I confess to being a Food Network junkie; I have it on all the time, especially while I am cooking. I hardly ever flip over to it’s neighbor on my cable lineup, HGTV.
Apparently the home improvement and decorating network has decided to venture into the reality genre with a show called “Leader of the Pack.”
I have never seen it. Don’t think I want to.
Blog reader Sharon sent me an e-mail yesterday and asked if I had heard of it. I had, actually, from my boss last week, who had pretty much the same reaction Sharon did to this show.
Here’s the premise of it from HGTV’s Web site:
The Reckseit family believes that their home isn’t complete without a dog, but they can’t agree on what kind to adopt. So they choose eight dogs to bring home, where they will begin a series of challenges to test their skills and compatibility with parents Milena and Peter, along with their children Stuart, Adam and Molly. Seven of these dogs will be adopted by new families, but one will eventually become the beloved best friend and Leader of the Pack to the Reckseits.”
Here’s Sharon’s take on it:
“They started off with eight (dogs) and the one I watched (Sunday) was so heartbreaking that I will not watch another one. The middle child, Adam, was so heartbroken because one of his favs was voted off I was crying with him and all his mom had to say was it’s gonna get harder next week. No hugs or anything from his brother, sister or mom or dad. In fact he seems to be the only child that would make a great pet parent and he is a child.
Anyway this family, barring Adam, have absolutely no concept of what it entails to have a dog much less any pet. I could go on but I believe you get the idea. On a last note they proclaim that the dog voted off does go to a good home, but that stinks as some of them have already bonded at this house. Just all in all a terrible show to do.
I guess HGTV went this route cause the housing market is on a skid and they got tired of doing alot of rerun shows. Bad idea. Whoever thought up this awful show obviously doesn’t have a pet of any kind. …If you do watch an episode, please keep a box of tissues handy. Hubby has never seen me so upset as he did at the end of (Sunday’s) episode.”
There was a show on Animal Planet called “Who Gets the Dog” that wasn’t much better than this. One dog spent the night with three different families and the families have to perform tasks, recording everything to be critiqued later by a panel including an animal behaviorist, a vet and a comedian (what??)
The panel, with input from the dog, decides where the pooch would eventually live. I thought that was pretty awful for the dog, bonding with people and then getting yanked away. This “Leader of the Pack” show sounds even worse.
Animal Planet is now showing it’s second season of “Groomer Has It,”but the only casualities of that reality show are some rather annoying dog groomers. No dogs are ever harmed during that show. Physically or emotionally, that is. Some of them suffer some pretty jacked-up haircuts along the way.
Last summer I blogged for a while about CBS’ “Greatest American Dog,” until that got to be unbearable.
While the dogs were always with their owner, and no dog ever seemed to mind being voted off, the challenges were clearly stressing some of the pooches and just got to be no fun to watch.
What do you think? Are reality shows like this sending the wrong messages? Are they stressful for the dogs?