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Happy Howl - Oween: Why Halloween Is Going To The Dogs
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Happy Howl  -  oween: Why Halloween is Going to the Dogs

The people of the US love their pets, to the tune of nearly $53 billion dollars. That is the projected tally for the overall expenditure by pet owners in the US for everything from squeaky dog bones to expensive surgical treatments and more. Yes, we do love our pets, to the point of spoiling them completely. There are pet spas and now there are treatment facilities for pudgy pugs and chubby cocker spaniels. We even spend millions of dollars on costumes for our pets- dressing them up from Halloween has actually become the norm rather than a novelty.

According to the experts in the industry, Halloween for pets has seen a major boost in sales numbers, skyrocketing to nearly $400 million dollars this year, a solid twenty percent increase from last year's costume and accessory sales. For the most part, dogs make the biggest percentage of that sales number with cats coming in a fairly distant second. Halloween costumes for pets have steadily increased for more than three years in a row. Halloween themed photos for pets have also become a big business proposition, as have other types of portraits. Dogs and cats are even being brought in for glamor shots by their loving owners.

More than sixty percent of all American households have at least one pet, accounting for more than seventy two million homes. There are forty six million dog owning homes and nearly thirty nine million homes own cats. Cats outnumber dogs, however because most homes have more than one cat in residence at a time. A large number of those homes have at least one of each kind of pet.

Pets are included in every activity that their family engage in, from sporting events, vacations and now Trick or Treating or other dress up fun. Many dogs get dressed up for photos that the family sends to friends and other family members. But, many vets and other experts warn that not all pets are really up to be included for all of this fun. Before you prance your dog out for a costume pet parade or other event, make sure that he has a firm grasp on his obedience training and that he is not so excitable that he might jump up on someone or nip them. Cats, notoriously not thrilled with being dressed up or other type of merriment might be more comfortable watching the events from a comfy window or hiding out until it is all over and done with.


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this is cute thanks

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  about 6 years ago

I think dressing up our pets, is a lil' bit over the top...besides,most of the times, dressing up our dogs and cats becomes really annoying for them, we are actually being cruel to our pets to have a good time ourselves...

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  about 6 years ago

My aunt had a Boston Terrier who would nt go outside without his boots on. She had four little rubber booties for him .. he would sit down, she would put them on, he would go out and do what he had to do and then come back, waiting at the door to have them taken back off. Of course, but my aunt and that dog were nuttier than fruit bats, so, that might have played a role in that.

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  about 6 years ago
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