Plato Pet Treats National Survey Rates Celebrity Dogs, Measures Dog Owner Gift-Giving
Okay, so I have a serious question for all of you dog-lovers out there: are you getting Brutus or Buffy a Valentine treat or gift? If so, what? Have you thought about it? Do you ever wonder if you are going overboard? Do you ever go overboard? (BOL – silly question to be asking you guys, he he!)
I don’t wonder – I just go. And yes, I am getting my sweet yet wily Cricket a few Valentine’s dog treats actually… lucky dog. (Stick with me – I have a point, I promise.)
A recent national survey* conducted by Plato Pet Treats concluded that, among American dog owners, almost half polled plan to give their dog a treat this Valentine’s Day. So I want to poll you guys (check the poll on left sidebar or leave me a comment): I want to know if you’re giving a Valentine dog treat this year, and I want to know where we, as humble and intelligent pet-lovers and blog-readers, stand up against other pet-lovers that are in the national survey that Plato did! So answer away please! (More details below under “Contest.”)
This national poll, conducted in end of January this year, found all sorts of interesting facts, in fact. Overall, 47 percent of Americans with dogs plan to gift their four-legged friend a treat for Valentine’s Day. This figure increases for dog owners ages 18-34 where six in 10 will get their dog a treat.
And what do dog owners think their pets want the most this Valentine’s Day? Treats, of course! Responses reveal that 62 percent of American dog owners think a treat would top their pup’s wish list this Valentine’s Day if they could ask for a gift!
In addition to treats, dog owners shared which celebrity’s dog their pooch would have a crush on (if they were to have a crush on a celebrity’s dog of course). Among female dog owners ages 18-34, Bradley Cooper’s dog, Charlotte, gets the top spot with one in five females ages 18-34 (22 percent), while close behind is Dali, Hugh Jackman’s dog (18 percent). Rounding out the pack among female dog owners ages 18-34 is Lupo, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s dog (11 percent).
“Americans truly love their dogs, and what better way to show that love than with a treat?” said Aaron Merrell, co-founder and co-owner of Plato Pet Treats. “The act of giving a treat allows us to give something special back to our pets as a reward, an act of love or simply just because. Our dogs treat us every day; let’s treat them in return with the best treats possible.”
Plato Pet Treats was founded on the premise that dogs are family members and pet parents should feel good about what they give their dogs. Because of this philosophy, Plato treats ensures all treats are “wag worthy” – made only with natural ingredients. All treats are slow-baked in-house, unlike other treats that are loaded with fillers and packed with calories, sugar, molasses, maple syrup, corn or wheat. Each Plato Pet ingredient can be traced back to its original source. And, dogs love the taste of Plato!
(Check out Plato Pet Treats’ animal charity/welfare efforts here – pretty neat stuff this company does to give back to our furry friends I gotta tell ya’…)
Plato Pet Treats: Love in Treat Form
Plato Pet Treats “Made with Love” Survey Bites
The responsibly sourced pet treat maker piloted this national survey to reveal the love and devotion that pet parents have for their dogs. Highlights include:
- Paws Up for the Northeast – Dogs in the Northeast are some of the luckiest since that region topped the list with 54 percent of dog owners planning to gift a treat.
- What Dogs Would Really Want – While treats top the list for what pet parents think their dogs would want more for Valentine’s Day (62 percent), a toy comes in second with 17 percent, and in third is a tie between a trip to the groomer (4 percent) or a dog bed (4 percent).
- Hollywood’s “Hot” Dogs – When asked which celebrity pooch their dog would have a crush on, respondents ages 18-34 (19 percent) said their dog’s first choice would be Bradley Cooper’s dog, Charlotte, whereas Americans 65 and older said Anne Hathaway’s adorable dog, Edward, would capture the heart of their pup.
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Plato Pet Treats from Jan. 9-13, 2015 among 3,006 adults ages 18 and older with 1,386 dog owners. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact blog administrator.
So to celebrate this season of love, ThoughtsFurPaws.com and Plato Pet Treats are giving away one major doggie-themed prize basket to a lucky winner!
To enter, I would like for you to not only share this post on Twitter (please tag @ThoughtsFurPaws), but also, please tell me in the comments the most outrageous thing you’ve ever done for your dog as a gift, OR tell me what your outrageous Valentine’s Day plans are for your pet this year! I will choose one lucky winner to get a Plato Pet Treat Basket filled to the brim with wholesome canine goodness and goodies!
RULES AND RESTRICTIONS
You may enter as soon as you see this post appear on the blog; entries will be accepted until Sunday, February 8th at 6 pm EST. Please note, it is absolutely necessary to leave a valid comment (which means a real name and email address) in order to be considered for the drawing. Winner will be announced Monday, February 9th via email. US residents only please.
More information on the Plato Pet Treat product line can be found at PlatoPetTreats.com or Facebook.com/PlatoPetTreats.