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How much would you sacrifice for your dog?

Americans are known for their passion for living the good life, many willing to work long hours, forgo vacations and take second jobs so we can enjoy the creature comforts of life.

We sometimes are even willing to put our desires for those personal perks ahead of family and friends. But when it comes to our dogs, you might be surprised to learn that most of us will sacrifice our own personal pleasures for the well-being of our loyal companions.

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A survey by the the American Kennel Club has found that Americans would give up creature comforts like gourmet coffee and spa treatments and even delay buying a new car or remodeling a home before they would skimp on quality of food, buying gifts or shortchanging medical care for their dogs.

"In general people are more dedicated to their dogs than ever before," AKC spokeswoman Lisa Peterson states in a media release. "No doubt dogs bring comfort and stress relief to many people."

Even during hard economic times, such as job loss, most dog owners are willing to put the well-being of their pets first. "Our survey demonstrates that they are also willing to forgo some of life's luxuries for the welfare of their pets," Peterson states.

Changes people are willing to make include:
  • Giving up gourmet coffee, 96 percent. 
  • Giving up massages or spa treatments, 97 percent. 
  • Canceling a teeth whitening appointment or cosmetic dental procedure, 79 percent. 
  • Canceling their travel plans if they are unable to pay to board their dog, 67 percent. 
  • Eating Ramen noodles regularly before skimping on their dog's high-quality food, 65 percent. 
  • Perming or coloring their own hair in the kitchen sink to save money to keep their dog's appointment at the groomer, 59 percent.
Cutbacks people are willing to make for their dogs include:
  • Eating more meals at home, 97 percent. 
  • Curbing spending on new clothes, 94 percent. 
  • Delaying home remodeling, 89 percent. 
  • Skipping buying a new car or buying a less expensive model, 88 percent. 
  • Canceling a gym membership, 72 percent. 
  • Canceling cable or satellite service, 50 percent.
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Most dogs owners also are willing to make cutbacks to buy their loyal companions holiday gifts. The survey found 69 percent would cut back on gifts for their friends or extended family before they would skimp on presents for their dog, and 9 percent would even scale back on gifts for their spouse.


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