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JIFF THE POM
He’s about as close to perfect (ahem, paw-fect?) as a dog can get. The flawless face of this Instagram-famous Pomeranian has even caught the eye of singer Katy Perry, who cast him as her costar in her “Dark Horse” music video. But it was his special talents that would take his career over the top: in August, Guinness World Records named him the fastest dog on two paws, having reached 10 meters on his hind legs in 6.56 seconds and 5 meters on his front paws in 7.76 seconds.
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Proving that looks are, as it turns out, everything, this shih tzu’s un-fur-gettable mug (a side effect of vestibular syndrome) has made such an impression on Instagram and beyond that celebrities everywhere have been clamoring to meet her. Among the list of lucky stars: Tina Fey, James Franco and Jonah Hill. Jealous much?
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No teeth? No problem! A lack of pearly whites hasn’t stopped this puppy mill survivor with a permanently prominent tongue from conquering Instagram – she has over 135,000 followers – or any type of food on the planet, including tacos, her favorite. Her biggest cares in the world are looking cute for the camera and keeping that tongue moisturized. “If you find anyone who makes a tongue moisturizer, PLEASE tell me,” her website says. “Until then, I have to stick with having fresh water near me at all times.”
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It’s hard to imagine having a bad day when the entire Internet worships you, but this frowning feline still finds a way. Grumpy Cat isn’t just a web idol though – this kitty also earns big bucks from endorsements (one report estimated $100 million!), travels the globe, attends award shows and schmoozes with every celebrity she can get her claws on. Still, no smiles.
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Being Karl Lagerfeld’s beloved lap cat comes with some serious pet perks. Ever since the Chanel creative director was gifted the gorgeous feline in 2012, he has been showering his meowing muse with lavish gifts. Choupette has two personal maids who keep a diary of her daily activities, several fashion spreads (including the cover of Vogue!) and a reserved seat at the dinner table for all of Lagerfeld’s meals. The shaded sartorialist also helped his kitty get her paw into the biz, landing Choupette a book deal and amakeup line that launched in October.
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MEREDITH & OLIVIA BENSON
Taylor Swift isn’t shy about showing off her inner cat lady. The singer often talks and posts about the spoils she unloads upon her kitties, including newcomer Olivia Benson. While neither of these furballs have shown up on the red carpet, Swift is all about bringing the award show afterparties to them.
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Uggie amazed animal lovers so much with his role in the Oscar-winning film The Artist that fans started a campaign to get the canine his own Academy Award. While the Oscar never happened for Uggie, the pooch earned enough acclaim that he was able to retire shortly after breaking into the biz.
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There are cat ladies, and then there’s Maria Assunta. This Italian property tycoon left her fortune to her kitty Tommaso after she passed away in 2011, reports ABC News. Tommaso, who was found as a stray by Assunta, now has litter boxes full of money and several expansive estates across Europe. And they say black cats are bad luck.
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Gigoo the chicken is a millionaire. What the cluck? That’s right! Gigoo was fortunate enough to be the loving pet of British publishing heir Miles Blackwell. According to VICE, when Blackwell passed away, he left all of his money to the bird. Gigoo’s big check reportedly added up to $10 million.
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Gunther IV doesn’t live with celebrities, he just buys their homes. The German Shepherd, who inherited $200 million from his father’s owner, dropped $7.5 million for ‘s Miami Villa in 2000, reports the BBC News. Gunther IV didn’t paw over the money to Madge himself; instead the pooch opted to have a team of three humans make the purchase for him.