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The gifts we give our dogs - pets


Whoever coined the phrase, "It's a Dog's Life" wasn't accustomed with 21st century dogs. Time was when the be in the region of canine slept outside, ate at all scraps of food were tossed his way, and if he was lucky, was terrified the infrequent bone. He was even estimated to earn his keep!

Times have changed. As the world has grown more affluent, so have our pets. We're obsessed with care our canine companions happy, healthy, and accurately accessorized. So much so that many of us worry about our own welfare less than that of our dog. This didn't ensue overnight-- the trend ongoing decades ago.

Take, for example, my grandmother Rose. For the duration of the 60's and 70's, Rose and Henry open cruise vacations. On every cruise, at whatever time they pulled into port to "shop", Rosie made it her mission to find stray dogs and feed them. She'd head above-board for the butcher, buy a few pounds of fresh meat, and comb the islands for the hungry and homeless. She would exclaim, "It's a crime the way these animals live!"-- in spite of the fact that the associates of those islands were desperately poor!

Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not cursory conclusion on Grandma, or anybody else. I spoil my pets as much as the next guy or gal, and take immense pleasure in it. Truth be told, I'd moderately hang out with my dog than with a whole lot of colonize I know. We share a exclusive bond, my best alone and I. Hey, admit it. . . lots of you feel the same way!

The fact is, man has at all times had a close affiliation with animals, and has enjoyed having pets about for companionship. Having a pet can bring great pleasure into our lives, and is said to have a curative bring about on the owner. For empty nesters and those who've delayed or opted out of having kids, pets just about take the place of children. We bond with our pets above all since they don't judge us. Dogs in exact offer the kind of total love we all crave. They're all the time delighted to have us around!

So, how do we spoil our pets?

Probably in much the same way that we spoil our children! Aside from all of the care concentration lavished on America's pets, a tremendous total of money is spent as long as goods and military that were once deemed a luxury-- but are now well thought-out essential.

Today's dog sees the vet for accepted checkups. She eats premium dog food and munches on foodie doggie treats, is enrolled in deference classes, and runs alertness courses. She has her own collections of toys, clothing, and perhaps even dog earrings and canine cologne. She sleeps in the house on a luxury orthopedic bed and takes shelter in the open in her cedar dog house. She wears a protection connect when riding in the breed car, a thoughtful vest on hunting trips, and rain gear in foul weather. She can even dodge UV rays with a pair of doggie sunglasses. Her responsibilities are few.

I could go on (don't worry, at some point I will!). But one of the most notable signs that we connect with our dogs as members of our children is the fact that we buy them gifts. A dog gift for the holidays, a dog gift for a exceptional occasion, or a dog gift to show our appreciation for how much our dogs be grateful for us. Any basis will do. Heck, we even wrap our dog gifts! Here are some very exciting data a propos gifts for pets:

* More than half of U. S. households have pets, and many of them are as well as their "best friends" in celebration plans.

* According to a appraise conducted by the Pet Goods "Plus" chain, 97% of its customers will buy gifts for their animals this Yuletide season.

* 28% of owners will spend more on their pets than on their spouses when export gifts.

* 47% will spend more on their pets than on relatives other than their spouse.

* 54% will spend more on their pets than on their in-laws.

* 83% will wrap their pets' gifts.

* 68% claim that their pets will open presents themselves with their paws.

* 71% will buy a little concrete for them.

Buying gifts for our pets is only the half it. If a big shot we know is a pet lover, we often show our aid by generous the anyone a pet-related gift. And, since the maxim goes, "love me, love my dog", there's often bulldoze to throw in a hardly dog gift for Spike too. For a casual dog-loving aquaintance, our dog lover gift might be a clean brunette mug with a conceive of of their darling dog breed. A set of plush doggie-themed golf club covers could make an comical gift for a colleague. Maybe Aunt Janine has a album of dog breakables we can add to. Or, at the other end of the spectrum, one could indulge on a diamond-studded doggie themed bangle for the wife (although I wouldn't commend this as an anniversary gift. If not you're verrry sure. ) and a new house for Spike.

The good news is, there's no lack of goods and army to inspire even the most rabid of dog lovers and dog gift shoppers. And dog lover gift shoppers. Whether the names on your gift list are human or canine, you'll never run out of belongings to buy and chairs to shop. If you're one of those able gift givers who's never at a loss for what to get and where to find it I envy you. If you're more like the rest of us, and you need a diminutive help, you'll find a load of ideas online (Ahem!). You can also look for coming articles in this series, in which I'll hone in on a mixture of ways you can cosset and reward the dogs and dog lovers in your life.

So go ahead, spoil your furry friends. Celebrate your love for your dog, and your sister in law's love for her dog. Shower them with goodies and gifts. It's a dog's life. And if I get to come back for an added round, I want it to be as one of those lucky dogs!!

© 2004, Carolyn Schweitzer. Lasting dog-lover, power-shopper, and past breed dentist Carolyn Schweitzer is owner and editor of http://www. great-dog-gift. com. The site offers a wide range of choices for dog gift shoppers, plus shopping and gift-giving tips. (Plus give advice on care and feeding. Exceptionally dental care. ) She's at all times looking for new dog gift ideas and dog stories to share with her readers. You can reach her by email at netbrainer@verizon. net


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