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Put the DOG Back in the DOG HOUSE!!



**Note: due to the amount of humorless emails we’ve received, we’d like to make clear that the following article is somewhat tongue-in-cheek. We don’t hate dogs. We respect them. It’s the owners who buy them filet mignon and send us irate emails that we hate.**

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I know you’ve seen them…those people who treat their animals as if they were humans. But do you know exactly how far they’ve taken it? “Americans now spend $41 billion a year on their pets—more than the gross domestic product of all but 64 countries in the world.” This is no slight delusion! We are talking about a sum of money that could feed a whole nation! Hello, we are in an economic recession people, stop buying your pets “$430 indoor potties” and “$225 trench coats!” America is overflowing with idiots who, in the midst of stock market crises and bail outs, show a resilient desire to prioritize the needs of their pets. According to Packaged Facts, a consumer research company based in Rockville, MD, the yearly cost of buying, feeding, and caring for pets is in excess of what Americans spend on the movies ($10.8 billion), playing video games ($11.6 billion), and listening to recorded music ($10.6 billion) combined.”

When are we going to stop and realize what we are doing? Yes, appreciate your animal’s value as a companion, but realize that it is just that…an ANIMAL! They have less cognitive capabilities than us and don’t care if they stay on a friend’s back porch rather than a doggy hotel while you’re gone on vacation!

To all you pet lovers, I have a few things to point out that you obviously have not noticed. First off, you have real people all around you who like to go for walks too. Second, your pet doesn’t know what a brand is, much less care whether he eats/wears a fashionable one or not. And thirdly, and most importantly, no matter how much you talk to your dog…it is NEVER going to talk back!

So, next time you are about to purchase something excessive for your pooch, stop and think! Pull your eyes from the attractive labeling for a millisecond and realize, you don’t need to pay $20 extra for a food that will benefit your dog in some immeasurable way. Just stick to the chow and spend that $20 investing in something that will stimulate the economy, not your dog’s taste buds!

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2 comments to Put the DOG Back in the DOG HOUSE!!

  • Raven

    Quote: “So, next time you are about to purchase something excessive for your pooch, stop and think! Pull your eyes from the attractive labeling for a millisecond and realize, you don’t need to pay $20 extra for a food that will benefit your dog in some immeasurable way. Just stick to the chow and spend that $20 investing in something that will stimulate the economy, not your dog’s taste buds!”

    Um, wouldn’t spending money on these items essentially be “stimulating the economy”?LOL

    I have issues with your statement that pets are “just animals”. You may not be aware of service dogs, ones that save lives each and every day, ones that aide disabled people…possbily do more research before slamming the rest of us that are a little more enlightened? I don’t spend money on “brand name” anything. The food my dogs get is what they NEED. And leaving a pet outdoors(all the time)is a form of neglect/animal abuse.

  • Lord Tantrum

    I didn’t write this column so i don’t want to speak for the author, but i don’t think the point was to “slam” people who like and respect animals. I think her point was that some animal lovers take things way too far, like whoever did this. And those people deserve to be made fun of. I’m sure you’re not one of them.

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