There’s an interesting article on the AKC website, they conducted a recent survey to find out if the economy has caused pet owners to make sacrifices.
Not the sacrifices you’re probably thinking, more along the lines of giving up extras. As in skipping the Skinny Mocha Latte Grande at Starbucks’ and using the money for their dog’s expenses.
The survey of over 1,000 people on www.akc.org found that more than 96% of respondents with a taste for gourmet coffee would give up their latte habit to save money for their dog’s expenses. Ninety-seven percent also said they would forego massages or spa treatments in order to afford a vet bill, and nearly 79% would cancel a teeth whitening appointment so that Fido could have his annual teeth cleaning.
The only item that seems to compete with people’s love for their pooches is Internet access, with more than 70% of respondents indicating that they would not be able to abstain from their web addiction. One respondent would give up “pretty much anything. I need the gym and I need the Internet, everything else is fair game.”
“In general people are more dedicated to their dogs than ever before. No doubt dogs bring comfort and stress relief to many people during this difficult time,” said AKC spokesperson, Lisa Peterson. “This is reminiscent of what we saw during hurricane Katrina. With people facing great hardship, many remained so loyal to their pets that they were willing to risk their lives. Our survey demonstrates that they are also willing to forgo some of life’s luxuries for the welfare of their pets.”
The holidays are here and Fido can be assured there will be a treat under the tree. According to the survey 81% of respondents will be purchasing gifts for their pups.
The article goes on to give some other fun facts, such as owners willing to eat Ramen noodles before changing their dog’s diet. Go check out all the survey results at the American Kennel Club site.