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Bow wow! It really is a dog's life.

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July 10, 2008

The dog days have arrived. Man's best friend is in his glory romping on the beach, playing Frisbee in the park, hiking with the family. But even the friskiest pooch needs a little pampering. This Saturday, the pet-friendly Hotel Marlowe hosts the fourth annual Bark & Bath charity dog wash to benefit the Boston chapter of the Trust for Public Land. For $20, your canine will get washed, dried, and beautified. Seem like a lot of dough? It's not, when you tally up how much Bostonians pay for their pooches. - TINA SUTTON

100: Number of dogs at last year's Bark & Bath event

150+: Number of dogs expected this year

8,500: Approximate number of licensed dogs in the city of Boston

$120: Weekly doggie day-care rate at Dog Day Afternoons in Boston

$250: Average weekly rate for child day care in Boston, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics

$1,425: Basic annual total expenses for a pet dog in the United States, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, Inc.

24: Hours a day you can watch your pet via webcam at the DoggieDay Play Center in Boston

$150: Fee for 6-week dog obedience training class at the Canine University in Malden

$90: Fee for 2-hour children's table manners class at Etiquette Made Easy in Brookline

40 percent: US households with a pet dog

No. 1: Rating of Labrador Retrievers on the Most Popular Breeds in Boston list according to the American Kennel Club

No. 18: Rating of the Boston Terrier on the same list

$260: Price of a Louis Vuitton monogram dog collar

$65: Price of a Juicy Couture turquoise heart-print dog bathrobe with matching print rubber ducky on hautehound.com

$15: Average cost of a self-service dog wash at LaundroMutt in Cambridge

$23.99: Price of a 17.5-pound bag of Iams Dry Dog Food at PetFoodDirect.com

$97.39: Cost of 17.5 pounds of Lucky Charms breakfast cereal

$7.99: Price of Four Paws Petdental Kit for Dogs with poultry-flavored toothpaste at PetFoodDirect.com

$29.95: Cost of a large bag of healthy doggie after-dinner mints from the Polka Dog Bakery in the South End

No. 1: Boston's rating as the most dog-friendly city for visitors in the United States by DogFriendly.com

$8.95: Price of an entrée on the canine café in-room dining menu at the Nine Zero Hotel

From $269: Rates per night for the "Pampered Pet Package" at the Hotel Marlowe

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