Bad ‘Fad’ Causes Good Dogs to Suffer in Shelters

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Just think—if wasn’t for Louise Brooks, Audrey Hepburn, and Brooke Shields, Americans might never have discovered the glories of the bob, the LBD, and bushy eyebrows (which, BTW, I hear are making a comeback). And if it wasn’t for today’s celebrities* like Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, who “accessorize” their red carpet looks with Chihuahuas, animal shelters wouldn’t be deluged with pint-sized cast-asides. Oakland Animal Services reports the facility sometimes receives 10 Chihuahuas a day. That’s mind-boggling, don’t you think?

Sure, it takes only a minute to fall in love with the perfectly trained pooches on starlets’ arms or featured in films like Beverly Hills Chihuahua, but in real life, dogs chew, bark, make messes, and require a lifetime of love and commitment. They may be small, but like all dogs, Chihuahuas need daily training and walks, expensive veterinary care, and a ton of love and attention.

New York Post columnist Cindy Adams recently wrote, “Paris Hilton with her kennel-to-kennel Chihuahuas? She hasn’t even been in bed with as many TWO-legged dogs.” While PETA pleads with Hilton to curtail her consumption of Chihuahuas (and other animals), please remind everyone you know that dogs are not “fads.” They’re a lifetime commitment. Forward our beautiful new ad featuring Joanna Krupa to everyone in your e-mail address book—and learn more at

Written by Karin Bennett

*I use that term very loosely.

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