In looking through my vast collection of pens I came across a surprise:
It raised the obvious questions:
- Why do I have a pen from Blueboy Chihuahuas?
- Why would I have a pen from a company in Lowell MA?
- Did a Chihuahua rep come around to my practice trying to get me to encourage my patients to get a chihuahua?
- Does this Blueboy company sell chihuahuas, or do they just service them?
- Is the boy really blue, and if so, did he get happier when he got a chihuahua?
- Why would someone name a street "Weed Street," unless they were fans of Cheech and Chong or lived in California (or Amsterdam)?
To answer these baffling questions I did what every red-blooded American (and those with other colors of blood...and non-Americans) would do: I googled it. Here's what I found:
There is, in fact a store that sells chihuahuas in Lowell, MA, and their web page (which is purple, not blue) gives the following information:
- They breed chihuahuas
- They don't breed for demand, but try to place them in good homes (presumably ones with lots of blue things, although the color of the web page has me wondering)
- They don't ship the puppies, meaning you can't get an overnight Fedex or UPS chihuahua. I would think that the practice of shipping chihuahuas would be much more tempting than great dane or german shepherd shipping. This is just guesswork on my part, though.
- There is absolutely no explanation of the Blueboy name, nor is there reference to any form of hemp-related substance.
- They are active in the animal rescue movement, which is a very good thing.
- They don't discuss whether or not they rescue people from small dogs, as I have been personally persecuted my several of them in my life and would have greatly appreciated rescue.
- They have an advertisement for GW Little, which has the following items for sale:
Glasses (although these look more like goggles to me)
A sombrero (the dog is clearly thrilled)
A hoodie (with a shark on it)
Blue bunny pajamas
A turkey costume (no comment can do it justice)
The ever watchful Spider-Dog
This raises the issue of animals needing rescue, and why a company (although their lack of reference to blueness makes me wonder if it's some sort of front) who purports to support animal rescue would send its readers to a Web site devoted to animal humiliation.
So the mystery of the dog pen remains. I do have to say that it writes quite well, and has drawn international attention to the blueish dog vendor on a street with a questionable name. I guess it's done it's job.