New research found that:
- More than 1 in 3 British pet owners celebrate their pets
- 15% sing Happy Birthday to their pet
- They spend on average £26 on birthday gifts
- More than half of pets also have their own social media account
These people also dress their pets up in silly outfits, and send them cards. They also receive them. The oddest greetings card I ever saw bore the merry caption: HAPPY EASTER FROM THE DOG!
Now, I'm as fond of animals as the next person, but this is anthropomorphism gone mad, isn't it? Discussing this with Blue (my horse), I was relieved to find that he was in complete agreement.
"I can't read, and I'm not musical. Singing to me and sending me cards would be ridiculous," he said
"But what about that chocolate from Olly's* Advent calendar last Christmas?" I reminded him.
"I spat it out," he told me.
"Of course you did. I remember. So you don't want an Advent Calendar of your own next Christmas?"
"Don't be silly. I'm a horse."
"So you are. Silly me."
Blue can be very sensible sometimes.
*Olly is Blue's friend in the stable opposite.