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In Families Across the Country, the Canine is King
Families, Pets
In Families Across the Country, the Canine is King

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

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: Our 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 percent) would sooner kick their spouse out of the bedroom for snoring, than their dog; half of respondents (51 percent) say their dog sleeps with them in bed; 61 percent acknowledge their pup's birthday and 85 percent 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 percent), or making weekend plans (87 percent) 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 families feel this way about their 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.”

— News Canada

(For more information on pets and animal adoption, please visit www.petconnectionprogramsinc.com. Or, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Pet-Connection-Programs-inc-Marilla-NY/114420508616511. Located in Marilla, N.Y., Pet Connection Programs Inc. is a nonprofit maternity and special care shelter founded in 1984.)



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