(Shannon and dog Venus, Boulder, Colorado. Photo by Doug Grinbergs)
2000: Boulder, Colorado, becomes the first city to use the term "guardian," in addition to or instead of "owner," in its pet-related ordinances. Nineteen other cities and one state follow suit.
2000: The Uniform Trust Code allows owners to leave money to their companion animals after they die.
2004: The largest veterinary malpractice damages in U.S. history are awarded: $39,000 for the death of a dog.