We’ve all seen it and some of us have purchased it – the wildly expensive leash made out of organically-grown hemp, the dog bed that promises a perfect acupressure sleeping experience, the all-natural raw pet food packets.
Buying a house with a yard, or fencing in the backyard (have you priced out the cost per linear foot of a six-foot high perimeter fence lately? – It’s unreal), canvas slipcovers for the couch or your car’s backseat, and the list goes on and on.
And then, there are the people that dress their dogs, whether it is in a utilitarian manner (sweaters on a frigid day), or, to reflect their owner’s fashion sensibilities (a tutu on a Chihuahua).
It all costs money, and some of us don’t mind spending it on dogs we consider part of the family. How much more enjoyment in life this extra spending is producing for the dogs is debatable, but if we intuitively believe something will make their lives better, than many of us will spring for that little something extra.
Get out your charge cards – here’s a piece delineating examples of even more stuff for Rex or Champ or Duke you can plump for if you’re so inclined.
And please, don’t get me wrong; I’m not poking fun at those dog owners that provide things for their dogs that are above and beyond their basic needs. We do the same thing here at Run and Play. We are those people.
And proud of it, too – not embarrassed in the least.