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Fur “Babies”

By Glinda

Last week, I visited a very posh shopping center near me, and even though I knew they existed, I saw one of these for the first time in person:

Oh. God.

This is a stroller. For dogs. And an expensive one at that.

Earth to the people that buy these things, your dogs are not little babies!

I don’t know if it gives you some sort of secret thrill to have people peek into that stroller expecting to see a baby, but get an eyeful of a panting Countess Fluffyface instead. I swear, the people pushing the “stroller” were beaming as proudly as any parents of a newborn.

I like dogs. How could I not like dogs? What with their furriness and cuteness and loyalty. In fact, we plan on getting a dog in the near future.  But the day you see me pushing my dog around in one of these, know that it is a silent plea for help.

Somehow, seeing dogs in a stroller anthropomorphizes them into something that sort of creeps me out a bit. I mean, what’s next? Doggy slings? Little doggy mobiles? “Doggy Einstein” DVD’s?

Will your dog ever shout, “I hate you!” and slam their bedroom door?
Will it ever have it’s heart broken by a thoughtless object of affection?
Will your dog cause you to lie awake at night, wondering if it will be home in time for cufew?
Will it ever draw you a picture with you and them inside a big heart?

Of course, the answer to all those questions is a resounding “No.” Therefore, love your dogs. But, don’t pretend that they share the status of a human child.

So, get a grip on yourself and get thee a leash!

19 Responses to “Fur “Babies””

  1. La Petite Acadienne Says:

    I have never understood this proclivity to carry dogs around in inappropriate carriers. I adore dogs. Adore them. I like dogs more than I like most people.

    But would I ever carry a dog in my purse? No! What if they decide it’s time for a poop? I have enough crap in my purse as it is without adding ACTUAL crap in there.

    And the expensive stroller? The only possible reason I could ever even think about justifying it would be if your dog is healing from a broken leg, and you have to take him to the vet’s, which is walking distance away. Otherwise, yes…get a really cute leash and harness, or if you live in a city with tons of pedestrians and your dog is small enough that you have to worry about him becoming jam under someone’s foot, then just pick the dog up and carry him until ped traffic thins out.

    The dog in the stroller is awfully cute, though. I love Lhasa Apsos, even if that one appears to have been robbed of all dignity. Then again, we are talking about an animal that always likes to wait until you have company over before it gleefully plants itself in the middle of the living room and starts licking its own butt, so perhaps ascribing dignity to them is a bit of a stretch.

  2. Chicklet Says:

    What, so now I don’t have to dodge just the Volkswagen-sized strollers for babies, but also the ones for dogs? Oy.

  3. class-factotum Says:

    I don’t care for dogs all that much. I prefer cats. I think it’s pretty clear that cats are the superior animal of the two — no cat would ever stand for being put in the corner — I mean, in a stroller.

    (Don’t hit me.)

  4. Steph Says:

    I love my dogs, but you will *never* catch me pushing one in a stroller.

  5. J Says:

    I have a bloggy friend, Jimmy, who recently got a lot of crap for having pictures of his dogs in a stroller. But he had a pretty good reason…his dogs are old, too old to keep up with him wherever he goes, and he wants to take long walks and be healthy. The answer? A stroller.

    I suspect it’s not a fancy expensive stroller, and some people are pretty bizarre about their dogs out there, but I would be hesitant to judge until I knew the whole story.

  6. raincoaster Says:

    Maybe Jimmy could leave his dogs at home? If grandma were aged, would he strap her to his Grammamobile and scoot her around wherever he went?

    I saw a pug in a babycarrier, one of the ones where the baby faces front. Not only did the dog have the sense to look mortified (and NO DOG can look mortified like a pug can) but I dearly hoped it peed on the owner’s legs. How does the dog indicate it needs down? I didn’t see a diaper on that thing, although I HAVE seen diapered dogs.

    I adore dogs. ADORE them. I often said, when I ran a cafe, I said that many humans would be barred, but animals who were housetrained would have been welcome, if I made up all the rules. But dogs are not humans; to treat them as human is to disrespect the dog’s essential dogginess. If you want a baby, have a baby. If you want a dog, get a dog.

    Don’t even get me started on those people who buy carnivorous pets and then try to feed them vegan food.

  7. Margaret Says:

    Granted, my dog is 40-some odd pounds but I would never put her in a stroller. Ever.

    Growing up our neighbors down the street took their Chiuaua (how in hell you spell that, I’ll nevr know) for walks with an umbrella stroller. When the dog got tired, up it went into the stroller.

    Pitiful. Just dang pitiful.n

  8. Jen Says:

    My friend has one of those. Actually, I think she has the exact one pictured but she got it off Ebay so I know she only spent about $40 on it. She has a french bulldog who suffers from the unfortunate combination of short legs, a huge belly and shockingly long nipples. I wish I was kidding. But she is a rescue dog so she’s super sweet and needed a home where they wouldnt laugh and point. My friend has tried little doggy shirts but those nips still pop out sometimes and drag on the ground. Even if she isn’t scraping her feminine parts along the sidewalk, litltle doggy’s legs are too short to carry her girth for too long. So, although I have to admit that I normally turn up nose at people treating pets like kids in ANY way (no dog stockings darkening my mantle), I have to say I think my friend is doing her little friend a good service by making it possible to get her out into the fresh air.

    And a stroller is a LOT less expensive than cosmetic surgery (which her vet recommended for the…um…protrusions).

  9. Andrea Says:

    I think this is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen!

  10. Chicklet Says:

    J’s story about Jimmy reminds of a story the actor/singer John Barrowman (Doctor Who, Torchwood) told on a talk show last winter: One of his cocker spaniels, Miss Penny, was very old and had some difficulty walking, so he bought a pram (what we Americans think of as an old-fashioned baby carriage) in which to take her for walks (not long ones, just the normal doggy-business ones). Miss Penny died a few months later; in her case, I think the pram-usage was justified. But taking your dog with you to the mall as some sort of accessory? Not on, not on at all.

  11. Glinda Says:

    Ok, I will make an exception to health problems, but Jen, the dog wasn’t able to lose weight? Or was it just genetics that made her uh, feminine parts drag?

    Usually you will see the little dogs, the Yorkies and the Lhasas, and for whatever odd reason, those tend to be the dogs that get infantilized the most.

  12. Jen Says:

    I think she is just deformed, honestly. She actually isn’t overweight at all. Her legs are short so her belly dips low but it’s not like she’s a fatty. She’s only like three years old so, aside from having lived on the street, she should be in relatively good health. As for the lady parts thing…the world may never know. The vet said he had never seen anything like that. I’m sure he hopes never to see it again. It’s pretty disturbing.

  13. J Says:

    I don’t think Jimmy should leave his dogs at home just because they can’t keep up. If he wants to bring his dogs with him, and they’re able to get out and enjoy the grass and have a pee when they need it, and they’re getting fresh air, etc., what’s gonna be wrong with that? I mean, for years they went everywhere with him, and now that they’re old they are supposed to be cooped up? That’s not fun for them, I wouldn’t think. I applaud him, actually, for finding a solution.

  14. raincoaster Says:

    I took my dogs everywhere with me until I realized they were happier with shorter walks dedicated to them, rather than the long walks involving many stores and other places they couldn’t go.

    And I am very, very opposed to people taking their dogs into places dogs aren’t allowed “just because they’re special.” A maltese is no more likely to be housetrained than a Bernese Mountain dog. Either we let them all in, or we don’t let them in.

  15. Phyllis Says:

    Honestly – we are truly the Roman Empire of this era and it’s now a race to the bottom.

  16. Eilish Says:

    I have seen some more sensible looking wagon type carriers for elderly dogs which I think are nice. I will say that mostly I am just embarrassed for the dogs in the baby strollers. I love my three pooches, but I don’t see myself going there. I had one dog with a back injury for a while and he thought the lap of luxury was just going to the park and laying in the grass while my son and I played. He couldn’t walk much, but he got to be outside in the sun, which was enough activity for him.

  17. Gauss Says:

    I thought the whole point of taking the dog out on a walk was, you know, to give the dog some exercise…

    (of course, injured, sick or old dogs are exceptions, but I don’t think they’d care for a stroller too much anyway)

  18. Bethany Says:

    My friend bought me a doggy stroller a few years ago. She thought it was the best thing ever. She said it would be great practice for when I have a baby. I had to hide my initial reaction so as not to hurt her feelings. I have a 5 lb chihuahua and he hates riding in the thing, but I will say that it has come in handy. When you are far from home and you _CANNOT_ leave your dog in the car, you don’t have many options. He has never peed or pooped in the thing.
    Some small dogs can’t be put in the same category as big dogs though. If I left my dog outside all day today, I don’t know that I would still have a dog when I came home. My parents dog would be ecstatic to be out in this weather. No, they aren’t human, but they do have needs and if you are humane, you will meet their needs in the best way that you can.

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