The industry's largest event is expected to attract 70,000-80,000 people -- most of whom it is safe to say are pet lovers. The rest simply make a living out of the business. And at about $40 billion dollars a year, what a business it is. The recent food contamination scare hasn't hurt sales much, but it has generated some 12,000 complaints to the Food And Drug Administration.
Pets have become a part of the American landsacpe and -- depending how you look at it -- body politic. Some 69 million households alone now have cats.