Oct 27, 2013 - As incredible as it seems, this pet also has a book, "Giant George: Life with the World's Biggest Dog," and a Twitter account, of course.
Source: With the world-famous Westminster Dog Show in full swing this week (and with cats this year!), we're thinking a lot about our own furry friends. And we do love to pamper them: Americans spent an estimated $62.75 billion on Fido and Fluffy last year, according to the American Pet Products Association. That comes after a 2013 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that said U.S. households per year on their pets ($500+) than they spent on alcohol ($456) or men and boys clothing ($404).Not surprisingly, the biggest portion of that spending goes to food and healthcare. But there's also a booming pet toy market. And like most things these days, those toys are increasingly going high-tech. If you're the parent of a fury friend looking to get them something special, here are a few new options to consider:If you don't work in a pet-friendly office environment, there's still a way to interact with your dog during the workday. Furbo has an embedded camera that acts partially as a home monitor and partially as a tool for pet voyeurs. You can even talk to your dog via a two-way microphone/speaker combo, though it's likely to mightily confuse your pet.One way to ease that anxiety? You're also able to remotely give them a treat. It doesn't really build loyalty to you, since the dog has no idea who's causing the food to shoot out of the system, but they'll stay happy — and may refrain from destroying that throw pillow.
Hundreds of dogs and their human companions made the trek out to Tokyo Big Sight convention center in early April for InterPets 2016, Japan's biggest pet fair. Although the fair also caters to the interests of cat fanciers, lizard lovers and tropical fish enthusiasts, a majority of the exhibitors were here to show off the latest consumer products for dogs. And judging from the number of canine-filled baby carriages here they seemed to be the main target audience, although we also spotted a few confused-looking cats and inquisitive meerkats being wheeled around the hall.
Visiting dogs could look forward to free samples of doggy treats, while a few booths carried more elaborate cakes and pastries, and others focused on health foods. One Hokkaido-based company went even further with a full lineup of prepared gourmet dinners, including minestrone soup, liver steaks and venison-liver stew.
Honda Motors showcased a line of camper vans suitable for back-to-nature excursions with your pet; they also provided an elaborate photo-op area where you could see what your dog would look like in a kayak. Other Instagram-friendly opportunities included human-size dog mascots with whom you and your pet could pose.
One of the most crowded attractions in the hall was the dog-racing track, where you could time your pooch on both a straight run and an obstacle course - we watched a few greyhounds making excellent time. Another very popular spot was the booth set up by Sunshine City Aquarium, where visitors could take a break from all the dog action and hang out in the relaxing company of cute penguins.
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One of the World's Biggest Pet Dogs
Unsurprisingly, the US remains the paragon of dog love, with the world’s biggest pet pooch population in both absolute and per capita terms (one dog for every four Americans). But elsewhere, dogs are on the rise, and the rapid changes in the extent and nature of ownership reflect new economic realities.Although imposing, the biggest dog breeds also tend to be mildly tempered and make excellent family pets. This list details some of the biggest of the big dogs, but “big” is relative; some breeds are stout and heavy while others are tall and lean.