There isn’t much JetSuite client Eli Wilner won’t do for the right pet — and that includes shelling out $16,000 for his new feline friend Tuxedo to fly solo on a private plane from Houston to East Hampton to meet his new benefactors.
Tuxedo (you can see how he got his name) joined Wilner, founder of the gallery and frame workshop Eli Wilner & Company on New York’s Upper East Side, after a two-year search for his dream cat. When he finally found one of the exact breed and coloring he’d been hoping for, Tuxedo’s fate as a pampered pet was sealed.
Wilner purchased the fur ball for a whopping $2,200 from a breeder in Houston and began working on getting his new companion home to Montauk. And after a harrowing experience flying another cat commercial — an incident that cat still has not recovered from — Wilner knew he couldn’t fly Tuxedo in the same manner. True to his name, Tuxedo would fly in style. That’s where JetSuite came in, a pet-friendly, private charter jet company with a number of clients who fly their pets in luxury.
After the $16,000 flight, on which he was the only pawsenger and passenger, Tuxedo arrived at his new home, a 7,000-square-foot Contemporary set on 35 acres high on a bluff with 400 feet of ocean frontage, 3,500 square feet of mahogany decking, a private movie theater and much more to keep this kitten amused. If this cat has nine lives, he sure got lucky with this one.
Are you traveling to the Hamptons with your pampered pet? Be sure to pick up National Geographic’s The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel, written by The Jet Set Pets Founder Kelly E. Carter and featuring 75 great destinations in the U.S. and Canada to vacation with your dog.
What do you think about Wilner spending thousands of dollars to fly Tuxedo solo? If money were no object, would you do it too? Share your comments with The Jet Set Pets Community in the comment box below.