August 25, 2006

"The idea is unlikely to appeal to traditionalists who believe dogs should be walked...."

Yeah. Really.

ADDED: The first comment is laugh-out-loud funny. And I'd just like to say that worse than not letting your dog walk is not letting your child walk. There are way too many children stuffed into strollers for the convenience of an adult and left with little to do but learn indolence and to grow fat.

22 comments:

The Drill SGT said...

Those are elite blue state 8 lb pooches. you try to carry your average 50 pound red state mut hanging off your waist, and you're going to have a sore back and a bite out of your a$$!

al said...

Well - you've got the old women carrying dogs in purses so this is kinda like a fanny pack for Fido.

Personally I'd rather walk my pooch.

Wickedpinto said...

yeah, spend however much on a puppy purse, rather than make the excessive investment necessary to purchase the complex technology of a LONG STRING! that lets your dog be a dog rather than a silly fashion accoutrement.

Good Economics and insight elitest tardo's.

Gimme a poochie that wants to play, and leave the broad who wants to accessorize with a living creature starving in the gutter.

bearing said...

Ditto on the strollers. I have 3 kids and have never used a stroller, not once. I can envision situations (disabled child; 2 kids born quite close together; jogging) that might require it, but a carrier for the baby and a little trick I call "making them walk" for the older ones has always been enough for me.

I admit to letting my toddler ride in the grocery cart where I can keep an eye on him.

I saw a 6-year-old (an able-bodied one) in a stroller last month. Eergh.

Dave said...

My mom always complains that I walk too fast. I blame her, though, because when I was a kid learning to walk we lived in NYC and hence walked everywhere.

Jennifer said...

The contraption is ridiculous on so many levels. That girl looks like she's walking fast enough that Fido should be bouncing around like a paddle ball.

Right with you on the strollers.

Ron said...

Fat: Today's fear de jour on Althouse! Good thing blogging doesn't...oh, never mind!

James R Ament said...

I once saw a lady walking in pug in Indian Wells, CA - The pug was in a baby stroller wearing a pearl (maybe fake pearl) necklace. I'm not making this up!

dick said...

Saw much the same here in Queens. The woman had what looked like a stroller except that it did not have a seat. The seating area was a platform with a wire screen around it and the top was like the little roof on strollers. She had 2 dogs in the contraption, young ones, and she was pushing it like a baby carriage. First time I ever saw one like that. Ridiculous!!

Elizabeth said...

At the dog park on the levee, we occasionally see 2-legged dogs frolicking merrily with the help of a wheeled contraption supporting their either useless or missing back legs. That's about the only logical application of a stroller-type technology that I can accept for dogs. My dachshund would be twice his size within a week if he didn't burn off calories running and walking. What am I saying? He doesn't walk anywhere. Every step is a full-bore gallop, from couch to water bowl to the back door.

I tried carrying him in a little pack when I take him to work (between semesters, please!) but even as a 6-lb. puppy that got to be too heavy for any length of time.

The little carrying cases are popular, though, where dogs can accompany us at cafes. I suppose the dog being confined in a bag or mesh carrier is more appealing at an outdoor cafe than one running about on the end of a leash.

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Wurly said...

I can't believe that none of the Project Runway designers thought to incorporate the dogs themselves into dress designs (a built in doggy purse) a few weeks ago!

John in Nashville said...

Does Rick Santorum know about this?

Elizabeth said...

Sippican, I haven't tried the cobwebbing approach, but I do spray the cat with Endust and let him do my floors. It's particularly effective on baseboards. A note of caution: if you do try the broomstick method, turn off the fan before you clean the blades.

nedludd said...

Excellent suggestions from the cottage dweller, but he forgot they can also be a tasty morsel if you are strolling through the local Little Korea (the locals in Little Italy just don't know how to properly prepare Fifi, they drown her in marianara)

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Elizabeth said...

John, Santorum is on top of it, I'm sure.

knoxgirl said...

I have 3 kids and have never used a stroller, not once.

Confession: I have been known to use a stroller.

When did this sort of thing become a contest?

Ruth Anne Adams said...

I agree with Sippican that the new photo is excellent. Is it just for the blog? Or is there a UW publication for which you needed to update the headshot?

Sippican: How do you pronounce that? Is it Sippy-can or sip-uh-kin? Or something else entirely?

Knoxy: It's always been a contest...for at least as long as they've been keeping score at Little League.

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Ann Althouse said...

The photo is just from me fooling around with Photo Booth on the new Mac (as was the previous one).

Revenant said...

My parents couldn't get me to STAY in the stroller. I always wanted to push it, which of course slowed our progress to about 0.17 miles per hour.