A few weeks ago I had a chance to go to a pet store in Odaiba, an area of Tokyo right on Tokyo Bay. They have a couple of Western-style malls there, and in one of them was this shop. Not only did they have cats and dogs, birds and fish, but they had small animals beyond ferrets and rabbits that I could not identify. They also had massive amounts of pet clothing and accessories. My favorite, of course, were the strollers in which you could push your pup in case he’s too lazy to walk. You’d be amazed at how many of these you see on the streets. This is a country in which you can actually rent dogs for the weekend in case you can’t take care of one all week, but love pets. There’s no guarantee you get the same pet every weekend and I feel really sorry for these dogs who bounce around from owner to owner. For now, though, let’s concentrate on the shops.
Here is the stroller!
I toured through the shop for nearly half an hour looking from cage to cage, item to item. Everything was spotlessly clean and there was no odor whatsoever. The pets seemed happy enough, and certainly with all of the accouterments for sale, they have the potential to live happy and pampered lives. The pet culture in Japan is one of love and care. You generally never see abused pets anywhere. The shop, in fact, is a testament to the way the Japanese treat their animals. Certainly it was like nothing else I’ve ever seen. What a country.