Americans love pets. And it's not just puppy love, either. Many pet owners treat their furryfriends as part of the family. Sometimes they spice up their pets' lives with entertainingvideos and amusing toys. If they have an eye for fashion, pet owners can dress their pets instylish clothes. For special occasions, they can use perfume to make their dogs smell, well,less beastly.
You might say Americans treat their pets like they treat their children-sometimes even better.In America, there are more households with pets than those with children. At least 43 percentof U.S. homes have pets of some sort. Unusual creatures, such as monkeys, snakes and evenwolves, find a home with some Americans. More common pets include tropical fish, mice andbirds. But the all-time favorites are cats and dogs, even at the White House. President GeorgeW. Bush has three dogs and two cats under care. Americans sometimes have strong feelingsabout whether dogs or cats make better pets. "Dog people" and "cat people" often enjoy friendlyrivalries.
Leading a dog's life in America isn't such a bad thing. Many grocery stores sell gourmet petfoods to owners eager to please their pets. In Houston, Texas, dogs can have their dinnerdelivered to their homes, just like pizza. Well-to-do dogs can attend doggy daycare centerswhile their owners work. Pets can even accompany their owners on vacation. Fancy hotels arebeginning to accommodate both man and beast. Furry guests at Four Seasons Hotels canenjoy gourmet meals served on fine china and sleep in soft beds.
Beneath the luxuries, there lies a basic American belief: Pets have a right to be treated well. Atleast 75 animal welfare organizations exist in America. These provide care and adoption servicesfor homeless and abused animals. Veterinarians can give animals an incredible level of medicalcare for an incredible price. To pay for the high-tech health c