Critter Alley

Critter Alley

Monday, February 6, 2012

Simple Things

All it takes is a walk through a pet supply store to realize how much we love our critters. There's aisle upon aisle of food ranging from all-natural to generic brands. Then there are the colorful leashes and collars, not to mention a variety of outfits that could rival any human fashion show. If your dog, cat, bird, or guinea pig is bored, not to worry. There are enough toys to put the Toys-R-Us franchise to shame.

It's obvious that catering to pets is big business. Browsing through the store is fun for pet parents and a swell diversion for four-footed friends. It's always fun to shop, but do we really need such endless excess?

There are so many ways to spend money that competition for consumer dollars is fierce. Look at the Superbowl ads that commanded millions for seconds of air time. Each one attempts to persuade us to open our wallets.

Sometimes I can use a reminder that the newest model, yummiest junk food, or latest collectible aren't necessities. And when it comes right down to it, there's really no need at all to break the bank. For it's the simple things in life that most often bring us our best times and greatest joy.


24 comments:

Keisha said...

That looks like a really fun box! :)

Two French Bulldogs said...

what a true post! Cool box house too
Benny & Lily

Chewy said...

yes i love going to pet smart! it is the best ever!

Chewy

Lynn said...

Ha, my little sister and I used to have the most fun with boxes too! Great post.

Linda O'Connell said...

Wonderful message and cuddly cute picture.

Magic said...

That is so true - for our cats a cardboard box and for our schnauzers a plastic plant pot are the best of toys - even though they have a toy box full of ones we've bought! Leigh (Magic's Mum)

Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

You are so right, there was nothing our cat liked better than a paper bag!
Dip Bridge and Elliot x

Mariodacat said...

So very true - brown paper bags to crawl into, cardboard boxes, string dragged by a humnan - all are the most fun of anything - and they don't cost anything.

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Yes... there are times when LESS is MORE!!!

The Furries of Whisppy said...

We LOVE our boxes too! We agree with your post as well.

RYKER said...

Ah yes, the box, the paper bag, and the ball of tin foil!
Grow a little catnip in the garden and your all set!

Gracie Lu Shih Tzu said...

The cheapest toys - like a box, or a stick in the yard - are often the best and most fun.

bichonpawz said...

Totally TRUE! LadyBug is afraid of boxes though...but I, Chloe, just love to play with water bottles and stuff like that!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

BECKY said...

Yep, I agree, too!

Cinnamon said...

It's the simple things in life that bring the most pleasure.
Thanks for stopping by my blog.
♥ Cinnamon

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

I'm in total agreement! My kids always preferred the box to the actual thing inside. And my cats have more fun with makeshift toys than real kitty toys. Luna would rather knock pens off the table or bat around wadded up tinfoil. The actual toys don't get much use. Fun post.

haopee said...

True! One of my dog's favorite toy is a bunch of old rags and socks my mom used to keep. Now they're all out because Peanuts keeps playing with them.

Huggies and Cheese,

Haopee

Your kitty looks so cute!

Debbie said...

We love walking threw the pet stores too and especially with a few of our doggies. They check all the toys and treat selections as if they are shopping too. Thanks for stopping by our blog!

Bassetmomma said...

Ah, so true! It is the simple things that give us the most joy! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Tammy said...

Hee hee--just like little kids. A box is the funnest thing every!

Lassiter Chase and Benjamin said...

I'm surprised they don't sell designer cardboard boxes in the pet store-- who knows, they probably do.

Oskar said...

Our kitties love boxes the best too!

Nubbin wiggles,
Oskar

Cattis said...

That is so true

Judy Nickles/Gwyneth Greer said...

This is true of kids, too! That's why small person's closet at Mimi's is full of "old" stuff like scarves, lace curtains, costume jewelry, building blocks, crayons and markers, etc. to encourage economical and creative fun! My beast ignores all toys and plays with my feet instead!