But the five guests at Melissa Rogers' Midtown home are supposed to behave inappropriately. They're dogs.
Basset hounds, to be precise, including Scarlet the mad licker, and Scooter, who's demonstrating his lung power. They're the beneficiaries of a "pupperware party"
Rhonda Bodfield Bloom, "It's a pupperware party," The Arizona Star, October 2, 2005
The newest twist in the $35 billion-a-year pet industry, such parties bring to the comfort of your living room $40 Tiara Hairpins for Tiny Dogs, $100 Dog-Tired Heated Beds with removable faux fleece and $165 Pet Strollers.
These in-home product pitches are the brainchild of Andrew Shure, who in 2003 founded Shure Pets, a Chicago-based direct-sales company that sells stuff for dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, birds and horses. Its consultants peddle the goods through the Internet and via Shure Petsí slick catalogs, though home Pupperware parties are the most popular sales venues.
Kristen A. Graham, "A fun way to shop for Fido," Philadelphia Inquirer, December 2, 2005
Barbara Shea, "Pets Rights Flying High," Newsday, March 26, 2000