It's the battle of the doggie divas. First came Tinkerbell, Paris Hilton's camera-ready teacup Chihuahua, the heiress's favorite red-carpet accessory. And now there's Bit Bit, Britney Spears' itty-bit of arm candy, another teacup Chihuahua dripping jewels and attitude. A cat, er, dog fight erupted when Spears bragged on her website that her three pups, including Bit Bit, "are so much cuter than Tinkerbell." Britney apologized a few days later, claiming she was "just being silly. Of course I think that Tinkerbell is very cute. Who knows? Maybe they will have a little play date together!" While Tinkerbell checks her calendar, USA TODAY's Cesar G. Soriano compares the canine competitors:
Human companion: Britney Spears
Acquired: December 2004
Preferred travel mode: Cradled in Brit's arm
Dog house: Spears and hubby Kevin Federline's new Malibu mansion, where the pooches have their own room
Bling of choice: Lorraine Schwartz diamond studded collar
Preferred threads: Von Dutch
Yapping method: Bit has her own blog, "Dog's Crib," at BritneySpears.com
Traumatic event: Banned from two Beverly Hills restaurants March 7. The manager at Trattoria Amici relented after Bit agreed to sit quietly in Spears' pink purse.
Human companion: Paris Hilton
Acquired: Halloween, 2003
Preferred traveling mode: Louis Vuitton dog carrier
Dog house: Paris' bedroom in her $3 million Hollywood Hills mansion
Bling of choice: Crystal and brass dog collars from the Paris Hilton Collection ($20-$25, Amazon.com)
Preferred threads: Pink Chanel dresses and Louis Vuitton puppy slippers
Yapping method: Subject of an unauthorized autobiography by D. Resin, The Tinkerbell Hilton Diaries: My Life Tailing Paris Hilton (Warner Bros., $9.95)
Traumatic event: Went missing last August; resurfaced a week later, with no explanation. And just this week, new trauma in the form of a usurper -- a tiny new teacup Paris has added to her menagerie.
PHOTO, B/W, Evan Agostini, Getty Images; PHOTO, B/W, Steve Marcus, Reuters
Soriano, Cesar G. "Baring their canines." USA Today 25 Mar. 2005: 2E. Popular Magazines. Web. 22 Dec. 2009.
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