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July 3rd, 2006


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06:43 pm - What Were They Thinking #972
Charlie and I were walking through Petco searching for dog stuff. We'd already found new beds for the dogs (which, unfortunately, Sugar, the new dog, doesn't appear to like) and were now just wandering and checking out various leashes, collars, toys and treats.

We briefly considered some of the Kong brand rubber dog toys, especially the one that came with a cannister of what looked like Cheez Whiz, but was apparently some amazingly nutritious peanut-buttery stuff that dogs love, and which you were supposed to squirt inside the dog toy in order to (as I understand it) drive the dog absolutely bug-fuck crazy trying to get it out. While the amusement value of this can hardly be underestimated, we decided to save the Kong brand Dog Whiz toy for another time.

Suddenly, across the aisle, nestled among various and sundry rawhide chew toys, I saw them.

"Um, honey," I said, tapping Charlie on the elbow, "is it just me, or does this seem like an incredibly bad idea?"

Charlie turned around, and I pointed to the very detailed and well-constructed set of what appeared to be rawhide baby shoes.

Complete with little rawhide shoelaces.

No, I am not kidding.

"Holy shit!" said Charlie, laughing. "Way to teach your dog to gnaw your children's feet off!"

"I mean, at BEST you're teaching the dog to eat people's shoes!" I said.

"Um, yeah," he agreed, "that does seem like a really bad idea."

Just then, a young mother came around the corner pushing what looked like a two-year-old in a stroller.

"Heeeeeere, Fluffy!" I whispered to Charlie, "Tasty FEET!"

The lady looked at us a bit strangely as we both absolutely broke up giggling, grabbed a set of non-baby-shoe-shaped dog bones, and ran up to the cashier.

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From:passion_nymph
Date:July 4th, 2006 02:52 am (UTC)
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Oh yeah.

In Target the other day, I saw Isaac Mizrhai shoe dog chews.


Oh yeah, genius in action.
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From:xviragox
Date:July 4th, 2006 02:53 am (UTC)
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I suddenly wish I had a dog...
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From:otterprincess
Date:July 4th, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC)
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I still say them's are just cheap shooooooooooooooooooooooes!! :P /Kentuckiana
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From:plklives
Date:July 4th, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC)
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I've seen those too, and thought, is there a worse idea for a dog chew? Maybe a rawhide remote control or pepperoni sticks made to look like electrical cords. And an accompanying booklet, "1000 ways to train your dog to be awful!"

We have a couple of those kongs for trixie and she's pretty crazy about them. I don't buy the dog cheez whiz, though. I don't think it's actually very nutritional and it's kind of a rip-off anyway. Sometimes I'll put some peanut butter in the kong or some peanut butter and kibble. And then seal the top with the PB and freeze it to make it last longer. Or, freeze some yogurt in there. Even without anything in the kong at all, trixie will toss it up in the air, let it bounce, and play with it forever, so it is pretty multi-functional.

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