The newest holiday commercial from Harvey Nichols is loaded with cute dogs – and they are being billed as the fashionista’s must have accessory. I’ll be the first to admit to sighing and getting a dose of cuteness before realizing that this would also likely be the source of controversy. The dogs are presented as merchandise, and you probably don’t need me to tell you that one of the common expressions used by those in animal rescue is that pets are not fashion accessories.
Considering the recent John Lewis Christmas ad fallout, one would expect advertisers to be overly careful when using dogs in ads. Yet I’m watching my Facebook feed and sure enough, there are already a few postings of this commercial and the comments are mixed, but trending negative. I’ll reserve my opinion for now, but I would love to hear yours.