Furry companions of superstar singers

Furry companions of superstar singers
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When The Stooges sang I Wanna Be Your Dog, they was not referring to the furry companions of pop stars.

And yet, we cannot help but feel a bit envious of these musicians' pets.

Not only do they hang out with our favourite singers all day, living in the lap of luxury, they have also attained superstardom in their own right.

Take Lady Gaga's famous pooch, Miss Asia Kinney.

The French bulldog stars in the Coach Pups campaign, modelling the brand's Fall collection of bags and wearing a pearl-encrusted collar, no less.

Clearly, Gaga is not worried about sharing the spotlight and even appeared with Miss Asia Kinney on the cover of Harper's Bazaar US last year.

"I am so proud of Miss Asia," the 29-year-old said. "She's a natural in front of the camera... I really love getting to watch my best friend be a star."

Gaga even has plans for a puppy accessories line and organic dog food range for her pet.

But Miss Asia had better watch its step because Toulouse, pop star Ariana Grande's pup, is hot on her canine heels.

Toulouse, which is one of Grande's six dogs, is a mix breed beagle-Chihuahua that will also star in the Coach Pups campaign.

The 22-year-old announced the news on Instagram with a photo of Toulouse, captioned: "A @coach model (I laughed out loud when I typed that / The best part is I'm not kidding)."


Well, we always knew modelling was a dog-eat-dog world, so these two had better have the chops for it.

But although dogs gets lots of attention, the pet that truly rules social media is cats.

Just look at Taylor Swift's two famous felines, Dr Meredith Grey, named after the protagonist of medical drama Grey's Anatomy, and Detective Olivia Benson, the female lead character from crime series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Both scottish fold breed cats have appeared in YouTube videos with their famous owner and have their own Twitter accounts managed by Swift, 25, and her brother.

Meredith is famous for leaving nasty scratches on Swift's leg and mewing for the camera while Olivia has become a star.

Last year, it starred with Swift in a Diet coke commercial, making its official debut as an "actress".

In the video, Swift was surrounded by cats in her apartment, prompting her to joke that her crazy cat lady phase was just a few years down the road.

Olivia also appeared in an ad for Keds Sneaky Cat shoes, designed in line with Swift's album 1989.

And because she hates being transported in pet carriers, Olivia is carried around the streets by Swift and snapped by the paparazzi.

"What I thought was funny about those pictures is the cat is looking straight at the cameras," Swift said in an interview with Access Hollywood.

Still, do not feel too bad for Meredith - she has rubbed noses with British singer and Swift pal Ed Sheeran and gets to snuggle with Swift's producer-DJ boyfriend Calvin Harris.

Before Swift even bought her cats, though, there was Katy Perry, the crazy cat lady.

Her pet, Kitty Purry, is Perry's official sidekick. The tabby cat is represented by stage props and a purple, human-sized dancing mascot at Perry's live shows.

Kitty Purry also has cameos in two of Perry's music videos, I Kissed A Girl and the lyric video for Roar.

The famous feline was nominated for Choice Celebrity Pet at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards, which excited its owner to no end.

"I'm just so blown away that Kitty Purry is finally famous," Perry once said in her video blog.

"That's all she ever wanted in life... Well, not really. She just wanted to eat that good tuna and wear that glittering collar."

The award went to Bo, the Obamas' portuguese water dog.

Which just goes to show that even in the world of celeb pets, the US president's pet trumps everyone else's.

This article was first published on July 1, 2015.
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