Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Japanese discount store treasures for dogs

A new Japanese discount store called Tokuya has opened near us, and it's quite an adventure to shop there, because all the packaging is in Japanese. A friend and I came away with a collection of 'treasures' this afternoon - some of my items were dog-related, of course, or I wouldn't be writing about them here, lol. Their website is also a treasure trove - of hilarious English. But who am I to laugh, when I can't speak more than one word of Japanese? Well, maybe two, with awful pronunciation...

Anyway, back to the dog-related goods.



The first one is what I guessed to be plastic spikes to place around seedlings so Penny won't walk on them. Wonderful!



Great packaging - the message is clear. (I think...)
Here they are in position.



Next was the cutest little freezer-pack, just right for keeping Penny's treats cool in summer when I'm using the great little Black Dog treat pouch.





The third is an expanding pole. I guess it's for hanging things in a small space. But it will make a good target stick.

We tried it out in the backyard. The sticks come in lots of lengths. This was the smallest, I think. (Please excuse the terrible dog-handling technique. I can see I'm out of practice. We'd better start doing some targeting once more.)

8 comments:

Hound Girl said...

BOL I love stuff like that. I love the spikes to keep our lil ones away from our seedlings - awesome idea I have some cats that get in the front flower bed I would love to use that on

parlance said...

Hound girl, me too! I'll be going back to see what else the shop has.

Tiago Couto said...

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Lassiter Chase and T said...

Wow that's a great target stick. My mommy said she used to have a stick like that in her old house. Since it expands, she used it as a curtain rod to put in the window frame. Mommy isn't too handy around the house, she attempted to hang a real curtain rod once -- but she didn't do a very good job. So, she found a stick like the one you have, and it worked ok as a curtain rod. It was nothing fancy -- but at least there was a curtain hanging up in the window for some privacy. Not sure that's what the stick was for -- but it worked for Mommy. I think it makes a fantastic target stick for you.

parlance said...

Lassiter Chase, you've got me thinking I'd better go back to the shop and get some more of these sticks, in different lengths, so I can hang some curtains in little windows. I only thought of them as target sticks, forgetting their proper purpose.

parlance said...

Tiago, congratulations on starting your new blog. You've already dealt with two important issues.

Honey the Great Dane said...

oh – that is so clever of you to think outside the box like that! It's great when you can see alternative uses for things, especially when you can't buy the exact thing. Sometimes, the "Pet shop versions" are also ridiculously expensive just because of their branding.

By the way, I can totally relate to and understand your amusement with the funny "Japanese English" – I have that every time I go back to Taiwan! Some of the translations are absolutely hilarious! But then, someone told me that the Chinese get their revenge when Western people get tattoos and they are not sure what the translation is – you know, they think it's "Brave Dragon" tattooed on their are when actually it says "Stupid Idiot"! :-)

Hsin-Yi

parlance said...

Hsin-Yi, I never buy jewellery with Chinese language featured, because of exactly what you have said - I'm always afraid that someone might be having a joke at my expense.