American socialite Hilton, newlywed Spears and former SPICE GIRL GERI Halliwell are rarely seen without their canines TINKERBELL, LACY LOO and HARRY respectively, and rarely allow the dogs to exercise as they are usually in the celebrities' arms or handbags.
CLARISSA BALDWIN, chief executive of Britain's DOGS TRUST, warns, "Giving someone a new puppy for Christmas along with a pair of cowboy boots or a fake fur sole is not something you should do lightly.
"With the likes of Paris Hilton and now Britney Spears following this latest fad, we are concerned this latest fashion will have a detrimental impact.
"Sadly, every year charities such as Dogs Trust have to pick up the pieces when people don't think through the commitment of sharing their life with a dog. Fashions change, please make sure your commitment to your dog does not."07/12/2004 17:38