Rabid: Are You Crazy About Your Dog or Just Crazy?
Pamela Redmond Satran
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Dogs now dominate the $55 billion a year pet business, with nearly 40 percent of American households owning a total of 78.2 million dogs. Dog products, dog services, dog admiration--okay, let's call it dog worship--has become totally over the top, with doggie treadmills, dog swimming pools, caffeine-free doggie java, dog massage, dog perfume, aromatherapy, hair coloring, and, yes, dog tattoos that would have seemed outlandish a generation ago when applied to your everyday household Rover.
But Rover isn't called Rover anymore: he's called Rufus. Or Lola, according to the Tumblog Hipster Puppies. In fact, all Top Ten Dog Names are people names. And the canine Rufus doesn't stay home alone all day; he goes to Doggie Daycare. Eats brightly frosted martini-shaped doggie treats. Wears designer tutus. Gets married on the beach. Has...
Well, you'll see. With hilarious full-color photos throughout, Rabid holds a humorous mirror up to our dog-centered society, helping us laugh at our own behavior and at the even-more-insane antics of all those other dog people.
institute a one-dog policy similar to the one-child policy in effect for decades met with so much resistance that it was withdrawn. How much are dogs really like children? Dogs have the developmental capacity of a two-year-old, according to some studies, and are capable of understanding something shy of two hundred words—though one psychologist reportedly taught his sheepdog to understand one thousand. New studies show that dogs share their owners’ emotions and can “read their minds,” mostly
• Creative haircuts. Mohawks, spikes, and fades. • Dreadlocks. • Backcombing and bouffants. • Wigs. Long and flowing or short and spiky, blond or bright green. Wigs are proof that a dog can never have too much hair. • Glitter, pompons, plastic flowers. All can be glued on safely with school glue. • Messy. As with humans, messy “I’m too cool to comb my hair” hair is cool. And may be had with no effort on your part at all. Tattoos
Patti Hayes; Susan Hayek-Kent; The Sassy Pup Boutique, sassypup.net; Muttropolis.com; Trixie + Peanut, photo by L. Irizarry; Karrie Martin; Naoko Miyashita; Shana Ostrow, handmademonster.com; Jelena Ceslava, etsy.com: Mailo; Erwan Fichou; bestfriendshome.com; Ruby Chan, BowhausNYC; Kevin McCormick, obeythepurebreed.com; Trish Aleve, Pawsome Pet Project; thebellacottage.com, photo by Leen Isabel; Alice Wang, Pet Plus; H. Ivan Ortiz; Dan Borris, yogadogz.com; Irene Banzola, Faenza, Italy; Sheila
resembles Scarlett O’Hara’s home plantation Tara. Italian designer Marco Morosini, who claims to be “creating temples for four-legged gods,” sells his glass house, Buddhist temple, and doggie mobile home resembling an Airstream from the site dogisagod.it. Sustainable doghouses. Nice idea, but one company that produced a doghouse with plants growing out of its roof has gone out of business. And a molded plastic doghouse that you bury in your backyard claims to be naturally heated and cooled by
lines that help induce sleep,” says Radaj. Cool colors and earth tones are good, reds and yellows, not so much. Edit the toy chest. For a dog’s toys, use a low box or basket he can get into himself and edit toys to a few good ones at a time, weeding out those your dog doesn’t play with and rotating the selection. Create an escape room. In a far corner of a guest room or den—or under a piece of furniture—create a place where your dog can go to get away from it all. The Well-Appointed