LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Americans love their pets. Last year they spent a record amount of money pampering them.
According to the American Pet Products Association, Americans spent a total of $56 billion last year on their pets.
That record number is expected to go higher this year as the money spent on services that includes grooming, training, and pet sitting grew by the largest percentage.
"People are treating their pets and are feeling like their pets are part of their family," says Beth Green.
She owns Paws Pet Care with her husband, John, who is a Metro Louisville police officer. "We offer an alternative to boarding and and kennels, so all of our services are provided in clients homes," Green says.
Paws Pet Care offers all kinds of services for the family pet, including a home sitting service, private walkings, a pet taxi service and there is even a wedding package.
"That could mean walking them down the aisle, caring the rings on their collar or being part of their reception and ceremony, we can provide that," says Green.
Paws Pet Care has seen strong growth since it began five years ago. The company has about a half dozen employees including Alexa Anderson.
"It's a fun job," she says, "I get to play with dogs all day, I've always loved animals and I couldn't think of anything else I would rather do."
The real boom in pet spending started several years ago when baby boomers became empty-nesters and many looked to fill the void left by their kids who were growing up and leaving home.
Green expects the demand for her services continue to grow because of Americans love affair with their pets.
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