Why we shamelessly baby our pets
Americans will spend $53 billion on their animals this year, and I think I know why.
The extravagant spending on our pets grows unabated. In 2012, people in this country will drop some $53 billion on everything from catnip to MRIs, according to an American Pet Products Association report released March 1. And a couple in the United Kingdom recently forked over the equivalent of about $15,000 for a face lift and tummy tuck for their bloodhound, Junior.