Sunday, September 28, 2008

Signs of a Maturing Community? - Tiny Toy Micro Teacup Purse Babies


Bed buddies, purse babies, teacups, tiny toys, micro rats, yipping hamsters, laprats, drop-kicks...however you label them, they're swarming. Here in Dulles South.


At Starbuck's, on the sidewalks, in cars - it's hard to get a quick jog up without fear of a "yipyipyip" "hey, get off my pookie!".

Why is this? Why are so many Loudoun Moms adopting a 3rd round of dependents, in these fluffymicro packages? Some may point to a maturing bedroom community, where the kids are now in school, the original family dogs have retired "to the farm", and the 9-2 empty-nesters are looking for something to dress, to talk to, to entertain...

Where "the new granite" of last year may have portended some degree of economic recovery, this year's micro poodle/rat terrier adoption wave just doesn't make sense. On the one hand, a new dog (small as it is) brings along lots of mess (from both ends), noise, vet bills, fleas, house destruction, wardrobe stress (!) and altogether more trouble and expense than one would think practical to assume in this economic context. On the other hand, perhaps the solace, love, companionship and just plain bitesize furriness is what's needed to get through the day.

Either way, watch your step, and watch where you sit.

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Anonymous J. Tyler Ballance said...

Where I used to live in Asia, dogs were just another food.

Here in the USA, they should be regarded as quadrupedal turd dispensers.

Pet ownership should be taxed with a minimum of $1000.00 per year license fee, with additional fines of $1000.00 for each poop, pee or puke ejected into our community by pets. Citizens who report the mostly inconsiderate dog owners whose pets leave turds and pee everywhere, should be rewarded with half the fine for turning these serial polluters in to the cops.

In metropolitan areas, the environmental impact of pets, especially dogs' crap, is egregious. For example, the soil in parts of New York's Central Park is so full of fecal bacteria and worm larvae, the contaminated soil when removed or replenished, is classified as hazardous waste.

When you see pet owners buying those hundred pound bags of food at the store for their dogs, keep in mind that almost all of that is deposited on the lawns of neighbors and in area parks for our children and us to step in.

The citizens should "thank" dog owners for all of the doo-doo that they do, by slapping them with $1000 annual license fees and $1000 fines in the cities for not cleaning up after their quadrupedal turd dispensers.

Of course with the economy going to Hell, perhaps our citizens will begin to capture and eat those little beasts like the Asians sometimes do; those yappy nuisances are just another protein source when you're hungry.

10:37 PM  
Anonymous J. Tyler Ballance said...

Where I used to live in Asia, dogs were just another food.

Here in the USA, they should be regarded as quadrupedal turd dispensers.

Pet ownership should be taxed with a minimum of $1000.00 per year license fee, with additional fines of $1000.00 for each poop, pee or puke ejected into our community by pets. Citizens who report the mostly inconsiderate dog owners whose pets leave turds and pee everywhere, should be rewarded with half the fine for turning these serial polluters in to the cops.

In metropolitan areas, the environmental impact of pets, especially dogs' crap, is egregious. For example, the soil in parts of New York's Central Park is so full of fecal bacteria and worm larvae, the contaminated soil when removed or replenished, is classified as hazardous waste.

When you see pet owners buying those hundred pound bags of food at the store for their dogs, keep in mind that almost all of that is deposited on the lawns of neighbors and in area parks for our children and us to step in.

The citizens should "thank" dog owners for all of the doo-doo that they do, by slapping them with $1000 annual license fees and $1000 fines in the cities for not cleaning up after their quadrupedal turd dispensers.

Of course with the economy going to Hell, perhaps our citizens will begin to capture and eat those little beasts like the Asians sometimes do; those yappy nuisances are just another protein source when you're hungry.

10:38 PM  

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