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wag the dog (bowl)

September 14th, 2008 at 01:44 am

Saving log - $0 tip box
Spending log - $4.50 groceries + $40 weekend money

Saving log - $0 tip box + $100 Drp
Spending log - $5 latte & 3 tea cookies + $15 groceries

Yesterday I along with several other co workers went on a volunteer project - painting hallways. Those of you who are budding gym rats will appreciate that painting walls with a roller is all lats. Because I was stiff and sore from yesterday (not to mention was working out lungfuls of paint fumes), I took it easy this afternoon, walked a little bit, and spent a nice 40 minute break with a green tea latte and a couple of cookies.

Lately I've noticed other symptoms of recession - several local businesses that I frequent now promote coupons and have punch cards. I use punch cards as much as the next person - religious with a few, not so religious with most. My only tip on how to use punch cards (and their cousins, gift cards) is to store them in

Text is a business card carrier and Link is
a business card carrier, rather than busting your wallet. And when you fill your business card carrier, its time to clean it out of the punch cards you don't use. Anybody trade cards?

The final thing that I've really noticed is the proliferation of water-filled dog bowls in front of businesses on Greenwood Ave. Dog bowls started first with some of the coffee shops around, signaling a dog-friendly business. Today I saw a dog treat dispenser beside the dog bowl in front of one coffee shop (okay the one I stopped at), a high end silvery dog bowl in front of a sidewalk ad listing spa services, and a large tupperware bowl full of water in front of a hair salon. No dog bowl in front of the business you'd expect a dog bowl in front of - a pet food store.

So what gives with all the dog bowls? I can kind of see it if you are setting a dog bowl in front of an in and out service. Tie up your dog and give him something to drink while he waits for you. But the one in front of the spa? Hmmm. That could be a long wait. Maybe its smart - the dog stops for the water, forcing its owner (the tail) to stop and read the signs about what the business does.

The dog treat dispenser definitely picks up the game. Its a modified bubble gum machine. Treats are .25 apiece, with a sign that plaintively tells the owner not to hide this fact from the dog.

Well, if the dog had its own allowance...

4 Responses to “wag the dog (bowl)”

  1. gamecock43 Says:

    I am thinking maybe the surge in accessory dogs has created an increase in pet friendly businesses. They are expecting a maltese to walk in. Wait till someone tries to walk in with an Irish Wolfhound.

  2. fern Says:

    It sounds so California/Seattle. The place I was meant to live, except for those earthquakes.

  3. sillyoleme Says:

    I wonder if they'd appreciate my Great Dane? Although he is pretty picky about his treats... prefers old shoes to MilkBones! Smile

  4. SMB Says:

    I find the following image pretty funny: a shopowner arrives early in the a.m., unlocks the door, turns on the lights, fills up and carries out the dog bowl...

    I think this is just a Seattle thing. It's absolutely the most dog-crazy city I've ever lived in, and one reason why I love it.

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