One of the world’s richest dogs receives a yearly allowance of $100,000 for her expenses while millions of people struggle to make ends meet.
Bella Mia, a 3-year-old Maltese from Great Neck, New York, spends money on weekly "paw-dicures," haircuts and designer shopping sprees, said owner Rose Ann Bolasny.
Bolasny, a 60-year-old accountant, said she refers to her dog as the daughter she never had and always wanted.
The dog has more than 1,000 outfits in her personal walk-in closet with ball gowns, coats, sweaters, jeans and blankets that she accessorizes with diamond and pearl jewelry.
“And hats, and hats and more hats and shoes — she has a pair of Uggs,” Bolasny said, referring to the designer boot brand.
Bella Mia has her own bedroom with a double bed.
On Bella Mia’s third birthday last April, Bolasny said she and her husband, Walter, decided to include the dog in their wills. The dog will now inherit a home in Florida.
While Bolasny has two adult sons, she said they understand why she decided to add the dog into her last will and testament.
“I explained to them that I know they love Bella Mia very much, but I wanted to make sure that if anything happens to us she was taken care in the way that she’s used to,” Bolasny said.
Despite her privileged lifestyle, Bella Mia works as a charity dog at the Ronald McDonald House.
Bolasny said while she knows that some people think her extravagant spending habits for her animal are over the top, she thinks they do not understand the joy Bella Mia adds to her life.
“We love her with our whole heart and soul ... she proves that beauty is not just a pretty face; beauty radiates from the inside out,” Bolasny said.