It’s a Dog’s Life

Pets June 14th, 2011


According to a recent New York Times piece, the pet industry is booming even as the economy for us humans seems to be slowing down again. Last year, Americans spent a record $55 billion on their pets, more than the gross domestic product of Belarus. Henry the hound helps us suss out why.

The answer lies in the fact that what’s on offer is totally fun and irresistible. Check out what Henry loves the most, pictured above, clockwise from left:  Henry loves this Toughy Tortoise. Not only is it indestructible, but it has lots of bits on which he can chew.

This “I’m All Ears” dog toy from Come Sit Stay has it all: A vanilla scent, a festive bouncing ball, and a squeaker in the terry cloth ears. Henry looks especially fetching chasing after it in his preppy “See Ya Later Alligator” collar.

Unlike retrievers, lots of hounds are not crazy about water, so if you take your pup on a boat ride, be sure and provide him with a life jacket. Our brilliant photographer Gus says they’re especially handy if a dog goes overboard–the handle on top means you can reach down and bring him or her quickly back to safety. This one from Come Sit Stay is so comfy Henry barely knows he has it on.


About Julia Reed

Julia Reed is a columnist at Garden & Gun magazine and a contributing editor at Elle Décor. She also contributes to The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, and The New York Times, and makes frequent appearances on MSNBC. She is the author of five books, including But Mama Always Put Vodka in the Sangria, Adventures in Eating, Drinking and Making Merry and One Man’s Folly, The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood.

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