Great story from news.com.au…FORGET a man’s best friend, in Australia it’s more like a woman’s best friend and a man’s worst enemy, a survey has found.
The PawClub.com.au survey of more than 80,000 dog owners revealed four out of five Australian women spend more on their dog than their partner.
But it’s not just money, with 77 per cent of women surveyed saying their dog also wins more of their precious time.
Sunnybank’s Tegan Bensley found this easy to believe.
She said her dog Banksy was her highest priority and got most of her spare time.
“I work 10 hours a day, but when I get home I devote my three hours before bed to spending time with Banksy,” she said. Tegan said she also spent most of her spare money on Banksy.
“I buy him collars, leads, toys, food, treats and I also put $50 away each week to cover any unexpected medical costs,” she said.
The Australian Companion Animal Council estimates dog owners spent almost $3.6 billion on their pooches in 2009, a whopping $850 million more than in 2005.
Tegan said owning a dog was a big commitment, and should be treated as such.
“I think having a dog is like having a child,” she said.
Tegan said her female friends were just as dedicated to their dogs when it came to spare time and money.
“When it comes down to it, dogs need more time and money than partners do.”
Survey results, which have been broken down by postcode, are available at pawclub.com.au
For more on Australian women spending more time with their dogs than with their partner go to the Courier-Mail.