I'm amused at a report of a pet 'laundromat' in Europe.
An entrepreneur has come up with the Dog-O-Matic, a mini-car wash which transforms pets from filthy to fluffy in half an hour.
Frenchman Romain Jarry, 31, who insists the device is not cruel, hopes to introduce it to Britain next year after it proved a huge success in his home town of St Max, near Nancy.
It costs the equivalent of £13 [US $20] to wash a small dog, £22 [US $33] for medium size, rising to £31 [US $47] for the largest customers.
Cats can also be catered for, at the small-dog price.
Mr Jarry said: 'It doesn't take long to wash the dog - usually a few minutes. The longest part is the drying. The dogs don't seem to get bored. They just sit there and they come out clean.
'We are really hoping it will take off and that other places will start buying in the machines.'
There's more at the link.
Sorry, but I think this is cruel. A pet may not like a regular wash (although my Labrador used to thoroughly enjoy everything except the soap), but to stick it in a strange, noisy machine that it can't understand is a bit too much like cruelty to my mind.
(Of course, some dogs might take revenge. If my friend Holly ever tries to bathe her 100-pound dog Tip in such a machine, I'd bet on the machine coming off second-best!)
As for bathing cats . . .