This weekend, August 17-19 is a “Sales Tax Holiday” here in Texas. That means shoppers save about $8 on every $100 they spend on clothing, shoes, backpacks and school supplies. Since the first sales tax holiday in 1999, Texans have saved about $626.9 million in sales tax on these holiday weekends – well the 2-legged Texans have. Dogs have been excluded from this tax savings. I call this a gross miscarriage of justice. Fall is back to school time for us too since many take time off from training during the hot summer months.
Let’s just take a look at the basic supplies needed for every class: I have to bring my own treats like Zuke’s or Tricky Trainers for use in perfecting heeling, stay, and other obedience disciplines. Carrying my training treats to class requires a treat pouch that Mom has to wear. And for agility, you have to bring your own toy – something highly motivating for mastering weaves and jump maneuvers. And then, there is Recallers Class that needs a distinct toy that makes me so crazy I’d chase Mom all over God’s green earth to get it from her. Along with a leash, these are just the basic necessities required for my classes.
Now let’s move on to homework. Yes, I have homework. I’d like a set of those rally obedience flashcards to study all the course exercises and some orange cones for practicing my moves at home. For agility, I need three more sets of jumps – that would give me a total of six. I also need a 2-on/2-off contact trainer to practice my finishes on the A-frame, Teeter, and the Dog Walk.
For field trips, I need a new portable kennel to take to the fun matches around town to gain agility experience. This is really an entire set up: water bowl, landing pad, lawn chair for Mom, and a blanket. And I need a backpack to carry it all. I can make double use of this backpack when I go on Therapy Dog observation visits, which are required to get my certification. But that brings up another point; I need a short leash for Therapy Dog training and a flat collar.
Now we’ve arrived at the really important stuff: back-to-school attire. Collars! Bandanas! Leashes! Woof! I need a lot of them to keep me in style and performing at peak levels in all my pursuits.
Just look at all the spending us 4-leggers could generate to help boost the retail economy in one weekend getting ready for back to school. Let’s heel our way to the Capitol and talk about it. Woof!
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