Americans have a unique relationship with animals in that we truly consider pets to be part of the family. Americans are number one worldwide for both dog and cat ownership. In fact, we have twice as many dogs as the number two country (Brazil) and 50 percent more cats than the next closest country (China). We also love to spoil our pets, spending $50 billion on our pets annually. Have you ever bought your pet a birthday present? If so, you are among the one in three Americans who admit to doing so. How about paying for professional photographs of your pet? One in four Americans loves their pet enough to want professionals photos. If your pet is a member of the family, shouldn’t you provide for your pet in your estate plan?