Top Social Network for Animal Lovers –

Our staff was just invited to join: – the newest social network available for pet owners, pet businesses, brands and others associated with the pet market.  This social network has a new twist and we think it will be one of the first to stand the test of time.

Social networks for pet lovers have come and gone – while none of them truly catching on.  Either there was difficulty in use, or they were setup as actual “pet” networking sites.  (we all know that it’s the owner’s doing the networking) – or maybe they were not really targeting what the user is truly looking for.

As pet owners and animal lovers, we want to be entertained, understand what’s new and impressive in the pet market, and get our questions answered by someone that is NOT a marketer for a pet store or manufacturer.  We want to talk to real people about real pet and animal problems.

Entertainment:  We don’t necessarily have to own pet’s to enjoy the laughter and love that animals can bring to our lives.  FunnyPaws has taken the lead in understanding that need.  Dedicated to laughs and love, you don’t have to be a pet owner to join.  (Joining is free and you can join straight through your twitter account if you have one).

Finally, if you own a pet store, are responsible for marketing a pet brand, are a vet, or a dog walker, you are welcome to create your own “Brand Group”, “Business Group” or “Local Group” on the website.   This can drum up business, but note that FunnyPaws will not tolerate spamming it’s members.

Although FunnyPaws is limiting it’s advertisements for now (all development was funded internally by owners) – we wonder where the revenue stream will eventually come from?  Stay tuned – but for now, please take a peek and join:

Happy National Pet Week Everyone!

National Pet Week is widely celebrated throughout the United States and other parts of the world.
In 2012, National Pet Week is celebrated from May 6-12.

The goals of National Pet Week are to promote responsible pet ownership, celebrate the human-animal bond, and promote public awareness of veterinary medicine.

  • There are more dog owners than cat owners in America, but more cats than dogs in those homes?
  • There are 43 million dog owning households compared with 37.5 million cat owning households, but 81.7 million cats compared to 72 million dogs.
  • About 64% of all pet-owning households owned more than one pet.
  • Women are the primary caregivers for pets (74%)
  • Five of the top 10 pet owning states are in the Northwest- Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

Human Health Benefits of Pet Ownership – Heartwarming

Pet ownership has many benefits.

One of the more interesting effects is the health and medical benefits that pets have on humans. There have been numerous studies that have verified positive health and medical effects in a vast array of different areas. Consider for example that studies have shown the following:
  • Senior citizens that own a dog frequent their doctor less than those that do not own a dog.
  • Daily activity levels of seniors that are not pet owners deteriorated faster than those of pet owners.
  • Pet owners have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
  • Children that own pets scored higher on empathy and pro social orientation scales than non-pet owners.
  • Positive self esteem within children is enhanced by pet ownership.
  • Pet owners have higher one year survival rates following coronary heart disease.
  • Pets decrease feelings of loneliness and isolation.

For a more detailed listing of this information and other relevant articles visit the Delta Society which is an organization that promote human health improvement through service and therapy animals.

As a pet owner myself who has experienced the joy of pet ownership I can say that I am not entirely surprised by these results. It’s well known that our own personal happiness has definite effect on our physical well being. Pets can certainly provide the companionship and love that boost self esteem and psychological well being.

Interesting & Fun Pet Owner Statistics – JFF (Just for Fun)

We could not resist posting these stats.  If you are a pet owner, we think that you may be able to relate to some of these statistics if not all of them.  Please share other interesting statistics in the comments!

  1. 83% of pet owners refer to themselves as their pet’s mom or dad
  2. 70% of pet owners sign their pet’s names on greeting cards (along with thier kid’s names)
  3. 18% of dog owners say they have included or would include their pet in their wedding
  4. 66% of dog owners say they would refuse to date someone who didn’t like their pet
  5. 21% of dog owners say their dog sleeps in their bed with them
  6. At least 25% of cats are obese or likely to become obese (not sure how you categorize likely?)
  7. Between 25-40% of dogs are considered obese
  8. 64% of US households own a pet (2011 statistic)
  9. 45% of US households own more than 1 pet
  10. 40% of US households own a dog
  11. There are 90 million cats in the USA and 73 million dogs
  12. 78% of dog owners buy their pets several gifts a year – for birthdays and holidays
  13. 51% of cat owners have bought their pet a gift within the last 12 months
  14. 60% of dog owners purchase Dog Chew Toys for their dogs
  15. 30% of dog owners own Dental Care Products – Treats & Toys for their pet. This includes toothbrush, floss, mouthwash and whitening products.
  16. 34 million dogs traveled with their owners in 2011