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As grumpy cat wins ?500k lawsuit, these are the pets that have made their owners millionaires

Tardar Sauce better known as Grumpy Cat, the sour-faced puss which rose to Internet stardomfive years' ago has won a$710,000 (?500,000) payout in a copyright case in California.
Grumpy Cat Limited sued the owners of US coffee company Grenade for breach of contractafter the store used the cat's image on several of its products, despite only having an agreement to use the cat for its "Grumppuccino" iced drink.
The damages will be paid to Grumpy Cat's ownerTabatha Bundesen, who has already made a mint from her pet, which was born with dwarfism and an underbite.In 2014, it was reported she had made ?64m from an array of commercial deals andproducts, including bestselling books and a film.
MsBundesen later said the figure was "inaccurate" although she refused to disclose her pet's true income.
Grumpy Cat is one of a number of pets to have earned their owners a fortune. In the age of the Internet, it has become easier for pet owners to show-off their cute and quirky animals, with many going on to secure lucrative merchandise and sponsorship deals. Below, we look at some of the pets that made their owners rich.
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'Eddie' from Frasier$3.2m


Moose, known on screen as Eddie, was the Parson Russell Terrier in TV sitcom Frasier, which won the role after six months of training. His ability to fix Kelsey Grammer, who played the titular character, with a long, hard stare which became a running joke on the programme contributed to him being hired.
Moose reportedly earned $10,000 per episode of the show, which ran for 10 years, giving him a net worth of around$3.2m. In 2006, he died at the age of 16, leaving his fortune to his ownerMathilde Halberg, a Los Angeles dog trainer.
As grumpy cat wins ?500k lawsuit, these are the pets that have made their owners millionaires

Moose with the Frasier cast

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Pal$2.7m a year


Pal was the male Rough Collie who portrayed the fictional female collie Lassie in film and TV. His first film was Lassie Come Home, which was followed by six more MGM Lassie films.
During his career, Pal earned a reported$4,000 a week, which today would equate to around $51,000 a week, or $2.7m a year.He died aged 18 in 1958, with his fortunepassing to his ownerRudd Weatherwax.

Boo the Pomeranian$1m a year


Boo, the 11-year-old Pomeranian that became an Internet sensation in 2010, has 17 million followers on Facebook. He became famous when a picture of him went viral.
Upon reaching five million Facebook followers, publishers offered Boo's owner a deal for a picture book called Boo: The Life of the World's Cutest Dog, which retails for ?8.99.
In 2012, Boo became an ambassador for Virgin America in charge of "official pet liaison", starring in campaigns intended to give advice topeople travelling with their pets.
Boo reportedly earns around$1ma year for his ownerIrene Ahn.

Lil Bub $20,000 a year


Another Internet celebrity, Lil Bub has an extreme form offeline dwarfism and her tongue always hangs out of her mouth because of her short lower jaw and toothlessness.
The six-year-old cat is owned byMike Bridavsky, who sellsa variety of merchandise, such as toys, mugs, calendarsand tote bags. She has also appeared in film and TV, and does several "meet and greets" with fans each year.
While theamount of money that Lil Bub has earned for her owner has never been disclosed, its thought she earns up to $20,000 a year from YouTube royalties alone. The earnings are highenough that MrBridavskywas able to quit his day job and donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to animal charities.
As grumpy cat wins ?500k lawsuit, these are the pets that have made their owners millionaires

Lil Bub

Pudsey the dog ?1m


Pudsey and his owner Ashleigh won the sixth series of Britain's Got Talent in 2012 thanks to their dog trick and dancingact, launching the male Border Collie, Bichon Frise and Chinese Crested Powderpuff cross to stardom.
He subsequently featured in several TV talent shows, as a contestant and judge, theatre performances, and even starred in his own film Pudsey: The Movie which was released in 2014.
Pudsey waseuthanised in July last year after he was found to have terminal blood cancer. During his lifetime, he reportedly earned?1m, of which?500,000 came fromtheBritain's Got Talentprize, ?150,000 was a fee to appear in panto, and the remainder came from a book deal worth ?350,000.
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Crystal the monkey$108,000


Crystal, the 23-year-oldfemale capuchin monkey and animal actor, has starred in films includingNight at the Museum, Zookeeper and The Hangover Part II. She alsoplayed Dr. Rizzo on the sitcom Animal Practice.
Crystal was paid$12,000 per episode for Animal Practice, around $108,000 altogether as the show only aired for nine episodes. Her other earnings have not been reported, but are expected to be hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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