Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Dogs and their People

Let me preface this by saying I don't have a dog.

My family has had a couple of dogs during my childhood. The first was Rags. Rags was a little dog with an unfortunate name and too much hair which covered her eyes. When we would ge her shaved in the summer I would tell my friends that we had a new dog and that Rags was just hiding. Then there was Molly, the long-haired welsh corgi who my parents never really wanted and eventually gave away.

So you can see that my dog exprience is not vast, so maybe that's why I can't seem to understand why dogs seem to be the center of people's lives lately. When out walking around in my DC neighborhood, it seems like everyone has a dog. Its like a dog parade - big dogs, small dogs, fat dogs, skinny dogs, red dogs, blue dogs.

And the amenities for these dogs are amazing, dog parks, doggy daycare, dog bakeries, dog boutique clothing and toy stores, even dog healthcare. With a whole city of young professionals focused on getting ahead, working long hours in the name of career and power, have dogs replaced children?

I know, I know, I may be upsetting some dog lovers out there. And don't I have a cat? why yes I do and he's awesome. But I'm not talking about the normal type of love for a pet.

Case and point, while biking on the Mt. Vernon trail two weeks ago, I happened upon a woman biking while pulling a trailer behind her bike. When looking inside the trailer, I expected to see a sweet baby - but what did I find instead? Two pomeranians enjoying a nice ride. This is rediculous People!

And while you are pondering this, meet Winston:

Winston is the dog that "works" at my office about once a week, and this is his blog: 


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