Are you an animal lover?
I am and always have been. It seems I’m not alone, because based on a study conducted back in 2012, about 62% of U.S. households owned pets. According to the Humane Society, the United States has 86.4 million cats and 78.2 million dogs.
There are more dog owners than cat owners, however the number of cats is higher because many cat owners tend to have two or more. Unfortunately, only about 21% of dogs and 21% of cats were adopted from animal shelters. But on a brighter note, the majority of pet owners have been responsible and either spayed or neutered their pets: 78% of dogs and 88% percent of cats in U.S. homes have been de-sexed.
How about the rest of the world? Generally speaking, pets are more plentiful where the struggle for existence isn’t as big an issue as it is in places like Africa and other Third World countries. If you don’t have enough to eat yourself or food for your human family, I guess feeding a pet isn’t high on your list of priorities.
Statistically, European countries seem to favor cats, with more households having felines than canines. Switzerland is really a country of cat lovers, with approximately 1.4 million households having cats and less than .5 million with dogs.
Anyhow, millions of people all around the world are animal lovers and if that includes you, my new Moon Over Carolina Romantic Comedy series may be to your liking, as each story will include animal characters.
The first book, in the works now, titled Dr. Divine’s Bedside Manner, features a lovable rascal of a Pug dog named Reggie who plays a pivotal role in the story. I’m having fun writing it and hope you have fun reading it. Many people have pets that play important parts in their lives. Love me, love my dog. Lovers and pet lovers—both are special relationships.
Happy weekend! Hope you have plenty of free time to spend with friends and family, including the pets who count as friends and family.