I stole this pic from my girlfriend, who stole it from Naver (a Korean search engine). It is a reminder that those cute little rat-dogs are still animals.
Now, it is well known that dogs are the other other white meat in Korea. If you don't believe me check out this old post from the Marmot (with pics). Unlike some other bloggers out there, I'm not in love with dog-meat, but I've had it a few times. Frankly, I don't think it's worth the price (dog meat being about twice the price of beef).
What is less well known is that many Koreans also love dogs as pets. Koreans take pride in their native breeds such as the Jindo (a nasty, ill-tempered breed in my humble opinion). Many Koreans also show obsessive affection for their little pet rat-dogs (dogs so small that no self-respecting American man would have anything to do with them). That is especially true of Korean women, who often treat their dogs like children:
A rising social trend is the "DINKPET tribe," people who choose to raise pets rather than children. The term is a combination of DINK (double income, no kids) and PET. It refers to couples that have not yet secured a solid economic foundation and because they are busy with work have put off having children. These couples generally want to prolong their honeymoon years and fill any void between them with animals such as cats, dogs and rabbits.
A housewife from Ilsan raises a Yorkshire terrier named Yeppi. The owner of a veterinary hospital who noticed that she spent a long time peering in the window whenever she passed by gave the dog to her. Yeppi's owners emigrated and could not take the dog with them. For the Ilsan housewife who has no children after five years of marriage, Yeppi is a companion and a source of laughter in the home.
On the other hand, in case of war or famine, they can always become emergency provisions.
UPDATE: I have been told by a reliable source that FiFi's fangs were pasted in by some guy using Photo Shop (you can even see the box in the picture). However, the rest of the pic is legit.