At one time in the U.S.A., the Pet Rock sales soared due to clever marketing and rose in popularity as a gag gift. The Pet Rock fad made its inventor, marketing executive Gary Dahl, a 1970’s millionaire.
“He wrote a 32 page instruction manual full of puns, gags and plays on words…which was the real product. The original kit consisted of ordinary gray stones from a builders supply store. These had no eyes.” Wikipeida Pet Rock Later they added eyes along with variations of size and stone color. In 1981 a new wave and power pump band from England, The Sinceros, released an album titled, Pet Rock.
Did you like Chia Pets? Somehow I didn’t get the appeal of either, both items fit in the gag gift category. Chia Pets Wikipedia.
Go climb a rock or go walk your dog. Either works as a better option for happiness than a Pet Rock. For a real feel good, click on The Animal Rescue Site and give shelterless pets a bowl of food. Completely free, I do it very day. If you knew me well you’d know my days vary wildly, not much gets repeated because life rolls out much to interesting. Thanks for reading, sharing and caring about dogs, pets and animals.
We never had a dog that needed to wear sweaters before Sydney. Being half miniature poodle, Sydney needs a shave about every eight weeks, even in hot seasons. All poodle and doodle dogs inherit the same problem. Regular grooming, which pet parents need to learn or pay for every six to eight weeks.
Poodles grow hair not fur. So hair grows in his ears that needs plucked. Also hair grows on his belly and into his eyes, soon he looks like a white mop. Shaved, Sydney feels chilled even in the house in summer. So we started with a t-shirt, hard to find one long enough for his Cocker Spaniel backbone.
Marc invented this Jackie O’ disguise.
T-shirts and sweaters for poodle & doodle dogs
After t-shirts, we bought a sweater and raincoat. He loved to walk in the rain, if he didn’t get too chilly. Then there came the year of the pirate costume ordered from The Animal Rescue Site sponsored by The Greater Good. Not only can you click on The Animal Rescue Site to give a bowl of food to a shelter pet (daily), but you can buy pet products, gifts and, yes, pet costumes. I nearly ordered the skunk costume for our little stinker, Sydney, I bought him a pirate costume t-shirt.
Our pirate dog napping in costume
Our dog does not like dressing up. But Sydney loves all the positive attention and treat rewards. Plus he cheers us up.
I planned to blog about this then life got in the way of blogging.
October: Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
Save a life of a shelter dog by speaking out and sharing about the joy of adopting. I’m an adoptive mother of one wonderful daughter, many dogs and four rabbits. I must say that the more we can share the joy of adoption, we can show the world that buying a dog does not mean you will get a perfect and healthy animal.
In fact from reading and learning from a few ethical dog breeders (who buy back their puppies for life, making buyers sign a contract to always bring the dog back to them) healthy purebred dogs end up hard to find.
Mutts benefit from vigor, unique looks and temperament. Plus those who want a purebred dog have hundred’s to choose from in breed specific rescues. So here’s to Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and The Animal Rescue Site.
Thanks for caring and sharing, Deborah Taylor-French
As the title suggests – apparently October is Adopt a shelter dog month.
Now I’m all for these monthly drives to get people’s interest perked up once in a while but does it not suggest that October you should adopt but the rest of the year pass it all by?
EVERY month, EVERY week, EVERY day should be adopt an animal day – whether you’re into cats, dogs, pigs – if you want a pet and you don’t intend to show it or have a licence to breed THEN ADOPT. Simple as that.
I’m not getting on my soap box a preaching the rights and wrongs of breeding – each one of us has an opinion and are entitle to that opinion. My only comment to this is “responsible” breeding NOT puppy farm, or “oops my dog got out” kind of breeding. They are both hateful, irresponsible acts…
Two days ago, I sang to our pet rabbit, Tokyo Tuxedo, “How much is that bunny in the window? The one with the waggly ears.”
The original refrain begins, “How much is that doggie in the window?”
This Tuesday morning, I stumbled on a video by the original singer. Patti Page. I see she changed her tune because Patti Page learned that most pet shop puppies come from puppy mills.
And from thousands to millions of these purebred puppies end up homeless in our USA animal shelters. All across our nation, sadly, this happens each day. A puppy litter is born, they are sold, while the breeder dogs remain trapped in cages, usually filthy.
Patti Page sings a new song for shelter pets.
The little dog at her feet looks so much like our Sydney. Sydney is a poodle mix that was left in an animal shelter in the winter.