Category Archives: Other dog news

Tough Times: Put your dog to work for you

A company in Novosibirsk, Siberia is paying pet owners to use their dogs as walking billboards. “Obviously companies now are asking how they can keep their products visible without having to spend vast sums of money on expensive multi-media campaigns,” said a spokesman for Promo Dog. “Dogs go everywhere and are highly visible on the streets.” (via Crucial Minutiae)

How much is that doggie at the shelter? By Patti Page

Patti Page updates her classic to make it about the doggie in the shelter. Here are the lyrics:

Do You See That Doggie in the Shelter?

Do you see that doggie in the shelter
the one with the take me home eyes
If you give him your love and attention
he will be your best friend for life

In each town and city across the nation,
there’s so many dogs with no home
Hungry with no one to protect them
lost is this world all alone

repeat chorus

Collies and beagles by the roadside
puppies and dogs in the street
Once they are rescued by a shelter
they’ll finally get something to eat

Doggies and kitties who are homeless
with sad eyes and tails hanging down
Let’s do what we can to show them kindness
and let them know that they’ve been found

The HSUS site linked above has a downloadable version and an interview with 81-year-ol Page, who’s in pretty darned good shape. She says she would never buy a dog in a pet shop these days.

Here’s the original about the doggie in the window, the one with the waggly tail:

Obama family dog will set tone for administration

More pundit pontificating about the presidential puppy, this time from Bloomberg:

How Obama finesses this issue will be an indication of his intentions toward Detroit’s automakers. Congressional Democrats won’t allow these old dogs, who can’t seem to learn new tricks, to be put to sleep. So the new administration will have to choose between throwing car companies a lifeline (again) and nationalizing them, dumping the management, wiping out the shareholders and putting them into a receivership until they can be restructured and sold.

The puppy pick will tell which one it will be.

On a personal level, the easiest way for Obama to shed the label of elitist is to get a pound dog. Someone who spends $21 for a haircut can’t fork out $2,500 for a dog whose monthly grooming costs exceed his own and expect to be seen as an ordinary Joe. Bow-wow.

Defending the Peruvian Hairless Dog

In the comments of an earlier post, there’s a fantastic, informed and fair defense of the Peruvian Hairless dog, one of which was offered to the Obama family:

The puppies are chubby and wrinkly and grow into Art Deco sculptural, slender, elegant beauties. Their movement is graceful and mesmerizing a well. I noticed a lot of misinformation in much of the press releases/comments…

Compulsory reading for anyone interested in the breed.