Max’s Dogs – Canine inequalities…

Dog Jacket The lifestyle gap between rural dogs and their urban cousins is never more apparent than on a visit to a  city pet shop.  Apart from extensive shelves of  ‘dog toys’ there are also dog toothbrushes (attached to the end of a firm plastic finger  stall for the owner to administer), accompanied by beef flavoured toothpaste. There is shampoo and  conditioner in fragrances of chamomile and  strawberry.  A plastic  ‘peeing post’ treated with a pheromone,  persuades the dog to pee wherever you put the post – rather than where the dog might want it.

Some pet shops in America offer even more attentive  care:  pasta packs with lamb, duck or turkey sauce, doggy ice cream, and apple-pie flavoured biscuits shaped like cats and postmen.

Pets’ health is also to the fore.  For dogs who need ‘weight management’ there are  low calorie foods and aromatherapy to help retain their emotional  balance. Appointments  can also be made for dogs to have acupuncture.

From Max Cryer’s book  Every Dog has its Day

 

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Max Cryer

Max Cryer is well known for his books on language and other subjects. In a long career, he has been a teacher, television host and m.c. as well as a performer on the opera stage in London and in cabaret in Las Vegas and Hollywood. He is now a full-time writer.