We own 3 dogs, so this topic is near to my heart.
My favorite trends relate to the activities of pet parents. These are people who treat their pets as children. Great quote from the trends list:
"Pet parents are including their pets in their own lifestyles so visits to the spa, exercise regimes, and restaurants have become more common in urban areas."
The number of pet parents continues to grow and as baby boomers age, we will see more of them.
My brother and sister-in-law are pet parents. Their dog, Chico, goes with them everywhere including spas, the gym and restaurants. Chico has organized "play dates" and they spend more time worrying about his emotional well-being than we do with our human kids.
I'm not a pet parent, I'm a dog owner. The big difference is my poor dogs will never visit a spa, or go to the gym with me. I do take them to a local restaurant on occasion, but they are tied up outside. Chico sits at the table.
The article mentions proposed legislation - the Happy Act - that would allow taxpayers to deduct up to $3,500-a-year in pet care expenses, including vet care.
Given the state of human health care in this country and our growing deficit problem, this may be the dumbest way to spend tax money I've heard in a long time. The article says it is unlikely to pass. I hope this is true.
Despite being just a dog owner, I enjoy reading about pet trends.