Fads come and go. Some last a few months, some can last almost a century. In a way, a fad is like an economic bubble. Remember when dot.com stocks were all the rage? Now, the survivors are a utility: Only those sites with a legit business model survived. Pursuant to that, how often to we hear Disco on the radio these days? While all the rage in the 1970's, today you're lucky to hear anything from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack on your local oldies station.
Good article on Anilak.com the other day. Link is to the right. The author, after having been ravaged by barking abuse and other dog related matters, is finding the situation much improved.
The author writes:
Yes, several nights in a row that you hear NO BARKING. Not a single bark. At all!
Seems that all mutts have vanished from the face of earth and normalcy came back, turning our times of sleep civilly again."
So, where did all the mutts go? Were they vacuumed up by space aliens? I've noted a bit of the same in my area recently. I haven't had a nearby barker in over a year, and the larger neighborhood is quieter, too. Recent RV (caravan) excursions have indicated less dog lunacy, as well. Little to no barking, fewer dogs off leash, less dog poop everywhere.
While I certainly can't complain, I find the turn of events interesting. What is going on?
Consider that these anecdotes do not by themselves indicate a trend. The most likely reason for my recent barking relief at home is probably due to the fact that I literally ran some nuisance barkers out of here. I ramped up the counter-aggression until they couldn't take it anymore. I estimate that the other dog fanatics don't want to put themselves through a grinding neighborhood trench war they are nearly sure to lose. The big stick DOES work.
That said, everything I am reading about and experiencing first hand gives me a gut feeling that the "dog bubble" is deflating, and may be doing so at a rapid pace. I am going "Bearish" on dog mania!
Consider this chart. It illustrates the pathology of a bubble:
I could have a field day (or decade) comparing the above to the dog mania we've experienced the past 10 years or so. I intend to write a series of articles on the evolution of the cult of the dog within the past 70 years. In short, it appears that the modern dog cult started in the mid-20th century, increased in scope over succeeding decades, and became a mania in the early 2000's.
Fads (bubbles) fade and go away when the general population gets bored with the object of the fad. The fad consumes more and more resources, and at some point a tipping point is reached and most people head for the door. The social and political capital invested in Fido is not producing returns. Many dog owners, disappointed that they did not get the cartoon dog they bargained for, drop out of the dog owning demographic. This dynamic is exacerbated by the hatred, outrage, and disgust aimed dogs and their owners by a bitter, battered larger public. Being a dog lover may no longer increase one's social status.
Based on the chart above, I would say society hit the "delusional" phase a few years ago. Dog lawyers? Give me a break. The entire "Mickey" debacle was an attempt to superimpose a Disney-esque ethic over reality. The result was a train wreck of epic proportions.
Looking forward to the "Fear" phase... that should be interesting.
Have a great evening!