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Friday, June 11, 2010

Rant: A Pet Is Not For You To Do This To

It's called Extreme Grooming. There are magazines dedicated to this newish trend of subjecting one's fluffy furbabies to hours (and HOURS) of being poffed and puffed and pepped so that the owners could show them off in a contest.

For me, pets are meant to be companions, four-legged beings who run like the wind in sheer joy, comfort you when you're down, be the wild child and the good listener, the crazy thing that loves to walk, play, or sit watching TV. As long as you're with him, he's a happy one.

Making him sit for hours and hours and hours of grooming is not fun to him. Would you make your child do this? Oh wait, some parents do....

Sigh.










You know, I've laughed at Halloween pics of pets dressed up as ghouls and vamps, so I do think your furbabies and you can have fun with costumes, but when it's done like this, I think it's more a statement about you and your free time than a pet and you being silly for a special occasion, isn't it?

Man, can you see them taking one of the above babies for a walk? Oh, no, that'd mess up their dyed and coaxed fur! No playing in the grass, Frisky! Can't have you messing up that artsy creation to make you look like a camel! No, no, no, Lassie, bad dog, how many times must I tell you not to crawl under the house to chase the cat? You're a panda bear, not a dog, now sit and chew this fake bamboo stick mommy has made for you.

Gah.


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8 comments:

vince said...

Oh. My. Lord.

They're treating their pets like dolls for extreme dress-up.

Ridiculous!

Mo said...

I almost cried for those poor dogs. That's so wrong! I'd like to "extreme groom" their owners. hehehe

Phyl said...

This is worth coming out of lurkdom for. Where is PETA? This is wrong on so many levels....

Deborah Blake Dempsey said...

I am thoroughly disturbed. I've seen pink poodles before, but this is extreme. The dogs don't even look happy. Honestly, it looks more like torture to me. It's CONSTANT upkeep for them. The dogs have no say in this abomination. Man, if dogs could talk.

Mary Stella said...

That's just weird.

Several years ago when I handled p.r. for a county S.P.C.A., I needed to do some promo shots at the home of a minor celebrity that was chairing a fundraising event. The woman had dyed leopard spots on her shar pei. So wrong! Even if it doesn't hurt the dog, really, why do something like that for your own vanity?

MaryC said...

Saw this on TV last night - I think it should be done to the owners - see how they like it.

On a lighter note, I just came across a picture of Genn and Cindy Gerard with three EC hunks in the July RT magazine - great picture!

Gennita said...

Aren't those pics horrifying? I really feel sorry for the poor dogs' dignity!

Mary S., makes me wonder why the owner wants a dog if she's going to make him look like a leopard!

MaryC,

Oooh, got to go ck out the new issue of RT! :D

Vanessa said...

WHY? WHY? WHY? i just dont understand!!!!!! those poor babes :(

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