Monday, March 2, 2009

Asshat Rant - Beware of the Dog

Ok. I saw this in a local department store and I totally flew off the deep end. As I'm sure you can well imagine - here I am standing in the middle of the store ranting and raving about this toy that I found in the children's department called "Beware of the Dog".

I'm sure that all the people around me who were shopping thought I should be in the local loony bin instead of shopping with them ... Most took one look at this crazed lady standing in the middle of the toys section ranting at how disgusting this toy is and turned around and ran the other way!

The basis of the game is that you have this toy dog and you try to steal its bones out of the food bowl without being bitten. Whoever has the most bones at the end wins. The toy is on some timer so that it is random what time it bites you. Now, does ANYONE really believe that this toy is actually teaching life lessons to said children?!?!

Good grief. What a great way to teach children that dogs are toys and you can taunt them into biting because "it's a game." Do the dogs think it's a game? What happens when these kids decide to try out this game in real life? You and I both know that kids do that often. There have been all sorts of kids extremely hurt by trying to act out things they see on tv (like wrestling) ...

This is where it belongs. In the trashcan.

Asshats. Those who made the game, those who sell the game and those who buy the game. All of them ... ASSHATS

Unfortunately, I was so upset by this that I couldn't think straight. You'll note I didn't post yesterday - that's because I was still swearing with everything I had each time I thought about it! Because I wasn't thinking, I didn't complain to the store about them having this on the shelves. So, right after work today, I will be marching myself down to the store and telling them what I think about this "toy". You can believe I will be asking them to take it off their shelves and send it back to their supplier with my formal complaint.

For anyone who would also like to complain about this toy, check out the toy department in your local shopping centres. This one was found in Zellers, but you may find it in other stores so go check them out. I will let you know how it goes on this end.


Debbie said...

oh my gosh. I would have been ranting and raving if I had seen that too. That only teaches kids that it's okay to try and steal a bone from a dog....but it's NOT okay.

GoLightly said...


It teaches them to tease animals.


Thoughts said...

that is totally outrageous and you are exactly right to wonder what would happen if a kid decided to really play that game with a dog in real life. how stupid. thats infuriating, teaching kids to tease a dog. OMG.

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

we do not like that toy at all. It is bad..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

ladykat said...

I agree. This is a weird game.

I went to the web site and it looks like you're using tongs shaped like cat paws to steal the food. So I guess it's the cat that actually gets attacked if the player fails? Does that somehow make the teasing okay?


LuLu and LoLLy! said...

This IS a terrible game and it teaches all sorts of bad things. We are going to try to send awareness about this game to a bunch of bloggers and maybe eventually some pressure will go up the chain. We wonder if you should tell the store that you won't shop there any more? Who knows? They might be on the verge of trying to decide whether to keep the game or not, and it might be the tilting point. Thanks for the awareness, Love, Your PaLs, LuLu and LoLLy

Murphy Dogg said...

Thanks for visiting my blog!

This game is horrible. You had every right to rant and rave in the store and we hope you went back and ripped them a new one for stocking it!

Let us know what happened.
Murphy Dogg

Jemma and Tofu said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

How did the complaint with the store go? What a nice lesson to be teaching kids, yeesh.