Big Star Loves Small Dog Breeds

NBA player Jerome James purchased three Yorkshire Terrier puppies from popular Florida shop.

Posted: August 8, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

While some professional athletes are making headlines for their taste in the so-called bully breeds, one NBA player has opted for a diminutive terrier.

Pets Are People Too of Pembroke Pines, Fla., frequently caters to a celebrity clientele that comes with being only a half-hour’s drive from Miami Beach, but its most recent star sighting was larger than most – by at least a foot.

Jerome James, the 7-foot-1-inch, 280-pound center for the New York Knicks, stopped by July 31, 2007, to purchase a female Yorkshire Terrier, who he named Winnie.

It seems James was so smitten with his puppy, that he went back the next day and purchased two more Yorkshire Terriers. James, who reportedly lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is a frequent customer, according to Donna Piro, owner of Pets Are People Too.

In business for more than two decades, the 6,000-square-foot shop says it has also provided pet services to Mandy Moore and Whitney Houston.

Pets Are People Too is located at 9003 Taft Street in Pembroke Pines, Fla.


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