N.J. pets in need: Dec. 3, 2018

It’s that time of year again, when we spend enormous sums on pets that can’t tell us they hate what we got them.

Here’s just a sampling of some of the good, the bad and … the other gifts available for your pets in 2018.

A ‘medium dog bowl’ from one company costs $32 plus shipping; it must be a water bowl because there’s a molded bone sticking up in the middle of it around which the dog would otherwise have to eat. My dog enjoys her water just fine out of a 32-cent Tupperware bowl.

Another company is selling a ‘Riviera Dog Bed’ for only $398. The picture shows a dog that can’t weigh more than 20 pounds taking up most of it. Meanwhile, a name-brand queen size mattress sells for $239, and your dog would prefer to be on a human mattress anyway, as you well know.

There’s a pillow that has ‘Santa, I’ve Been a Good Cat’ stitched into it and selling for $68. No cat I’ve ever owned slept on a pillow and the last time I checked, they can’t read anyway.

That doesn’t mean all pet gifts are … curious. I also found a beautiful embroidered pet Christmas stocking that comes with the pet’s name for $29. And in the spirit of the season, there’s a bag of rawhide bones that look exactly like candy canes for $15.99.

And before you picture a doting senior like me as the purchaser of such things, take note: according to a survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers and reported on mercurynews.com, “people in the 17- to 21-year-old age group — which PwC calls “mature Generation Z” — will spend an average of $71 on their pets this holiday season.”

“Urban dwellers in large cities will spend about the same,” the article goes on to note, “followed by fathers between the ages of 22 and 35, who will spend $70 on their pets.”

Greg Hatala may be reached at greghatalagalleries@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregHatala. Find Greg Hatala on Facebook.

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