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13 facts about dog-gone vacationers

Think Dexter and Archie feel sad about being left behind? A new survey says 37 percent of American dog owners admit to shedding a tear when they had to vacation without their pet along.
Think Dexter and Archie feel sad about being left behind? A new survey says 37 percent of American dog owners admit to shedding a tear when they had to vacation without their pet along. jbordsen@charlotteobserver.com

A website about traveling with you-know-who – Rover.com – has released a survey they commissioned of 1,000 American pet owners.

Here are some findings to chew over:

94 percent of respondents consider their dogs as family.

47 percent who have a “significant other” find it harder to leave their pooch behind than they would their partner.

37 percent admit to shedding a tear when they had to leave their dog behind.

39 percent of American dog owners have not taken a trip because they were unable to find a good pet sitter. Among millennials – the generation that reached adulthood around the year 2000 – that rises to 60 percent. In fact, 62 percent for millennials have skipped an event because of this issue.

13 percent of all respondents say they’ve even skipped weddings and bachelor/bachelorette-type events because of pets that would be left behind.

37 percent who vacationed without their dogs admit to crying at least once about the pooch they behind.

When it comes to worrying about traveling with their canines, 20 percent of respondents get stressed about taking a road trip; 14 percent get stressed about domestic flights.

But at the same time, 65 percent say a flight vacation is the most difficult way to travel with with a pet; 20 percent say a road trip is most difficult.

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