Killed by Kindness: The Depressing Side of Designer Dogs

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Killed by Kindness: The Depressing Side of Designer Dogs

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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here are two types of dog owners: those who see them as companions and pets, and those who see them as furry extensions of their narcissistic selves. The latter are responsible for the confused Lhasa Apso you saw at the mall in Louboutin booties, a bedazzled cape, and a diamond-studded collar with a tag that said “Princess”. It is this sorry pooch who will soon check into India’s first dog hotel, Critterati.

To understand the problem with a dog hotel like Critterati, consider the wolf. Sleek, powerful, predatory, and graceful – Nature’s killing machine. Seeing how humans domesticated them and employed selective breeding to get a lazy, short-of-breath, purse-sized pug that probably needed a stunt double for the Vodafone ad, you’d think we’d draw the line for humiliating canines somewhere after we reached the Chihuahua.

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