By Tom Clarke
Our fascination and love of pets can be dated back as far as 10,000BC where there is evidence of humans being buried with cats and dogs. Ancient Egyptian paintings portray cats as animals that were sacred among the people, which is also evident through the various statues that exist. Throughout the Middle Ages in Europe, pets were beginning to become more common, but generally they were owned by wealthier households. It was during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance that the word pet actually originated.
In more recent times there have been certain events and social influences that have had an effect on pet ownership. For example, the release of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie in 1990 led to an increase in the purchase of terrapins. In 1956, the release of the novel, “The One Hundred and One Dalmatians" resulted in a sharp rise in ownership of the spotted breed. Changing social factors such as: more people living on their own, people having less children, and having less social time with friends, have all been contributory factors to the increase in pet ownership of late.
Tom Clarke graduated from the University of Sydney in 2006, after obtaining a Masters in Marketing. After spending two years in China, working in the fast-moving consumer goods sector, Tom returned to Australia in 2008 to take a senior marketing position in Sydney. In 2012, he brought his experience and expertise to the Greyhounds As Pets team.