In the early 2000s, no one had yet thought of dressing up a tiny dog and stowing it in a luxury handbag.
Then, celebutante Paris Hilton's Chihuahua, Tinkerbell, came along.
Hilton, who purchased the pup in 2002, announced Tinkerbell's death yesterday after many long years of pampering and Swarovski crystal collars.
The dog, whom Hilton often carried under her arm to award shows and events, was a celebrity before anyone even knew dogs could be famous.
We went through so much together. I can't believe she's gone. I will miss her & think about her for the rest of my life. I love you Tinky, you are a Legend & will never be forgotten.