pet parent

Are you a Pet Owner or a Pet Parent?

A recent article in Pshychology Today by Stanley Coren, PhD referred to a recent online survey by Kelton Research.

Of 1,000 people tested, more people are considering their dogs as part of their family and are also referring to them as children. Here are some of the results:

  • Nearly 60 percent say that their dogs play a different role than the dogs of their childhood
  • 54 percent call themselves “pet parents” instead of “pet owners”
  • 58 percent have nicknames for themselves, such as “mommy” and “daddy”
  • 35 percent call their dog their “son” or “daughter”
  • 62 percent of the dogs have their own chair, sofa, or bed
  • 81 percent of dog parents know their pets’ birthdays
  • 77 percent have celebrated their pets’ birthday by buying him or her a birthday present
  • 23 percent of pet parents have a photo album dedicated to only pictures of their dogs
  • 16 percent have started scrapbooks for their pets
  • 71 percent of pet owners admit that they have at least one picture of their dog that they carry with them

pet parent“Veterinarians once characterized as the mechanics of livestock, are now considered the pediatricians of fur babies.”

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