Millionaires Like Dogs More Than Cats: STUDY

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Millionaires Like Dogs More Than Cats: STUDY

The Huffington Post  |  Posted: 11/28/2012 4:41 pm EST

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Millionaires Like Dogs

Sorry cats, but your least favorite slobbery canine is probably much richer than you are.

Millionaires prefer to have dogs as pets, according to a recent study by Spectrem Group. While 58 percent of millionaire pet owners have a dog, only 37 percent reported having a cat.

It’s not just millionaires. Senior corporate executives also prefer canines (we know, we know, they’re rich, too). Over 70 percent of executives who owned pets reported that they owned a dog. Executives with pets spend a considerable amount of money on their animal friends, as well. Close to 25 percent said they spend over $2,000 a year on their little best friends.

In the war between cat people and dog people, the latter group has always had a leg up. According to the Humane Society, 39 percent of U.S. households have at least one dog compared with 33 percent which have one or more cats.

In total, Americans spent $50.96 billion in 2011 on pet ownership. Some of those expenses are necessary, like $19.85 billion on food. Then there’s this: the National Retail Federation reported before Halloween this year that Americans were expected to spend $370 million on pet Halloween costumes.

The millionaire preference for pooches could be explained by the costs of pet ownership. Dogs are more expensive to provide routine health care for, to travel with and to feed, according to the American Pet Products Association.

In fact, having a furry friend can be so expensive that the weak economic climate caused pet ownership to slump, as many families couldn’t afford to take care of pets. Today, American’s own 3 percent fewer dogs, 9 percent fewer cats and 33 percent fewer horses than in 2006.

On the flip side, some rich pet owners have gone to extremes to ensure their pooch is financially taken care. The richest pet in the world is Gunther IV, a German shepherd whose father — also a dog — received around $90 million from his owner when she passed away in 1992, according to Yahoo. Blackie, the world’s richest cat, is the inheritor of a $25 million fortune.


National Dog Show Crowns Wire Fox Terrier Best in Show – Again

Posted by: Kathy  /  Category: How to care for your Shih-Tzu puppy

National Dog Show Crowns Wire Fox Terrier Best in Show – Again


11/22/2012 at 06:00 PM EST

Sky the wire fox terrier


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It was a cute case of déjà vu at this year’s National Dog Show, which gave top prize to a wire fox terrier again.

GCH Afterall Painting the Sky (a.k.a. Sky) was named the 2012 Best in Show winner on Thursday’s Thanksgiving day broadcast. It’s the first time that the same breed has consecutively won the top spot at a major competition since an English springer spaniel won Westminster in 1971 and 1972. (Think Eira, last year’s wire fox terrier winner, wants her paw-tograph?)

After quickly becoming the top dog of the terrier group when the show was taped Saturday, Sky bested an affenpinscher, an American foxhound, a Great Dane, a Tibetan Spaniel, a bearded collie and a Field Spaniel to take home highest honors at the show, which featured more than 1,500 canine participants.

“Sky is a very beautiful wire fox terrier,” handler Gabriel Rangel, who’s now won the dog show three of the last four years, said post-victory. “She is a natural show dog with a short, well-balanced body. She has a beautiful head and her face is unbelievable.”

Of course, Best in Show judge Vicki Abbott agreed, saying, “She has a keen expression and that dense, wiry coat. The handler let her show herself, and she performed.”

Too busy with Turkey Day to watch the fur fly? The show will re-air Friday at 8 p.m. (all time zones) on NBC.


Shih Tzu – Teeth & Dental Care

Posted by: Kathy  /  Category: How to care for your Shih-Tzu puppy
Shih Tzu – Teeth & Dental Care
The Vital Need of Dental Care

It is amazing how even just 20 years ago, even veterinarians did not understand the important need of dog dental care.  The old wives’s tale that a dog kept their teeth clean by chewing on bones and such was sufficient, sadly inevitably must have led to countless dogs dieing from infections that festered for years; the dogs eventually dieing in pain; their owners never knowing.

People used to think that brushing a dog’s teeth was unnecessary.  Little did they know that many dogs died because of the lack of dental care.  Their pet would pass away and they were not aware it was because of impropergrooming!

As a dog grew older and began to eat less, an owner would assume that their dog ate less because they were entering their senior years.

How unfortunate that many of those Shih Tzu were actually having difficulty eating because of tooth issues; and unable to give this message to their human family members.

 with today’s medical technology, we now know that taking care of Shih Tzu dental needs is just as important as any other element of care.

Your Shih Tzu needs you to brush their teeth just as often as you brush your own.  Understanding the importance of this will save your dog possible excruciating pain and eventual death from infections. 

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