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Friday, July 31, 2009

Doggie Lover Doll Too Edgy For San Francisco?

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Why doesn't San Francisco want me sexing a toy?
When I started to make calls to San Francisco pet stores and sex shops, I was expecting to hear that they'd already cleared shelf space for the newly launched Doggie Lover Doll -- a female soft rubber pooch replica with a silicone vagina.

Sure, there have been quite a few people outraged by the idea of "sexualizing man's best friend," but here in sex-positive San Francisco, it seemed all but obvious that the canine sex toy would be embraced for dogs (if not for humans, too). Strangely enough, though, a series of awkward phone calls this afternoon suggests that may not be the case.

"That doesn't sound like something we would carry in our store," said a man who answered the phone at Best in Show, a pet store in the Castro. He sounded considerably disturbed by that I would even suggest Best in Show might carry a canine sex toy, and even refused to give his name. When I asked if there was someone else I should call, he flatly answered, "I don't know."

Over at Good Vibrations, senior buyer Coyote Days praised the creativity of PetSmiling (creator of the toy), but wasn't about to order it. "That's probably not going to be a fit for us," she said. "We don't have an animal accessories section." Days then added that she was pro-neutering, but abruptly acknowledged that her position probably had nothing to do with the Doggie Lover Doll.  

In my attempts to ascertain whether the Doggie Lover Doll has health benefits for dogs, I contacted several different veterinary offices in the city, and left messages left for two different people at Animal Care and Control. All of those calls went unturned. I couldn't say for sure, but it's beginning to seem that people don't want their names attached to a story about an animal sex toy.


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