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Great dog lovers through history

From record-breaking inheritances to royal living quarters, these pets had it made.

Think you spoil your pup? Chances are you’ve got nothing on these professional-level coddlers.

> The name of his pharaoh-owner is lost to history, but Abuwtiyuw is believed to be the first pet dog whose name survives. He was buried around 2650 BC in the Giza Necropolis with, as an inscription reads, “a coffin from the royal treasury, fine linen in great quantity, and incense.”

> Think a dog coffin is a bit much? When Alexander the Great’s beloved’ dog Peritas died in the third century BC, “he founded a city and gave it the dog’s name,” the Greek historian Plutarch wrote.

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> Animal lover Catherine the Great (1729-1796) of Russia commissioned a portrait of herself with her favorite Italian greyhound, Zemira, who was also immortalized in a life-size porcelain figure now housed at the Peterhof Palace.

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> Queen Elizabeth II has owned corgis since 1933, when Dookie arrived at the home of her father, the Duke of York (later King George VI). She once said, “My corgis are family.”

> Oprah Winfrey, reporting for jury duty in 1993: “I have a talk show. I’m single. I have eight dogs — five golden retrievers, two black Labs, and a mongrel.”

> “Queen of Mean” Leona Helmsley had a soft spot for her dog Trouble. After Helmsley’s 2007 death, Trouble inherited $2 million, making him the world’s richest dog. (It was supposed to be $12 million, but a judge bumped the number down.)

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> When “first dog” Bo got a playmate in 2013, Michelle Obama announced the arrival on Twitter: “So excited to introduce the newest member of the Obama family — our puppy, Sunny!”

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> In April, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard incensed the Australian government by allegedly smuggling terriers Boo and Pistol into the country without quarantining them. Heard, whose case is set to continue next month, faces up to 10 years in jail.

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