October 19, 2008 |
The puggles, maltepoos and labradoodles scampering along city streets are bred to be cute and customizable, pet industry experts say. But these pricey "designer dogs" are also exploited by abusive breeders and unscrupulous sellers, leading to more sick puppies and unhappy owners, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Like puppy mills that produce non-hybrids, these operations are hurting the animals through neglect and poor care, the society says. Made fashionable by celebrities like Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Simpson, hybrid puppies -- the offspring of two purebred dogs -- often go for more money than purebreds, which can range from $200 to $2,000 per dog. Hybrid puppy breeding operations are cropping up in rural areas from Pennsylvania to Kansas, animal advocates say. But a big hot spot for hybrid owners, said pet industry insider Laura Bennett, is much closer to home.
February 14, 2005 |
As Justin Rudd talks about his Valentine's Day plans, there is an eager listener sitting nearby. Her ears perk up as she hears him spell out "b-e-a-c-h." Rudd recently completed his Valentine's card for Rosie, one of the loves of his life. It has a whimsical pink outer-space theme, and on the inside is the endearment, "You mean the world to me." Inside is a picture of her. She's a looker, though a bit wrinkly for her age. Of course, that's to be expected. Rosie is a 7-year-old English bulldog.
December 26, 2004
Chris Simms' new restaurant's dog theme is extremely disturbing ("Hoping Diners Will Sit, Stay," Dec. 1). The pet industry knows that dog owners treat their pets as if they were children. Today's owners bathe with their dogs, eat with their dogs and sleep with their dogs. Now the Simms' dynasty has created another way for dog owners to idolize their pets: the Lazy Dog Cafe. Dog worship is out of control. Carole Wade Century City
July 12, 2003 |
If the fur and feather-boa canopy beds, lemon rosemary chicken dinners and enameled jewelry on display at the Anaheim Convention Center are any indication, pets are living as well -- if not better -- than their humans. Americans shelled out nearly $30 billion on pet care last year, more than double what they spent a decade ago, boosting an industry that has shown remarkable resistance during the economic slump.
October 22, 2001 |
Shopping for pet food can be a confusing experience. In addition to the hundreds of competing food products, shoppers face a growing array of supplements--glucosamine for pets with deteriorating joints, St. John's Wort for animals suffering from depression, chicory to promote better digestion and herb blends to deal with bad breath. Some products promise to attack basic problems--tonics to reduce hairballs in cats and concoctions that promise to reduce odors caused by bowel movements.
October 22, 2001 |
An increasingly bitter fight is building along the pet food aisle, as some of the best-known consumer goods companies scramble for increased share in the $30-billion worldwide market for pet food. The ongoing consolidation is reshaping how and where pet supplies are sold and leading to a widening array of pet foods, supplements, treats and accessories--not to mention a rising level of rivalry. Procter & Gamble Co. entered the fray in 1999 with the $2.