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Two-thirds of American households have pets: “New National Pet Owners Survey,” American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, Inc.

One-third of American households has children: “2005 American Community Survey,” US Census Bureau.

The American pet economy in 2006: MarketResearch.com “Packaged Facts reports on Pet Travel & Convenience, May 2007.”

The pet economy is resistant to recession: “Crazy for their Pets, Americans are on a Spending Spree” The News Journal Wilmington, Delaware, August 20, 2007.

One-third of women agree: “Valentine’s Day Survey, January 2006,” American Kennel Club.

Sharing beds with pets and buying gifts: “Pets Are “Members of the Family”,” Harris Interactive, The Harris Poll, December 2007.

Snoring pets: “Dog Tired? It Could be Your Pooch,” ScienceDaily, Mayo Clinic research, 2002.

PetSmart CEO: “The Pet Economy,” BusinessWeek, August 2007.

Purebread dogs can be matched to their masters: “Do Dogs Resemble Their Owners?” Michael Roy and Nicholas Christenfeld, Department of Psychology, University of California at San Diego.

$24.5 billion on pet health care: “U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographic Sourcebook,” American Veterinary Medical Association, December 2007.

Doggie anti-depressant: “Reconcile,” Eli Lilly & Co.

Doggie diet drug: “Slentrol,” Pfizer.

The obesity epidemic: “Stop Canine Obesity

Urns for pet ashes: “New National Pet Owners Survey,” American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, Inc.

Oprah’s dogs: “Oprah’s Dogs Will Inherit Millions,” (denied by Angela DePaul, publicist, Harpo Industries).

Tori Spelling’s pug’s blog: “Confessions from a Canine Drama Queen,” Dogster.com.

Leona Helmsley’s will: “Last Will and Testament of Leona M. Helmsley.”

Mr. Winkle: “Mrwinkle.com“.

Social networking for pets: “Dogster.com,” “Catster.com.”

Pam Anderson’s chihuahua: “The Bride Wore Fur,” Daily Record, August 2005.

Michael Jackson’s pet chimp Bubbles: “Biography of Bubbles,” Center for Great Apes.

Juicy Crittoure: “Dog Pawfum,” Juicy Couture.

Pet hotels: “Waghotels.com.”

Walt Disney World’s planned pet resort: “Best Friends to Build Luxury Pet Resort at Walt Disney World Resort,” Walt Disney World news.

Number of animal trainers rises sharply: “A Chorus of Dog Whisperers,” New York Times December 2007.

The parrot that helps with anxiety attacks: “Sadie the Parrot, at Your Service,” Sarah Casey, Saint Louis Post-Dispatch, October 7, 2006.

The iPond: “iPond Gone, Gilly Heads for Brighter Days,” The Age, December 2007.

British prime minister’s office rejects backyard elephants: “EPetition Reply: Elephants for Pets,” Office of the Prime Minister.

Exotic pets imported: “Exotic Pet Trade Booming in U.S.,” Margaret Ebrahim, Associated Press, November 2006.

Getting high of the dried venom of toads: “Cops: More Smoke Toad Venom to Get High,” Associated Press, December 2007.

Tiger in NY apartment: “A Tiger’s Keeper Says He Misses His ‘Friend’,” New York Times October 2003.

Presidents and their executive pets: “Presidential Pet Museum.

Fashionable choices in dog collars: “About Dog Collars,” New York Times, April 27, 1884.

Pet pigeon fad: “Pet Pigeons, Latest Fad,” New York Times, 1907.

The birth of an urban alligator legend: “Alligator Found in Uptown Sewer,” New York Times February 10, 1935.

Cocker spaniels, Poodles as top dogs: “AKC Registration Statistics, Fact Sheet,” American Kennel Club.

Sea-monkeys: “What are Sea-Monkeys Anyway?.

Potbellied pigs: “Survey of Humane Organizations and Slaughter Plans Regarding Experiences with Vietnamese Potbellied Pigs,” Linda K. Lord, Thomas E. Wittum, Ohio State University.

Cocker spaniels once again Top Dog in 1983: “AKC Registration Statistics, Fact Sheet,” American Kennel Club.

Rottweilers in Russia: “Moscow’s Rich Flaunt Rottweilers,” Sara Koenig, New York Times, August 8, 1996.

Pet hedgehogs: “Hedgehogs Latest ‘Designer Pet,'” Shawne K. Wickham, Union Leader, April 1995.

Tamagotchi: “Bandai.com.

Rudy Giuliani vs. ferret-lovers: “Giuliani responds to a caller on his radio show asking about the ferret ban.

Sugar gliders: “SugarGlider.com.

Freeing Nemo: “‘Nemo’ fans net fish warning,” CNN.com, June 2003.

Monkeypox outbreak: “Control of communicable diseases; restriction on African rodents, prairie dogs, and certain other animals.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 42 CFR Part 71.

Stag beetles: “Biological Invasion Caused by Commercialization of Stag Beetles in Japan,” Science Links Japan.

Toyger: “Toygers.com.”

Ratatoile: “Film Triggers Rat Craze in France,” BBC News 2007.

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Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

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