They could be tied up outside or snuggled down into the sofa. Pets are a part of many families, and the four-legged companions mean a billion dollar business in the United States. It also means big business here at home.
They may be little or big, pampered or playful. Whatever they are, dogs mean top dollar in the United States.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, pet owners in the U.S. spent more than 34-billion on their pets, and for the first time, it surpassed the toy industry.
Patti Landers is one of many pet business owners in our region. She doesn't sell pets and she can't improve your pet's health, but she can make your dog live in the lap of luxury.
“You can buy a Faberge egg bed,” said Landers. “They're $350 dollars. That's a little over the top for such a small bed, but well, I've sold one.”
From shoes to shampoos, suits and strollers, Patti says if you can get it for yourself, you can get it for your pet.
“Some think its foolishness, but we don't need chrome wheels on our car either to make it run well,” said Landers. “But we enjoy it if we love our car.”
In the last decade, pet spending has more than doubled from about $17 billion dollars in 1994, to more than $35 billion in 2005.
“When they're a member of your family, you love them, and you want them to have the best,” said Landers.
So it seems as long as they are your pal, owners will continue to pay out.