Unitasker Wednesday: Pet Highchair

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

This week’s unitasker comes to us from the Los Angeles Times. I would assume that a manufacturer has to know their product is doggone-goofy when the mainstream print media is poking fun at it. Yes? At least a little? Someone at Pet Gear had to have asked, “Are we sure we want to do this?” What would you have said when a co-worker threw out the bone-headed idea for The Pet Gear Clip-On Pet High Chair:

Maybe I’m barking up the wrong tree? For all I know, this pet highchair is fetching in the dough for the Pet Gear company! There might have been high-fives around the conference room and bosses were rolling over for its designer when this puppy was first revealed.

It’s probably a good thing I am not working in the manufacturing industry.

One last thing, the Los Angeles Times recommends checking out this unitasker’s competition — the corresponding photo is priceless.

33 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: Pet Highchair”

  1. posted by falnfenix on

    AWESOME. let’s bring the dogs up to the table, where they will inevitably hop on the table and start eating whatever’s within reach.

    i wish i didn’t know how likely a situation that really is…what idiot would buy this?

  2. posted by Kate on

    Wow.

    Oh, they won’t hop on the table…as long as you “tether” your pet to the seat…

    Who wants to smell dog food when you’re eating?

    On a sad note, I can see my Grandmother using this…

  3. posted by Suddenly Susan on

    Yeah …. no. This makes me laugh though! Happy Wednesday!!

  4. posted by Lose That Girl on

    Inviting bad table manners!

  5. posted by Menopausal Entrepreneur on

    Okay, I know this product looks really silly but I’m in the pet business and I know people who own little dogs. They WILL buy this!

  6. posted by falnfenix on

    kate – we had a dog that could back out of almost any collar we put on her. i’d imagine most dogs, if determined enough, could do the same.

  7. posted by Rue on

    Well, at least it’s good for a laugh! I’d love to see the look on my dogs’ faces when I tried to put them in this…and then I’d be done with it.

  8. posted by Bren on

    I am sorry, that is sick and wrong! Pets at the table? they belong on the floor cleaning up whatever my little ones drop or don’t want to eat :-).

  9. posted by Pammyfay on

    Bad manufacturer! Bad manufacturer! Go sit in the corner right now!
    (yes, pets are members of the family, but for all the reasons mentioned by others, I do not want my dog sitting at the table with me. It’s bad enough that she frequently has one paw on my knee while I’m eating at the table–a silent begging, but still begging).

  10. posted by Christine on

    Ugh. For real? I already know people who leave the “wee wee pads” near the dinner table while they eat. Just what I want – the scent of dog food in my face. I guess I am just not a “pet person”…

  11. posted by Keith on

    Finally small dogs have an equal opportunity to swipe food directly from the table the way large dogs do.

  12. posted by chacha1 on

    Keith, right on! It’s an important step toward dog equality! LOL

    I guess I’m a crazy cat lady, but my cats don’t eat off the table with us. And I certainly wouldn’t want a dog to.

    But it is quite easy for me to imagine a situation where my pet was literally my most important companion and in that case training it to eat nicely at the table would be not ridiculous or gross, but simply another way to interact. I know a lot of people whose pets are that important to them.

  13. posted by L. on

    I know there are people who will buy this and love it, but I just want to state publicly, for the record, that it is wrong!

  14. posted by JJ on

    I am completely pathetic over my small dog, who I adore more than life itself, and THIS IS JUST WRONG.

    Dogs do not eat at the people table.

  15. posted by LB on

    Here’s what’s really wrong with this picture: people who would buy this product would NEVER feed their dog dog food. From a BOWL! The dog would get home cooked food off a plate, likely served to them bite by bite off a fork.

  16. posted by infmom on

    You can buy one of those to go right along with the dog stroller. Yes, they make those.

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    posted by Erin Doland on

    How is this possible? 16 comments and not a single defender?!! Have we found THE unitasker of unitaskers??

  18. posted by Carrie C on

    @ infmom. Don’t forget the dog Snugli.

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    posted by GirlOverboard on

    Add one more check to the list of those that feel that this is ridiculous.

    I understand how one feels a dog is just like a family member to them, but this is just gross. The smell of dog food is absolutely not pleasant… though, as LB said, those treating their dogs to eating at the table probably don’t feed them dog food anyway. Still, dog breath is never pleasant and always seems to permeate the area and they’re often messy and loud eaters. No thanks – not at my table!

  20. posted by Amy on

    It’s not healthy to feed a dog people food. That’s how they become fat and develop certain cancers. Best to stick with regular dogfood.

    Other than that, this is just disgusting, having the dog sit next to you at the table. Ick.

  21. posted by Kel on

    I think it’s official – the first unanimous unitasker! :D Also agreed! Dogs (pets) belong on the floor to hoover up the crumbs we drop :)

  22. posted by Justin on

    We have one of these for our toddler, it is a portable high chair for a human child that has been rebranded as a pet accessory.

  23. posted by Jess@minimalistmum on

    Yes, the manufacturers have been super clever, since this product already existed for children and they just expanded the market 100-fold.

    The fact is that many pet owners will buy ANYTHING for their pets, often because they really are replacement babies. I really don’t want to judge this harshly.

  24. Profile photo of Erin Doland

    posted by Erin Doland on

    @Justin — There aren’t leg holes, so it can’t be re-purposed for a human.

  25. posted by Jen on

    The look on that papillon’s face when you click the link is hysterical.

  26. posted by Jen on

    The reason this is so disturbing is not that it’s a unitasker (it is, of course, but so is a child’s high chair -it’s just that it’s sometimes a necessary one). It’s that it’s truly disturbing to imagine eating at eye level with one’s pet, especially a dog. It’s just not appetizing. I wouldn’t even want my dog eating at my dinner table while I’m not eating – just doesn’t seem sanitary. At any rate, it was a good laugh and would certainly qualify as clutter in – dare I say – anyone’s home!

  27. posted by Natalie in West Oz on

    DO dogs like to sit up when they’re eating? I wouldnt know since I only have crazy crabs but this is seriously hilarious… and, in agreement with everyone else, totally wrong!

  28. posted by Mark on

    I don’t think this is a unitasker at all. You could totally use it for your ferret also.

  29. posted by Anita on

    Congrats, Erin! I think you’ve done it — found the unitasker of all unitaskers, that is.

    But for the sake of tradition: what’s wrong with you folks? Dogs are people too, you know! Treating them as second class citizens and forcing them to eat off the floor instead of at the table (in the proper and dignified manner that comes naturally to them) is humiliating! All these poor creatures seek is equality; who are you to criticise this brilliant invention? If anything it should go down in history as a landmark in the struggle for human-canine equity.

    Seriously, though, I spent the first few months of my cats’ lives training them to stay OFF the table when we eat. Didn’t know I was going against the grain…

  30. posted by Helmut on

    I showed this to my elderly parents as a joke – who insisted that I order this for them. It just seems so very, very wrong to do. I’m hoping their forgetfulness will kick in.

  31. posted by Jeanne B. on

    I, for one, have no interest in having my pets join me at the dinner table.

  32. posted by Dave D. on

    Whaaat? I bought two of those, one for me and one for a friend and we just love it! I just love having my dog at the table. I can talk to him and he’s just so cute eating like a little person.

  33. posted by Sherry L. on

    I have a dog who has been disgnosed with Megaesophagus and HAS to eat in an upright position, be feed from a spoon and stay upright for 20 minutes after the last bite so gravity can assist the food into the stomach. One can make a “Bailey Chair” to use but I am thinking this might work really well since she is a Chihuahua mix who only weighs 4 pounds. Dogs can be trained to have “manners”, even at the table!

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