Amid declining clothing sales to human customers, it’s turning to dog clothes, and releasing a new line of canine couture today called American Beagle Outfitters, Bloomberg reports.
But it did start out that way.
The American Beagle assortment began as an April Fool’s Day joke to raise money for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
But there was so much interest, the retailer decided to release a real line of canine clothing, including knit sweaters, puffer jackets and hats for dogs that match its holiday collection for people.
“Just in time for the holidays, you’ll be able to dress just like your best friend — man’s best friend that is,” Preston Konrad, style director at Pittsburgh-based American Eagle, said in a statement. “This fun collection reflects the iconic elements of the American Eagle Outfitters brand reimagined for our favorite furry friends.”
Like its peers in the teen-clothing business, American Eagle has seen slow sales — a phenomenon dog products seem to avoid. As the Bloomberg article points out, Americans were expected to fork over a whopping $350 million for pet costumes this Halloween.
With winter and Christmas on the way, pitching puffer jackets to pooch owners makes sense, at least from a business perspective.
Items in the limited-edition doggie collection will be available online and in select American Eagle stores, with prices ranging from $12.95 to $39.95.
(Photos: American Eagle Outfitters)
Posted by John Woestendiek November 6th, 2014 under Muttsblog.
Tags: american beagle outfitters, american eagle outfitters, animals, clothes, clothes for dogs, clothing, couture, dog, dog clothing, dogs, fashion, joke, line, pets, teens
It began as a joke, and maybe sorta still is, but there’s now a real magazine in Germany devoted to dog haters.
Started by a frustrated freelance journalist who was bitten by a spitz as child, “Kot & Köter,” which translates to “Poop & Pooches” in English, has just produced its second issue.
It’s 48 pages long and include articles about how excessive and obsessive we humans can get when it comes to our dogs’ deaths, and their wardrobes; three poems devoted to the evils of dog poop; and a piece of fiction about a serial dog murderer.
“There are two types of people in Germany,”the magazine’s founder and editor, Wulf Beleites, tells the Wall Street Journal. “One type loves dogs. Another type doesn’t. These are my readers.”
As Beleites tells it, the idea started as a joke, way back in 1992, when he and three fellow journalists were sitting at a pub trying to think up absurd titles for magazines. As a joke, he trademarked the name “Kot & Köter,” and later a friend who publishes a newsletter of trademarked and copyrighted names available for purchase slipped the title into a listing.
A newspaper reporter spotted the unusual magazine title and published an article about it. After that, Beleites was interviewed on the radio and, in the ensuing 6 years, 18 more times by media outlets who didn’t realize his magazine didn’t exist. Beleites would go on air and talk about the downside of dogs — from barking and biting to smelling and shedding.
For some of the appearances, he was paid. At some of them, he was booed.
The new magazine is described as “satirical.” It pokes fun at how dog-crazy many of us become. But it’s a little mean and hateful as well.
The first issue came out in July, after Beleites launched an online fundraising campaign.
Poop & Pooches joins the ranks of at least a dozen magazines for dog lovers in Germany, including Modern Dog, City Dog, Dog Avenue, Woof and SitzPlatzFuss, (which translates to SitStayHeel).
The first issue featured an article about Hitler and his dog; another looked at “slutty poodles.”
Beleites says he gets a lot of hate mail, and angry phone calls, and he was chased out of a doggie boutique (by a human) when he stopped by in an effort to get it to sell his publication.
(Top photo: Associated Press)
Posted by John Woestendiek September 18th, 2014 under Muttsblog.
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Just when I proclaim this quite a week for wieners (dogs and franks), there’s more late breaking wiener news: The world’s oldest hot dog — possibly the world’s first hot dog — has been unearthed at Coney Island, CNN and others reported.
CNN posted a story about the “discovery” of a “140-year-old hot dog” after officials at the Coney Island History Project put an “ancient” frankfurter — bun and all — on display, saying it was unearthed during the demolition of Feltman’s Kitchen, said to be where the first hot dog was made.
“1st Hot Dog,” read a sign next to the display. To the embarassment of CNN and others who picked up the story — to be frank, they didn’t check the facts — it was all just a publicity stunt, aimed at creating interest in an exhibition this summer of real artifacts from the Feltman’s site, the New York Post says.
“The recent discovery by an amateur archaeologist of the ‘140 Year Old Feltman’s Hot Dog’ encased in ice along with a bun, [and] an original receipt from Feltman’s, … was a publicity stunt in the grand tradition of Coney Island ballyhoo,” said Tricia Vita, spokeswoman for the history project.
She said that the hoax was an example of Coney Island’s history of P.T. Barnum-type hype. Even though the ancient hot dog was said to be found “encased in ice” by archaelogists, the story was gobbled right up.
(It was Barnum, I believe, who said a sucker was born every minute. That rate has increased to about every millisecond, thanks to the Internet.)
“I was surprised in the beginning at how many people believed it was true,” Vita said. “But after reading all the buzz about it on Twitter and the Internet, I’m not really that surprised because people want to believe these types of things are true.”
Posted by John Woestendiek February 25th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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An oldie but a goodie:
A woman brought a very limp duck into the office of a veterinary surgeon. She laid her pet on the table and the vet pulled out his stethoscope to listen to the bird’s chest.
After a moment or two, the vet shook his head sadly and said, “I’m sorry, ma’am, your duck has passed away.”
The distressed woman wailed, “Are you sure?”
“Yes, I am sure,” replied the vet. “The duck is dead,” .
“How can you be so sure?” she protested. “He might just be in a coma or something.”
The vet left the room and returned a few minutes later with a Labrador Retriever.
As the duck’s owner looked on, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table, sniffed the duck and barked twice. The vet took the dog out of the room, returning with a cat. The cat jumped on the table and looked the duck over, then jumped back down and strolled out of the room.
The vet looked at the woman and said, “I’m sorry, but as I said, your duck is dead.”
Turning to his computer terminal, the vet hit a few keys and printed out a bill, which he handed to the owner.
“One hundred and fifty dollars!” she cried, “just to tell me my duck is dead?”
The vet shrugged, “I’m sorry. If you had just taken my word for it, the bill would have been $20, but with the Lab Report and the Cat Scan it’s now $150.”
Posted by John Woestendiek May 3rd, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: bill, cat, dead, death, duck, humor, joke, jokes, lab, labrador, medical, report, retriever, scan, vet, veterinarian, veterinary
With a “delicious and durable organic rawhide casing,” a 3.3 megapixel doggie cam for inter-canine video conferencing and bark to text software (included), the PetBook is protected against saliva by special SlobberGuard technology.
You can find all the details here.