Giving spirit extends to animals

ESTHER ASHBY-COVENTRY
Last updated 05:00 15/01/2014
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MYTCHALL BRANSGROVE/ Fairfax NZ

CAT'S PLAY: How's This For Pets co-owner Christine Burrows plays with a tortoiseshell kitten using some of the firsts pet lovers buy their babies.

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Timaru pets are spoilt more than usual over the summer holidays, with their owners indulging them with fluffy toys and fancy food.

How's This for Pets co-owner Christine Burrows said animals were often considered an important family member and were treated as such.

It was not just cats and dogs which benefited from gifts, she said.

Owners of rabbits, birds and guinea pigs also bought treats for their pets.

Mrs Burrows said the presents were often wrapped for the animal and ranged from a $100 bird cage to a $1.50 bag of dog snacks. New collars were also popular.

Older folk were very fond of their pets and many had birds they talked to which talked back. They're an important connection for them," she said.

January remained busy as pet lovers set up fish tanks or prepared for dog obedience training with a new halter leash.

"People buy their pets things all year round but there is an upsurge in the holidays."

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- South Canterbury

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