Elisabetta Canalis let the cat… oops… dog out of the bag, when she told Italian Cosmopolitan that even if she and George Clooney decide to tie the knot, they will have no kids. Her maternal instincts were completely satisfied with her dogs.
In another incident Leona Helmsley, a billionaire, bequeathed $12 million to her dog Trouble and left her grandchildren out of her will.
These are not isolated incidents, according to a survey conducted by Flexcin International, a whopping 54% of 1000 pet owners would rather have pets than children.
Americans love their pets and over 60% of the households have pets. But the increasing obsession with their pets may be a tad disturbing to more sane animal lovers.
Pets are an invaluable part of family and are loved immensely, but can we actually love them more than our human family and children?
More and more of young couples would rather have pets than children. They claim not to have the time for children and the responsibilities that come with them. Busy and fast paced careers leave no room for human additions to the family, but a pet seems to fill the void with less demands.
With huge disposable incomes at hand and no kids, people are spending more and more on their pets. They spend thousands on pet care and luxuries like gourmet meals, salon visits, designer clothes and jewelry for their pets. There are pet owners that actually take their pets for plastic surgery to have droopy eyes and pug noses corrected.
Believe it or not, there are still more who like to opt for a $919 patented testicular implant for their neutered animals, so that they don’t look any different. Is this “humanification” of pets really a healthy sign? Are we demeaning our pets with our obsession?