In Canadian families, the canine is king
(NC) – Would you sooner kick your snoring spouse, or your snoring pooch, out of the bedroom? Do you celebrate your pup's birthday? Is your dog included in family photos? As a recent Purina Dog Chow Family Poll uncovered, one thing is certain: Canada's four-legged friends are cherished members of the family.
Across the country the feeling is unanimous; families do not feel complete without their canine companions, and the family dog is rewarded handsomely for it. More than one-third of respondents (37%) would sooner kick their spouse out of the bedroom for snoring, than their dog; half of respondents (51%) say their dog sleeps with them in bed; 61% acknowledge their pup's birthday' 85% include their dog in family photos.
Not only do our furry family members have upgraded sleeping arrangements, but the majority of pet owners wouldn't think about planning a trip (91%), or making weekend plans (87%), without considering their dog in the preparations. And to make their family status official, two in five dogs adopt their family's last name.
“It doesn't come as a shock that Canadians feel this way about their family pet,” said dog behaviorist and trainer, Jill Priest. “Dogs have evolved from work companions, to full-fledged family members who provide unconditional love, and teach us a sense of responsibility.”
For more fun facts about this canine culture, visit www.dogchow.ca.
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