Livejournal’s Writer’s Block question of the day is, “Cats or dogs– which do you prefer, and why?”
I don’t prefer one over the other. I’ve shared my life with cats and dogs from my earliest years and love both. My parents wouldn’t consider allowing dogs inside the house and weren’t happy about having cats there, but smaller critters are easier to sneak in, so I got more time to snuggle with the cats. Recently, I haven’t had a home with a fenced yard, so I haven’t had a dog. It seems unfair to have a dog without giving him a place to run around and play off the leash every day. The cats deal with an all-indoor environment more easily. But as soon as I’m able to do so, I’ll have a canine companion again!
First, if you dog has a Pimple Ball With Bell (what an icky name!), take it back wherever you bought it and ask them to refund your money for the dangerous thing, and take the rest off the shelves.
After reading about the injuries at least four dogs have experienced due to the absolute refusal of Four Paws Products Ltd. to modify or recall their product after being informed of these problems. One dog had to be euthanized.
The company and its insurer (I wish I knew their name) have been irresponsible, at the very least.
Please talk to pet stores in your area about removing the “pimple ball with bell” from their shelves. Warn other dog owners about the problem. Consider talking to your vet, so he or she can do the same.
Consider writing to Four Paws, as well. E‑mail isn’t nearly as effective as a mailed or faxed letter, or even a (polite!) phone call.
I didn’t find the name of any executives on their web site, but will add that after I try calling tomorrow. Here’s the mail and phone information:
50 Wireless Blvd.
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Phone: (631) 434‑1100
Fax: (631) 434‑1183
Their parent company is Central Garden & Pet Company. The president of the “Pet Group” is James V. Heim
President of Pet Group
1340 Treat Boulevard, Suite 600
Walnut Creek, Callifornia 94597
Phone: (925) 948‑4000
I haven’t found a fax number. Yet.
Edit: Embedding is now disabled for the video. Foo. But you can watch it on You Tube!
That’s one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen.
Someone on my LJ reading list posted a link to this very amusing bit about Scenic Horses, which sound to me like the very best sort of horses.
As a result, someone else linked to I Has a Sweet Potato, which made me laugh so hard my dimples are sore. , I have a feeling that your and Seth’s dogs have cousins out there somewhere.
I’ve long known that there were people who inflict indignities like sweaters and even tiny little boots on their canine companions. I had no idea that the doggy fashion had become so very fashionable, though.
Then I saw it. One moment I’m surrounded by bird feeders and cat toys, the next, there it is: an entire row of Canine Couture.
I called Katie to my side to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating, but no, she saw it too. We brought home photographic evidence, not expecting you to believe us without it.
That particular “dress” was the most eye-catching of this season’s dog fashion — at least, what that Target is carrying.
We were very happy to come home to our sharp-clawed cats, safe in the knowledge that they would never permit such a thing.