The Pampered American Pet

During his August 2 radio show, “What Our Pets Say About Us: The Big Business Of The American Pet Industry”, Dr. Albert Mohler highlights the cover story of the August 9 issue of Business Week, “The Pet Economy”, and explores the significance behind America’s love affair with pets.

Mohler was his usual insightful self during the show, and his words led me to read the story in Business Week.

Of course, I did not need to read it to know that pet owners in this country absolutely love their pets, particularly dogs. I would say not only owners but Americans in general cherish dogs. This is evidenced by the backlash towards Michael Vick’s criminal activities.

Here are some of the quotes from said article,

“Americans spend $41 billion a year on their pets…” — The article points out that this is more than the GNP of all but 64 countries. Not only that but this figure is more than Americans spend on the movies, video games, and recorded music COMBINED.

“Pet owners are now less driven by price than ’emotion and passion'” — NO!

“‘Many of us consider pets as the new babies'” — I think this gentleman’s words speak for themselves

“Americans now spend $9.8 billion a year on vet services. That doesn’t include the over-the-counter drugs and other supplies, which add $9.9 billion in costs.” — This makes me wonder, how many of the folks who are dropping this cash on pet healthcare are upset that there are many Americans without health insurance?

Seriously though, what’s next? Civil unions? Sex between consenting “partners”?*

Thoughts?

*Though this has allegedly been going on in certain parts of rural America, it won’t be normalized until ‘enlightened’ urbanites deem it acceptable.

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4 Responses to The Pampered American Pet

  1. Neil Aquino says:

    I don’t have children or a pet. I do get two newspapers in the morning. I take them in, read them and recycle them. It’s hard work! I don’t think I could take on any more obligation in my life and still enjoy the hedonistic secular lifestyle that I’m committed to living.

  2. Laz says:

    Hedonistic, secular lifestyle? C’mon Neil…

  3. I never thought of the connection between people taking their pets to the vet and healthcare for people before.

    Pretty sad. I just recently spent 4 months without health insurance. I can go for a year without anybody getting sick, but I ended up having to go to the emergency room 3 times since we lost health insurance. My daughter, because she ended up with an infection and had a fever of 105, my infant son who couldn’t keep down food or any sort of liquid for over a day (and lost over 10% of his body weight in one day as a result), and then the baby again because he had a temperature of 104.

    Even today, my daughter has had an ear infection for the past month, and every time you say something to her you often have to say it to her several times because the ear infection has affected her hearing. We’ve been counting the days until our health insurance kicks in for about 2 weeks now (we’ve been waiting to get approved for state-assisted health insurance). Tomorrow we can take her to the doctor, and since it’s Saturday, she’s going to urgent care rather than waiting until the 4th when the doctor’s office opens.

    The Bible says that people are worth far more than a sparrow, and I think that would also extend to any animal. I wonder how much the average person that spends thousands on their pets gives to other people or to people charities.

  4. Neil Aquino says:

    How about just secular? Though I have been to church on a Sunday. Once in Birmingham, Alabama for the opening of Birmingham Civil Rights Center.

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