Here’s an idea that has Los Angeles — and bad — written all over it.
A new bar and restaurant in downtown L.A. is offering valet service for your dog — bring him along to dinner and, though he can’t sit with you, they’ll take care of him on an adjoining dog-only patio.
I’m not sure why one would take their dog along in the first place – only to leave him alone, but, hey, it’s Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Brewing Company is gearing up for their grand opening on April 5th, KY3 reports, and it’s offering to tend to your dog, for free, while you chow down.
Dogs must be licensed by Los Angeles County to get in, and the doggie patio is open from noon to 10 p.m. daily.
The area set aside for doggie care is separate from the drinking and dining area, so the restaurant expects there will be no health department issues, a spokesman said.
While this seems a way to get around that, putting a bunch of dogs who have never met each other together on a patio, under the supervision of, I’m guessing, one employee, seems to me to pose far more health and safety hazards than letting dogs into a restaurant ever would.
And I’d question how many responsible pet owners will be willing to do that — to just turn their dog over to a stranger who may or may not have the skills to make sure everybody gets along.
On one hand, it’s like doggie day care, but, without the staff of trained professionals monitoring things. And unlike day care, it doesn’t seem as likely your dog would be hanging out with dogs he knows. As for me, I’d spend the entire time worrying about him.
More importantly, though, when I go out to eat and drink with my dog, I want to eat and drink with my dog — not shovel him off to a doggie valet.
Handing over the car keys to a stranger is one thing, handing over the leash is quite another.
Posted by jwoestendiek March 28th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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Among the honors the documentary “100,000” has received is an Emmy award. Director Juan Agustin Marquez is shown here accepting it, and asking Puerto Ricans to take a pledge.
“We set out to change the world with this film, starting with our island, Puerto Rico,” he said.
“100,000 represents the specific number of dogs who live in the streets of our island nation. But the .. title of the film is more complex than that. What I truly wanted was to reach 100,000 people, humans, with the message of the film. I wanted 100,000 people to sign a pledge at the endof the film to learn about humane treatment for animals, especially dogs — to pledge that they will take care of their pets for as long as they live.
“We have a long way to reach our goal, but I will not rest until I get my 100,000 people to pledge to Puerto Rico’s dogs.”
Here is the pledge.
“100,000,” unfortunately, isn’t available for purchase, and it has yet to appear on American television.
But there is a way to see it, with English subtitles. The director says on the documentary’s website that he will provide a private link to watch it to those who email him. The email address is: email@example.com.
Posted by jwoestendiek January 6th, 2012 under Muttsblog, videos.
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They call them “doglers,” or at least the New York Post does — dogless people who like to watch and enjoy other people’s dogs.
“There’s a hidden club of us,” said Hannah Spencer, 28, of Brooklyn, who uses her morning runs as an excuse to drop by Fort Greene Park and watch the dogs.
“I know my own levels of responsibility and I just can’t have a dog,” said Spencer. “So you can get this vicarious pleasure out of watching other people’s dogs.”
It was Spencer, the Post noted, who coined the word “dogle.”
She says dogless New Yorkers dogle, or ogle dogs, because their hectic lifestyles and tiny apartments prevent them from actually owning one.
“We just don’t have the time or the space to provide a dog a good home right now,” said Donald Cutler, 27, who regularly checks out the Carl Schurz dog park on the upper East Side. “Watching dogs is a nice way to get outside of the hustle that is the city. Dog parks are one of the nicer places in New York.”
Greer Griffith, 64, the manager of Animal Assisted Therapy for the ASPCA, is not surprised by what the Post officially labeled a trend, which is what the news media call phenomena that they haven’t previously caught on to.
“There are studies that show that animal-assisted therapy brings people out of depression, lowers blood pressure and can be tremendously helpful in dealing with loneliness at extended-care facilities,” said Griffith.
“It confirms what I already know about dogs,” she says. “They change the energy around them and make people smile.”
But maybe the best part about dogling, the Post noted, is that it’s all the perks — and none of the poop.
Posted by jwoestendiek May 13th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, behavior, dog park, dogle, dogless, dogling, dogs, enjoy, new york, non pet owners, ogle, ogling, other people's dogs, pets, vicarious, vicariously, watch, watching
In case you get tired of watching your own dog — and if you ‘re like me, you never do — there’s always the Internet, where a visit to Ustream.tv will hook you up with a live cam show of these Jack Russell puppies, and much more.
You can check in with Madi, a sick Havanese (her temperature has dropped), a litter of Shiba Inus from San Francisco, some mastiff pups from Idaho, a gaggle of Chihuahuas in San Antonio and, of course, Grandma Beth’s bulldogs, who, I can report, made quick work of their dinner last night.
In addition to watching, you can also chat with fellow dog watchers.
All in all, as of last night anyway, there were 41 dog cams to choose from — many, if not most, of which seem aimed at selling pups, as opposed to just warming the cockles of your heart.
The Jack Russell show takes place just north of Syracuse, New York, and features a mom and her five pups. The father, Ollie, makes an occasional appearance.
The website offers about 75 other animal cams — everything from birds and fish to goats and squirrels.
Posted by jwoestendiek July 2nd, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: breeders, cams, dog, doggie, dogs, internet, live cams, pup, puppy, sales, selling, streamed, streams, tv, ustream, view, watch, website
The guide lists the products, the chemicals they contain and the risks they pose. It’s part of a NRDC’s new Green Paws campaign that helps consumers find the safest flea-control products that won’t endanger pets or children.
NRDC released a report yesterday warning of dangerously high levels of two carcinogenic neurotoxins on pet fur after the use of ordinary flea collars. The organization filed a lawsuit against companies including Petsmart, Petco and Sergeants; and it has asked the Environmental Protection Agency to ban the use of the chemicals in flea collars.
For the full product list, click here.
Posted by jwoestendiek April 24th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: alert, brand names, carcinogens, collars, consumer, dangers, flea, flea collar, green paws campaign, health, national resource defense council, neurotoxins, nrdc, safety, shampoos, sprays, threats, tick, treatments, warning, watch