Let’s take a break from everything pet expo to catch up on our reading. From the New York Times, a story on the increasing popularity of pet massages, plus some tips on how to massage your own pet. Apparently, some people pooh pooh the practice of dog massage:
“I have two dogs, and I pet them all the time,” said David W. Ramey, a veterinarian in the Chatsworth area of Los Angeles, and a co-author of “Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine Considered,” a book that looks at the science behind various alternative therapies for pets. “I think everybody should pet their dogs. But I don’t refer to that as ‘massage,’ and I certainly wouldn’t send anyone to a glorified school of dog petting.”
Hey, if it helps our pet relax and feel good, that’s a positive thing. And I personally know that there’s a difference between someone “petting” my back, and getting a Swedish massage by an experienced masseuse. Petting is not massage (although both are great)!
And speaking of poo . . . A story from Bloomberg Businessweek on the attempt to solve France’s “merde” problem.
“Project Propec is all about sustainability” the 53-year- old agronomist says over the machine’s great groaning blades. “What we’re developing is a business based on dog sh*t. People will find it either offensive or funny — until they step on it.”
The article is amusing, but confusing. For instance, take this passage from the article:
Cabanes says the American solution, a $10.99 can of Poop Freeze Aerosol Freeze, is not ecologically sound, even when employed in conjunction with either Doody Danglers, Snugg-Ease doggie diapers or the Cinch-Lock Tail Anchoring System.
What in the world is “Poop Freeze”, and who out there uses it?? (not to mention Doody Danglers and the Cinch-Lock Tail Anchoring System??)
Finally, this article will make us all want to move out to Chicago, or at least visit. A new food truck, called Fido-to-Go, will be making the rounds of the Chicago streets. Hey, Venice is a hip place, don’t we get a doggie food truck too?