In 2016, the pet industry banked a whopping $16.82 billion in sales. I helped create numbers like these most of my life since I’m one of those dog moms who would spend my last penny making certain my dogs had what they needed, and even what they didn’t need. Toys galore, super nice dog beds, the best food, and the best health care. Annual sales figures and doggy shopping sprees show just how crazy in love we are with our pets! But as much as we give to our pets, they seem to give us even more and in ways we might have never imagined.