People go crazy over their pets. Forget anthropomorphization, many people go for broke and claim their furry friends as children. In some cases, owners have even left some of their estate to beloved cats or dogs. Over the years, Fido made his way from the yard into the house and finally onto the bed. It’s only natural that this humanization of pets has extended into the pet products industry. Today there are a wide range of items available that did not exist for the previous generation. Dog clothes, pet beds (some more luxurious that human beds), pet jewelry and other pet accessories are just some of what one can find to pamper their best friend.
The dog clothing industry is one of the easiest places to spot the humanization trend. Many of the pet styles being made today coincide with what is in fashion for people. There is even a fashion week in New York for pets now. Some dog clothes retain a functional purpose, such as dog coats and sweaters, but even those are made to resemble a human counterpart. Other apparel like dog t-shirts are obviously not necessary, but nevertheless are popular among pet parents. It’s clear to see that this part of the pet products industry isn’t slowing any time soon.
Pet beds, pet jewelry and accessories are all popular products that have become more human-like over the years. Some dog beds are still simple foam, but others have extravagant brass frames and mattresses that I wouldn’t mind using. Jewelry ranges from the inexpensive charm to the pricey diamond necklace. It’s a big deal now for one’s pet to have the same pendant or necklace that the owner does. Some accessories that have made a big splash are dog goggles and arm bands. The arm bands are unique in that it’s a strictly canine fashion trend – undoubtedly the first of many such trends. Just how far has this trend gone and where will it go? Only time will tell, but one this is certain – the huge industry that has risen will ensure it’s here to stay.