The Sonia Show

Writer. Podcaster. Beer drinker. Old movie watcher. Mother. Goober.

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6 things I’m lovin’ right now: Minkeeblue, Kat Von D lipstick and baseball

Yeah, so, here’s six things I’m loving right now.

1. The Chelsea backpack from Minkeeblue

You guys, I fuckin’ LOVE this bag, because it carries everything I need. I walk to BART for work, and I was carrying my purse, my lunch and my work laptop. I wanted to get a backpack, but all the backpacks were so backpacky. I did some poking around, and I found this awesome bag that carries all my purse stuff (wallet, brush, 500 red lipsticks), my lunch and my computer. Oh, and it’s cute.

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As you guys know, I don’t get paid for this blog or anything I write about on this blog, so I’m not shilling for Minkeeblue, but, ladies, this bag is rad. And this one in particular is vegan, too! It’s got a steep price tag. I signed up for their emails to get $20 off the regular $172 price tag, but it’s super worth it because I use this bag every day

2. Hazy Little Thing IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing

I feel like I grew up drinking Sierra Nevada, because I went to Chico State. Sierra Nevada is brewed there, and it’s the most common beer everywhere you go there. I was never a fan of super hoppy beer and IPAs, but I always loved Sierra Nevada.

My mighty, mighty good man David is a big fan of IPAs, and after years of taking a sip of his IPAs, it has finally clicked for me, I like IPAs now, too. One of my recent favorites is by Sierra Nevada, of course. I love unfiltered IPAs, and this is a good one.

3. This toothless grin

My mighty, mighty good boy Calvin has lost a few teeth, but there’s something about losing the two front top teeth that makes me realize how much he is growing up. He’s getting so tall, and he’s talking so much. And now he’s losing his teeth!

*pulls out baby photos and sobs*

4. Kat Von D Studded Kiss Creme Lipstick

My obsession with lipstick is well documented. I’m obsessed with the Kat Von D lipstick right now, because it’s a long-lasting matte lipstick that doesn’t dry my lips out. I have Nahz Fur Atoo (dark red), OG Lolita (dusty rose) and Double Dare (kind of a pinky mauve).

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Double Dare – I think this one is perfect for work.

Oh, AND, all Kat Von D cosmetics are vegan!


5. Anew Skinvincible Day Lotion SPF 50

I’m kinda paranoid about getting skin cancer. I guess having cancer twice will do that to you. I’ve been looking for a daytime moisturizer with a high SPF that isn’t thick and gross, and I finally found this one.

I feel like it’s protecting my face, and it doesn’t make my face break out. Plus, when I put makeup on top of it, it doesn’t make my foundation look all caked on. I’m sure that shopping with Avon is super old lady of me, but I like ’em. I like that they give money to breast cancer research, and they don’t test on animals.

6. Baseball is back!


Lipstick Jungle

Yeah, so, I have an addiction.

No, not beer. But good guess, you guys!

I cannot stop buying lipstick. I have 30 different lipsticks – most of them are some variation of red. I don’t mean, “Oh, I have a few tubes of lipstick.” I mean, I have a lot of lipsticks.

I have 30 different lipsticks. I have a drawer in my bathroom that is mostly filled with lipstick. I usually have two or three of them in my purse at any given time.

This is a ridiculous amount of lipstick, right?

I don’t buy a lot of the cosmetics. I have one foundation I use. I have one face power I use. I don’t wear eye shadow or mascara. I do fill in my eyebrows, but I’ve only got one powder that I use for that, too.

It’s all about lipstick for me. I’ll just stroll through Target, Walgreen, Rite Aid, wherever, and I’ll end up buying a lipstick and maybe a tinted lip balm, even though I don’t need them.

My makeup drawer is jam-packed with lipstick, and if I try to clean it out, I end up keeping almost of them.

“No, I can’t get rid of that one. I might wear it.”

“Oh, what if I run out? I might need that one if I’m desperate.”

“I wore that lipstick on my wedding day almost 8 years ago. I can’t get rid of that one. It’s sentimental.”

I wish I was exaggerating.

I have two feet worth of lipstick.

I have a Toby and a half of lipsticks.

I have a Kubo and a half of lipstick.

I have two wine bottles worth of lipstick.

I’m not sure why I keep buying lipstick, when I already have so many. Maybe I’m hunting for the perfect lipstick; the one that will be that perfect shade of red and last all day without rubbing off when I eat and drink and without drying out my lips and makes me look 15 years younger and 30 pounds lighter.

I mean, are all those things too much to ask from one lipstick? GAWD!

Tell me about your makeup drawer. What are you collecting in there?

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‘Easy’ Does It

Yeah, so, I’ve been busy with work and being sick, which are both full-time jobs, so I’ve been slacking here. My apologies. I’ve got a ton of random things to say, so let’s get right to it. Here’s six things I’m loving right now.

1. “Easy” by Sky Ferreira

I went on and on about my love for the movie “Baby Driver” on the podcast, so I won’t repeat it here. But, man oh man, I love this song so much. I can’t stop listening to it. Even when I’m not listening to it, it’s still playing in my head.

2. Zenni Optical

When I got a new prescription the first thing I did was start ordering new glasses online, because it’s cheaper and it’s kinda fun. I’ve decided that since I have to wear glasses every day I really need more than two pairs. Basically, I’ve stopped buying so many dresses and started buying glasses.

I have some nice glasses that I got through LensCrafters, but even with eye care insurance I end up spending $200-$300 for a pair of glasses. I love those glasses, but I want some variety, and I don’t want to pay big bucks. My buddy Jennifer introduced me to Zenni Optical, and I’ve got a few really fun pairs of glasses for $25-$35 each. Seriously!

These glasses are my faves right now. They have a ’50s look about them, and I think they are super fun.

I wore them to my parents’ house last week, and my dad said, “What the hell is up with your glasses?”

Me: “I like them. I think they are fun.”
Dad: “I guess.”

Of course, I’m not going to take style advice from my dad. If I did, I’d have to get a pair of camouflage glasses … and grow my hair out … and dye it blond.

I wore them to the Oakland office on Tuesday, and a coworker said, “Oh, new glasses. They are … interesting.”

My “Toddler Grandma Style” is an acquired taste. I get it. But the truth is, I don’t really care if people don’t like it. I like it. I describe my style now as “I wear want I want.”

So anyway, I think these glasses below are pretty OK, too. They are not flashy. They are perfectly fine, everyday glasses.

It’s tricky when you buy glasses online. I’ve uploaded a photo to Zenni, and I try them on online, but you really don’t know until you really try them on if you’re going to like them. For example, these super-thick hard-rim glasses below are kinda fun, but I’m not sure I really love them. But for $25 I was like, “Why not?” I mainly wear them around the house, which is good, because I’m always fuckin’ up my nice glasses when I’m screwing around in the house – either rough housing with Calvin or just being a spaz.

I’ve got my eye on a few more pairs of glasses from Zenni, so be on the lookout for a lot of selfies on my Instagram.

3. Our new Dorking Out logo by Jeff Heermann

We’ve had what was supposed to be a temporary logo for a year, so I asked my friend Jeff, who is a super talented artist, if he would help a sister out with a new logo. Look how great it is! It’s soooo awesome! I love, love, LOVE it!

Also, I forgot to write a blog post about this week’s show. You should listen to this week’s show. I didn’t get a chance to see “Spider-Man: Homecoming” before we recorded, so Ben Weddell from “Big Ben’s Movie Show” sat in with Smith to talk about it. I show up in the second segment to review “Glow,” which I think is rad, and everyone should watch it.

4. Roku

We got a Roku, you guys! It’s got a really intuitive interface that kinda reminds me of Tivo. We’ve been looking to ditch Comcast for a long time, because Comcast is stupid and crazy expensive. The Comcast On Demand sucks ass, and the only reason we were holding on to it was because we wanted TCM and local baseball. Roku has both of those things, plus it’s cheaper AND it’s got the Film Struck app. So long, Comcast. You’re the worst.

5. The Great British Baking Show on Netflix

I love cooking shows, but I’m so over all the competitive ones. I used to be really into “Top Chef,” but I just hate all the manufactured drama. My mighty, mighty good man David and I stopped watching “Top Chef” when we discovered “Cooked” and “Chef’s Table” on Netflix. We just want to watch people cook while they talk about why they cook. I don’t care about some perceived slight of some asshole chef in a competition show in which they are all forced to live together, too. This is why I am in love with “The Great British Baking Show.”

It’s just people baking. It is a competition show, but the bakers are not really competitive. If anything, they are competing against ingredients and time, not each other. Everyone on the show is super nice and polite. And they are not super chefs. They are not James Beard winners or any kind of baking professionals. They are just regular ol’ folks who like baking. I find it very relaxing to watch it. I find is inspiring, too. I bought a book about baking bread, because BREAD!

6. Zootopia

My mighty, mighty good boy Calvin goes through phases with movies and TV shows. You might remember that a few months ago, Calvin was all about “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.” I never got tired of watching it. Now, he’s all about “Zootopia.”

I liked “Zootopia” a lot when I saw in the theater. I still think “Kubo And The Two Strings” was the best animated movie last year, but “Zootopia” is a solid movie. Calvin enjoyed it in the theater, too, but never asked about it again. It recently popped up on Netflix, and I thought I’d give it shot and see if he liked it. He likes it … a lot. I think we’ve watched it every night for the past two weeks.

His favorite part is always changing, but right now it’s when Officer Judy Hopps, on her first day on the police force, holds up her fist for a fist bump and asks “Are you ready to make the world a better place?” Calvin runs up and says, “Mommy, are you ready to make the world a better place?” And then we fist bump. I would be totally fine with it if he wanted to do this every day forever.

He’s also super into the Shakira song “Try Everything,” which plays in the movie and over the end credits. We’re listening to it nonstop in the car. He won’t let me sing or dance to it, though, which is a very strange form of torture. It takes all my will power not to sing or dance to it. I often fail, and he just has to deal with my terrible singing and dancing.

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Put a Bird On It

Yeah, so, a few weeks ago I won a free ticket to Rock Prom, which was a fundraising event for Bay Area Girls Rock Camp.

My good buddy Jess was on a fundraising team, and I donated because I like girls and rock. I was entered into a drawing and won, which doesn’t happen to me very often.

Anyway, Jess and her team were called “Pretty In Pink,” and they were all wearing pink dresses, she told me. I know that Jess and her friends are super into gorgeous vintage clothes, but there was no way I was going to have time to find something super rad to wear. In fact, I didn’t even own a pink dress. I went on Amazon and bought a ridiculous pink dress with flamingoes on it, because I’m a ridiculous person.

Jess and I doing our awkward prom pose.

I seriously debated wearing this hat with it.

So, I show up to the event and Jess and her teammates look AMAZING. Seriously. Beautiful, fun vintage dresses and tiaras – the works. Meanwhile, I’m wearing a $20 dress with flamingoes I bought on Amazon.

I texted David, “All of Jess’s friends look amazing and beautiful in their vintage dresses, and I’m wearing a $20 dress with flamingoes on it.”

“That’s why I love you,” he replied.

I’m such a goober.

Of course, it didn’t matter. Jess and her friends are rad people, and I had a great time. If you are interested in Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, you can check it out riiiight here.

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6 Things I’m Loving: Eshakti, Baguette Vending Machines And More

Yeah, so, I’m going to try to deal with my anger by sharing six things I’m lovin’ right now.

1. Calvin’s Bedhead

So, we usually keep Calvin’s hair on the short side, but we haven’t had time to get cut in a while. He’s got great hair, and he’s got even greater bed head. See for yourself.

2. What Kind Of Cat Is This?

We have a stray cat friend, and we put food on the porch for her, but we bring the bowl back into the house at night. Well, one night I forgot to bring the food back inside. When I went to get the food, I saw this.

I took some video footage, because my mighty, mighty good man David was out that night, and I wanted him to see it, too. And now Calvin loves watching it. He thinks it’s hilarious that we have a skunk for a neighbor.

3. This Video

There’s a baguette vending machine (seriously – this is a real thing) in our nearby mall, and David had to try it out.

4. These Websites: The Daily Skimm, Small Victories, Swing Left & Wonkette

The Daily Skimm is an easy way to feed my anger first thing in morning. Basically, it summaries all the news you need to know in a short, fun email. I’ve written about it before, but I highly recommend it. You can sign up right here, if you want to try it out.

I also suggest you sign up for Small Victories, which helps me stay positive. When you sign up, you get an email every Friday with – you guessed it – small victories. It’s filled with stories about wins for the good guys. I really needed it today.

I want more small victories, so everyone should be giving money to Swing Left, which donates money to candidates running against those fuckin’ fuckers who voted for the death panels American Health Care Act. This organization just moved into a top 5 spot on my donation list. I also donated directly to Lisa Battista, who is running against that big tool Darrell Issa in California’s District 10. He just barely won in the last election, so he is super vulnerable.

You know what’s weird? I have pretty much stopped reading celebrity gossip and now I read political gossip. Who am I? My main site for this is Wonkette, which covers political stories, but writes it with such a angry, funny voice that it makes it just a little easier to deal with.

5. This Dress

I bought this fox-tastic (see what I did there) dress from Eshakti, and I looooove it. I can’t wait to wear it.

After ModCloth was acquired by Wal-Mart, I was looking for a new place to buy clothes. I love online clothes shopping. It’s my fave. My good buddy Jess recommended Eshakti, and it’s so great. The clothes are super cute and not too expensive. AND, you can customize the clothes. For example, I love this fox dress, but I wanted it a little below the knees, and you can ask for that! You can add sleeves, or make it a tank dress – whatever. It’s so cool!

6. Smith Got An Emmy Nomination

My Dorking Out cohost Chris Smith received another Emmy nomination this week for Instructional/Information Program. Now he will be even more insufferable on the podcast. In all seriousness, I’m super proud of him. He’s super talented and a good friend. Enjoy this moment, Smith. It’s the last time I’ll be nice to you for a while.

Actual footage of me celebrating Smith’s Emmy nomination.

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The Mommy Uniform

Yeah, so, my name is Sonia, and I wear a mommy uniform.

I wouldn’t say I’m any kind of fashionista, but I usually try to wear cute stuff. I have a closet full of dresses that I wear to work or out to dinner and/or drinks.

Here I am in my cube at work showing off the luggage the corporate overlords gave me for five years of service. Think they are trying to tell me something?

Here I am in my cube at work showing off the luggage the corporate overlords gave me for five years of service. Think they are trying to tell me something?

But, if you see me on a Saturday or Sunday during the day, I’m most likely wearing this:

Or this …

This photo was taken around Halloween at the Oakland Zoo. Obviously, I don't usually wear cat ears on the weekends ... unless David asks me to, and that's not appropriate conversation, so mind your business ...

This photo was taken around Halloween at the Oakland Zoo. Obviously, I don’t usually wear cat ears on the weekends … unless David asks me to, and that’s not appropriate conversation, so mind your business …

Black and white striped shirt from Target and my Old Navy jeans: I think this is totally fine thing to wear to the park or the zoo or whatever toddler-suited activity we have planned. I have always been fine with this outfit until a few weeks ago.

Mighty, mighty good man David and I took The Boy to Sunday Streets in San Francisco. [Allow me to explain for the folks that don’t live in SF, Sunday Streets occur once a month, and several blocks in a neighborhood are blocked off to traffic. The blocks are filled with food booths, music, people asking you to sign petitions and activities for kids and what not.]

So, we are walking around the blocked off Embarcadero, and I saw not one, not two, BUT THREE women wearing the exact same thing as me. The EXACT same thing.

“I’m wearing a mommy uniform,” I said to David.

“Well, black and white striped shirts are so hot right now,” he mocked. “I think you look good.”

He’s a nice man.

Look. I get it. I shop at Target. I shop at Target A LOT. When you shop at Target, it’s not like you are getting custom, special clothes. I don’t want to wear a uniform. I don’t want to look like everyone else.

Now, I’m not going to say anything crazy like “I’m not shopping at Target anymore.” That would never happen. Target is two minutes from my office. Also, Target is amazing. Sorry. It’s probably not cool to say that, but it is. I can buy milk , laundry detergent, a living room set and a bathing suit at Target if I wanted to … which I don’t … today.

I will, however, try really hard not to buy anymore clothes from Target. Maybe a few staple items (a cardigan is a cardigan), but maybe I should steer clear of the T-shirts and dresses for a while, just to see how it feels.




The quest for new glasses

Yeah, so, as I mentioned yesterday, I got new glasses. This is such a big deal in my life that it warrants not one – but two – blog posts about it. I know. My life is exciting and awesome.

Actually, getting my new glasses was a bit of an ordeal.

On March 6, mighty, mighty good man David and I both went to Kaiser to get our eyes checked. After that appointment, we took our new prescriptions to the Lenscrafters in Daly City, because my insurance covers that. Don’t judge us! Also, my prescription was really different, because I’m old and my vision is getting crappier. I really wanted to get my glasses quickly, and Lenscrafter has the tagline, “Glasses in about an hour,” so I figured I was being smart.


For me the more accurate tagline would be, “Glasses in about an hour … or seven days, depending.” Actually, seven days turned into 12 days, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

The sales clerk at Lenscrafter was perfectly nice. He tried to help me pick out new frames, but I kinda shooed him away after he approached me with a pair of wire-framed glasses. “We don’t know each other, but I kinda have a signature look,” I told him, because I’m a dick. The first pair I tried on was the pair I ended up buying, but I tried on a series of glasses anyway, just to make sure I was exploring all my options.

I sat down at the sales clerk’s register with my chosen frames, and he told me that I could have my glasses in seven days. I was kinda annoyed, because – you know – glasses in about an hour, but OK. I can live with that.

A week later, David’s glasses were ready (but the frames had a flaw – more on that later). Mine were not. Now I was being told my glasses would be ready on Saturday. That’s 10 days. The guy on the phone gave me some excuse about how they get their shipments every day, and mine is scheduled for Saturday. I voiced my frustration: “You told me a week. Now you are telling me 10 days?” They didn’t really have an excuse, and I was angry, but I had to just deal with it.

Saturday rolls around, and no one from Lenscrafter called me. Annoyed, I called them myself, only to be told that my lenses had not arrived yet. “They might arrive in the Saturday delivery. Why don’t you call back after 3?” Now I’m pissed. Shouldn’t you call me? Also, have you heard of FedEx? If the cornerstone of your business is speed, maybe you don’t use the regular mail and instead use UPS or FedEx.

So, by 4:30 no one had called me. Surprise. Now I’m really annoyed. I call. No one answers. The recording doesn’t even pick up. I tried calling a few times between 4:30 to 6 p.m. No one ever answered the phone. I debated writing a nasty comment on Lenscrafters’ Facebook page, because I’m a bit of a social media nerd, and that’s what angry customers do at where I work. Instead, I opted to shoot off an angry email to their customer care department. I mentioned that I was going to get prescription sunglasses, but I was going to take my business elsewhere and threatened to cancel my order all together. Most likely, I wouldn’t have canceled the order. I quite liked the frames.

I called again on Sunday morning, and someone answered the phone. What a treat. She informed me that I would most likely get my new glasses on Tuesday. Gee, thanks.

A few hours later, she called me back. It seems they got a letter from corporate. They want to do everything to make me happy. She made some excuse about how their phone lines have been “messed up.” I said something along the lines of “I don’t care about your problems,” and I just want my glasses that I paid for, and I mentioned that my husband’s glasses were screwed up, too. They knocked $50 off my bill and promised to contact me the minute my glasses arrived.

Monday afternoon, the main lab tech in the Daly City location called me to tell me my glasses are in. “I get off at 6. Is it possible for you to come in before then so I can fit your glasses personally?” he asked.

I said yes, and I thanked him for the call. Then, for the rest of the day, I fretted about my trip to Lenscrafters.

I joked that I would walk in, and they would lock the door behind me. “Everyone in that office thinks I’m an asshole,” I complained to my office buddy Paul. I dreaded going in there. I mean, you’d think I’d be used to everyone thinking I’m an asshole. I pretty much go through the same thing at any family function that involves aunts, uncles and cousins.

But here’s the thing: I’m not very tough. I talk tough on the Internet like a lot of losers. I write things on the Internet, so I’m used to being called names. But in person, I don’t have thick skin. In the real world, I’m a softie. I sing along to Adele songs in the car. I get all choked up during that Budweiser commercial about the guy who raises the horse to become a Clydesdale horse, and then he misses the horse and three years later he goes to the Clydesdale parade, and then the horse runs after him and they hug. [sobs]

Turns out, all my fretting was for nothing. They were all nice as could be, which – of course – made me feel bad about my angry email, even though they deserved it, and I shouldn’t feel bad.

I’m sure someone is going to comment, “Why don’t you get contacts?” Don’t do that. I love glasses. They make me feel like I’m wearing a Sonia disguise.

I love my new glasses. I think they are great. I wish it hadn’t been such a pain in the ass to get them. Even though Lenscrafters tried to make it up to me, I will probably still take my business elsewhere. Turns out, my insurance is accepted by some private practitioners, which is probably what I should have done in the first place.


Woo-hoo! New glasses!

Oh, by the way, when David went to pick up his glasses last week there was a flaw in the frames. They promised him new frames in a few days. A few days has turned into a week. I wouldn’t be surprised if on Wednesday David is told that his glasses will be ready on Saturday.



My weekend involved a party dress and a pig with no pants. And you?

Yeah, so, we’re losers.

Mighty, mighty good man David and I went to my office “holiday” party on Saturday night, and once again, we didn’t win any prizes in the raffle. WHY DOES GOD HATE ME? Is it because I don’t believe in him?

My office buddy Jennifer won a big flat-screen TV. She’s good people. She deserves to have a fancy flat-screen TV. I, on the other hand, probably would have traded away my prize for more drink tickets or some magic beans. I can’t be trusted. At least there was a photo booth at the party. Hilarity ensued.


Also, I got to wear a very cute dress I bought at ModCloth, which is my current obsession. See?


My favorite things in this photo are the dress and all the Spawn’s toys in the background. Obviously, we are not neat freaks in the Manstracy household.

On Sunday, we packed up the Spawn and met up with good buddies Jess, Jeff and little Henry at Children’s Fairyland in Oakland.

For those who do not know what it is, Children’s Fairyland is a park filled little scenes from fairy tales. You know, Jack & Jill, The Old Lady in the Shoe, Peter Rabbit, etc. So, you can imagine how surprised I was to discover some pornographic images in a park that is supposedly for kids.


No pants! Naughty!

Actually, it’s a pretty damn cute park. We had a good time. The Boy is still a little young for it, but when he is 3, he will go nuts in there. He did love the pirate ship and spent a little time steering and being cute, as is his way.

One of my favorite things in the park is all the hand-painted signs. They are pretty neat. Of course, they are not as awesome as the hand-painted signs that my friend Jess makes and sells in her Etsy Shop. (You guys should check them out. You won’t be sorry.) I seriously debated stealing this one and hanging it in my cube at work.


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I can’t decide: Should I be a racist or douchebag for Halloween?

Yeah, so, it went to the Halloween Spirit store, and boy was it scary. And by “scary” I mean, it’s scary that some people think these costumes are a good idea.

Here are a few of my favorites.

If you want to be a racist for Halloween, then I found the perfect costume for you.

And if you want to wear a Douchebag costume, I found this one:

I also found the popular STD Carrier costume:

Oh, and this exists.

And, if you are looking to dress up as me for Halloween, or if you ever wondered where I bought my glasses, then look for further than the Halloween Spirit store.


For more ranting about horrible Halloween costumes, check out last week’s blog post, which includes the worst of the worst at Target.

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Trail mix for dogs is a thing now. Oh good.

Yeah, so, trail mix for dogs is a thing now.


Of course, it’s not real trail mix. There’s no M&Ms in it, but still … Really? Someone at Milk Bone Corp. walked into a company brainstorming meeting and said, “You know what dogs need: Trail mix. Dogs have food and treats, but what if the dog just needs a snack?”

I was going to make a joke about Gatorade for dogs, but I had to Google it to make sure it doesn’t actually exist. There’s ice cream for dogs, so it’s not unfathomable that Dogorade exists. There is no official Gatorade for dogs. Get on that, Gatorade. Everyone knows that dogs have tons of disposable income. BUT, you can get flavored water for your pets. These bottles of water comes in such tasty flavors as toilet water, puddle water and hose water. Mmmm. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I kid. I just threw up in my trash can.

I bet a bottle of toilet water would go great with the doggy trail mix, though.