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November 15, 2013

Ask Dog Lady: Celebrity's remarks ruffle some feathers

Dear Dog Lady,

I read this interview with (fashion designer/celebrity) Isaac Mizrahi who talked about his dog. I think he’s very funny and his clothes are great. I also really like his TV show on cable. But I was disappointed in what he had to say about his dog, Dean, and visitors to his house. I thought I’d quote some here and ask your opinion: “People come to my house, and they get bitten and barked at and terrified, and they run away screaming. (Dean) is kind of a monster.”

Mizrahi continues: “I tend to not be the best disciplinarian in the world. I [shouldn’t] say no and yet be laughing hysterically while (the dog) is chewing somebody’s Prada sweater. I have to figure out how I can get him to stop barking in a very humane, nice way. I don’t know how to do it, frankly, and it’s driving me mad.”

A: Actually, this sort of off-the-cuff cutesy complaining about dogs chewing, terrifying people, barking and biting makes Dog Lady sad. Isaac Mizrahi is a colorful character, and this rover riff seems part of his shtick, as well as irresponsible and ridiculous. It’s so not amusing when a dog chews a Prada sweater or chases guests from the house. You are very right to be disappointed by these reckless remarks from somebody whom you admire otherwise.

Sure, dog misbehavior can be funny, but when it hurts other people, it’s serious. When dog misbehavior is caused by human laziness, it’s sad. Here, you have examples of both. Dog Lady has a wicked sense of humor, and she certainly doesn’t mean to be Debby Dogmatic. Before Isaac Mizrahi made jokes about dogs biting house guests, he should have bit his tongue and thought what kind of message this would send.

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