The shopping frenzy has begun. Sweaters, toys and cushy new beds.
All for “other” family members. The pets.
Pictured: Teacher Susan Sallee shops with
her basset hound, Gerdi, during one of their routine visits to
IncrediPet Select pet store in Lexington, Ky .
The season of giving inevitably prompts pet lovers (53% of dog owners
and 38% of cat owners) to gift their animals, often lavishly, says a
survey by the American Pet Products Association.
It also prompts the question: Is there something, well, weird about that?
According to a Kelton Research survey commissioned by Milo’s Kitchen pet treats:
•81% regard their pets as full members of the family.
•58% call themselves their pets’ “mommy” or “daddy.”
•77% buy pets birthday gifts.
•More than half say they talk about pets more than politics or sex.
grinches, here’s what mental health professionals have to say about all
this pet-loving goofiness: The blatant puppy love much of America is
displaying does not spell the end of society as we know it, and the
pet-obsessed are not pathetically off-kilter humans in need of intense
Source: Sharon L. Peters, Special for USA TODAY