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10 People Who Became Dog Toys

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Dog toys generally come in three designs: classic toys such as Frisbees and tennis balls, indestructible designs like the Kong line, and cute animals that are fuzzy or squeaky. Of course, the problem with the cute designs is that they are usually the most easily destroyed. So rather than letting your pup rip an adorable kitten or duck to shreds, why not let him take out someone you really don't like?

1. Michael Vick

After police uncovered a horrific dogfighting ring at Michael Vick's home in Virginia in 2007, it's no surprise that he became a chew toy. Several, actually. Above is the 2010 Philadelphia Eagles incarnation. This design is guaranteed to be indestructible no matter how hard your dog tries to rip off his head.

2. Osama Bin Laden

Osama Bin Laden was one of the most hated men in the world prior to his death. While you may not be able to acquire any of his actual body parts for your mutt to chew on, Osama Bone Laden offers an alternative.

3. Saddam Hussein

While he may be long gone, plenty of people want their dogs to remember just how terrible Saddam Hussein was.

4. Barack Obama

For the 2008 elections, Fat Cat, Inc. released a line of “Political Animals” featuring some of the main political icons of the time, including John McCain, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

5. George W. Bush

Of course, before George W. Bush was out of office, the Democrats had a little fun with their own dog toys. In fact, there was both a regular Bush toy and one specifically dedicated to his lame duck period in office. VP Dick Cheney was also included.

6. Michael Moore

Even when Bush was in office, though, Republicans had their own targets of political loathing, including liberal documentarian Michael Moore.

7. Tony Blair

Don't think Americans are the only ones who like to turn their highest ranking political officials into chew toys. The Brits are apparently just as fond of this game. There were at least two toys featuring the former Prime Minister and even one depicting his wife.

8. David Cameron

During the 2010 election, current Prime Minister David Cameron was spoofed by the Camberbike Dave toy, while Gordon Brown was renamed Gordon Clown.

9. Boris Johnson

While Boris Johnson didn’t run for Prime Minister, he earned his own “Boinking Boris” chew toy after he was caught having an affair back in 2006.

10. Bill Gates

Of course, not all dog toy subjects are political figures or people hated by an entire nation. Years ago Fat Cat, Inc. released their Bill Gates chew toy. The company has retired this design, so you’ll have to look for one on eBay.

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Get IKEA's New Pet Furniture Collection for Not a Lot of Scratch
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The biggest surprise about IKEA's newest product line is that it has taken this long to debut. This week, the North American arm of the Swedish furniture giant unveiled a new assortment of furniture designed specifically for four-legged customers. Dubbed LURVIG (Swedish for “hairy”), pet owners can now browse IKEA aisles for everything from dog beds to cat scratching posts—many of which have a distinct IKEA twist.

Their pet couch ($49.95), for example, folds out into a bed; another bed is small enough to slide under a human-sized mattress. Their “cat house on legs” ($54.95) looks like a retro TV and allows space for a cat to stalk you from behind a screen.

An assortment of IKEA pet furniture

The retailer solicited advice from veterinarians on product design that would be functional while sitting comfortably within the IKEA aesthetic. “It is quite important for IKEA to have a pet range that fits into our normal furniture range,” Barbara Schäfer, IKEA’s product risk assessment leader, told Curbed. “As a pet owner I can say, so far, the normal pet products are quite ugly.” (Don't hold back, Barbara.)

The LURVIG line is currently being rolled out to IKEA stores, but you’ll have to be willing to be your furry pal’s personal shopper; the company doesn’t allow pets in their stores, save for service animals.

[h/t Curbed]

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Mark Imhof
Meet the New York City Groomer Giving Free Haircuts to Help Shelter Dogs Get Adopted
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Mark Imhof

Mark “The Dog Guy” Imhof works as an animal groomer in New York City, but his job entails more than just making pets look good on the outside. For the dogs that need his services most, a bath and a haircut can do wonders for their mood and potentially change their lives. That’s why when Imhof isn’t primping pets for his business, he’s offering his services for free to shelter dogs who are looking to get adopted.

The idea to start grooming rescue dogs struck Imhof when he adopted his first pit bull Cleo with his fiancée. “[She] was so utterly defeated when we brought her home,” he tells Mental Floss. “A simple shower just lifted her spirits and we thought, wouldn’t it be great if someone could go groom shelter animals? And it became me.”

Since then, Imhof has done pro bono work for dozens of adoptable pups in the New York City area, and of those dapper dogs many have gone home to loving families. Most of those who are still waiting to get adopted can be found at the Animal Care Centers of New York City.

The project has been ongoing for two years, and the demand for canine makeovers doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. “The shelter workers and other incredible volunteers and foster parents of the animals all love to help get the animal looking better so it can find its furever (forever) home,” Imhof says.

Check out some of the before and after images from his Instagram below.


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