Tuesday, February 22, 2011

SEE SPOT? SPEND FOR SPOT! Here's the $$$ Scoop on the Pooch.

According to the current issue of Fortune Magazine (Feb. 28, 2011), we're (no, let me be more honest) -- you're -- spending $47.7 Billion dollars a year (2010) on the "pet industry".   That's up from $36.3 B in 2005 and $45.5 B in 2009.   Now, don't you feel better.

And how many of you is that exactly?   Well, the data indicates that 40% of U.S. households own a dog.
And 62% own at least some kind of pet.   While your expenses have grown, these percentages of owners have not changed.  (Is there any doubt with those costs?  But then again, you'd expect a decrease.)

Well, we don't normally write a lot of cheerful things about dog owners, so we wanted to bring you some.  Obviously, if I really wanted to start a civil war among the readers of this blog, I could ask the question, "how many out there really think that money is well spent given the needs in the world today and how many do not?"   But I won't do that, because I'm smart enough to know that I would be hunted down (using bloodhounds) and shot on sight.  I don't know which is more politically incorrect these days -- to challenge someone's thinking on religion, politics, or their to challenge their philosophy on animals?

Ah, but isn't this what makes North America go round and round and round -- and totally miss what is going on in the world (it's going to hell in a hand-basket in case you haven't been watching one of the Networks out there) and miss what the world is slowly doing to it (just keep an eye out for how your life is changing as radical Islam is coming to a town near you), while we're all out watching ball games, taking in movies, and going to one of the 22,000 events sanctioned by the American Kennel Club in the U.S. alone every year (including dog shows, hunt tests, agility trials, herding tests, and others). 

But if you do want to write, I'll listen and I'll post it (unless it's obscene, etc.).

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