5 Reasons I Love My Pet
Americans are pet crazy. As the number of “empty nesters” is on the rise, so is pet adoption.
“39% of U.S. households own at least one dog. . . . 33% percent of U.S. households own at least one cat.” In 2005-2006, 63% of all U.S. households owned a pet which equates to more than 69 million households. To read about pet trends go here.
The pet industry has not been hurt by the economic downturn as yearly spending on pets is growing. Pet parents spent $45.4 billion in 2009 compared to $38.5 billion in 2006. The money is being spent in the following categories: Food, Pet Services (grooming, boarding, doggy daycare), Supplies and Over The Counter Medicine, and Veterinarian Care (shots, dental, health issues).
While I am not pet crazy, I certainly love my pet, Chip. He is almost 20 years old (on March 12, 2012). He is 3 pounds & 7 ounces, 12 inches long, apricot-coloured, miniature toy poodle.
This post is dedicated to Chip. Here are 5 things I love about him.
- Sense of Belonging. Chip is always excited to see me even if it was just 5 minutes since the last time we saw each other. His excitement lets me know that he belongs to me and I belong to him. This is a great feeling since I am a divorced, empty nester.
- Cute. When he’s had his face trimmed, I think Chip looks like an ewok. And since he is so small, he looks like a stuffed animal. Cute combination. His cuteness is aided by his BIG heart (great at forgiving).
- Schedule. Dogs, unlike cats, need someone to walk, visit, feed, and groom them. These things need to happen regularly. Without such a person the dog becomes sad, bedraggled looking, and can even die. Therefore, Chip helps me have a schedule and life outside of work.
- Selflessness. As I mentioned, I live alone. I get to eat, clean, recreate, and schedule my schedule however I like. I can get used to this “power” quite easily. So I am glad that I have Chip around so that I am “forced” to think about someone else when I am not at work. He helps me to practice selflessness.
- Family! “Three-quarters of dog owners consider their dog like a child or family member and more than half of cat owners say the same.” I don’t think of Chip as a child, (although I have on many occasions called my son “Chip”). But Chip has wormed his way into my heart and thoughts. His presence fills the room and I miss him when he’s at the vet. I’ll confess. Chip is a family member.
Your Turn . . . What do you love about your pet(s)?