The American Pet Products Association (APPA) stated that in 2017, there was an estimated $69.36 billion spent on pets in the U.S.
A lot of money is poured into pet products, food, treats, Star Wars pet supplies, and more.
Dog owners are among these culprits, with there being 43,346,000 households that own a dog, and a reported 69,926,000 dogs in the U.S according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.
I must confess that I am one of these so called culprits, having 2 dogs, Cooper and Polka Dot, as my companions.
So how did these pups get to be so popular among us humans?
In the NPR article, How Dogs Evolved Into ‘Our Best Friends’, it lists that “Dogs have aided humans for thousands of years.”
Naturalist, Mark Derr was interviewed on the subject, having an expertise on the evolution of wolves to dogs.
After finding that humans too hunted for their food, but did it in a more effective manner, they began to travel behind these hunters in order to take and eat the scraps that were left behind.
Since the human hunters had tools and weapons compared to the wolves which only had their teeth, they “began to work and live together, physical features on the wolf began to change: Its skeletal frame grew smaller, and its jaw shortened. Wolves that socialized well with humans began to travel with them, and then were able to pass on their genes.”
Through breeding, the genetic compositions of these creatures formed into the different types of dogs we see today.
Now these lazy fur babies sleep all day, bring their humans to dog parks to socialize with other humans, and steal up most of our attention.
The reason: they’re cuter than us.