For those of us that own pets, every day is Mother’s Day to our beloved furry friends. Many of my friends are pet owners and we share dog, cat and bunnie stories (yes, a co-worker has an adorable bunnie) as long as anyone will listen. It takes lots of love and patience to raise a pet and it is well worth it. A wagging tale or a frisky swat can bring endless smiles to the beginning or end of the day. Plus, a pet doesn’t talk back, they eat the same thing every day without complaining, and they love you no matter what–unconditionally.
According to the ASPCA , is it estimated that 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats are owned in the United States. 65% of the U.S households own a pet with 37–47% of all households owning a dog and 30-37% owning a cat.
Not only do we love our pets, we spend a lot of money on them. It is estimated that in 2016, $62.75 billion will be spent on our pets in the U.S. That’s a lot of vet trips, toys, food and accessories!
I think that as we approach Mother’s Day, us “Pet Mom’s” should take a little time and money and spend on ourselves (like buying a pair of our fun dog and cat novelty socks!) , give ourselves a pat on the head—I mean back— and celebrate how lucky we are to be so loved by our furry friends. It’s a privilege to be a “Pet Mom.”