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Chic Paws Pampers Your Pets

Paris and San Francisco - two romantic, cosmopolitan cities whose citizens love their food, fashion, wine, arts -- and dogs. San Francisco is home to over 120,000 dogs and Parisians own an estimated 200,000. Research shows that man's best friend, here and abroad, contributes to its owner's lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, better recovery after surgery, reduced depression and stress. Parisians appreciate this, and have had the upper hand in pampering their pets - until now.

"The French have led the way, not only in fashion but fashion for our dogs," says Elisabeth Dupar, founder and president of Chic Paws. The French call it toutoumania, the trend of sophisticated pet owners to adorn and furnish their pets in elegance and style. "In France, dogs are welcomed into the finest restaurants and hotels," Dupar notes. "And the Parisians extend their passion for haute couture to their pets."

With so many of man's best friends in San Francisco, Dupar decided to bring the toutoumania trend to Americans, and in particular the Bay Area. "I collaborated with European haute couture designers and manufacturers to import gorgeous European leashes, collars, and furniture for discerning pet owners." Collars bejeweled with Swavorski crystals, leads and harnesses in sumptuous couture leather, gorgeous dog carriers and designer dog beds ranging from French toile to faux mink are just some of the Chic Paws offerings. The Chic Paws line also offers an exclusive variety of organic gourmet doggie treats - Bonetox and Dupaws -- developed by an American chef, who caters for Martha Stewart, Bill Cosby, and Harrison Ford.

Does your Pomeranian prefer faux mink? Does your Dachshund desire Italian leather? Discerning pet owners can find these gorgeous accessories, furniture, and gourmet gifts online - http://www.chicpaws.com . They will also be featured this fall at a prestigious department store off of Union Square. "People recognize quality and the uniqueness of our items. To get something similar, a customer would have to fly to Europe!"

Chic Paws merchandise runs from $20 for Dupaws organic biscuits to $800 for elegant designer dog furniture imported from the Netherlands. Special orders are available for furniture, designer dog bowls and accessories.

What's next for Chic Paws? Wags, the new luxury pet hotel opening in early May in San Francisco, will be furnishing some of its most elegant suites in Chic Paws furniture.

For interviews or additional facts on Chic Paws, contact Elisabeth Dupar (310.860.7723) or visit their website at http://www.chicpaws.com

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