I work for a nonprofit animal welfare organization. Basically, we're a large animal shelter with numerous programs and community services. So hey, we all love animals, right? I figured my horde of sad-eyed Enesco pity puppies and pity kitties would be right at home.
I've been picking up these little beauties one at a time over the last 10 years or so. My personal policy is to never pay more than five bucks for one of them (although I confess that I've broken that rule a couple times for ones I simply had to have -- you know how it goes). These were mass-produced to an unbelievable degree in the 1960s, so they're simply not scarce or rare, and paying a lot for them is just silly.
Here's another view, to give you an idea of the depth of the big-eyed insanity on top of my file cabinet:
That's the office wall behind my desk. I know the whole pity puppy phenomenon isn't to everyone's liking, but I figured that since I work at a shelter, people would dig 'em. But it's been a mixed reaction.
I can use the figurines and prints as a kind of litmus test when I meet new employees. If they go, "Omigod, those are terrible! How can you live with them just STARING at you like that? It's soooooo sad!" then it's a pretty safe bet we're not going to be bosom buddies. However, the one person in five who says, "Heh. Those are awesome" is probably going to be my new BFF, or at least someone with a decent sense of irony.
Because these images don't make me sad. In fact, they kind of crack me up. They're just so unbelievably over-the-top. I mean, it's not enough that the miserable-looking pups and kitties with the beseeching eyes look like their hydrocephalic heads are about to snap off their spindly little necks. But the artist had to go one further and put them in downright horrifying situations, to further emphasize the pathetic mood. One has a frayed rope around its neck and a few bread crusts (BREAD CRUSTS!) to eat. Another is in a seedy alley with overturned garbage cans. Then there's the junkyard, railroad tracks, and kitten-trapped-outside-the-window.
This collection is a little later vintage than I usually collect, but I don't know what to say. I just have some kind of fondness for these freaky big-eyed animals. Don't know why.
On another subject entirely, here's Atomic Auntie's atomic puglet, who accompanies me to work every day.