There’s some interesting pet news coming out of Japan, an Island nation about the size of Disney World and just as expensive.
They don’t have a lot of room there, so things are done on a small scale. Think sushi. You can fit the living quarters of a typical Tokyo family into the space of a General Motors SUV.
They tend to downsize things to fit their land limitations.
As a result, they don’t have many pets larger than an origami dragonfly. Where would they put them?
There’s no room to keep a dog, much less find a place to walk one. And you’ve heard the jokes about the lack of a cat population in Asian countries. Part of it is true. Just like chicken.
I think it started with the Tamagotchi, an electronic pet that doubles for a dog and does all the tricks except go on your rug, and there may be an app for that. I guess they thought “why not build a dog that you could fit in a shoe box….. and leave it there”.
They’d love to have pets but there’s hardly any room for people, but that’s not stopping them. They have a walking park for pet owners, which is so exclusive that they charge $12 an hour. That’s on the cutting edge of pet ownership or in this case pet rental because if you don’t have a dog, you can rent one. That’s right, rent a dog. It’s a social thing!
On the other side of the dog park;
American pets are living the good life. In a recent year we spent a record $55 billion on Rex and Fluffy.
Rates there start at $31 a day and depending on how guilty you feel about going away and leaving your pets behind, the sky’s the limit. Sky? What about Skype? They have that when you get lonely and want to see Poochie enjoy a lifestyle you can only dream of.
The property is custom designed to meet and exceed all kennel industry standards and makes a Holiday Inn look like the Bates Motel.
Anyone can place a chocolate on the pillow at night but I’ll stay at a place where I can get some of the services of the Barkley like a tuck-in tummy rub while listening to a personal bedtime story. “Once upon a time there was the luckiest dog in the world…”
Room Service is available (steak for dogs and sushi for cats) with special seasonal meals like turkey dinners. ($31 a day? I’m moving in now!)
At the Barkley, your pet can enjoy a limo ride through the drive-thru at McDonald's for a choice of hamburger, cheeseburger, or Chicken McNuggets. Take out only.
Dogs can walk out of there feeling like the million bucks you just spent on them, then when they get home, crap on your carpet because they don’t want to leave the ‘pampered life.’
Originally opened in Cleveland, a sister Barkley has opened in California and caters to rabbits, rodents, birds cats and snakes. Money to burn? Your gerbil will never have it as good!