3.25.2010

Pets are not children.

I was going to post the following images for Tacky Tuesday, but after talking with my friend, I realized that they aren't tacky at all. They are ridiculous.


{Source 1, 2, 3, 4}

I'm sorry, but when you walk your dog, isn't your dog supposed to walk?? I know that to some pets are your "babies" but this is {in my opinion} taking that just a little too far. I can deal with a doggie tote bag but this is just too much.

After my dog's knee surgery, he wasn't allowed to walk for eight weeks. Because I couldn't leave him in his crate all the time, I thought about getting one of those slings. But only because I had a broken pup who couldn't walk.

And then I realized that I'd look like one of these idiots pet owners, and decided to carry him around like a normal person.

What's your take on this? What pet "extras" do you love, and which ones are just a little too much for you?

That poor purse puppy.

21 comments:

  1. There was a point in time when I considered a stroller-type contraption for my cat, but I'd argue that walking a cat and walking a dog are fundamentally different. ;) I can't get over that backpack thing that holds the dog vertically!!! I had no idea that existed. CRAZY!

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  2. I don't have a dog nor cat but this kind of irritates me. :( Poor little ones... :(

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  3. Yikes. I could never do that! Oh, but the fact that my dog is an 80 pound Lab means that I can't do that! {bummer} ;)

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  4. I totally agree - this is ridiculous. All I have for my dog is a collar & leash. (no clothes - strollers - slings - nothing.)

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  5. Oh my goodness these are ridiculous. I would say maybe if you had an elderly,sick, or injured dog then something like the stroller thing would make more sense but those slings look so uncomfortable.

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  6. Okay that dog fanny-pack thing not only looks ridiculous, but the poor dog looks terribly uncomfortable.

    I have a friend who pushes her dog in a stroller...good lord. So silly. I LOVE my dog, but that is where I draw the line - Dog strollers and dog birthday parties.

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  7. ohhh dear. that's just ridiculous. I have a 10lb dog and he would hate being put in either one of those things! he loves to run and walk outside!

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  8. So glad to hear you say this, especially since you adore your pets.. glad you haven't lost your mind like these people :)

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  9. Wow, is all I can say. My dog is my baby but I have never thought about buying him any type of walking or carrying thing, plus he is a Rottie so he is a little too big. Regardless I won't do it. I have thought about buying him a jacket or sweater during the winter months but that is as far as i will go.

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  10. My big question is, that isn't the point of taking a dog for a walk to, um, let her walk?!

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  11. I will say that my pup IS my first child. But I never would have thought to get one of these. Besides he's a lab and probably wouldn't fit. ;)

    Is is bad that he has a christmas stocking?

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  12. Hilarious!!!! Omg, I can't belive people would USE this stuff!! People will buy anything these days...

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  13. Just a thought for your next post from me & a co-worker: Children are not pets. (w/ picture of a child with a "child-leash")

    Happy Thursday!

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  14. lol... speaking from a 4lb (fullgrown) dog owner... i may or may not be guilty of a) dressing my dog, b) putting her in the basket i carry at the saturday market when she gets tired or c) considering a stroller....

    however!

    there's always a time and a place :)

    and that side purse or backpack ARE ridiculous!

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  15. One time when I was at this festival there were men there (they reminded me of biker dudes) with these little dogs like this! They had them in baskets on their bicycles and in the stroller like things! I expect it from women but not from these guys! It was hysterical!

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  16. Those seem a bit...ridiculous to me! I'd never carry my pup [if I had one] around in a sling or push it in a stroller.

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  17. I have a friend that used a stoller for her dog that was unable to go for walks due to health problems. She would walk her other dogs and push him. I'm sure people thought she was nuts, but it was towards the end of his life and she wanted him to be able to enjoy 'walks' before he passed. That is about the only time I'd maybe consider it!

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  18. I definitely agree, Kylea! But putting a puppy or able bodied pet in a stroller or sling is just WEIRD.

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  19. This is so ridiculous! The dogs in both of those photos look miserable. Poor things. I thought 'walking the dog' actually meant having your dog WALK.

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  20. I met someone once who had one of those backpack looking things but it was a front carrier. They explained that they used it because their dog was terrified of other dogs (it had gotten attacked by a pack of dogs before they rescued it from the previous owner) and it hated to be around them--we're talking the dog would practically have a doggie-stroke. So whenever they took it out and knew there would be other dogs around (this was at a Peddler's Faire that I met them--dogs everywhere!) they would use that. Because of the attack it also suffered from slightly messed up hips, so even when it wasn't around other dogs, it couldn't walk a lot. In situations like that, I can understand. But if the dog is perfectly healthy...then let the silly thing walk!

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