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The Heartfelt Connection Between Pet Owners and Their Furry Friends

It’s time to shine a light on the true heroes of pet owners’ hearts – their furry friends. Embrace Pet Insurance, a top pet insurance provider for dogs and cats in the U.S., recently did a survey that clearly shows the love between people and their beloved four-legged friends. 

Before we jump into the thick of it, who are these furry friends? In other words, what is the most sought-after dog breed in Colorado? Is it a Husky or a French Bulldog? Maybe a Lab or Blue Healer?

Well, the most searched-for dog breed in the U.S., and Colorado’s most popular dog, is a Golden Retriever! These dogs are known for their kind nature and ease of training. To find this data, PetLab used keywords like “buy” and “adopt” to find the most searched-for breed.

“Whether people are looking to adopt, foster, buy or just browse through cute pictures online of dogs, it is clear to see the US is obsessed with our furry friends,” states a spokesperson at PetLab. “It is interesting to see that the most popular breed across the country, the Golden Retriever, has popularity by a landslide with some of the most populated states opting for the charming breed.”

The second most favored dog breed is the French Bulldog, followed by the Bernese Mountain Dog. Now that we know who the furry friends are, here are four heartwarming statistics that showcase the profound connection between pet owners and their beloved companions.

  1. There’s High Value in Quality Pet Time
    According to Embrace’s member survey, 71 percent of pet owners have canceled plans with someone to spend more time with their furry friends. And who can blame them? Our pets offer an unparalleled kind of love that turns ordinary moments into extraordinary memories. So, the next time your dog gives you those soulful eyes, don’t hesitate to cancel those dinner plans – the real magic is happening at home with your faithful companion.
  2. Toys, Toys, and More Toys
    While gift-giving traditions often revolve around humans, Embrace reveals that 52.2 percent of pet owners tend to spoil their pets more than their significant others. From squeaky toys to gourmet treats, our pets deserve to be pampered with love. Who needs a bouquet of roses when you can have a basket of paw-shaped cookies?
  3. Ditching the Romantic Dinners
    Romantic dinners and candlelit dates? Well, according to the survey, 52 percent of pet owners prefer a cozy night in, snuggled up with their furry companions while enjoying quality time together. Forget the fancy three-course meal; the real way to one’s heart is through the shared warmth of a pet cuddle session. So, ditch the reservations and opt for a night of unconditional love with your furball by your side.
  4. Strike a Pup-Pose
    In the age of social media, it’s not uncommon to share glimpses of our lives online. Embrace Pet Insurance spills the beans that almost 80 percent of pet owners have more pictures of their pets than their significant others on their phones and social media profiles. Selfies have turned into pup-selfies. 

If you find yourself wondering if you spend enough quality time with your furry friend, here are a few ideas for creating memorable moments with your pets:

  1. Outdoor adventures are not only good exercise for your pet, but they’re great for owners, too! Now that it’s warming up in Colorado and hiking season is right around the corner, explore trails or parks with your pup. 
  2. After a long day at work, snuggle up with your family and pet for a movie night with some popcorn. Relax, enjoy the time together, and maybe even see how your dog likes an animal documentary. 
  3. If your dog loves being around other pets, treat yourself and your pet to a special meal during a Pet-Friendly Cafe Excursion. The whole family can socialize!

Whether you have a cat, dog, or bird, these animals rely on us. Show them some unconditional and maybe even go on an adventure with them. 

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