Americans are crazy about their pets. More households have dogs than children under the age of 18 and most people consider their dogs to be members of their family. Last year alone, we spent over $50 billion (yes billion) on our pets, and the economy doesn’t effect how much we spend on our beloved companions. We spend almost as much on pet products as we do on toys and the majority of Americans say they’d go into debt for their pets.
In Rabid: Are You Crazy About Your Dog or Just Crazy?, Pamela Redmond Satran examines the evolution that has taken place within the pet ownership world recently. Satran includes chapters on doggie style, food, healthcare, and entertainment to name a few. We’ve had a dog for sixteen and a half years and I always thought she was spoiled until I read this book – now I think she may have been deprived.
Not only do people take their dogs to the spa to have hot oil treatments or to have their hair dyed, but they buy them wigs and have plastic surgery performed on them. They have sweaters made from their dog’s fur and prepare organic food for them. They send them to day care and dress them in costumes.
This book is full of color photographs and includes quizzes that tell you if you’re crazy about your dog or just plain crazy. Rabid was a quick, fun read that is sure to please any dog lover.