s worth $375 million, thanks to an inheritance, according to a list compiled by insurance comparison site comparethemarket.com.

Read more at USA Today

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Grooming-Tools Brand Acquired

The tools will be rebranded and redesigned.

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Fetch for Pets, a New York-based pet-product manufacturer, has purchased Spetacular grooming tools from Vu Promo Inc.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Fetch designs, develops and distributes grooming liquids and tools as well as products in the categories of dental care, stain/odor control, waste management, toys, apparel, accessories, treats and more.

The Spetacular tools are widely distributed at Walmart stores. Fetch plans to rebrand and redesign the tools, incorporating proprietary bristles and making them more lightweight and ergonomic.

Spetacular plans to reintroduce the brand, with the products hitting shelves and walmart.com by summer 2019.

The grooming tools will be for both dogs and cats. Their price range will be $7.99 to $9.99.

“We’re always looking for new opportunities to enhance a retailer’s set,” said Steven Shweky, CEO of Fetch. “Seventy percent of our company is comprised of product developers whose sole focus is to innovate and bring something new and exciting to our retail partners.

“This is just the first of many new brand launches and overhauls we have lined up for 2019.”

Check out the company at Global Pet Expo booth 4067.

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Stop by the PETS+ Booth at Global, Play with a Puppy — and Maybe Even Find Your New Pet

Florida Little Dog Rescue will be at our booth all week.

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Attending Global Pet Expo? Miss your pet?

Come to booth  4039 to get your free subscription to PETS+ Magazine and meet your new best friend.

Florida Little Dog Rescue will be at our booth all week! Play with a puppy,
get your furry fix, and maybe even take one home.

Exhibitors, if you’d like to donate to Florida Little Dog Rescue, be sure to stop by our booth.

Florida Little Dog Rescue is a nonprofit organization that rehabilitates unwanted, abused and abandoned little dogs and places them in loving and responsible homes to live out their lives as cherished family members.

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Proposed Law Would Require Equal Treatment of Dog Breeds by Insurers

Under the measure, owners of pit bulls and Rottweilers couldn’t be charged higher premiums.

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A bill under consideration in Maryland would require firms to treat dog breeds equally when setting premiums for renters or homeowners insurance policies.

The idea is to prevent owners of breeds such as pit bulls and Rottweilers from being charged more, Maryland Matters reports.

State Sen. Katherine A. Klausmeier introduced the measure to the Maryland General Assembly.

The proposed law “would require an insurer to either cover losses by all dog breeds or exclude coverage altogether,” Klausmeier told the state’s Senate Finance Committee.

Supporters of the legislation say premiums should not be based on “outdated breeds stereotypes,” Maryland Matters reports.

“Insurance companies should identify individual dogs that have a history that may predict their likelihood of being dangerous in the future,” said Emily Hovermale, of the Humane Society of America’s Maryland/Delaware chapter.

But Nancy Egan of the American Property Casualty Insurers Association said insurers “should be able to look at their business losses and be able to exclude those risks that they see are not profitable for them.”

Read more at Maryland Matters

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