Couple Spends $13,000 on Plastic Surgery for a Dog
Junior the Bloodhound Looks Years Younger, His Owners Say
Yes, it has come to this: An English couple -- Denise and David Smart -- has spent more than $13,000 on plastic surgery for their pooch, a bloodhound named Junior.
To be fair, some of the surgery was medically necessary. Five-year-old (or 35, if you're counting in dog years) Junior has a rare condition that causes him to develop excess skin, meaning it was becoming tough for him to move, and almost impossible to see because extra skin was growing over the poor puppy's eyes.
"It's taken years off him and he does look like a young man again," Denise Smart told the U.K. Daily Mail. "Before the operation he was fed up and looked like a grumpy old man. Now he's more mobile and he's got a new lease on life."
But, the Smarts -- insert comment here about the irony of that name -- also 'fess up to having several procedures done for cosmetic reasons, as they wanted Junior to look more like his doggy daddy, a dog show champion.
Pet plastic surgery is on the rise everywhere, in fact, according to a Huffington Post report. In three years, pet nose jobs have increased 25 percent (at a cost of $2.5 million), and some pet owners are even paying for Neuticles, fake, silicone testicle implants for pooches.
Neuticles come in a variety of sizes, "for the neutered dog to maintain pride and self-esteem."
And we're suddenly reminded of that Jerry Seinfeld stand up comedy bit, about how, if aliens were observing us from outer space, and seeing us walk out dogs and pick up their dookie, it probably looks like the pets own us.