A survey conducted by the American Kennel Club discovered quite a few eye-opening habits of humans regarding what they are willing to give up for their adored dogs.
The survey of over 1,000 people found that more than 96% of respondents with a taste for gourmet coffee would give up their latte habit to save money for their dog’s expenses.
97% also said they would forego massages or spa treatments in order to afford a vet bill, and nearly 79% would cancel a teeth whitening appointment so that Fido could have his annual teeth cleaning.
The only item that seems to compete with people’s love for their pooches is Internet access, with more than 70% of respondents indicating that they would not be able to abstain from their web addiction. One respondent would give up “pretty much anything. I need the gym and I need the Internet, everything else is fair game.”
In general people are more dedicated to their dogs than ever before. No doubt dogs bring comfort and stress relief to many people. This is evident in times of crisis such as the recent hurricanes. With people facing great hardship, many remained so loyal to their pets that they were willing to risk their lives.
The American Kennel Club survey demonstrates that they are also willing to forgo some of life’s luxuries for the welfare of their pets.
67% would cancel their travel plans if they could not afford to pay to board their dog.
65% would regularly eat Ramen noodles before they would skimp on their dogs high quality food.
59% would perm or color their own hair in the kitchen sink in order to keep Fido’s appointments at the groomers.
Cutbacks Owners Are Willing to Make For Their Dog are Eat more meals at home (97%), Cancel gym membership (72%), Cancel cable or satellite service (50%), Curb spending on new clothes (94%), Push back plans for home remodeling (89%), Forgo buying new car or buy a less expensive model (88%).
As far as Money Saving Techniques go, 52% look for sales and/or clipping coupons before shopping for pet products, 48% are purchasing fewer toys/treats and other non-essential dog supplies, 34% have begun buying dog food in bulk.