10 Feb 2010
Tags: Feb. 14, French, HUNGARY, Ipsos, Mexico, Netherlands, Pet, Reuters, spouse, TURKEY, Valentine’s Day
Younger, less affluent more likely to choose non-human company on Feb. 14
Rather than spending Valentine’s Day with their partner, one-fifth of adults would prefer to be with their pet, according to a joint global poll by Reuters/Ipsos.The survey of 24,000 people in 23 countries found 21 percent of adults would rather spend February 14 with their pet than their spouse, although the French were least likely to choose a furry friend over a human, with only 10 percent taking that option.
But the survey found that age and income were more of a determining factor than nationality when it came to romance, with younger, less affluent people more likely to choose their pet as their Valentine’s Day companion.ohn Wright, senior vice president of Ipsos, said 25 percent of people aged under 35 opted for their pet over their partner compared to 18 percent of those aged 35-54 and 14 percent of people aged 55 plus.
Men and women were evenly split over the question.Those choosing pets over people were also more likely to be those who have a lower income (24 percent) compared to those who were middle or higher income earners (20 percent).
22 Dec 2009
Tags: ARGENTINA, ARIZONA, Botswana, Brazil, BULGARIA, California, CAMBODIA, China, COSTA RICA, CROATIA, Dog, Egypt, Florida, FRANCE, GREECE, HUNGARY, India, ITALY, KENYA, MALAYSIA, Ms Lefson, NAMIBIA, NEVADA, New York, Oscar, Peru, PUERTO RICO, ROMANIA, Russia, South Africa, SWITZERLAND, TEXAS, Thailand, The World Woof Tour, TURKEY, USA, UTAH, World, ZAMBIA
A dog called Oscar is has laid claim to the title of the animal kingdom’s most intrepid explorer after visiting famous landmarks around the world. His travels include five continents, 29 countries and stopping off everywhere from the Eiffel Tower to the Taj Mahal.Oscar was rescued from a South African kennel by owner Joanne Lefson five years ago. In May the pair began an epic journey hoping to inspire millions to help save his fellow canines living as strays on the streets.
Dodging crocodile-infested rivers, walking on the Great Wall of China and escaping Italian police Oscar finally finished his tour last week.The £250,000 six-month trip – which Joanne funded by selling her home – also took in 15,000 shelter dogs and at more than 50 charity-run rescue centres.The pair capped off the tour at Brazil’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio, Brazil.
Ms Lefson, who is half British and half South African, had the idea to take the titanic trip dubbed ‘The World Woof Tour’.
She said it was a miracle Oscar was alive let alone a globe trotter.She said: “If I hadn’t gone to the kennel that fateful day Oscar had one more day left and would have been put down.”When I discovered what a wonderful dog Oscar was it broke my heart to think how many ‘Oscar’s’ are still out there and simply just don’t get that second chance.