Remember in 2003, when Howard Dean was running for President and was all the rage in our neck of the woods, how those plutocrats at the Club for Growth ran that famous ad in which an elderly couple inveighs that Dean should take his "tax-hiking, government-expanding, latte-drinking, Sushi-eating, Volvo-driving, New York Times-reading, body-piercing, Hollywood-loving, left-wing freak show back to Vermont, where it belongs"?
Of course, you could have substituted Seattle for Vermont. And it appears we've just given that crotchety old couple something to add to the list in their next appearance: doga, or yoga with your dog. Naturally, the New York Times (which we read virtually this morning, while sipping Cafe Vivace coffee) has the scoop, including a slide show with images of a doga class at the Seattle Humane Society. Apparently, this isn't new, as the Humane Society's instructor, Brenda Bryan, had her class profiled by MSNBC a couple years ago. People (and dogs!) do it in Japan and Miami too.
"Doga runs the risk of trivializing yoga by turning a 2,500-year-old practice into a fad," a Portland yoga instructor tells the NY Times. With all respect for yoga's devoted practitioners, we think that ship might have already sailed. But Doga certainly provides fodder for culture warriors looking to take a few shots at us Uptight Seattleites.