Marion Zola - Interview

Local author and screenwriter, Marion Zola talks about her dog, Mr. Chips from her memoir titled Romancing the Dog; the struggle to make a pound dog happy in Beverly Hills.  "She will make you smile, laugh and cry." says one reader.  I learned a few things from her and recommend this to anyone; listen online or download.

Here are the stats I referred to in the show:

There are some 70 million pet dogs in the U.S. and 74.1 million pet cats, a number that's down from 2006, when the AVMA last conducted its survey.

The United States may be the most dog-loving country in the world, but you wouldn't know it in the nation's capital. D.C. seems to have unusually low rates of pet ownership. For comparison, New York City's economic development group finds that about one in three New York households have pets,

According to the 2012 U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook, the top pet-owning state is Vermont, in which 70.8 percent of households have pets. After that comes New Mexico (67.6 percent), South Dakota (65.6 percent), Oregon (63.6 percent), Maine (62.9 percent), Washington (62.7 percent), Arkansas (62.4 percent), West Virginia (62.1 percent), Idaho (62 percent) and Wyoming (61.8 percent).

The states in which pet-owning is comparatively rare include Rhode Island and Minnesota -- 53 percent of households in those states have pets. Then comes California (52.9 percent), Maryland (52.3 percent), Illinois (51.8 percent), Nebraska (51.3 percent), Utah (51.2 percent), New Jersey (50.7 percent), New York (50.6 percent) and Massachusetts (50.4 percent) rounding out the bottom of the list, just above D.C.

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