Monday, July 14th, 2008
Yeehar Doggy Saddle for Wild Baby-Canine Rides
Concerned? No worries. Dog rides are “a safe and fun way for babies to gain spatial awareness, develop coordination and begin to negotiate conscious control of their limbs.”
But is this thing real? I sent an e-mail to the company and will gladly publish its response, if I receive one.
I can forgive the idea. Just yesterday a local newspaper ran photos of toddlers riding sheep. Granted, it was a rodeo and the kids wore helmets in anticipation of being thrown head first into the ground, but okay. Baby product inventors often have unwise moments of inspiration.
I can forgive the obviously doctored product images showing the saddle and babies digitally placed onto dogs.
Last Halloween I found many retailers selling infant costumes with baby faces digitally added.
If babies won’t smile using your product, fake it.
I can forgive this saddle being listed as sold in “a range of sizes” while the order page has no option for selecting the size. Maybe the size adjusts with Velcro, Safety Elastic or Fast Drying Animal Epoxy.
I can forgive the retailer’s product description claiming the saddle meets the rigorous safety standards of the Little Infants Educational Society, an organization that only shows up online in references to this saddle when I googled it. Maybe the Society believes babies should not be exposed to electronic media, and thus has refused to operate its own website.
I can forgive this press release submitted by “Leapfrogg” which may or may not be this Internet marketing firm. I’m sure this isn’t a parody stunt designed to coax a bunch of bloggers into talking up this product, linking to the retailer and increasing the retailer’s page rank in search results. So please forgive me if I use a page rank busting no-follow tag in my links in this article.
What I cannot forgive is this glorious product being listed as out-of-stock.
And I cannot forgive the giveaway name “Yeehar” as in “har har.” Spoofs aren’t effective unless they fool a decent number of people.
And I cannot forgive the retailer not having a video demonstration of the saddle. Come on!
And I cannot forgive the babies depicted in the product photos failing to wear safety helmets, let alone not having rear-facing safety seats.
And most of all, I cannot forgive someone coming up with such an unusual idea without using it to make a socio-political statement. Why not invent an infant activity mat with dangling TV video cubes? Or a Hummer ride-on toy? Or infant high heel shoes? Well, 2 out of 3 isn’t bad.
I very much wanted to make this article a “Complete this sentence” game for… “I want to buy a dog saddle for my baby because…”
But can we parody a parody? Feel free to discuss, or tell us why you want to buy this awesomely fun, old fashioned toy that promotes bonding with animals.
Also see previously profiled real saddle-related products: