In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 4, 2006 / 6 Nissan, 5766

A dog's life? Pets live better than I do

By Lenore Skenazy

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | We've all heard the horror stories about growing old and only being able to afford dog food. The good news?

Dog food seems to be really improving.

Duck into any of the chi-chi pet stores around here (you know you're in the right place if the berets have chin straps) and you will find the kind of food formerly associated with only the fanciest, er, feasts.

At Biscuits & Bath on Second Ave., for instance, you can pick up a can of duck with barley. Not chuck. Duck. And if Fido — ha, like anyone names their dog Fido anymore. Let's say, "Spence" — if Spence gets bored, you can always tempt him with the other options: chicken with apples, lamb with brown rice, New Zealand venison with sweet potatoes.

Get me a bowl!

In fact, get me some fur and a collar. Enough with the working gal routine. It's impossible to get ahead. Anyone who really wants to live the life of a New York yuppie has got to grow a tail.

Take housing, for instance. Tail-free, it'll run you $1 million for a modest Manhattan pad. But if you're, say, a gerbil, you can get a "small animal high rise" — a whole building to yourself! — for something like $30.

Unfortunately, the one I saw at Petco advertised, "Aquarium not included," so it may be harder to flip. Then again, if you're a rodent, what do you know from flipping? Flipping property, I mean.

Pretty much, you'd be happy to spend your day enjoying all the toys and treats invented expressly for you. Toys like the Critter Chopper — a working motorcycle for hamsters. Treats like "Yogies Real Yogurt Treats for Rats and Hamsters" - available, of course, in cheese flavor. If you're a rabbit, you can always nibble on your Bunny Ka-Bob — a metal stick on which master can lovingly skewer your veggies. (Until she gets bored and starts letting your cage smell.) Or you could play with your "Bunny Shake 'n' Chew" — a rattle for bunnies.

Do bunnies really like rattles? They're not talking.

Anyway, while it's good to be a New York rodent — indoors or out — it's even better to be a cat. Not just because of the obvious food chain implications, but also because cats have even more toys, food options and best-selling mysteries written about them. Also, Wal-Mart is selling catnip bubbles. Really! It's very good to be a cat.

But dogs are clearly the top of the heap.

Tuckered out after your duck dinner, doggie? Petco has a entire aisle labeled, "Orthopedic beds." Naked children may be sleeping on the streets of Calcutta. But Fid ... er ... Spence can curl up in spine-massaging comfort.

Come the next morning, he can trot over to day care. Not just any day care. The right kind of day care, carefully structured into playtime (aka "socialization"), rest time and relief walks. At Biscuits & Bath, prices start at $10 an hour. A toothbrushing costs $15, though savvy masters may simply shop elsewhere for doggie "breath tabs."

The fact that a dog with minty fresh breath who brunched with friends, ate duck for dinner and curled up to sleep on a Posturpedic is not living the life that G-d intended doesn't matter.

He's living a very New York life. The kind only a doggie can afford.

It's enough to give one paws.

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