You may think you pamper your pets by letting them share your bed or feeding them gourmet food, but unless you've thrown a doggy wedding or a "bark mitzvah," you won't qualify for Nat Geo Wild's new series Spoiled Rotten Pets (premiering Saturday with back to back episodes at 9/8c and 9:30/8:30c).
Don't expect interventions from the show's host, model-turned—passionate animal adoption advocate Beth Stern, who, along with her "big-hearted, animal-loving" husband, Howard Stern, admits to indulging their own four rescue cats. "I'm just there to spend a day with these spoiled-rotten pets," she says. "I can really relate, and I think that any pet owner will see a bit of themselves in each episode."
It's not just cat and dog fanciers who are showcased, reveals Stern, the spokesperson for North Shore Animal League America: "We have animals that viewers will be shocked to see spoiled, like turtles, ferrets and a donkey that picnics with her owner! My favorites are rescue potbelly pigs Wilma and Pebbles. Their owners treat them like their children and have not spent a night apart from 'their girls' in seven years."
Hoping for more episodes after the initial six, Stern notes that there's plenty of fan interest already. "Since people found out I am doing this show, they've been tweeting me and sending lots of pictures of their own spoiled pets."
As for those canine nuptials: The fete was actually a whimsical benefit to raise money for rescue animals, and that, says Stern, made it worthwhile. "The bark mitzvah, on the other hand, was very serious. It's fun seeing people who spoil their pets even more than I do!"