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has there been a huge increase of the use of animals in commercials?

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I have noticed a huge increase in the use of animals, and particularly dogs in car commercials over the last year. Ford uses a cat in the back seat with a dog barking at the cat. One has a dog which guards his owner from the new boyfriend who finally warms up to the intruder after he puts a jacket on his owner. Another has a group of white huskies growling at a new car. We have the animals in the Soul vehicle, and the newest has one escaping from a hospital and parachuting to the car. It seems that warm and fuzzy animals help sell stuff.

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We have friends who farm and they have raised pigs and farmed about five hundred acres for about 40 years.  They have always had dogs, but they were barn dogs.  They would never let the dogs in the house and they let them roam chasing off predators and barking if anybody approached the farm.  The husband was kind of a hard asz with animals and was completely detached.  Well their three kids all got married, and when they inherited his father's farm they quit the hog production which was a 24/7 grueling operation, and strictly grain farm now.  So the wife tells the husband that she wanted an inside dog.  He fought her but finally gave in and had strict rules where the dog could go in the house.  Two years after letting a dog in the house, the dog sleeps in his lap when he watches tv, he chains it up when letting it out because he is afraid coyotes, and he absolutely babies the dog.  The wife is laughing her asz off as the dog controls her husband and he spoils the hell out of it.  It was a complete change from a man who thought of animals as food and detached himself from them.  So as the babyboomers become empty nesters more and more are finding comfort with house pets.  Marketing seems to have jumped on that trend.



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Pee Wee and Quincy agree..LOL      

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Wilma keeps us both very happy as it was my bucket list which asked for a puppy which my wife was reluctant. Well needless to say, just like our farmer friends, the person who was not real thrilled is now absolutely attached to the dog. We love the way the four year old interacts with both sets of grandkids, and she is the first dog which watches TV and our security cameras and reacts to what is on screen. Smartest dog I have owned in 50 years. As soon as my wife applies some whipped cream to some ice cream, she can be at the other end of the house and runs into the kitchen insisting that she spray some on the floor. when I say pop pop, she knows it is popcorn time, and because I will be dead before my arteries clog, we put a ton of butter on the popcorn and she sits at the base of my chair and catches the popcorn. It took quite a few times to train her sister to catch the popcorn when she visits, but even box of rocks has got the hang of it. What a wonderful life. It is nice to have two dogs to keep each other company, so we do try to let her sister visit when the grandkids come over.

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One day I went over to see Rita, and she was standing in the yard with a tiny little puppy in her hand.  She said the people that live down the street found her and they can not keep her.  Will you take her?  I looked at the little thing and said I would  She could not have been more than a couple of weeks old.  I thought sure she was going to die, but I would try and save her.  I did the bottle thing and kept her wrapped up and close by for awhile,   She was still so tiny but she was still alive.  After awhile she grew in strength and I thought for the first time she might make it.  She started to grown and eat solid food.  That was 11 years ago and she is still with me.  I named her Pee Wee because that is what she was.  We both got lucky..  

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Funny little face.

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The great thing about smaller dogs is that they can live to 15 years easily. It was hard losing our last dog who made it to 15, but they quickly become a part of our routines and are great companions. I think people perk up when they see dogs and cats in a commercial. We really like that commercial where the dog growls at the new boyfriend, and over time when he sees that the new boyfriend is good for his owner, he warms up to the new addition to their family. Wilma was very impatient with my downturn this past month and would stare at me and kind of demand......golf cart ride......golf cart ride.....golf cart ride, as I lay there out of it.....fortunately Mrs. Seaoat took her for her runs in the golf cart. Happy dog....happy wife.....good times.

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My husband and I had the same experience. For years we had dogs outside and cats inside. I got to the point that I said no more dogs, basically because I felt guilty about not paying enough attention to them. Then Dexter appeared in our lives and changed our whole attitudes about animals. He'll be 10 around Christmas and has been joined by Pepper, a 4 year old blue-tick/GSP mix. Pepper is a sweet thing, but hounds can be quite a handful for an older couple like us. We will never be able to completely replace Dexter with another dog when he passes-he has our hearts to the point no other dog ever could have. I never knew dogs were this smart- it's almost made me think that if other animals compare, I should become a vegetarian.

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forty years of marriage, and we rarely traveled with our dog. Today we take her everywhere, and hotels have expanded as dog friendly. We have a room in Harrahs in Metropolis Illinois which Wilma knows right where her dog friendly room is and they give her a puppy treat. However, she hates traveling in a car. She was a rescue pup from TN, and we think she was taken away from her mother too early and had a horrible terrifying 10 hour ride to Illinois where we adopted her. Our 15 year old would curl up on the floor and the pup would snuggle with her and did not object to traveling, but when the older dog died, she would just curl up on the floor, never look out the window, and it required us to use the leash to get her in the car. We have never had a dog who did not look forward to traveling, but when she is 4 weeks away from the islands where she runs, she gets angry about Florida, although she can run on the project property she just pouts until we get home, and freaks when she sees suitcases being packed.

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Yes, it's true that a lot of hotels are allowing dogs now. We basically bought our camper (we're on our third now) so that our dogs could travel with us on vacations. I doubt they'd let Dex or Pepper into a hotel, since they are both over 50 pounds (Dexter is 80), and Dexter's looks scare the bee-jesus out of most people who are afraid of pits. There are a lot of those folks around, and I can somewhat understand, but all dogs are different. Dex will not eat if we are not at home with him. The only people we can leave him with are our kids and even then he doesn't eat much and just stares out the window waiting for us to return. So, the camper is our only solution. I guess it's good that we love camping because when we take my daughter and son-in-law with us like we did to big lagoon a couple of weeks ago, their dogs go too. Four dogs in a 27 foot camper is a lot of dogs. They were well behaved though, and we had a ball. I even rode a jet ski behind my son-in-law. it wasn't on my bucket list but it was fun, so it should have been.

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