The last few decades have seen a marked difference in the way Americans live with and relate to animals. In fact, in a recent CBS poll 89% of respondents said they consider pets a part of the family. Americans are spending more than ever on their pets, despite a sluggish economy. People (yours included) are making home purchase decisions with pet needs at or near the top of their list of priorities. There is no denying it: as a country, we’ve gone pet crazy.
In this CBS report, Jim Axelrod digs deeper than the obvious, emotional pull of cuteness to look at the scientific side of our evolving relationship with the animals we love, and what it is about them that we just can’t resist.