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Editorial: Dog-grooming view shows Chico has strayed from roots

Updated: March 14, 2011 12:24AM

How does that scene in “Old Yeller” go? The dog saves a boy from wild boars and then is escorted off to a local shop for a good grooming?

No, we don’t think so. We don’t remember any professional grooming for Old Yeller, and we doubt he is alone.

In fact, the closest most people come to pampering their pooch is to buy a special shampoo instead of using Ivory before escorting the dog to the tub or the kiddie pool out back.

As for cats, they groom themselves, for no charge.

It’s a sign of just how far Gery Chico has come from his Southwest Side Mckinley Park roots that he claimed Thursday that professional pet grooming is not a luxury.

Chico was attacking Rahm Emanuel, who has suggested extending sales taxes to “luxury services” such as pet grooming.

We’re not cheerleading here for Emanuel’s plan, which is incomplete and would have to be approved by the General Assembly in any case.

But let’s be clear. If you look up the word “necessity” in any dictionary, you won’t find a picture of a pet groomer.

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