Pets are an important part of many families.
A recent survey by the American Animal
Hospital Association of 1,206 pet owners
in the United States and Canada showed
that more than 80 percent of the respondents
were female and an incredible 48 percent
of these said they rely more on their
pets than on a spouse or child for affection.
"Pets can provide their owners
with unlimited affection and unconditional
love," says Dr. Jay Geasling,
president of AAHA. "In return,
many people treat them like members
of the family."Significantly,
50 percent of dog and cat owners said
they had given their pets a human
name such as Molly, Sam or Max. More
than 60 percent include news about
their pets in their holiday postcards,
and 36 percent include a photograph
of their pets with correspondence.
An amazing 27 percent said they had
taken their pets to a professional
photographer to be part of family
photographs or to be photographed
with "Santa Claus" or the
Nearly 50 percent take their pets
in the car on errands and 53 percent
vacation or travel with them. Twenty-Five
percent blow-dry their pets after
bathing them, 45 percent provide a
special bed, and 75 percent buy special
premium pet food. Nearly 60 percent
of pet owners said they love their
pets so much that when the pets die,
they will bury them on family property.
Although nearly 80 percent of the
respondents were dog owners and 61
percent cat owners, 11 percent had
birds, 6 percent own "pocket
pets" such as a gerbil or hamster,
and 5 percent own a reptile. Another
13 percent had other types of pets
ranging from fish to horses.
Walking in a public place with a dog
is one way to ensure it is unlikely
you will be robbed. Lou Castle, an
Internet friend who is head of Los
Angeles Police Dogs who has handled
thousands of cases of robbery on the
streets, tells me that he has not
known one victim who had a dog with
them at the time.
Commitment, Firmness, but kindness.
About Author :
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has his own radio and TV shows, and
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