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  Americans love pets. And it s not just puppy love, either. Many pet owners treat their furry friends as part of the family. Sometimes they spice up their pets lives with entertaining videos and amusing toys. If they have an eye for fashion, pet owners can dress their pets in stylish clothes. For special occasions, they can use canine perfume to make their dogs smell well. You might say Americans treat their pets like they treat their children-sometimes even better.

  In America, there are more households with pets than those with children. At least 43 percent of U.S. homes have pets of some sort. Exotic creatures, such as monkeys, snakes and even wolves, find a home with some Americans. More common pets include tropical fish, mice and birds. But the all-time favorites are cats and dogs, even at the White House. The Bushes dog, Spot, has replaced the Clintons cat, Socks, as reigning First Pet. Americans sometimes have strong feelings about whether dogs or cats make better pets. "Dog people" and "cat people" often enjoy friendly rivalries.

  Leading a dog s life in America isn t such a bad thing. Many grocery stores sell gourmet pet foods to owners eager to please their pets. In Houston, Texas, dogs can have their dinner delivered to their homes, just like pizza. Well-to-do canines can attend doggy daycare centers while their owners work. Pets can even accompany their owners on vacation. Fancy hotels are beginning to accommodate both man and pets. Furry guests in hotels can enjoy gourmet meals served on fine china and sleep in soft beds.

  Beneath the furry luxuries, there lies a basic American belief: Pets have a right to be treated well. At least 75 animal welfare organizations exist in America. These provide care and adoption services for homeless and abused animals. Veterinarians can give animals an incredible level of medical care for an incredible price. To pay for the high-tech health care, people can buy health insurance for their pets. And when it s time to say good-bye, owners can bury their pets in a respectable pet cemetery.

  The average American enjoys having pets around, and for good reason. Researchers have discovered that interacting with animals lowers a person s blood pressure. Dogs can offer protection from burglars and unwelcome visitors. Cats can help rid the home of pests. Little creatures of all shapes and sizes can provide companionship and love. In many cases, having a pet prepares a young couple for the responsibilities of parenthood. Pets even encourage social relationships: They give their owners an appearance of friendliness, and they provide a good topic of conversation.

  Pets are as basic to American culture as hot dogs or apple pie. To Americans, pets are not just property, but a part of the family. After all, pets are people, too.



  在美国,有宠物的家庭比有孩子的家庭还多。至少43%的美国家庭养有不同种类的宠物,有些还饲养外来品种,例如猴子、蛇甚至狼;更常见的宠物有热带鱼、老鼠和鸟。不过,猫和狗一直是最有人气的,即使在白宫也不例外。布什的狗--斯波特已经取代了克林顿的猫--袜子,成为高高在上的"第一宠物"。最好的的宠物到底是猫还是狗?美国人有时候被这个问题弄得牵肠挂肚的。 "爱狗的人"和"爱猫的人"呢,也经常喜欢彼此调侃一番。   


  在宠物奢华享受的背后,其实存在着美国人的一种基本信念:宠物有权受到善待。美国至少有75个动物福利组织,他们为流离失所以及受到虐待的动物提供照顾与领养服务。兽医给动物提供的医疗护理好得令人难以置信--价格自然极其昂贵。 若是为了负担高科技的卫生保健,主人可买到宠物健康保险。宠物死时,主人还可以买到一块体面的墓地安葬它们。




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