ss_blog_claim=bf53c2c2a6b5e4b759eb9b46babec032 Stephen the dog: FlexPetz

Tuesday, July 31, 2007


People confuse me. I was reading about people spending $7000 on cats this morning. These cats are supposed to have some kind of genetic mutation and be hypo allergenic. However the founder of the company selling these cats will not release any of the scientific data. Additionally he has a criminal conviction, fraud allegations and a $285,000 federal tax lien against his home. So I would find it hard to trust this guy.

$7000 is a lot of pay for a cat for a cat especially since you can’t be sure if it really is hypoallergenic. Personally I would not pay $2 for a cat but I am a dog so we don’t need to get into that. Would you have to buy two of these cats? It seems everyone who has a cat has at least two. Why is this?

Does one cat not provide enough joy? You don’t see as many people with two dogs. We dogs provide endless amounts of joy some might argue too much at times.

I am always hearing the argument “ I got a second cat so the 1st one would not be lonely.” Hmm I don’t buy it the job of a pet is to amuse its people not other pets.

Don’t get me wrong I have nothing personal against cats. (Other than being a dog) I just don’t understand why people have multiple cats. I guess two cats is ok. Three cats is kind of pushing it and 4 is over the top. If the cats in your home outnumber the people more than 3 to 1 then you are crazy. Sorry but I have done a lot of research on this and 97% of people with a 3 to 1 or higher cat ratio are insane.

Enough about cats. Have you heard about Flexpetz This is a new service where you can be a partial pet owner.

The financials are really weird
You pay 49.95/month to be a member
Then you pay $24.95 per day or $39.95 if it is a weekend day
You can pay $17.50 to have the dog dropped off and another $17.50 to have it picked back up so $35 round trip.

Let Assume I was a Flex Pet and I stayed with my A for the Month of July
22 week days at $24.95 = 548.90
9 weekend days at $39.95 = $359.55
Plus the $49.95 membership fee

I would cost my A $958.40 just for July. Wow that is crazy. If anyone wants to rent me out for that price please send me an email. I am can probably even cut you a deal.

Aside from this being really expensive has anyone thought of the dogs. It sounds a lot like joint custody to me and you people are always saying how joint custody of children is bad and potentially damaging. Imagine being rented out for $30 a day. How would that make you feel? Imagine not knowing where you are going to sleep or what time you are going to go to bed. Imagine not knowing when you are going to be able to go out. We dogs like routines and this screams chaos. I know that when I come in at night and my A opens my treat jar I need to go to bed. Imagine if you stayed somewhere without a treat jar how would you know when to go to bed.

It is nice that FlexPets is trying to use shelter dogs but I still would feel kind of weird about being a rental dog.

I am sure there are some good situations, ala Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman but is has got to be weird for the dogs involved most of the time.

Overall I think it is crazy. Instead of renting a dog go make friends with someone who owns a dog. I am sure they would let you hang out with their dog or even borrow him for a few days. There are days my A gets on my nerves and I would like to get away from him.

If you have a treat jar and a nice dog bed I am available for the low rate of $30/day. No membership fee required.


At July 31, 2007 at 5:54:00 PM EST , Blogger BenSpark said...

Some days I read this blog just to see if these posts get accepted. Stephen, can you think of things I should do to win a spot on a Super Bowl Commercial. And why am I not one of your A's contacts on Flickr. I went to go invite your A to a Flickr photo group and it said that I was not one of his contacts. BTW the basement remodel looks great. Plenty of space if you wanted to have 9 or 10 cats.

At August 1, 2007 at 1:16:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Stephen the Dog can't be candid on his blog, what has the world come to?

Perhaps humanity can learn from dogs that don't sell out.

At August 2, 2007 at 5:34:00 PM EST , Blogger BenSpark said...

Perhaps you are correct.


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