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Tuesday
Jun172008

What, No Cup Holders?

I've never had a pet more complex than a beta fish, which committed suicide on my Spanish homework. So maybe I really don't have a concept of WHY IN THE NAME OF ALL THAT IS HOLY THERE'S A NEED TO PUSH SMALL DOGS AROUND IN A PADDED ROLLING LITTER AS THOUGH THEY ARE SUN-SENSITIVE AND PRECIOUS CHILDREN WITH NO LEGS INSTEAD OF FOUR.



Clearly, as a society, we have achieved the pinnacle of innovation. I mean, it folds compactly.

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Reader Comments (18)

Wow. That is all...

June 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChelsea

LOL!

I can accept the fact that some people may want to carry their little dogs in bags so they can enter public areas like banks or restaurants, but... THIS?!

I still hope that if I behave well enough in this life my reward will be to come back as the pet of a wealthy granny; I might even end up as http://news.aol.com/story/_a/leona-helmsleys-dog-loses-10-million/20080616131609990001" rel="nofollow">the sole inheritor of all her posessions!

PS: Dogs have to be BIG, their head have to reach your waist at the very least. Can you imagine the size of the stroller necessary to carry a dogue de bordeaux??

June 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

Wait was this out of the wonderfully pointless sky mall catalog? If you ever want to be angry (or a little jealous) at people with disposable income, read the on board sky mall. And better yet, if you want you can take it with you. Just in case you get some disposable income in between the plane and the trashcan in your kitchen.

June 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDanica

I am almost as excited about this as about that new show "All American Dog." Clearly, I am not a dog person - although I see that this contraption is approved for cats, too. Um, yeah, I can just about see myself pushing that thing along while my kids ride tricycles or push bubble mowers through the neighborhood - all the while the cat is screeching and clawing for freedom. As if I didn't have a wide enough variety of strollers in the garage already....

June 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnother Southerner

I have a friend who wanted one of these for her spoiled dog. It made me question our friendship. (She settled for getting him a new shirt instead. The dog is better dressed than me somedays.)

I agree with RPJ, any dog that is not waist high, is not really a dog.

I do however wish or that much disposable income.

June 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKell Belle

NOT that I would ever use or have one, but I *can* understand the usefulness of them. Some people have animals that they would like to take outside, but for whatever reason - injury, too many loose dogs in the neighborhood, security - they can't do that. Plus, the animal is secure in there, so if I wanted to take FiFi out and stop in the grocery store, I could because I'm not walking my dog through the store, she's in the stroller, and not walking through... Some people like to take their animals EVERYWHERE and at least this gives them a safe way to do it. Plus, my bird would love to go for a ride and see the sights in the neighborhood. Even with her wings clipped, I could never take her outside other than sitting her out front in her cage. Kitties abound!
Done being devil's advocate now...

June 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKris

If you think that is bad, I guess you haven't seen this one: http://www.activedogsupplies.com/203038.html.

I live near Naples, FL where it seems a good quantity of older people with plenty of disposable income live. I actually saw a lady walking through her gated golf community (you've lived in FL, you know of what I speak) pushing two dogs in her stroller thingy and carrying one in a contraption like that listed above. What's the point of walking your dog, if your dog doesn't walk? Maybe it's just me.

June 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTonia

Okay, all you haters of small dogs, I want to tell you about MY dog. He's a 12 lb. Shih Tzu named Otis and he has no eyes. I can see where this stroller would come in handy as Otis loves to be outside but walking him can be tough as he CANNOT SEE where he's going and tends to fall off curbs and run into bushes, etc. I do not own a dog stroller but I can see the purpose of it. As for him not being a real dog because he isn't waist high, I totally disagree. He has an incredible personality and even when he lost his sight, he never changed. So, my little dog IS a real dog!

June 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSara N

Apologies Sara, but please put yourself in my position: I'm 6'-4", so just how do you think I would look like taking a dog the size of your beloved Shih Tzu for a walk by the park, hmmm? Exactly ;-)

But I'll confess this: years ago my dad's boss once gave him a little pug as a gift, a really cute and incredibly intelligent dog—she was house broken in a single day!— and I admit I became enamored with the little thing, eventhough I prefer bigger breeds; you see, my dream is to have a dog big enough that it will tackle me and throw me to the ground just like Dino with Fred Flinstone :-)

And sadly, little Nikky (that's the name we gave to the pug) had to go since my nephew was very young at the time, and every time he came by the house he did nothing but chase the poor thing, so my mother said either the dog left, or my nephew—obviously they didn't accept MY decision, so off with Nikky :-(

I guess I should be thankful with my nephew, since he saved me the humiliation of having performed the very thing I commented on at the beginning.

June 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

I think we would all like Otis, if we met him. I agree that large dog does not always = best dog. In our neighborhood there are two Labs who have already established that they would, if left to their own devices, eat me.

June 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMB

Oh yes... Labradors are omnivorous in the TRUE sense of the word. I had one, a chocolate Lab I called Anakin, who unfortunately couldn't escape his destiny and fell into the dark side ;-)

June 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

Sara, I understand how that would help you and I understand that little dogs can have their place but... that place won't be in my house. I find that when visiting my friend with a pug, I spend more time trying not to step on him than actually playing with him. I have always had labs and wouldn't change that for the world. (Right now I have Vicki, who is a lab/pitt bull mix but is the gentlest, best trained dog I've ever had. She was rescued about 7 yrs ago and I have never made a better decision.)

June 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKell Belle

I REALLY hope people don't start using this to bring their pets into grocery stores. It's enough trouble to navigate around the moms with the huge strollers--piled high with shopping bags as their kids run wild--who usually hog the aisles.

June 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterj.s.

I have seen this! I was at the park walking on the trailway when a very healthy woman pushed what appeared to be a very healthy small dog in the stroller.

Her toddler had to walk on his own. Something was very wrong with that picture.

June 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCathy Bell

So, you see, sometimes I need to take my shih tzu Jack with me on my long walks. You know, so that I have someone to chat with. But Jack has short widdle wegs and sometimes Jack gets tired before I've burned all my calories. So I own a stroller Ok? So sue me.
:)

June 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterallena

That explanation actually makes sense; you're burning even more calories that way by pushing the weight, and it's not like you stuck Jack in there because his holy paws were too good for the ground. Dispensation hereby issued.

June 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMB

But that sure doesn't explain the truffle triple-chocolate cake you gave Jack on his last birthday allena ;-)

Dogs are the best therapists in the world, aren't they?

June 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

I walked into an assisted living home to pick up an application, and was very impressed to see signs that they had a community cat AND dog.

when I came back to return my application, I saw the very nice cat... and saw something scampering along the hallway. I'm almost positive it was the 'dog', which was smaller than the cat.

July 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjess
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