Wednesday, October 5, 2011

This horrified me!

This month's edition of RoyalAuto (Royal Automobile Club of Victoria's magazine) referred back to this piece in their 'The Radiator' magazine of 1936.

"There has been some controversy whether owners of large dogs are humane when they subject them to risks by carrying them on running boards.  If the dogs are tethered, they may be thrown off by a sudden swerve and strangled.  If they are untethered, they may be dashed on to the roadway, thus suffering injury or constituting a danger to other drivers.

"The illustration herewith from Popular Mechanics (Chicago) shows a simple device. A sack made of canvas is clamped to the running board.  A hole is made large enough for the dog's head to protrude. The hooks should be covered with a rubber to prevent damage to the enamel."

"Bird-dog's Palace" - Ha!

This fella thinks the step-plate is a doggy seat!

At the end of the journey
some exercise on the treadmill!

Or a quiet game of chess!


Wanda..... said...

I've never seen the likes of the first photo. The Humane Society would never let such a contraption be used these days.

alaine@éclectique said...

Wanda....I know! What an awful invention!

LaPouyette said...

When I started to read your post, looking at the pictures - yes, I was horrorfied as well!

But watching the two dogs playing chess calmed me enormously down!


alaine@éclectique said...

LaPouyette...I love that chess pic!

Anonymous said...

Extraordinary. How could people have so little imagination as to think such contraptions were safe? Mind you, I suppose there were far fewer cars on the road in those days...but still!

alaine@éclectique said...

dancingbeastie...I shouldn't imagine many were sold!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

How funny!! I say play the chess!!!

Hi Alaine.. thanks for popping in.. I didn't take any shots on the way up Sacre Coeur as I was too busy flipping out!! haha.. not to mention it was too dark... and re your question for accommodation.. Where I stayed was not too bad... but lousy aircon [was quite hot] and the thing that annoyed me most.. Synthetic linen on the bed.. I'm such a princess.. haha

If I hear of any good recommendations I'll let you know!! Have a great week.. ciao xxx Julie

steven said...

i see it as thinking outside of the box! ha! steven

gésbi said...

Hi Alaine!
What a crazy thing, but I guess people always wanted to transport their pets. It makes me think of how much our attitudes have changed towards our pets, our children, people in general....