Last week, I was doing a Google image search of “lost pet notices” when I discovered something strange. The most common search results for “lost pet notices,” aside from Fancy Notions posts, were notices left on or around Bloor Street in Toronto, Ontario. Lost cat at Bloor and Dufferin. Lost dog at Bloor and Dovercourt. Lost thing at Bloor Street West. Lost Found cat named Sausage-Monkey wearing a suit jacket at Bloor Street West. Strange. What, exactly, was it about Bloor Street and missing pets?
Thankfully, I asked a couple I know who is currently living in Toronto about this curious phenomenon. Here’s the response:
“An excellent conundrum. Bloor Street runs through the “fancy poodle” district of Yorkville, so it may be that dognappers are rife. There are no major parks nearby, so coyote attacks are unlikely. Another possibility is that they’re just whiney up there.”
Of course, just now I did a Google image search for “lost pet flyers” rather than “lost pet notices,” and Bloor Street no longer had the corner on the market. It seems that Americans say “lost pet flyers” and only Canadians say “lost pet notices.” Canadians and Fancy Notioners.
UPDATE 2/26/10: I’m still thinking about this. Bloor Street can’t be the only fancy whiney poodle street with rife dognappers in Canada. Shouldn’t there be Google image results for lost pet notices in the fancy poodle district of Vancouver and Edmonton and Calgary? Case reopened.