January 14, 2009

Tear jerker:

(and I wonder what could have caused that spinal cord injury?)

(h/t Cute with Chris)



November 23, 2008

Because I wanted to

August 17, 2008

(h/t Cute with Chris)

All your dreams are dead

October 25, 2007

Now this guy knows what he is talking about:

Now this is advertising

August 10, 2007


Animal Care and Control of New York City is running a new ad campaign promoting the adoption of pets at their shelter.  The tag line: Sheltered animals didn’t do anything.  Pure genius.  (Added bonus, the people who devised this campaign donated their services.)

 More examples (click to enlarge):

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Part time lover

August 2, 2007


My first response to this was “ewww”.  My second thought was “jeez, why didn’t I think of that?”:

Don’t have time for a pet? How about a part-time dog?

That’s what a California-based company is offering to people who are too busy to care for a dog full time, but want the enjoyment of a pet after work or whenever’s convenient.

Marlena Cervantes, founder of FlexPetz, likes to call it ‘shared pet ownership’ and explains the concept is much like a condo time-share or a gym membership.

If the dog has the right temperament (like mine, who would be happy to be around anyone; I’m special, but not that special) and would otherwise face life in a shelter and/or death, I see nothing wrong with someone making a buck off of it. How different is this (for the dog) than someone volunteering at a shelter who visits and exercises a dog on a part time basis?   I guessing people who are bothered by this are upset over someone making money on the deal. And it’s some serious money:

For an annual fee of $99.95, a monthly payment of $49.95 and a per-visit charge of $39.95 a day, (discounted to $24.95 Sunday through Thursday), animal lovers who enroll in FlexPetz get to spend time with a four-legged companion from Cervantes’ 10-dog crew of Afghan hounds, Labrador retrievers and Boston terriers.

An example of someone not happy with the idea (some people need to get a sense of proportion):

On almost every page they brag that most of these dogs that you can rent are rescue dogs. So that makes it all better??

Thats just like human trafficking. You think its good to take poor woman from China, move them to a rich country like Canada,, or America, and them turn them into prostitutes.

Oh yeah, exactly the same thing.

One caveat: I couldn’t find on the website if it was possible for someone to permanently adopt a dog (for a fee of course). That would be a good thing.