Eagles Celebrate National Dog Day

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4 Your Pets: National Dog Day Events In Minnesota.

We all know we spend a lot on our pets – the American Pet Products Association estimates U.S. pet owners will collectively spend about $60 billion this year – but it’s interesting to see how much an individual dog owner spends.Wednesday is National Dog Day, and thousands of people from across the country have taken time out from their busy days to celebrate by posting puppy photos, videos, and shout-outs on social media. (In other words, it’s not much different than every other day on the Internet.) • The most popular breed in the city is the Labrador retriever, according to a database of licensed dogs that the Globe obtained last June.

Of the many characteristics shared by man and mongrel — a predilection for lying on the couch, an aversion to leafy greens and doctors — the one that most unites us may be the joy of going for a drive. Rover.com, which connects owners with pet sitters in their area, broke down one-time expenses, monthly costs and the overall annual estimate cost of owning a pooch. More than half of the 54 million American dog owners consider buying a vehicle based on its ability to accommodate man’s best friend, according to Autotrader. “The cars on our list provide key features for pet owners, such as fold-flat rear seats, rear lift gate, low ride height, airy cabin and under-floor storage,” Brian Moody, executive editor for Autotrader, said in a statement. The researchers compiled data from a variety of sources, including Petfinder.com, ASPCA, Banfield Pet Hospital and other sites to determine their estimated costs. Rounding out the top 10 were: Buddy, Charlie, Maggie, Molly, and Riley. • There were also plenty of unusual monikers — 2,500 dogs had names that were entirely unique, from Aaliyah to Zyler.

Based on their calculations, they found that new dog owners likely spend a grand total of an estimated $2,858 annually on their pets, including $838 in one-time expenses upon getting a dog. Maple Grove’s 3 Squares Restaurant is holding a huge patio bash, where dogs can enjoy house-made dog treats and humans can take advantage of specials on food and drinks. That total also includes $75 monthly (or $900 a year) on recurring expenses, such as food, toys, parasite prevention, treats; and about $120 on average routine veterinary exams. Twin Fish Photo will also have a backdrop and several props there to help create some hilarious pictures of you and your tail-waggin’ family members.

The small wagonlike hatch opens up to a wide cargo area and low floor that can be made even taller by flipping up the rear Magic Seats, which give you almost 41/2 feet of vertical space behind the front seats. We’d recommend avoiding the standard second seats instead of the ones with the fancy footrests, which can’t be collapsed down and aren’t as versatile. Mercedes new compact crossover has “one of the lowest load floors of any compact SUV,” according to Doug DeMuro for Autotrader, and it has a power liftgate. Unfortunately, a 2013 study conducted by Subaru and the Center for Pet Safety found that most dog seat belts on the market had “catastrophic failure” during a crash, which means the dog test dummy either came loose from the restraint or was a projectile, according to Hannah Elliott in Forbes.com.

When passenger side air bags are disabled, front-riding dogs can suffer far greater injuries from impact with the windshield than if they were riding in back.

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