Fortifido: Bottled Water for Dogs

I’m pro-healthy dogs, but I have some serious doubts about whether this is how to achieve it:

FortiFido: Fortified Water for Dogs > Peanut Butter

Yep, that’s right: Bottled vitamin water for dogs.

It comes in peanut butter, spearmint, lemmongrass, and parsley. For some strange reason, each flavor has a different mix of vitamins, so if your dog doesn’t like the taste of parsley it can kiss healthy skin goodbye.

I’m not a dog owner, but it seems to me that dogs will eat or drink just about anything, so I don’t understand the benefits of flavoring the water. And do we really need our dogs contributing even more bottled waters to our landfills?

In Michael Pollan’s book, In Defense of Food, he suggests that we should be wary of eating foods our grandmas wouldn’t recognize. I have a feeling that the same rule should apply to dog’s and their grandmas.

Pound Puppy Photography

I was listening to a podcast the other day about dog adoptions where a woman working at a pound explained that black labs are some of the toughest dogs to get placed. She said they think one reason is that it’s tough to get a good picture of a black dog.

Here’s Yori, a black lab at the Golden Valley Humane Society:

Yori - Adoptable Dog

This is Tex at the Golden Valley facility:

Tex - Adoptable Dog

This is Mick at the Coon Rapids facility:

Mick - Adoptable Dog

This is Titan at the Coon Rapids Facility:

Titan - Adoptable Dog

Find more adoptable pets here.

What do you think? Are the black dogs under-represented by their photos? How about the Golden Valley vs. Coon Rapids comparison?

Personally, I think the dogs at both pounds could benefit from the volunteer help of a skilled photographer who can help them with their glamour shots.

It seems like the dogs would also benefit from having more than one picture available. Perhaps a different look in the eye of one of these dogs would create the personal connection needed to close the deal with a new family?