Australia spends more on pets than on foreign aid reports The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper. Doggie lifejackets, diamond jewelry and breath fresheners for pets are among other items that have sent Australians’ spending on their pets soaring to $2.2 billion a year. A pet shop owner noted the change in attitude toward pets in the last decade.
Dogs used to be in the backyard, covered in fleas and chewing on a bone, he said. Now they’re indoors, sitting on a fluffy bed and wearing a diamante collar. He noted, though, that the shift has been good for business, as dogs are now treated as members of the family and lavished with expensive goods.