Political Animals #14
If you want a friend in politics, get a dog. Or get your dog in politics.
While Harry S Truman's famous quip certainly holds true, dogs these days must do more than just provide comfort to their political Growlmamas. Your canine companion it seems, must now do the politics for you.
Over the past year or so we've witnessed a proliferation of pups doing their bit for democracy. Selfie-snapping at polling stations (see above) (to encourage voting by nations of people more keen to decide the fate of their favourite X-Factor contestant than the fate of their country), and yapping all over social about BREXIT or the Race to the White House. #DogsAgainstBrexit #DogsForHillary #DogsForTrump....the hashtags are endless, and gosh, someone's even written a book about it.
So, in the wake of (the Dog's) BREXIT and in the lead up to the US Federal Election we dedicate this issue of Growlmama Loves to political animals of both two and four-legged persuasions.
Liven up your walkies in the Monica T
One cannot escape a trip to the park without getting embroiled in a whine about BREXIT or a debate about Trump. So what to wear on your walkies in these political times? Snap up the 'Monica' T (our name) from Idea and ensure that park chat extends beyond dogs. Park perfect....unless of course you are en route to a Democratic Convention. #MonicaWho? #DontMentionTheIntern
Kick-ass kicks for the fence-sitter
Undecided? Or just plain coy about your political allegiance? With both red and navy accents, French brand Veja's latest treads let you have a foot in either camp. A must-have for every #RepubliCrat or #DemoCan.
Who to choose: Hillary Kitten or Dognald Trump?
Political animals need political things. And look what we've dug up: Hillary Kitten and The Dognald plush chew toys from Barkshop.
Growlmama to a toy-destroyer? Shop the candidate you dislike and let your pooch go to town (code for rip its arms off). Mama to a more placid pup? Pick your favourite and watch your mutt snuggle with a potential future President.
What's written in the stars? Our dog muse Frida road tests the Pet Reader
All this politicking of late has left things a little up in the air in the world, including chez Growlmama. So somewhere post BREXIT, mid Summer and pre-Christmas we sought out a much-coveted appointment with the Pet Reader to tell us what the future holds.
Despite our mutt snoring through most of the session, the King of Dog Tarot used a bespoke set of cards and his 30+ years of interpreting them, to perfectly sum up our pup: "charismatic, co-dependent and blessed with a big personality". We could not have described her better ourselves.
Dog snores were abated when the cards unleashed an unspoken desire for more interesting walks. No word on her (read our) romantic or financial prospects (or for that matter what BREXIT means for the UK economy or who will win the race to the White House) but some helpful suggestions on how to improve our doggy relationship.
Book your appointment with the PetReader today. He does humans too. We love.
WAG THE DOG
Repooplican or Democrap?
And finally. Fed up with the political palaver that seems to be invading every corner of our daily lives? Stick two fingers in the air and scoop your poop with a Presidential nominee. Thanks to Dog-Milk for drawing our attention to these (tasteless) treats by Metropaws. #SmearCampaign