I am about to admit to something that you will most likely find unbelievable, shocking, disturbing, (insert relevant adjective here). This is very difficult for me to write, I can't quite believe it is true myself.
But at one point in my life, actually if i'm honest, for all my life until about two years ago, I hated animals. ALL animals. I know what you're thinking, what an awful person I must be. However, did you notice that my admission was written in the past tense? That's right, I am now a true animal lover. What changed I hear you ask? Most likely the introduction of a boxer dog named Jessy into my family home. Growing up in a city, the only animals I ever saw were wild horses and the odd rat. Jessy came into my families life and changed my opinion forever. Now, i'm one of those people who cries at animal cruelty and could almost imagine living my life surrounded by animals.
In Japan though, they take it to whole different level. Animals, specifically dogs, are idolised. And I mean truly idolised:
|Clothes for your pet.|
|Fashion for dogs.|
|Putting the outfit altogether.|
Dog parlours go above and beyond; massages, combing and even nail painting are common.
|Luxury dog bath.|
|False nails on a dog?!|
Dogs are often treated like babies. For instance, a while back I went to 'coo' into a Japanese ladies pram, only to be met by a dog. A dog in a pram? Oh dear.
|Dogs in a pram - who would have thought it.|
|What can I say to this?!|
|In the lap of luxury.|
To me, I always thought a good daily walk, good food, love and affection were enough care for a dog. Am I right or are the Japanese? What do you think?