Thursday, April 26, 2007

Getting them in touch with their inner puppy.

Now that just about everyone who's apt to get caught up in The Secret already owns a copy, in all likelihood (some "6 million served!", as the famed McDonald's sign might put it)...and sales figures for Dr. Phil McGraw's most recent literary work, Love Smart, have (finally, mercifully) plateaued...and Dr. Laura's radio show appears to be losing market share faster than George Bush loses job-approval rating points...the SHAMsters may be planning a species jump. Like fleas in reverse, some of them are beginning to hop off of us and onto man's best friend. Read 'em and weep.

10 comments:

a/good/lysstener said...

Steve, I didn't have time to read the article but I luvvv the photo! And I wonder what's next? John Gray helping dogs find total sexual fulfillment? ;)

Cosmic Connie said...

I just can't wait to hear what the wags will have to say about this. Now I'm thinking of writing a self-help book for dogs; I bet my earnings would go through the woof.

Okay, Rodg, it's your turn...

Steve Salerno said...

Connie, my scent-iments exactly.

Actually, your remarks give one paws...

Anonymous said...

Wow.

Anonymous said...

Anti-depressants for dogs have been around for years.
http://dogs.about.com/cs/disableddogs/a/depression.htm

Self-help book for dogs? I think that will be ruff-going because the pages would be dog-eared. Will you take your own pictures or buy them from the pup-arazzi?

Connie - see what you've unleashed?

Steve Salerno said...

Anon, antidepressants are one thing; you're talking about chemical modification, which (though it should still involve some feedback from the "user"), is basically a medical/biologic process. But self-help? How do you have a meaningful self-help program when one of the participants--the entity being helped--has little self-awareness and can't possibly make sense of what's being "taught"?

Then again, on second thought--snide remark warning--that may apply to some of self-help's current customer base as well.

Regardless, methinks this is much a-dew about nothing. (Now come on...that was pretty subtle and clever, if I dew say so myself.)

Cosmic Connie said...

Okay, Steve, you're going to have to run *laps* for that one.

Mr. Spin said...

Guys, I'm just chasing my tail to come with something clever. :-)

Cal said...

Here is a link to a motivational speaker movie.

http://www.transworldnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?storyid=15597&ret=news.aspx&cat=Entertainment

Also, did you see where Denis Waitley had to leave the board of a public company, USANA Health Sciences, for misrepresenting his education.

Steve Salerno said...

Thanks for the tip, Cal, I'll have to check it out.

Gee...somebody from SHAMland misrepresenting his/her credentials? I for one am shocked! (FYI, see in particular the section on John Gray in my book, if you have it. And by now, of course, we all know about non-Dr. Laura.)