“A 3-year-old toy poodle Mizuho sits in “Dog Wash Machine,” for shampooing at a pet shop named Pet World Joyful Honda in Tokyo, Japan, Tuesday, March 16, 2010. Inside the closed machine, a dog receives a service that includes tear-free shampoo, rinsing and blow dry in the 30-minute course.”
When is the human wash machine coming? The animal trials seem to be successful.
“I can only assume that this strange creature was some kind of dog, though exactly what it would take to create an orange, spotted dog with cotton candy fine fur I have no idea. In any case, I felt like a biologist discovering a new species. In retrospect, I wish I had taken more pictures.”
“Every so often, if you ride Moscow’s crowded subways, you notice that the commuters around you include a dog - a stray dog, on its own, just using the handy underground Metro to beat the traffic and get from A to B. Yes, some of Moscow’s stray dogs have figured out how to use the city’s immense and complex subway system, getting on and off at their regular stops. The human commuters around them are so accustomed to it that they rarely seem to notice.”
Waggly tail or not, owning a pet comes at a far higher cost than you might imagine. As you watch a large dog bounding out of the back of an SUV, you might mentally reprimand the owner for their choice of vehicle. You would do better to save your indignation for their choice of pet. Because, as we report on page 46, the ecological footprint of our companion animals can dwarf that of even the most gas-guzzling cars. Man’s best friend, it turns out, is the planet’s enemy.