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Your Fur Baby: Why Most People Think Of Their Dog As A Child Rather Than A Pet
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Your Fur Baby: Why Most People Think Of their Dog As A Child Rather Than A Pet

Face it. You know at least half a dozen people who post photos and status updates on Facebook that are expressly about their dog. Maybe you are even guilty of doing it yourself. Look at your cell phone photos. How many of them are your dog, feature your dog or would have been even cuter if the dog had been added? We love our fur babies at an astonishing rate.

According to the American Pet Products Association,(APPA) more than sixty two percent of American households have pets, translating to nearly seventy three million homes. Of those numbers, 46.3 million of those homes have at least one dog. The ASPCA estimates that there are nearly eighty million dogs in the US, the number two pet, just behind cats.

As any pet owner can attest to, they are not cheap and the larger the animal, the bigger the costs associated with them. The APPA survey reveals that the pet owners spent almost fifty one billion dollars in 2011, with estimates for 2012 topping that by more than a few billion dollars. Costs included food, grooming, vet care, boarding and other expenses like toys and treats. And why do we spend that much money on them? Is it because as pet "owners" we are obligated to do so? Perhaps, but there are often other reasons that we are willing to spend our hard earned money on the furry ones who leave hair on our sofas, chew our coffee tables and piddle in our hallways. We do it because we love them. And why shouldn't we? Our pets are more forgiving of our bad moods, more understanding of our whims and flights of fancy and better comfort when we are lost and broken than our children or best friends could ever hope to be.

Experts suggest getting a dog for people who need to lose weight because they can be the key to motivation far more effective than any pair of jeans could possibly be. Pediatric experts suggest allowing a child to have a pet to reduce their risk of childhood allergies and asthma. A dog can be beneficial for heart patients by helping to lower the blood pressure and can also be perfect for those who are suffering from mild depression. Dogs are even trained to be helpers to the disabled. But, even the laziest, most headstrong dog in the world is a blessing to his human, not because of what he can do but just for being the tail wagging, drooling doggy that he is.


Street Talk

What an awesome picture! Great article too!

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  about 6 years ago

It took longer to find the picture than to write the article. I spent all my time saying "awwww" at all the dogs and puppies!

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  about 6 years ago

I have never had a dog. But I have seen it with friends who like that their dogs are like children and the devastation when something happens to them. So i can understand how beneficial having a dog could be to someones health

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  about 6 years ago
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