I've made a list and checked it twice, but some of these wacky products better belonged on lists for those pets that were naughty, not nice. When wrapping up the Best of 2009, I thought about all that silly stash featured on the site this year. To honor the best of the worst, click through my top 10 from '09 and then share your opinions at the end!
I think we can all think of someone that would appreciate this – be it the intense animal lover or the perpetual prankster. At first gruesome glance you may think this bear had an afternoon snack, but it's actually a sleeping bag disguising itself as a fake bear disguising itself as a real bear.
The Great Sleeping Bear was created by Amsterdam, Netherlands-based artist Eiko Ishizawa with fake fur, glass eyes and rubber nose and teeth. Since this is a work of art – going on sale at the hefty price of $2,690 – let's ignore that price tag and weigh in with opinions on what I'm calling the bear Snuggie. Are you entertained by this or is it a touch too close to the real thing to tote on your next camping vacay or sleepover as Casa suggests?
If only training was this easy and noisy pups came with mute buttons! Imagine being able to pick up a device and get your dog to do as you please from guarding to fetching with the touch of a button. Sounds like a dream come true.
Umm, well keep dreaming. This Control a Dog Remote ($10) has a ton of commands but is powered by positive thinking only. Simply point the remote and hope for the best. I can think of some friends who would get a kick out of this gag gift, can you?
You may recall my semi-traumatic pigeon incident, but even if you don't, suffice to say I still imagine any bird who sweeps too close to be two flutters away from landing in my hair. However, for those of you who do desire to get a close-up view of a pigeon (or have an easy target like me), I've got the perfect gift for you.
This handmade pigeon birdcall not only beckons the birdies to you, but also can be used to
terrify remind others who have spent time in bird-filled cities like Manhattan of the calls of the urban wild. Before buying this gag gift, test its worth by seeing how many you can trick when you play the realistic demo
in public. Fun for you . . . for others, maybe not so much.
No car, no problem! I prefer my car unblemished, anyway, but I love to add stickers to notebooks or storage trunks ... there's nothing wrong with embracing your inner grade schooler! For today's gag gift idea, I've sniffed out some silly bumper stickers to express your impressions of your friends, families, and their relationships with pets. At around $3 a pop, it's money well spent for a giggle so read more
Stepping on the scale becomes slightly less scary when your weight pops up in animals, not numbers! With creatures like bunnies, frogs, and bears featured on this scale, do you rank closer to a little duckling or a wild boar? Although the manufacturer's name is Angry, hopefully friends and family will actually see the humor in this gag gift that comes in a celebrity version, too! Either one totals up to $77 (including the overseas shipping) – it takes about four weeks to arrive from Ireland, just in time for a weigh in postholiday dinner!
Get the golfer in your life a goofy cover for his putter. Gag gifts rarely serve a purpose, and instead give an oft-silly recognition of a person's interests. But, for pet-loving golf players, this head (or rear) of a favorite animal can actually be a useful addition to golf clubs, offering protection with a dose of quirk. Costing less than $20 each, you can buy it for dad, yet be forewarned it may end up topping a vase instead!