When I was a kid one of the family cars that I remember most vividly was my mom’s 1960 Cadillac sedan. It was big, and white – my folks actually had it painted by the Earl of Scheib, I kid you not – and it had swoopy fins in the back. But what I remember most about my mom’s old Caddy was that in the very back, on the parcel shelf where today you might find the government mandated third brake light, she had a dog.
It wasn’t a real dog of course. First off it was way too small for that. At little over 8 inches long it was too tiny to even be one of those Chihuahua dogs with the bugged-out eyes. It was actually modeled to look like a German Shepard, and was made of either heavy plastic or perhaps some sort of ceramic. Covering its surface was a thin fuzzy layer which was black and brown, just like the real deal.
But the best part was the head. It had been hung from the top of the inside of the neck hole and was balanced in such a way that with even the slightest movement from the car, the head wold nod up and down, up and down. It was mesmerizing. It’s been a long time since we had either the car or the fake but agreeable dog, but I will always remember it with great fondness and perhaps someday will get a back window dog of my own. That’s a kitschy little auto accessory that helps express your personality through your car, and one that I dearly love. Which kitschy cool accessory do you really like?
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