Mimi, a six-month-old French bulldog, is in the lap of luxury in a hotel room at the Driskill Hotel on Thursday, August 2, 2012. Diane Miller of Houston brought her dog on her business trip to Austin, and took advantage of the Driskill's pampered pets program. The dog was treated to a custom pet bed, designer dishes and mat, bottled spring water, gourmet dog treats and a souvenir pet toy.
Happy National Pet Month: Here's some news to kick off May in a furry fashion. A list recently released by Amazon.com ranks the top 20 U.S. cities according to how much money they spend on pet-related merchandise, and Austin made the No. 8 spot. It is the only Texas city on the list.
Amazon's rankings, determined on a per capita basis, only count cities with more than 40,000 residents. Topping the list are Miami, Seattle, Atlanta. According to the news release, the most popular pet products sold on the site in 2013 included Cat Dancer 301 Cat Charmer Interactive Cat Toy, Kyjen Hide-A-Squirrel Puzzle Toy for Dogs and StarMark Clicker Dog Training System.
Austin's tendency to pamper its pets should come as no surprise. According to a 2013 American-Statesman story, Austin boasts 365 veterinarians (the highest number of vets per capita in the state). The city is crazy for canines, too, home to an estimated 193,600 dogs as of February 2013. (Anyone want to count the cats?)