Dog with stupid name

I was minding my own business in the park over the weekend, reading Michael Slater’s new Charles Dickens biography (which I recommend very highly, by the way. A fascinating and beautifully researched book. But don’t drop it on your foot.)Anyhow, a small and yappy dog ran out of the bushes with a little kid and her mom running right behind it. To get the dog to stop running, they called out its name. “Here, Zagat!” they said. “Come on, Zagat! Time to go home, Zagat!” And it made me wonder: what kind of a person would name their kid’s dog after a customer rating system? I hope this isn’t part of a trend. (“Yelp,” at least, would have made some sense.)

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