Americans love their pets! Last year an estimated $69.4 billion was spent on our pets which includes veterinary care, food, medicine, grooming, and toys. In 2010 we spent $220 million for pet costumes at Halloween. That number has more than doubled this year to $480 million to adorn our little pumpkins, hot dogs, and bumblebees (top 3 pet Halloween costumes). There are close to 90 million dogs in the United States which have homes in 60.2 million households. Although there are slightly more cats in the country, however, more households have dogs.
Dogs may be considered mankind’s best friend because they were the first animal to be domesticated over 15,000 years ago. It was a symbiotic relationship for man and dog (originally a wolf). Man benefited from the dog as a hunting companion and a means of warmth; the dog ate scraps from the hunt and perhaps gained some protection.
What do dogs have to do with fabric? Because of our love for dogs, we offered a dog pattern in our line at Showtime in High Point this week… it was a hit! The fabric is a traditional paisley with dogs. We offered the paisley with and without the dog pattern so the fabrics can be alternated on sofa pillows. The name of the fabric is Biscuit after my dog. Biscuit was rescued from an animal shelter as an adult dog and has been a faithful companion to our family for 11 years.