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Nov 10, 2007

Caturday Special: Dogwarshing machine

OK, you know cats everywhere are loving this. Rubbing their evil paws together with delight. Introducing a new "Dog washing machine", a 4-minute bath from hell, from, you guessed it, THE FRENCH

Check it out


BTW, do you think it's possible for a news story on pets to NOT use lame puns? It makes me barking mad.

Nice find, Mary S....

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Good luck with getting a dog in that a second time :(

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 09:54 AM

first so weird

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 09:56 AM

Those poor dogs look miserable. :( I think this should definitely be in "Cute or Sad?"

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 09:58 AM

I don't think it's cute. And no I'm not being one of those people who is complaining about the bad things that happen to animals. Not cruel or anything...but I think they should have a way to keep the dogs head out of the water...I think I agree with the old fashioned dog washer, it would stress the dog too much.

It is kind of funny to see the man in there with the dog...Maybe the requirement to put your dog in there is if you get in too. :-) that would make it really cool. :-)

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 10:01 AM

i think sugarbear prefers the hands on approach.
but i can see how this would be very handy if say, your dog got skunk sprayed or something?
HEY! a person could put about 8 cats in there! 40 hamsters! 27 ferrets! 18 rabbits! the possibilities are endless!
ha! (kidding of course, please dont nuff me)

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 10:16 AM

Haha all the dogs getting washed have a "Meh, such is life" look on their face. I don't think they realy disenjoy it, they just look bedraggled when they're wet.

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 10:16 AM

Cauliflower I would think having your owner in there too would make it more fun for the dog.

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 10:17 AM

I think it's a great idea to have the owners with the pets. That second dog looked much more at ease with a person. And happy, clean puppies are lovely! :D

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 10:21 AM

I had already seen a video of one of these machines but the animals look much more calm this time.
Kitty bath: http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1738258

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 10:24 AM


My dogs would killlz me if I ever tried to do anything like that to them!

I am 1 part: hillarious!
and 1 part: poor doggies, they must be getting so much water up their noses...and that is the worst feeling EVER.

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 10:24 AM

Liz - I don't know what you look like but I'm imagining you opening the door, pushing a cat in, rounding up another cat, trying to open the door again to get second cat in with first one, using your whole body to block the first one's escape, etc., etc.

*goes out to buy Liz lots of peroxide and bandages*

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 10:25 AM

There are recorded instances of box blow dryers killing certain breeds of dogs, especially small breeds or breeds with certain snouts. A Maltese just died in Texas due to one.

No way would I take the risk.

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 10:26 AM

ha! you're right, but actually one of them would probably hook me and drag me in the contraption and slam the door.
then they would watch from outside with nasty disapproving kitteh faces!
oh. and thanks for the first aide! :)

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 10:29 AM

Oh for the love of God, the first dog's name is Cannabis. Did anyone catch that?

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 10:30 AM

Did they say that dogs name was cannabis? Hilarious.

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 10:30 AM

Yes Christine, I guess we realized it at the same time. ;)

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 10:31 AM

You'd think he'd be more mellow, then....

sweet jane
 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 10:34 AM

Kim, I was going to say the same thing, that I'd seen this before with a cat. Dogs always look miserable when they're getting washed. I do think they're a little more startled here, though, what with being shut in a box and then doused. I'd be startled, too. I guess it's cheaper than paying someone to wash your dog, but...comforting hands are always better.

But I have to say, the dogs react way better than the cat I saw. The cat freaked out completely.

We used to wash our dogs in a tub in the driveway. It's not the most fun thing in the world, but I kind of feel it's a bonding exercise. Plus I loved the little subtle things they'd do, like slowly stick one foot out in preparation for an escape and hope you wouldn't notice...

warrior rabbit
 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 10:38 AM

The machine really doesn't look like it would get the doggies very clean--it's just like standing in the shower and, well, just standing there! You gotta scrub a little! Besides, getting scrubbed may be one of the only nice things about getting a bath-vigorous petting! Yay! I'm for the old-fashioned approach.

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 10:41 AM


 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 10:47 AM

have you seen to video fo the cat they put in that machine? HILARIOUS

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 10:55 AM

I don't know ... I certainly wouldn't enjoy being in an enclosed space like that and suddenly being drenched with water. I don't know why they didn't take the cat out when it started flailing like that--poor thing probably thought it was drowning, and I can't say I blame it.

Bird of Paradise
 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 11:01 AM

I would NEVER put my sweet baby in one of those things - he would be terrified, and I'd feel like the worst mommy on earth, just standing there watching him.

However, watching this video made me realize something a bit disturbing about myself. Like others, I laughed my a** off watching the video of the kitty washing machine. Why is it funny with cats, but not dogs? Hmmm...could I be an animal racist? A petist, perhaps? Better name? Anybody?

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 11:06 AM

These machines make me sad.

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 11:16 AM

It's funnier with cats because the cats just go nuts. The dogs just look forlorn..

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 11:40 AM

Lisa: "selective speciesist," maybe?

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 11:53 AM

Ugh. I would never have done this to my dog when she was alive or any of my cats that I have now. At least the guy got in there to let the dog know it was ok.

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 12:03 PM

There's a cat wash too. I think this is incredibley cruel!

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 12:07 PM

Hmmm... Too bad they don't make them for humans ... Does anyone else see the jetsons here.

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 12:14 PM

I'm with you Melissa! poor babies! :-(

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 12:18 PM

Theo, just a word of caution on editing comments. If you edit the comments, you become responsible for the content as if you're the editor of a newspaper or magazine. If you just delete them, you are not held responsible because you're simply moderating your board. I bring this up because it could open you or Meg up to being sued if someone posts something libelous (fer example, saying P. Diddy knew that racoon dog fur was being used in his clothing). I understand your reluctance to outright delete posts but it's probably the better option, not to mention less time consuming.

Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer. You should do your own research on this matter to figure out your legal liability. But I'd hate to see CO shutdown because some asshat with deep pockets decides to sue you over something a commenter has posted.

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 12:22 PM

Lisa, maybe because the cats reaction seems out of proportion coupled with knowledge of how cats often react to running water. The dogs by contrast don't really struggle, just kind out look forlorn. I think that's why dogs have always been better at tricking treats out of humans, they know how we think much better than cats after living in closer contact for thousands (tens of thousands) of years.

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 12:25 PM

I don't enjoy watching frightened animals. At all.

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 12:43 PM

do not want

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 12:53 PM

This looks like torture ! These poor animals ! I would never make my pet suffer in one of these.
My cat, Cinnamon, is one of those good cats who sit in the kitchen sink while she gets her bath.

Donna Grayson
 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 12:58 PM

I can't feel sorry for any creature lucky enough to live in Paris.

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 01:01 PM

I'd make a nationalist joke about French people making more effort to bathe their dogs than themselves, but I won't.

I don't think this is "nice" but these animals don't look particularly traumatized, at least any more so than a regular bath. I'd be concerned about soap or cleaner getting into their eyes, I guess (if they use soap), but as a soaker/dryer it doesn't look too onerous. Just another testament to how lazy people are (and perhaps how reluctant to engage physically with their pet).

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 01:18 PM

I'd get one of these machines only if I could play in it too. :3 My dog was uncooperative at bathtimes too until I started taking them with him. Then it became grand fun.

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 01:23 PM

I think we should send the clip with the cat to our new attorney general and repeat the question about whether waterboarding is torture . . .

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 02:43 PM

NO NO NO I do not think these are cute, there was a video last year about putting a kitty in one of these and really the cat was so upset trying to claw its way out and it was cruel and mean. Now this one is similar to that one. I don't think our pet pals have the reasoning we do and they are truely scared out of their witts when put in these things. Some animals are more docile but its not for every pet. They actually removed the video from YouTube and Myspace because it really wasn't funny, it was more abusive and I'll stop now LOL
Cute dog though =)

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 02:46 PM

This is the first time I have been sorry I took a look at CO. More than NOT CUTE. Edit yourself and take this thread out completely. :((((

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 02:53 PM

Hehehe, No wonder the first doggiedoodle was so calm - named Cannabis, for Pete's sake.
I won't be trying this out on my four animalicule children. I can imagine all 4 of them having heat aatacks.

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 03:02 PM

I just looked briefly at one of the videos about putting a cat in there. Count me in in the Nuff parade, that's brutal. The poor cat. I had to turn it off and I'n still sick about watching the terrified kitty for the few seconds I did :(

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 03:04 PM

I want one! not for my pets of course, but for me! I would love to be washed and dried in 4 minutes

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 03:48 PM

Annie-they do make a version for humans. The nursing home I worked for while in nursing school had one-and it tended to freak the Alzheimer's patients out. Can you just imagine??

IMHO, these aren't humane for animals OR humans. But, that said, I laughed my @zz off, too, at the cat. Does this mean karma is gonna stick me in one when I get senile...??
Dreamspinner Cheryl

Cheryl Robinson-Atwood
 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 04:26 PM

This is not cute. This is so far from cute that it should be on uglyoverload. How scared must those poor animals be??? They're getting soap and water in their ears and eyes - that CAN NOT be good for them ... might as well throw them in the washing machine. Same thing. The person who posted this can't have had a heart, or any pets. Soooooooooo cruel.

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 06:05 PM

To summarize my opinion of the matter of machines that bathe cats/dogs/defenseless elderly people...it's the touch of a caring, gentle-as-possible person, mama cat, etc. that makes the difference between treating the bath recipient as a being worthy of kindness and as an object.

Think of it in these terms, and I apologize if anyone finds this corny: given a reversed situation, knowing your dog's esteem for you, would he put YOU in a machine for a bath?

All that said, I don't think this is cruel per se. Just uncaring. /rant

Space Cowgirl
 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 06:11 PM

This entry made me ill.

I am so glad I never saw the video of the cat. The things that could go deadly wrong with this system make me cringe.

Einstein was right when he said that our technology is surpassing our humanity.

Two thumbs down.

 |  Nov 10, 2007 at 06:42 PM

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