Let’s take a break

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?

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10 Responses to Let’s take a break

  1. Kimi says:

    Who doesn’t love a massage? If only the fur-kids could return the favor 😉 I heard there’s a doggie food truck in LA! It’s the PhyDough truck.

    • furfilled says:

      Ooooh! I must try that one out! Thanks for the tip! (I think I caught a glimpse of that truck one day in Santa Monica a few months ago, but I wasn’t sure if it was a truck for a dog grooming or transport service, or what . . . )

  2. Kas says:

    LOVE the picture. Toki lives the good life 🙂

  3. Isn’t there a restaurant located in Santa Monica that only caters to dogs? I think I saw the segment on the local news last month.

  4. Oooooh! Me. Me. I just saw a blog post the other day on poop freeze. Also the dog fart exterminator. I can’t remember where I saw it though. If I find it I will let you know.

  5. Benny & Lily says:

    Relaxing is good…we will go over and read the article
    Benny & Lily

  6. I think there is definitely a difference between petting, massaging, and scratching (thought I would throw that one in there, too). Maple has it too good—all she demands for these days are deep tissue massages and belly scratches. If we pet her, she would give us a look that says, “Is that all I’m getting?”

    I applaud attempts at converting waste matter into organic fertilizer, renewable energy, recycled products, etc. At the same time, though, I’m not sure the process of ‘detoxifying’ dog poo with endomycorrhiza (fungi) is as simple as it sounds. I would think the transformation would involve quite a bit of energy and resources. In the end, it’s really a numbers game between input and output. Thanks for sharing the article—I enjoy having a good read that tickles the mind 😀

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