Pet funeral business beginning to boom

Posted September 14th, 2012 by administrator

Pet funeral business beginning to boom
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A pet owner adjusts adornments atop her dog’s grave stone at the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in Hartsdale, N.Y. The cemetery, established in 1896, is the oldest pet cemetery in the United States. Pet owners have the option of eventually having their own ashes buried in the plot, alongside their pets.

By Dana Macario, NBC News contributor

Dogs have long been recognized as man’s best friend, and we have no problem opening up our wallets to let our furry friends know just how much we love them.

Americans spend $ 53 billion annually on our animal friends, lavishing them with the best squeaker toys money can buy, fashionable collars, comfy beds and even gourmet treats from bakeries catering solely to four-legged customers. And when our pets have departed this mortal coil, we’re willing to dig deep one last time to pay for an appropriate sendoff.

Yes, pet funerals are now a booming business, according to Bloomberg Businessweek, which says there are now about 700 pet “aftercare” facilities nationwide, up from just…………… continues on NBCNews.com

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Pet stores brace for ‘Nemo’ onslaught
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Updated: Friday, 14 Sep 2012, 6:53 PM CDT
Published : Friday, 14 Sep 2012, 6:34 PM CDT

AUSTIN (KXAN) – The orange percula clown fish, the inspiration for the popular “Finding Nemo” movies, may be in trouble. And it may be in even more trouble than ever following the release today of “ Finding Nemo 3D.”

At Rivers and Reefs Pet Center in South Austin, Brent Donnell recalls working at a Fort Worth pet store when the original film appeared in 2003.

“There was a movie theater almost right next door,” Donnell said, “and they’d stop and [say], ‘I want to see the Nemo fish; I want to see the Nemo fish.’

“And so we ended up selling a lot of salt-water, especially reef, aquariums so that you could have a percula clown and an anemone together.”

It was all fun and games at first, but it wasn’t long before trouble hit.

“Most people ended up bringing fish back,” Donnell said, “and deciding they didn’t want to do aquariums anymore.

The problem

“Salt-water aquariums are particularly hard to do, especially when doing a reef tank with an anemone and a percula clown. They take a little time an…………… continues on Austin News

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