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)
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
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:
Through diligent research in the YouTube archives, the Scottish Terrier and Dog News has turned up several long-lost videos of Barney the first dog. Check out this fabulous film festival.
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.
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.
We’ve all received an unwanted gift or two in our time, but imagine being the Obama parents and being offered this Peruvian Hairless Dog for your little girls who want a cute puppy?
Paging Miss Manners to tell us how to get out of this one. In the mean time, just leave your suggestions in the comments.
The first dog and favourite pet of President George Bush bit a reporter today. The Scottish Terrier and Dog News has the video as well as extensive background on Barney and his past behaviour.
His critics include both Karl Rove and Vladimir Putin.