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Sunday, June 05, 2011

The Pet Business Is Booming!

In the Business Section of today's New York Times, the front page article (complete with a photo of a woman poised to chomp on a dog biscuit),  gives us a peek inside the Global Pet Expo, and annual event that was held in Orlando, Florida, in April. And some of the demonstrations and products at this shindig were nothing short of eye-popping: how about trying "Neuticles", prosthetic testicles for neutered dogs and cats that go for $1000/pair, "which their designers say, 'help your pet to retain his natural look,self esteem and aids in the trauma associated with altering'."  Hoo boy, I'm not going to touch that one!

On the saner side, there was also a plethora of natural, organic and human grade pet food for the tasting...by humans and canines alike. It seems that the recession has barely touched the pet industry: last year, Americans spent a record $55 billion on their  beloved pets, and the pet products industry is betting that pet parents will continue to splurge on their furry friends. What do you think? Do you skimp on things for you, and splurge on your pets? Let us know!

 Meanwhile, enjoy the full article here: www.nytimes.com/2011/06/05/business/05pets.html?_r=1&ref=business


Frankie Furter said...

$55 Billion $$$$$ I think my mom is.. Shorting Me!!! BaaaWaaaah that is a Dachshund Joke.. Shorting Me... hehehehe

jdemartin said...

Very funny, Frankie! BOL!

Sagira said...

I would rather spend money on my pups than myself, so I believe this. :)

Lorenza said...

Well... pets first! Yes!
And that thing of the Neuticles... hmmm... interesting, right?
Happy Sunday!
Kisses and hugs

Keisha said...

O hai! I like toys. I am happy when I get to chase them. :)

OscarBlogger said...

$55 billion! Wow. I'm not terribly surprised though. I wouldn't even want to think about what we've spent on Oscar! It's so easy - treats, toys...I love going to PetSmart and buying things for him!

Mr. Pip said...

We did our part today and bought some of that litter you recommended!

Your pal, PIp

Maggie and Mitch said...

Our mom thinks it's more fun to shop for us and defintely more rewarding! We think our mom is so smart!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Priscilla said...

My mom buys more treats for me than snacks for herself so I guess she loves me more than herself : )

Carol Bryant said...

I read this recently and definitely agree. I know even personally I will do without so my dog can have. ;)

Vicky at PPCT said...

After comparing the pet food bills to the human food bills, it's obvious where the money goes in our house...right to the floor.

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