Scooby Doo has been named America’s favorite ever on-screen pet, according to new research. Since first gracing our screens back in 1969, Scooby Doo has been entertaining families for years and beat out other family favorites like Snoopy and Lassie to be named America’s favorite on-screen pet.
The research also showed that our love of animals is greatly encouraged by on-screen appearances, with over half (53 percent) having fallen in love with their first on-screen pet between the ages of five and ten.
Nearly half (49 percent) of those polled think that their love for a TV or movie pet has influenced the pets that they have now. In fact, Americans are so pet-obsessed that a whopping 38 percent have gone so far as to name their pet after an on-screen animal.
On-screen pets seem to have been a positive influence on the lives of Americans – with 56 percent claiming that TV and movie pets have positively effected how they interact and care for animals in real life.
While our love of pets has presumably been developed through exposure with and fondness of TV and movie pets, it’s indubitably the companionship and unconditional love that sustains the devotion for our pets in real life.
“It’s no secret that Americans love their dogs. Whether this affection has been ingrained in us from childhood movies, or is a direct result of their unwavering loyalty; our dogs are as important to us as our family members,” said Terry Anderton, CEO at Wagz, Inc., a connected pet lifestyle company that has built a revolutionary system of smart pet products for busy dog owners.
In fact, pet owners love their pets so much that 94 percent view their dog as a part of the family. So much so, that 81 percent agree that they treat their dog like their own child.
And just like with a child, spoiling our furry friends is something that dog owners confess they do without any shame as dog owners say they spend $54 a month just on non-essential items like treats and toys for their best friends.
The reason dog owners are spoiling their pets is because it brings them tremendous amounts of happiness — with 73 percent expressing joy as their main motivation for doing extra-special things for their dog like celebrating their birthday, purchasing clothes or fashion accessories, leaving the TV or entertainment on specifically for their dog, and including the dog in the family photo.
For dog owners, letting their furry friend sleep near them is a no-brainer, as two in five let their dog sleep with them or another family member.
Besides letting them sleep in the lap of luxury, 92 percent of dog owners talk to their dogs daily with another 17 percent taking pictures of their pups every day.
Dog owners will go out on a limb for their dogs, but with love, comes worries. which is why the number one worry among dog parents is their pup’s health and life expectancy.
In fact, 76 percent of respondents had above average concerns about their dog’s health and life expectancy, and 64 percent had above average concerns about their dog’s weight and physical activity.
Happiness/demeanor, cleanliness/hygiene, comfort level with other dogs and people, weight/physical activity, energy level, behavioral issues, and ability to entertain themselves were all common concerns among dog owners.
“When it comes to food and nutrition, in the last year, 21 percent of respondents worried that their dog was overfed, 20 percent worried that their dog wasn’t getting the right nutrition, and 27 percent worried that their dog didn’t like his/her food.
“It’s clear that there has been a huge shift in the way people care for and love their pets. Wagz is reinventing how people connect with their dogs – so the real-life worries that come along with modern dog ownership can be a thing of the past. Our smart feeder, door, collar, treat dispenser and food, all work together with one app to cover the most pressing needs of pet parents. It’s a system built to eliminate hundreds of worries so dog owners can connect with – and enjoy – their pet more.”
Top 30 Favorite On-Screen Pets
• Scooby Doo (Scooby Doo) 57.20%
• Snoopy (Snoopy) 51.90%
• Lassie (Lassie) 41.00%
• Toto (The Wizard of Oz) 31.85%
• Garfield (Garfield and Friends) 31.45%
• Beethoven (Beethoven) 30.30%
• Tom (Tom and Jerry) 28.70%
• Old Yeller (Old Yeller) 28.65%
• Lady (Lady and the Tramp) 27.25%
• Marley (Marley and Me) 26.95%
• Clifford the Big Red Dog (Clifford) 25.55%
• Dino (The Flintstones) 24.75%
• Mister Ed (Mister Ed) 24.20%
• Scrappy (Scooby-Doo) 23.70%
• George (Curious George) 23.20%
• Wilbur (Charlotte’s Web) 23.00%
• Black Beauty (Black Beauty) 22.90%
• Babe (Babe) 22.65%
• Astro (The Jetsons) 22.00%
• Hooch (Turner and Hooch) 20.45%
• Stuart Little (Stuart Little) 19.85%
• Marmaduke (Marmaduke) 19.70%
• Sebastian (The Little Mermaid) 18.35%
• Buddy (Air Bud) 17.80%
• Black Stallion (The Black Stallion) 15.55%
• Pongo (101 Dalmatians) 15.20%
• Jack Sparrow the Monkey (Pirates of the Caribbean) 15.05%
• Salem (Sabrina the Teenage Witch) 14.50%
• Eddie (Frasier) 14.40%
• Brian (Family Guy) 14.10%
Top 5 Favorite Dog Movies
• Marley and Me
• Lady and the Tramp
• 101 Dalmatians
• The Secret Life of Pets