Really Really Good:It’s A Dog Eat Dog World!

Peace and salutations, my online readers! I hope you all survived your Christmas intact, and got all the gifts that you were looking for this year! As the wickedly short vacation time winds down to it’s true elfish nature, many of you maybe online today, looking for something to spice up your last minutes of holiday freedom. For those stuck in the frozen tundras on the East Coast or about to brave the lines at the airports, I dedicate this edition of the Really Really Good show to you! Thanks to the wallet crunching effects of our economy these days, St. Nickalicious had to scale back on the festivities for this winter solstice season here at the Canhead compound. On the positive side of it, we were able to have a quite little holiday at home, and plan to top it off with a drive up the coast. But before I start packing and head out the door this week, and to coincide with our planet tilting a bit more, I have dog day edition of RRG for you to end out the year!

Bad Dog!
Lassie, Snoopy and Benji are in the..uhmm..doghouse as a new book is accusing them of harming our very planet! Seems the canine community, whose previous criminal records consisted of vandalism (dog ate my homework), assault (biting the mailman, humping your leg) and disorderly conduct (barking nonstop during your last vacation, to the dismay of your neighbors, knocking over all those garbage cans) has upped the ante and added terrorists threats to their resume! That’s right, your cute little terrier is actually a environmental terrorist!

“Time to Eat the Dog: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living”,  by Robert and Brenda Vale, is the new book that accuses man’s best friend as one of the earth’s biggest enemies!  According to The Vales, Fido’s carbon foot..or paw..print is surprisingly large, comparable to a family sized car in some instances! Reaction to the book and it’s studies are strong and divided, and Rin Tin Tin sadly cannot speak in his own behalf. The Vales say they don’t actually suggest that we eat dogs, but the title alone conjures up all sorts of terrible images in my mind; many of which are documented on Wikipedia’s page on “Dog Meat”, along with a list of the countries that serve man’s best friend to man!

Polluting pets: the devastating impact of man’s best friend by Staff Writers Paris (AFP) Dec 20, 2009
“To confirm the results, the New Scientist magazine asked John Barrett at the Stockholm Environment Institute in York, Britain, to calculate eco-pawprints based on his own data. The results were essentially the same. ‘Owning a dog really is quite an extravagance, mainly because of the carbon footprint of meat,’ Barrett said. Other animals aren’t much better for the environment, the Vales say. ‘Cats have an eco-footprint of about 0.15 hectares, slightly less than driving a Volkswagen Golf for a year, while two hamsters equates to a plasma television and even the humble goldfish burns energy equivalent to two mobile telephones.”

Your dog may be more damaging to the environment than an SUV, new book claims
BY Issie Lapowsky Read more at NY Daily
“”Any claims on the Earth’s resources, whether it’s having pets or having children, we need to think about. It doesn’t necessarily mean getting rid of your pet now,” Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute, tells “I don’t think there’s any way of saying how many pets somebody should have or a country should have. But it is useful to think about the environmental demands that pets make in the same way that people do.”

While I am in no position to speak as a expert on the subject, I wonder how big some of today’s “star” or “celebrity” pets paw prints are.   What about Velvet, the black lab that saved those climbers on Mount Hood a few years back? I bet those lost hikers would gladly trade her heavy paw print for their lives!

Do you remember the legendary Balto and his trek across Alaska, racing vital medicine and antitoxin, helping to thwart off a impending epidemic back in the 1920s? If not, watch the cartoon and catch up on your history! I’m sure his pawprint was pretty big too, but no one is counting!

I don’t even want to think about The Obama’s new dog Bo, as he chews on his toys nonchalantly, in the Oval Office.  I wonder if anyone has shown our POTUS the Vales’ new book.

Little Orphan Annie’s dog Sandy must have had a incredibly small carbon pawprint, at least until Daddy Warbucks came into the picture!

Don’t even get me started talking about the legendary dog named..Nigger. Yes folks, the legend of Nigger The Dog is true. His story is actually quite remakable and his paw print was probably as big as his name was unfortunate!

I’m pretty sure that Lancelot II, that cloned dog that is down in Florida somewhere, has a heck of a carbon paw print…TWICE!

No, My Dog Is Not Destroying the Environment:How the authors of Time to Eat the Dog: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living get it wrong.
Read more:

The Latest Advice From the Eco-Zealots: Eat Your Pets- Julia Szabo

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It all sounds like yada yada yada to Eddie!

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