I’ve actually been thinking about my last post – are we replacing babies with dogs? As much as I LOVE dogs, I don’t believe we can actually use them fill in for human-grown offspring. I do believe, though, that they have become much more than “pets” in terms of how we treat them and their place in our homes.
America, being the wonderful capitalist country that it is, has moved relatively quickly to expand this new “dogs as members of the family” market. I know from my own experience that even in tough economic times, people today usually do not skimp when it comes to their furry friends. I was surprised to see phrases like “recession proof” and “sales growth still up” in articles I read while doing a bit of research for this post, though. It doesn’t take an economics major to know that, even in the recession, people are shelling out big bucks for dog products – something like $55 billion last year. I’m not even talking about food, bowls, and leashes either…I’m talking about salon visits, clothing, and (thankfully!) dog walkers and daycare. I’ve had more than one client tell me about how their dog is now on an organic or raw food diet. Organic? I don’t even buy those expensive products for myself!
So, just for fun, I’m going to show you some of my favorite silly, ridiculous dog products. Don’t get me wrong, though, if I won the lottery tomorrow, I would start shopping for designer dog houses and name brand duds for Buffy.
Pup to Go (www.puptogo.com) – $125
Just like a baby carrier, the Pup to Go straps right to your front. I always see babies rolling around like this, and now your pup can to. Not meant to replace exercise, but simply to allow your pup to go all the crowded places you do…without getting stepped on. (Although if you are in a crowded place, would you really want a dog strapped to your front?) As crazy as this looks, not completely uncommon in New York City. I wonder what kind of looks I would get if I popped into a Texas Walmart like this, though.
Special Edition Pet Stroller (www.theuncommondog.com) – $132.94
This is one thing I never understood – a dog stroller. Googling “dog stroller” yields a surprising number of results – some of them priced at around $300!! I guess I can understand if you have an older dog who is having trouble getting around but still needs fresh air, but other than that – I’m just not so sure about dog stroller people. This really seems to be taking the “replacing baby with dog” to a whole other level.
Bon’ Armoire in Blue – (www.poshpuppyboutique.com) – $275
I stand corrected. THIS takes things to a whole other level. So, you find yourself with so many outfits for your dog, you need an armoire to store them in. Posh Puppy Boutique says this is the “perfect piece of furniture to store all your pet’s clothing and fashion accessories.” Fashion accessories? Really? This thing looks nicer than the stand alone closet I had in one of my Brooklyn apartments! Sorry, though, dog hangers sold separately.
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