Dogs as Pets for the Rich?

“Cats rule, dogs drool,” or so said Sassy, the hilarious yet dignified Himalayan star of Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey. I’d have to agree with her—except in the case of Putters. I’m not entirely certain that black and white critter was truly a cat. He drooled like a garden hose and passed gas reminiscent of nacho cheese corn chips, and that’s definitely a dog thing. But I digress. 

I like dogs, don’t get me wrong. They’re loyal. They’re gullible. They rarely steal your desk chair or hog your keyboard. I can find only one fault in any of them: they aren’t cats. However, they are the pet of choice if you happen to be filthy rich.

According to a study by Spectrem Group, a consulting firm specializing in the affluent market, 58 percent of millionaire pet owners cohabitate with a dog. Only 37 percent own a cat. And it’s not just the millionaires. Apparently, senior corporate executives—you know, the guys with the posh corner offices—also prefer canine companionship. More than 70 percent report owning a dog.

When you put wealth aside and consider the country as a whole, the age-old dog or cat question has a much more balanced answer. According to the Human Society, 39 percent of U.S. households include a dog. On the other hand—or paw, if you prefer—33 percent house a cat.

I am not a corporate executive. I’m also not a millionaire. I didn’t even have to double-check my bank account to make sure. I’m firmly in the middle when it comes to assets, but cats control 100 percent of my heart. Maybe there’s a connection, but I wouldn’t trade any of my feline friends for all the millions in the world. How about you?

Julie Perkins

About Julie Perkins

A self-professed "crazy cat lady" and slave to three furry masters, Julie loves all things fuzzy. Throughout her life, she has been owned by cats, dogs, rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, fish and even a hermit crab. A freelance writer who has perfected the fine art of typing with one hand (because there is a cat on top of the other one), she lives in Colorado with her husband and a menagerie of critters.

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