More than ever pets are part of the family, with caring owners increasingly shelling out for "human" products and services, such as insurance, deli treats, day care, a new duffel coat for winter, and a haircut and blow dry every six weeks.
It seems being in the doghouse never looked so good.
These school holidays cat and dog owners heading out of town will call on pet feeding services which can cost $8 to $17 a meal, or drop their four-legged friends off at catteries and kennels, which, depending on location and luxury levels, can cost between $14 and $50 a day. MORE>>
So if New Zealanders spend so much money on their pets, why aren't they allowed in the cities, restaurants, buses, trains of this country!