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U.S. Pet Industry Expenditures

Pets are a very important part of a lot of American families. They provide fun, comfort, cuteness, and in some cases, protection. People will go to many lengths to take good care of their pets.

As most people are aware, for the past couple of years, the economy has not been good. Prices are rising and falling, people are losing their jobs, and spending less money. However, there are a few things that have not been affected by the economy. One of those things is the amount of money that people spend on their pets. Since 1994, the billions of dollars that American families spend on their pets has risen consistently by about 6 billion dollars per three years.

This infographic expresses the increase in Pet Industry Expenditures over the past 17 years. Each dog represents a certain year, and they are three years apart. The dogs are colored as high as the billions of dollars spent that year. For the most recent year, 2010, the dog is colored up to the top.

Getting to this point was extremely challenging. First, I wanted to do something with Brand New lyrics. That proved to be too difficult, so I got some opinion from friends who said I should use SPCA statistics. I tried that as well, but found that these statistics were the easiest to work with. I found a dog icon and used Paint to color them in.


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