The much-beloved hot dog has been on the receiving end of a host of bad press as of late. Warnings from the American Association of Pediatrics on the hazards of kids choking due to the cylinder-with-hemispheres-on-both-ends shape of the offending lunchtime fave have put parents into a frankfurter frenzy. Sure you want, and yes, deserve your weenies, but as any parent worth their salt knows, safety should always come first. Cutting the franks up is the obvious quick-fix, but then, is that unrecognizable pile of pink really the dog that we all know and love? How can we preserve the integrity of this staple of beaches, ballparks and barbecues? How can we have our hot dog and eat it too?
It may be time to start from scratch.
Designers readily come up with clever ideas to solve specific problems. Sippy cups haven’t been around forever–they arose from a visceral parental need to not mop up the floor every half hour. Moms everywhere now rejoice in the simple genius of no–okay, less–spills.
Clearly it’s time for someone, anyone, to come up with a kid-friendly dog. The folks at RKS Design evidently thought a change was needed, too, and so a project was born: Extreme Makeover, Wiener Edition. Designers toiled for hours, and in the end, an ingenious blend of 10% inspiration, 80% perspiration and 10% Play-Doh created what they feel is the perfect, child-friendly dog, shaped like this:
The creators describe the final design as a “Slinky-esque Spiral”. I think the AAP, moms and dads and ketchup manufacturers everywhere would approve.