George Clooney purchased a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig named Max as a gift for then girlfriend, actress Kelly Preston. When their relationship ended, Clooney kept the pig for an additional 18 years until Max died in 2006. He has jokingly referred to Max as the longest relationship he had ever had.
In 2019, a British woman married her dog. She explained that after four failed engagements, 220 dates, and a range of unsatisfactory experiences in the search for love, she had given up on the male of her species – whereas with her dog, she felt that he had saved her and she had saved him.
Millennials are more likely to purchase a home in order to have space for their dog than to have more space for children.
A cat in New Zealand tricked two different women into owning him. Neither knew they had the same cat until after he went to the vet for stitches. The cat got to keep both names as well as both owners through a shared custody agreement.
Jake Perry has owned both of the oldest cats to ever live. He fed them dry food, broccoli, eggs, turkey bacon, coffee with cream and an eyedropper of red wine, played them nature documentaries, built steps on his walls, and an enclosure in his backyard.
In 1997 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, a pot-bellied pig named Lulu saved her owner, having a heart attack. Lulu heard the owner’s cries of pain then forced her way out of the yard and played dead on the road. Lulu successfully stopped a car and guided help to the owner, she survived.
67% of millennials see their pet as part of the family and refer to them as a “fur baby.” They would like to take leave from work to care for a new pet if their employer offered it. Millennial dog owners spend an average of $1,285 per year on their pet.
Romans were known to create tombs for their dogs and gave them epitaphs to remember them by. One such inscription read, “I am in tears, while carrying you to your last resting place as much as I rejoiced when bringing you home with my own hands 15 years ago.”
A French writer had a pet lobster he would take for walks in Paris. He used a blue silk ribbon as a leash. He called them “peaceful, serious creatures” and that they didn’t “bark” or “gnaw upon one’s monadic privacy” like dogs did.
An animal shelter in Maricopa County, Arizona, has a program where you can spend your 4th of July comforting the animals and keeping them calm during the loud fireworks.