I'm definitely one of the 63% - our dogs have their own stockings and get piles of presents under the Christmas tree. Not just from us humans in the household either; they get stuff from their grand-humans and doggie-cousins in Michigan. I'm sure our dogs believe in Santa-paws!
Anyway... Petfinder also states that:
- Americans spend around $5 billion on holiday presents for their furry friends.
- About one quarter of both dog owners and cat owners sign their pets' names on greeting cards and notes.
- 75% of dog owners take their pets for joyrides in the car.
- 27% of dog owners have taken their pet to a professional photographer to get a picture with the family, Santa, or the Easter Bunny.
- Around 14% have a photo of their pet on display at work.
- Almost half of the pet owners admit to talking to their pets, and 80% of those who do says the pet responds with sounds, facial expressions, or body language.
- 20% of pet parents leave the TV, radio, or stereo on when they leave the house, so the pets won't feel so lonely.
About that last point, I recently talked to someone who Skypes their dog so he won't have to miss his mommy so much. My immediate response was, "That's such a great idea!" I haven't done it yet, but the next time I go traveling I probably will.
Now I'm curious; what are your habits with your furry friends?
~ Maria Sadowski