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What do you leave for your pet while you’re gone, Berkshires?

Here’s an interesting question for pet owners in Berkshire County. When you’re away for an extended period of time, whether you’re at work on a regular day or on a mini-vacation over the weekend, do you leave something behind for your four-legged companion?

For example, if you are staying overnight, do you leave all the lights on? Or maybe just the lights in certain areas of the house? What about television or radio? Some background noise so your pet doesn’t feel alone. If so, what do your pets prefer to see and/or hear?

Whenever my soulmate and I go somewhere, we always leave at least one of the televisions on for our beautiful little boy, Prince. Now our handsome Prince is a new addition to our household, so we’re still narrowing down his viewing preferences.

The good folks at digital marketing agency Go Fish Digital pointed me to an interesting survey by LED lighting pioneer Cree Lighting about the extra steps pet owners take before leaving their pets home alone.

And you know what? You’d be surprised (or maybe not especially if you’re a pet owner yourself) at what people Leave before they left their furry companions in the dark.

Cree Lighting surveyed more than 1,100 American pet owners over the course of a week in March and discovered some pretty interesting things. For example, during the 5 hours (on average) that Americans are away from home each day, they tend to leave at least 2 lights on, plus televisions and cooling instruments, either fans or air conditioning units, or both .

Another interesting statistic to emerge from the survey, of pet owners who leave their televisions or radios on, more than one-third believe their pet actually watches television, while two-thirds believe their pet actually listens to and enjoys the television. music they leave on.

One thing you realize immediately after reading the survey is that people (thank goodness!) really love your pets. More than half of those surveyed said that their pets have influenced their furniture purchases.

Additionally, more than two-thirds of pet owners said they would prefer to give up alcohol for a year before leaving their pets in the dark. And 32% would rather give up their smartphone for a year than leave their pets in the dark.

I think my favorite part of the survey came towards the end when pet owners were asked what specifically leave for your pets. Some answers were funny, some were surprising, and some were just… weird.

The most common responses to what people leave on TV for their pets was “Animal Planet” and the like. Some of the other answers? “Gunsmoke”, “The Office”, “Three’s Company”, “Friends”, barnyard videos and “Sponge Bob Squarepants”.

The most common response to what people put on the radio for their pets was classical music. Some others were “relaxing, spa-like new age music,” “NPR, for the vocals,” and “I have Alexa play the soundtrack for Hamilton”.

If you have a pet or are an animal lover, you should check out the survey for yourself. An interesting read awaits you. Visit the Cree Lighting website for the full survey and see for yourself!

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