Pets.com Sock Puppet, 1999-2000

Summary

Pets.com was a web-based pet supply retailer and one of the most public victims of the "dot-com bubble burst" among Internet companies in the 1999-2001 period. Their popular mascot—a sock puppet dog—was created by TBWA Worldwide and voiced by comedian Michael Ian Black. It made appearances on talk shows, commercials, and as a float in Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.

Pets.com was a web-based pet supply retailer and one of the most public victims of the "dot-com bubble burst" among Internet companies in the 1999-2001 period. Their popular mascot—a sock puppet dog—was created by TBWA Worldwide and voiced by comedian Michael Ian Black. It made appearances on talk shows, commercials, and as a float in Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.

Artifact

Hand puppet

Date Made

1999-2000

Creators

Pets.com 

Fun-4-All Corp. 

Place of Creation

China 

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2017.101.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Alison Greenlee.

Material

Polyester (Fiber)
Plastic
Cardboard

Color

White (Color)
Brown
Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 11.5 in  (Packaging)

Width: 7 in  (Packaging)

Length: 5 in  (Packaging)

Inscriptions

on lower front of box: pets.com / Sock Puppet on back of box: pets.com / Who is the Pets.com Sock Puppet? The Pets.com Sock Puppet was discovered on August 11, 1999. He is a mixed breed, very mixed. Rumors about his formative years include escaping from a washing machine and being dismissed from a Doggy Manner's School. Neither of these rumors have been confirmed or denied. / What we do know is that the Pets.com Sock Puppet has a lot of friends who happen to be pets. His home is a spacious wood drawer (he says he's just renting). He enjoys taking road trips with his close friends Uncle Wiggles the parakeet and Coco the Himalyan cat. / Since the Pets.com Sock Puppet has lots of friends he makes it a point to do whatever he can to help animals that are less fortunate by giving his time to pet charities and visiting animal shelters. / A New Breed of Pet Store At Pets.com, we're dedicated to making your pets happy. We have thousands of items, even hard-to-find stuff for just about any pet, including cats and dogs and fish and ferrets. Best of all, we deliver it right to your door. We also have pet experts who can help you give your pets the very best care. Visit us at www.pets.com today. / FUN 4 ALL / TM Pets.com, Inc. / Manufactured by: Fun-4-All Corp. New York, NY 10010 http://www.fun-4-all.com / MADE IN CHINA

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