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The Osama Bone Laden chew toy for dogs

Here’s a new dog treat even more tasteless than the Michael Vick chew toy.

A San Francisco pet boutique is selling Osama Bone Laden, a stuffed likeness of the slain terrorist that contains a rawhide chew inside.

The website of Best in Show, a trendy pet boutique located in the city’s Castro district, describes it this way:

“The revolutionary, patent pending, dog toy with a yummy rawhide chew bone sewn inside. If you have a dog that tears apart every toy, this is for them! Now, instead of a plastic squeaker you throw away, your dog can enjoy the chew bone for hours or days.”

I’m not sure if the manufacturer drew inspiration from reports that a military dog was along on the surprise assault that left bin Laden dead, but if so, they didn’t waste any time getting the product on the market.

Priced at $6.95, the chew toy depicts the al Qaeda leader wielding a sword and a bandage on his head that says, “Ouch, I’m Ready to Fight.”

Afraid I’ll have to give it a thumbs down, more for reasons moral than practical — though all that fabric would seem to pose choking hazards.

Hunting down bin Laden was one thing, killing him was another. But all the chest thumping, celebrating and bad late night TV jokes, I think, are a little sickening, and a little more shallow and savage than I want the society I live in to be.

Just something to chew on.


Comment from Sylvie
Time May 10, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Disgusting ! Very bad taste for the american people and dogs ever the planet.

Comment from Anouk
Time May 10, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I liked the Vick chew toy personally. Thought it was apt. This is too much though.

Comment from Foley Monster and Pocket
Time May 10, 2011 at 10:38 pm

When it gets ripped apart you flush it.

Comment from Wild Dingo
Time May 11, 2011 at 3:42 am

well-said. what kind of people are we that we celebrate more violence? that’s not leadership. sometimes war/killing is necessary, but never should be celebrated, especially by the victor.

Comment from Sue
Time May 11, 2011 at 5:21 am

Amen, John.