Cat Fancy and Dog Fancy magazines!
It’s the end of a fancy era. The fanciest magazines of all-time have been retired and the magazine world is A LOT less fancy now. Folio says that I-5 Publishing, who acquired the fanciest magazines around in 2013, are shutting them down to make way for print versions of the websites Catster and Dogster. Cat and Dog Fancy are not only fancy vanguards, but they’re vanguards in the animal magazine game. Cat Fancy was supposed to turn 50 years old next year and Dog Fancy was supposed to turn 45, but they won’t see their birthdays thanks to Catster and Dogster. The Chief Sales Officer of I-5, who is obviously a fancy hater, dribbled out some industry nonsense talk about how Catster and Dogster are more modern or some shit.
“We feel that the tone, content and frequency of the new titles are a better fit for the contemporary pet owner and how they consume their pet-related information.”
I go to Dogster and Catster, because duh, they’re websites starring pussy and puppy friends, so I’m not mad that they’re getting their own magazines. But Cat Fancy and Dog Fancy didn’t need to be sacrificed. Cat Fancy and Dog Fancy don’t have to die for Dogster and Catster to live. We can never have too many magazines about dogs and cats. There’s room for all of them. Catster can be the casual cat magazine, like the Lucky of the cat magazine world. While Cat Fancy can be the fancy cat magazine, like the Vogue of the cat magazine world. Wait, that’s a bad example. Kim Kartrashian was on the cover of Vogue so that shit is trash! Cat Fancy can be the Steppin’ Out (a truly fancy magazine) of cat magazines.
My dog is asleep right now and yes, he spends 95% of his day in a sleeping state, but I’m going to guess that his eyes are closed right now because he can’t deal with the reality that he’s living in a world without Dog Fancy.
Rest in peace Cat Fancy and Dog Fancy. You’ll always hold a fancy place in my heart.