A $4.4 million pet hotel: By the numbers

A luxury mega-resort in Texas (don't call it a kennel!) is offering Americans unprecedented ways to spoil their furry companions. Here, the stats behind the madness

Spoil your pet at a proposed multi-million dollar resort that includes $200 luxury rooms and other furry-friendly amenities.
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Fort Worth, TX, is emerging as the new epicenter for dog indulgence. Animal lover Janice Ford Grimes, 57, is about to open the Spa Paws Hotel, a multi-million-dollar pet resort, which will offer both local and visiting hounds a startling range of amenities, from an animal-only wellness center to pet weddings. "There isn't another hotel like this," Grimes tells The Wall Street Journal, carefully avoiding the word "kennel." "It's a hotel like you and I would stay in." While, given the current recession, some might question Grimes' business acumen, the pet industry is one that continues to thrive. Here, a by-the-numbers look at the latest in pet-friendly splendor:

$4.4 million

Cost to build the Spa Paws Hotel

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20,000

Square footage of the facility, which includes hotel rooms, a salon, an atrium featuring diverting "robotic squirrels," a photography studio, and a chapel for pet memorial services

69

Number of dog rooms (each featuring an 18" flat-screen TV)

6

Number of cat rooms, distinguished by skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows

$65

Per-night cost of the least expensive room at the Spa Paws

$200

Cost of the most expensive room

24

Hours per day that a "screened and handpicked staff" is available to cater to canine guests' "unique preferences" and needs

50

Radius from Fort Worth (in miles) of the hotel's pet limo service for pick-up and delivery of guest pets

$3,000

Cost of a dog wedding gown, which will be available at the Spa Paws' pet-centric clothing and accessory boutique

$8

Cost of arranging for your dog to receive a 10-minute "personal display of affection" at Fort Worth's other luxury dog kennel, the Grand Pet Resort and Spa

71.4 million

Number of American households with at least one pet

37.2

Percentage of American families who own dogs

32.4

Percentage who own cats

$28.5 billion

Total amount Americans spent on their pets in 2001, according to the American Pet Products Association

$47.7 billion

Estimated total amount Americans will spend on their pets in 2010

Sources: WSJ, Huffington Post, SpaPawsHotel.com

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