Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Dogs go for shopping

after proper training
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Train pet dogs to goto nearby small shops/kiosks and come back. Hang a small bag on the neck of a dog with grocery list in it with your name. Have the shop owner in agreement. When the dog comes in the shop, owner takes the list from bag and puts the items into the bag, adds the costs to your account and sends the dog back.

This will not work with malls/megastores but with individually owned shops. This could be used by old people or sick/handicapped people.

VJW, Dec 08 2010

St. Bernards bring you whiskey... http://listverse.fi...02/smgauge.jpg.jpeg
[xandram, Dec 08 2010]

harvey http://www.youtube....5Xs&feature=related
[po, Dec 09 2010]

Results of googling "shopping dog" http://www.neatoram...6/the-shopping-dog/
You appear to be in tune with the zeitgeist. [mouseposture, Dec 10 2010]


       wonderful idea, also widely known to exist.
FlyingToaster, Dec 08 2010

       //also widely known to exist// well in that case make the dog pull a small cart instead of carrying a bag.
VJW, Dec 08 2010

       // dog pull a small cart //   

       Also very much Baked.
8th of 7, Dec 08 2010

       I've seen a dog that lived on a sailboat go to the store for a beer.   

       I used to have a horse that I could send to the store for beer but he couldn't count worth a damn, and they'd always short-change him.
normzone, Dec 08 2010

       Cheating a horse of small change is pretty low. These were Canadians, right ? Probably made them feel smug, being able to outwit a horse.
8th of 7, Dec 08 2010

       "And the bartender says, 'Why the long face?'"
baconbrain, Dec 08 2010

       Title should be "Shopping Dogs", or anything else. Not a proper title. No way, Jose.
blissmiss, Dec 08 2010

       "Wow, Smudge, the store only had dogfood - again?"
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 08 2010

       "Wow, Little Emperor Li Ching of Santosha, the store only had spit-roasted venison - again ? Well, yes, I would have liked some too, actually.... shame you were sooooo hungry ..... "   

       Shih Tzu 1, Humans 0 (after extra time).
8th of 7, Dec 08 2010

       [normzone] Was your horse's name Hans?
mouseposture, Dec 08 2010

       No, actually his given name was Poco Rey Del King, and thank you for the opportunity to establish his presence on the interweb.   

       His friends all called him Poke. A great horse, you would have liked him.
normzone, Dec 09 2010

       I believe that in traditional dog shopping, the mutt carries a basket by the handle in his mouth. I can't find a reference as to whether that was real or fiction, though, or just my poor brain.
baconbrain, Dec 09 2010


       Sp. Spaghetti Code.
MikeD, Dec 09 2010

       //This will not work with malls/megastores// Sure it will; you just have to do it in a mall/megastore way. You place an order online, the storeclerk wands Fido's RFID collar and loads the small cart, or whatever, with the appropriate goods.
mouseposture, Dec 10 2010

       Then the dog gets into the back of a delivery truck and is driven home, safely.   

       I found the instance I was vaguely recalling of a dog carrying a shopping basket. It was in _Mistress Masham's Repose_ by T. H. White, a book that I recommend most highly to all ages. The dog delivered a message carried in a shopping basket held in his mouth by the handle. He did not go shopping.   

       Seriously. Find a copy of _Mistress Masham's Repose_ by T. H. White (the _Sword in the Stone_ author), with illustrations by Fritz Eichenberg, and read it. Please. Then give it to a nerdy child.
baconbrain, Dec 10 2010


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