Recently, news broke that made-in-China dog jerky treats had killed about 600 pets (mostly dogs, along with almost a dozen cats) and made thousands more ill. Poor guys. The FDA's veterinary medicine chief, Dr. Bernadette Dunham, called it "One of the most elusive and mysterious outbreaks we've encountered."
I hate that headline. I love my two cats, Lily Gorilla and Coco, who, I'm afraid, are pretty spoiled. (They occasionally score leftovers from the Food & Wine Test Kitchen and from restaurants around New York City.) Still, there are some lengths I'm not ready to go to, like paying $1,000 for treats. Here are some of the more extravagant things people are doing for their pets. And before my cats start feeling left out, I'll note that they're all geared toward dogs.
$1,000 Kobe Beef Treats
If you're determined to feed your dog top-shelf ingredients, Organic Pet Boutique offers Kobe Beef and Truffle Jerky Treats for dogs. It's made-to-order. And costs $1,000. The upside: Shipping is free. And a percentage goes to the no–kill shelter Best Friends Animal Society.