Friday, October 26, 2007

Did You Get the Wag Rag Too?

Did anyone else receive their free, unrequested copy of the premiere issue of Wag magazine today? Besides not owning a dog, it riled me to see so many articles and ads promoting futile dog accessories. Do you know the to canine wineries of Napa? What's the latest trend in designer collars? The most offensive of which are Poochey Shoos which I've seen on a couple of dogs in my neighborhood recently. Dogs have survived fine without shoes for centuries, and the poor dogs forced to wear these that I've seen were struggling to walk along in what appeared to be both uncomfortable and impractical items their insensitive owners put on them.

I tend to fall into the category of not being a dog person per se -- I'm not opposed to them but not that drawn to them because of the noises and smells. But I would never abuse them with unwanted footware. And while I've lavished attention and medical care on my cats, I've never deluded myself into thinking they would enjoy those ugly, carpeted "kitty condos" or pointless toys that friends often buy for them, and then they just gather dust after being sniffed for eight seconds. I predict Wag magazine's future will have a lot in common with petopia.com Anyone remember that one?

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15 Comments:

At 1:44 PM, Blogger kimy said...

just caught up on jt ... 5 days now and how many hours?

all I can say re wag, dog shoes, carpeted cat condos and the like is: ain't capitalism amazing! it's always finding new avenues to go down to get people to spend their money on worthless, useless stuff....and people are stupid enough to be led along!

pe-topia - emphasis is everything! does that relate to dogs marking there territory? never heard of it!

I'm a pretty hard core cat person, but do admit I also am quite fond of dogs, someday I can imagine myself having a dog, but hard to introduce a dog into a pride filled with old cats! there's a very sweet dog at the house where I'm hanging this week. it's fun to take her on walks - what I like most about riley is that she's just a people magnet - I take her with when I pick up the wee lad and all the kids come up wanting to hug and pet her. excellent conduits for affection and care.

chim chim cher-ee! back to the mouse soon..... obviously given the length of this comment I've been away way too long!

 
At 1:58 PM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Kimy - I bet the dogs and cats are laughing at the stupid humans - except those poor dogs forced to wear shoes. They have every right to chew up the shoes of their humans for making them wear them. Dogs have paws because they are made for walking, running, digging.

Hope your trip is going well.

 
At 2:08 PM, Blogger Scot said...

My mom bought her dog some shoes after they went through a barticularly thorny patch of weeds in NM. The dog was so poked up, Mom actually had to pick up the full grown lab and carry her several yards to a safe location.
Of course the dog won't wear the damned shoes.

 
At 2:17 PM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Scot - My cousin Jeremy in Sedona feels the same way about shoes but for other reasons.

 
At 2:46 PM, Blogger marxsny said...

I would suggest that Wag Magazine is just the sort of thing you would expect to find in a society where people get probation for killing a child and 5-10 for killing a puppy. The demise of Petopia.com was probably part of the .com bubble burst. There will most likely always be a market to sell crap to people who desperately want to to humanize their pets.

 
At 3:18 PM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Mark - It also tells you why when sports heroes beat their kids and wives it never makes the news, but everyone freaked when that football player was abusing dogs.

Petopia was one of many Bay Area dot-coms that bit the dust, and now and then you see remnants of them around town. Every now and then I see one of the former Web Van vehicles -- the site where you could order a package of gum online and they'd deliver it to you at home for free. What drugs where the investors on when they approved that business plan?

 
At 7:11 AM, Blogger Gary said...

You are not a dog person! OH, JT. I adore dogs and am allergic to cats. What are we going to do with the pair of us? This does not bode well for our relationship.

 
At 8:39 AM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Gary - I actually like dogs, and my cat is VERY old. In the meantime we will have to find some mid-way meeting point. Perhaps a pied-a-terre in St. Louis. Naw, Paris or Barcelona would be better.

 
At 11:31 AM, Blogger Gary said...

Sounds good, my vote goes to Paris! I'll be wearing white.

 
At 11:39 AM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Gary - Sounds good to me as well, but we've got to stop meeting like this. People will talk.

 
At 5:07 PM, Blogger kimy said...

gary, don't rule barcelona out - definitely hot town! you'd love it!!!!! why am I suddenly singing 'matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match' ?????

 
At 5:08 PM, Blogger kimy said...

p.s n of 1 - yes, people are talking....;) xx

 
At 5:12 PM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Kimy - I'm blushing -- and waiting for the introduction, and not just to Barcelona. I'm already hooked on it.

 
At 11:37 AM, Blogger kusala said...

Goddamn it, what do you MEAN I'm not on that mailing list?

I loves me some doggies, but if I ever have one again, it's not gonna be eating any poochie bonbons or wearing booties or having a Hermés collar!

 
At 12:16 PM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Kusala - Maybe Santa Barbara isn't considered as affluent as the Mission District (Har, har.) I love almost all types of pets (besides reptiles) but don't believe in projecting child replacement fantasies on them. Give the dog a nice chew toy, not designer duds.

 

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