I just received a call from the British nanny that takes care of Herschel when I am out on the road. She and Herschel just completed evening Tai Chi in the Atlanta city park adjacent to my home.
Herschel is a cocker spaniel I adopted from the Cocker Rescue Mission about nine years ago.
This past week, the AP released a story about a wedding event in which two dogs exchanged vows. The owners of the two dogs then had a champagne reception. The dogs probably honeymooned out in the back yard while the owners sipped the bubbly!
Next time online, check out Doggiedesigner.com. it’s one of the places to go to get the tuxedo for Spot and the “limited edition” wedding dress for Candy. Theweddingoutlet.com is where to go for the best man (dog?) and maid-of-honor bandanas and assorted dog ring pillows.
Doggie weddings are only the tip of the iceberg.
In 2007, over 72 million homes in the US own a dog and/or cat. We have more parents of pets than parents of kids!
There’s pet daycare, pet nannies, pet therapists, pet funeral homes, frozen pet yogurt, doggie biscuit bakeries, pet videos, doggie Muzak and environmentally sensitive pooper scoopers!
The US Pet Industry will top out over $41 billion this year…that is nearly double the spending 10 years ago.
Big name companies including like Paul Mitchell, Omaha Steaks, Origins, Harley Davidson and Old Navy are now offering lines of pet products ranging from dog shampoo, pet attire, and name-brand toys to gourmet treats and food. InterContinental Hotels launched Hotel Indigo that caters to dogs and their owners.
Seen any commercials, ads, websites, promotions or YouTube videos featuring pet bonding to tug at your emotional heartstrings?
Not many are out there…
Hey Fido…go fetch the stick!