Do we love our dogs too much?

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I don’t think so. Check out this article and let me know what you think.

In the United States, 63 percent of households include a pet (up 7 percent since 1988), and pet lovers spent $38.5 billion on their pets in 2006 (up from $21 billion a decade earlier). Americans now spend several billion dollars more on dog and cat food than they do on baby food. And the pet healthcare industry is booming.

So, what’s behind the increased affinity for animals? It’s partly due to the growing share of people choosing pets over children.

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3 thoughts on “Do we love our dogs too much?

  1. I don’t think the love for animals is any geater now than in the past.
    With all the media at our fingertips, websites, blogs etc. more information is available and we are made aware of things that we would never have had access to in the past.
    Many people I am sure are forgoing having children due to the state of the world and the uncertain future of world events.
    There will always be the need for companionship,
    and to many, our 4 footed friends fill that requirement better than any other.

  2. This article ends by talking about the wonders humans are capable of doing. I don’t think pets are loved instead of children. I don’t think you can love your animal companion too much. For some of us who didn’t necessarily choose not to have children, I think if I’d had children, I’d love my dog just as much as I do now. My dog can make me happy just by smiling at me. I think the benefits our animal companions give us far outweigh any money we might spend on them. The best thing animals provide in our lives is joy. They deserve the best care we can give them.

  3. I agree with you Cheryl and also with Bob & Sheila as well. I cannot imagine being able to appreciate joy as much without seeing it through the eyes of our dogs and our children. That is just what life is all about.

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